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My Gaming Recap: January 2017

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone! While I finished my year-end posts and talked about some of the games coming in 2017 last month, I didn’t really get to discuss anything I have been playing recently. This post will cover the games I finished and started playing in January and I hope to do this after each month ends to discuss any games I haven’t had the chance to make a more substantial post for. Well, here it goes Continue reading

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My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

by Matthew Thompson

This has been a generation of delays. For my annual January Most Anticipated Games feature that has meant a lot of repeat appearances year to year. So this time, I’m going with a list of five games I believe will actually be coming out in 2017 with some others mentioned below. Here it goes Continue reading

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The Best and Worst of Gaming in 2016

by Matthew Thompson

There was plenty to remember about 2016 in gaming beyond my five favorites that I covered last week, so I’m back to talk about some of the other things that stood out to me from games last year. Here are some more of the best and worst things I encountered while playing in 2016 Continue reading

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My Top Five Games of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

With my look at television in 2016 done and dusted, it is time to move on to the best of gaming from last year. I have two posts coming this week with this first one counting down my five favorite games from 2016. Here it goes Continue reading

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My Top Ten TV Dramas of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

I’m back with part two of my look at television in 2016. Earlier this week, I spotlighted the best comedies of last year and today I’m talking about some of the incredible dramas that graced the small screen in 2016. Here are my ten favorites from this past year Continue reading

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My Top Ten TV Comedies of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

I wanted to talk about more shows than ten this year, but to give the part of my brain that frets over rankings a rest, I decided to do two separate lists as opposed to trying to position a bunch of shows in a long list of say 20. So this first top ten will focus on what I’m calling “comedies,” but are more specifically half-hour-long programs. And later this week, I will post one for “dramas” or hour-longs. I’m well aware that some on today’s list lean heavily on dramatic storylines at times and the reverse is true of at least one “drama” on my next list, but I think you get the general idea. Now that the explanation is out of the way, on to the list! Here are my ten favorite comedy television series of 2016 Continue reading

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My Favorite Concerts of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

I went to my first concert when I was in the fourth grade. My parents took my brother and I to go see Aerosmith. Ever since it feels like going to see bands play live has been a part of my life. Even so, I think my love of them had waned a bit in recent years. As I age, I don’t quite love being on my feet or standing in crowds for such long periods. This year kind of rekindled my love for the live show though. And now I’m going to run down my five favorites from this past year. Here it goes Continue reading

My Favorite Albums of 2016

by Matthew Thompson

Music is a big part of my life whether it is helping me get through the work day, fueling my gym sessions or even playing in the background as I write. But I don’t really break it down like I do some of my other hobbies. I guess it is just about whether I like the sound and how it makes me feel when I listen to it. That doesn’t mean I can’t pick some favorite albums from 2016. Here they are Continue reading

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Returning to Croft Manor

by Matthew Thompson

One thing I have sorely missed in the rebooted Tomb Raider series is Croft Manor. Over the years, Lara’s family home has served many purposes from training ground to self-contained Metroidvania-esque experience to plot-driven setpiece location. In 2008’s Tomb Raider: Underworld, we even discovered a hidden tomb lying beneath the Croft estate in the game’s underrated DLC Beneath the Ashes. We did get brief glimpses of the Manor during cutscenes in last year’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, but it wasn’t until this Fall’s downloadable content titled Blood Ties that we would be able to fully explore the famous heroine’s home again for the first time in nearly a decade Continue reading

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ReCore ReView

by Matthew Thompson

ReCore gets off to such a promising start that it is hard not to fall for the game early on. In many ways it feels like a throwback to games from a time gone by. Cinematic ambition and storytelling take a back seat to the nuts and bolts of gameplay here. Platforming is prominent and challenging in a way rarely seen in today’s releases. It often reminds me of Sony’s PS2-era platformers like Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. Once upon a time, I lived for games like that. I still would if those games weren’t so few and far between. In that way, ReCore was a very welcome release in 2016. Unfortunately, the deeper I got into protagonist Joule’s journey, the more things started to break apart at the seams. By the end, I found a promising title brought down by technical issues, a severe lack of polish and some head-scratching design decisions Continue reading