Category Archives: Video Games

First Impressions: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel_Ultimate_Alliance_3.0.jpgThe original Marvel Ultimate Alliance game is one of my all time favorite video games, so the news that the Nintendo Switch would be getting Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order as a system exclusive was extremely exciting to me. After a decade without this type of game (and after a lackluster sequel was released), I was overflowing with hype around the game. Would it rekindle the feeling I had when the first game was released? Would I find myself doing multiple play throughs with different team combinations like the first game? As I near the end of the story mode of the game, I can confidently say that all signs are pointing to yes. Read the rest of this entry

Good Job, Booaaahhh

red_dead_redemption_2_-_publicity_-_h_2018Like many people, the past few months of my life have been dominated by Red Dead Redemption II. On a near daily basis, I was riding the plains, helping passerbys, righting wrongs, occasionally causing wrongs, hunting animals, chasing bounties, and more. It’s safe to say that I got my money’s worth out of Rockstar’s latest game, and it’s earned a god-tier level among the many games I’ve played in my lifetime. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Spider-Man

41300386_10103429458374831_8657157444432035840_nSpider-Man has starred in his fair share of video games throughout the years, but the past few years have seen a steady decline in the quality of his interactive titles. The days of Treyarch’s Spider-Man 2 and Web of Shadows had all but disappeared by the time the Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie in game came around (a game that somehow pissed me off even more than the movie did). For a long time, it seemed like I’d have to settle for getting my web-swingin’ fix from the regular Lego Marvel games released every few years or so.

Until this past Friday, when Insomniac’s Spider-Man was released. Read the rest of this entry

Spotlight on Token’s Taproom!

39967430_10103407335125001_3273885606454755328_o.jpgBarcades are typically something you’d find in larger cities like Boston, New York, or Chicago, so having one in my hometown was a real treat. For a long time I’ve heard of these fabled locations that housed both arcade games and beer, but never got the chance to check them out. That is, until now, with the opening of Token’s Taproom. I don’t typically highlight local bars in these columns, but after stopping in two weeks in a row, I felt like I had to join the chorus of praise for this awesome place. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: God of War

xgod-of-war-ps4.png.pagespeed.ic.Dw9BUhezO-When it was announced that Santa Monica Studios would be dipping into the world of God Of War for a fourth entry, I, like many, just assumed we’d be getting the same game as the previous entries in the franchise, but in a new mythological setting. But when I started up the fourth entry in the series, simply titled God of War, I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to get. Gone is the intense, action packed uber violent combat. In its place is an over the shoulder, tightly focused evasive style of fighting, albeit one that is still violent. The main character, Kratos, isn’t even interested in hunting down the gods of the new Nordic realm that he’s made a life in. In fact, the main crux of the story of this new entry is his quest to bring his wife’s ashes to the highest peak in the realm. Alongside his son, Atreus, Kratos makes the long journey to the peak, all while new enemies try to prevent him from reaching his goal. Read the rest of this entry

Video Game Review: Injustice 2

indexInjustice 2 (2017)

Developer: Netherrealm Studios

Consoles: PS4, Xbox ONE

In nearly every sense of the word, Injustice 2 is an improvement. From the graphics, to the game play, to the sheer depth of things to do, Injustice 2 absolutely changes and updates everything that was great about the original game (which was quite a lot). The new “loot system” customization options for characters is both overwhelming and addictive, and ensures that you’ll never be able to stop saying “okay, just one more match” whenever you fire it up. Read the rest of this entry

Let Me Take You For A Ride?

55131_1_marvel-vs-capcom-4-rumored-psx-2016-reveal.jpgThe latest rumor to overtake the Internet is the possible reveal of Marvel vs. Capcom 4. After a mysterious “4” logo popped up on social media with the logos for Marvel and Capcom at the bottom, the video game community exploded into a frenzy. Some are believers, and others (like myself) are major doubters. But, if Marvel and Capcom were able to get together for another brawl, what would it look like? Read the rest of this entry

Does Whatever a PS4 Can

27046534534059ff73a97ojpg-bf6797_765wFor a while now, this Spider-Man fan has been suffering. Since the release of Shattered Dimensions 5 years ago, Spider-Man games have routinely dipped in quality, bottoming out with the Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game, which somehow had a worse Green Goblin than the one in the movie. With my other favorite superhero kicking ass and taking names with the Arkham series, why was Spider-Man being delegated to decreasing returns as the consoles got more and more powerful? All I needed was a studio to take the reins on the character and return him to his former video game glory. Read the rest of this entry

A Time For Injustice

injustice-2-art-1E3 has hit, and with it, confirmation of the worst kept secret in videogames: Injustice 2. Rumors of a sequel to NetherRealm’s hit DC fighting game have been swirling for a few months now, and we finally have confirmation that a second installment is coming our way in 2017. As a big fan of the original game, news of the sequel is very awesome, and when I saw the first game play footage, my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because the cast of this game is friggin’ NUTS. Read the rest of this entry

Battlefront Reactions

IMG_3927Star Wars Battlefront has finally arrived, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time with it. To say that there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this game would be an understatement. But while it doesn’t live up to all of the hype, it’s still an extremely fun game that captures the fun and essence of Star Wars. Read the rest of this entry