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A Return to Rapture – Looking Back at BioShock

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 by matt

Although I voted BioShock the best game of 2007, the more I play it, the more it shows me how far video games haven’t come.

BioShock has one of the most chillingly powerful locales and universes in video game history, but sadly the game can easily be labeled a first-person shooter. It doesn’t really try to …

Review – Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

Monday, April 21st, 2008 by matt

After finishing last year’s stellar Trials and Tribulations, and damn near falling out of my chair during that final case, I immediately went online and pre-ordered the next installment of the Ace Attorney series, titled Apollo Justice. And as I did this, I realized how lucky we all are to get another lawyer adventure game …

Looking back at how we’ve grown apart

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 by matt

In the last two years, I’ve…ummm… uhhhhhhh.

Hmmm.

Two years is one hell of a long time. Asking me to write about what’s changed in the last two years concerning video games is like asking me to recall the room in which I was born. Every console that we now call next-gen was released in that time …

Quick Thought of the Day: Out with the old….

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 by matt

I’m starting to notice a trend while playing games on my Xbox 360. It’s a weird trend, one that some may not even care about. It has to deal with what games people are playing on the 360. It seems that every time I go on Xbox Live, and view my Friends List (for stats …

Retrospectives – Halo Single-Player Campaigns part 3

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 by matt

In this continuation of the Halo single player retrospective I will look at…

Story/Presentation

Again, the most enjoyable Halo in regards to story and presentation is Halo: Combat Evolved. In 2001, we didn’t know what a “Halo” was or meant. With the first game, we were introduced to the Forerunners, the Covenant, and the Flood for …

Retrospectives – Halo Single-Player Campaigns part 2

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 by matt

In this continuation of the Halo single player retrospective I will look at…

Level Design

Halo has never been one to “wow” a player with its level design. One of the core examples of why Metroid Prime was cited as being better than Halo was its superior level design, which, in retrospect, is not a huge …

Assassin’s Creed: the greatest flawed masterpiece in history

Monday, November 19th, 2007 by matt

Let me get this out right now: I fucking love Assassin’s Creed. This is the game I’ve been waiting for ever since those crazy marketing execs started screaming “Next-gen gameplay found here!” I cannot get enough of this game, and I mean physically. I went to bed last night in a state of withdrawal. I …

Retrospectives – Halo Single-Player Campaigns part 1

Monday, November 19th, 2007 by matt

When people think of the Halo series, they’re quickly reminded of the college dorm-room deathmatch. Halo is the quintessential multiplayer experience on consoles, but it wasn’t always like that. Before 2001, Halo meant nothing to people. It was just another FPS game that Microsoft was using to launch their first console, the Xbox.

To really get …

What happens when you mix idiots and review scores? Gamenumbers.com

Thursday, November 8th, 2007 by matt

While trying to get paid (and at the very same time, laid), my buddy and I got into a conversation about whether or not review scores are of any worth. It basically started when my “friend” asked me if I would still get Assassin’s Creed if it got an average score of 7.0. Of course, …

Newest Nolan Bushnell quote: relevant or Old Fogey talk?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007 by matt

Nolan Bushnell, the man that essentially created the video game industry (which automatically makes him my lord and savior) had some harsh words to say about the current state of video gaming in an interview with Electronic Design.

“Video games today are a race to the bottom. They are pure, unadulterated trash and I’m sad …