Insurgency: Sandstorm Review – A Fun, if Unoriginal, Modern Day Shooter

Insurgency: Sandstorm New World Interactive/Focus Home Interactive Insurgency: Sandstorm recently blazed its way into the shooter genre, and its developers, New World Interactive, have billed it as both a “realistic” and “tactical” type of first-person shooter. In my eyes, this is only partially correct. Let me explain why… Insurgency: Sandstorm’s main draw are its thee…

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Destiny 2: Forsaken Review – A Great Addition to a Relatively New Franchise

Destiny 2: Forsaken Bungie/Activision Gamers are a pretty picky bunch these days, and for the most part that’s understandable. Many developers out there release games that are unfinished, unpolished, or both in order to meet sometimes unrealistic deadlines. When they do that they risk releasing half-cooked games that are either panned outright, or make a…

Tom Clancy’s The Division Review – A Bodacious, Highly-Ballistic Bonanza

Tom Clancy’s The Division Ubisoft A few gaming friends and I carefully navigated our way down a dilapidated avenue near Manhattan’s once grand Grand Central Station, now a burned out shadow of its former glory. We’d just emerged victorious from a harrowing firefight (literally) with a large contingent of Cleaners—flamethrower wielding paramilitary types who had…

Far Cry Primal – Primitive Yet Polished Fun

I was sneaking through the underbrush as rays of sunshine cascaded in intricate patterns through the forest canopy high above. I was stalking a rare deer-like animal (at least that’s what it looked like from a distance) for its hide but didn’t want to get too close lest it scurry off on its much faster…

PlanetSide 2 Review – Everything but the Kitchen Sink

PlanetSide 2 Daybreak Game Company Here’s a recent discussion I had with a friend concerning PlanetSide 2: “You should try it, Ian. It’s really good and a lot deeper than most people give it credit for,” my friend said, almost pleadingly. I sighed. “I don’t know—I hear it’s just more or less a Battlefield game…

Star Wars Battlefront—Spaz-tastic Star Wars Shenanigans

Star Wars Battlefront EA/Dice I was at a gigantic super-store recently, which carries just about everything you could ever think of (I won’t name it but I’m sure you know which chain I’m talking about), and was walking down an isle in the Electronics area when I came across a couple of large two-legged consumers…

Call of Duty: Black Ops III—A Nonsensical Overload on the Senses

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Treyarch Studios Everyone knows that I am very upfront and vocal in my vehemence and general distain for the Call of Duty franchise. Running around haphazardly like some sort of spastic orangutan, leaping this way and that and shooting at anything that is shiny or moves fast appeals to…

Fallout 4—A Compelling, Story-Driven Experience

Fallout 4 Bethesda Software My adopted canine companion and I carefully navigated through the rubble-strewn Boston suburb, scavenging for anything of value. I was role-playing Fallout 4’s main protagonist to the extent that I’d decided that ultimately, he wanted to grow a simple garden somewhere safe and enjoy as many years that he could in…