Gears of War 4 Campaign Review

In Gears of War 4 you live from guitar riff to guitar riff. Life is lived in between the twitch moments. Under heavy fire and a wall slowly crumbling in front of you…do you have the reflexes to reload, move from cover and eliminate the immediate swarm threat? This game shines in these moments, but it always has. The Gears series can be considered the gold standard of third-person action games. This series ‘invented’ the cover based mechanic you see in many popular games today. Gears is one of the sole games that truly pays attention to the environment. It’s a game that wants you to feel the action. However, it’s the moments in between the action that fail to live up to the expectations set forth by the early action sequences, and quickly become the focal point for this discussion. Gears of War 4 Campaign Review

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

If you were to look at my Netflix history, you could easily tell–I’m one of those people who loves really good documentaries and conspiracy theories. We love conspiracy theories because they provide us a great story. A ‘what if’ scenario that we can spend hours imagining the ramifications of what the world would be like if that conspiracy was true. With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Square-Enix’s sets out to tell us a story of human rights and conspiracy theories, but never delivers on its promise.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review

Why I’ll Never Finish DOOM

When we discuss or review video games we’ll often talk about the controls, graphics and/or the story. Yet,  for all the technical discussions we hardly discuss a game’s content, unless it’s in the context of violence – where we question whether a game is too violent. What we rarely discuss, however, is when you stop playing a game because the content is at odds with your beliefs. Because that’s what happened when I played the DOOM demo.  Why I’ll Never Finish DOOM

The Order 1886 Review 

I can vividly remember when I knew my relationship with my fiancé at the time was over. It was probably one of the toughest moments in my life, and for all accounts I failed to save a four year relationship. Yet, from the rubble of that relationship we both grew. Each of us, a little stronger and a little wiser. Of course this story has a happy ending; each of us found love, and if I was to guess, something even better than what we had. Failure happens. It’s a part of life, but a necessary component to achieve greatness. You must fail in order to learn from your mistakes, creating an iterative process that not only improves the person, but the dream they are building. The Order 1886, fails in it’s attempt to create a harmonious experience of video games and cinema. But, from the failure is the potential to create something better than we’ve ever experienced. The Order 1886 Review