Best of 7th Gen: My Top 7 Handheld Games

by Matthew Thompson

(I am counting down my 25 favorite games of the last console generation. I explain a little about how I put the list together in this introduction. And you can see a collection of all my articles on the Best of 7th Gen compiled here.)

I decided to leave handheld games out of my Best of 7th Gen Countdown partly to remove one more difficulty from creating the list and partly because of the slightly different run times of the handheld generations. That isn’t to say there wasn’t plenty to love on handhelds last gen. With two great systems in the PSP and DS, it is actually my favorite generation for portable games. With handheld gaming in decline, that fact might never change. But it means there are plenty of excellent games to choose from. Here are my top seven games among them (I decided to stick to my one game per series rule for this too) Continue reading

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The 100 “Bodyguard of Lies” Review

by Matthew Thompson

With the start of The 100‘s two-part season finale just a week away, “Bodyguard of Lies” seems to be putting the last pieces into place for an explosive finish to the season. That means we see progress made towards the battle with the Mountain Men and the journey to the City of Light, but it is also clear we will be seeing these reach their climax in the finale Continue reading

My Top Five Colossi in Shadow of the Colossus

by Matthew Thompson

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most unique and memorable games I have experienced. Some remember it for its strange narrative and trying to piece together what it all means. Others will cite its beautiful visuals and unique world. But to me it was all about the core gameplay that mostly consisted of taking down sixteen bosses. The structure itself helps it stand out, but it is the thrilling and intense battles against these massive foes that make this such an unforgettable game for me. Regardless of what you loved most about Shadow of the Colossus, I think everyone walks away from it with some favorite colossus fights. Here are my five favorite battles (this blog contains spoilers for the colossi I chose. If you have never played Shadow of the Colossus, you should fix that issue ASAP… and then come back to read my blog and share your favorites immediately of course) Continue reading

TV Show Power Rankings: February 23, 2015

by Matthew Thompson

I’ve been looking to bring back my TV Show Power Rankings that were a staple of this site during early 2014 and starting today I finally will be. In an effort to make them more plentiful, I will be mixing up what I rank from time to time. So one week it may be characters, another I might go with a more negative list. But to kick things back off, I will be talking about the best shows I’m watching at the moment. Just like before this is a “what have you done for me lately” kind of list. So, no lifetime achievement awards here. A great episode can vault you to the top while a bad one or even a couple of weeks off the air could drop you out. Well here they are (these contain mild spoilers for the shows listed) Continue reading

The 100 “Resurrection” Review

by Matthew Thompson

The 100 has been on fire for the past few weeks, so it isn’t surprising to see it have a bit of an off week. “Resurrection” picks up where you’d expect, sorting through the aftermath of the Tondc bombing and the radiation leak into Level 5 of Mount Weather. So while what they did this week made sense, it just didn’t make for a particularly compelling hour of television Continue reading

Life is Strange: Episode 1 “Chrysalis” Review

by Matthew Thompson

What initially drew me to Life is Strange was developer Dontnod Entertainment. I didn’t love their previous game Remember Me, but I did love certain aspects of it especially the game’s memory remixes. It was a wonderful mechanic and Life is Strange seemed to have a similar hook at its core. While this aspect remains a plus for Life is Strange, there was so much more to like about it that I ended up really falling for this little game Continue reading

The 100 “Rubicon” Review

by Matthew Thompson

In last week’s episode of The 100, Clarke stood up to her mother and established herself as the main leader of their people. While Clarke has largely been in control for a while, this act seems to add some extra weight and pressure on her shoulders. “Rubicon” sees her calling the shots, but faced with a situation without a perfect solution Continue reading

Better Call Saul Two-Part Series Premiere (“Uno” and “Mijo”) Review

by Matthew Thompson

As much as I loved Breaking Bad, I wasn’t exactly clamoring for more when it was over and the idea of a Saul-based spinoff didn’t really light my world on fire when I first heard about.  Of course, I was going to watch it and with the talent involved it was hard to imagine it not being a quality new series. After watching both episodes of its two-night premiere, I think Better Call Saul is off to a good start even if I’m not blown away by what I’ve seen so far Continue reading

Best of 7th Gen: #16-Prince of Persia (2008)

by Matthew Thompson

(I am counting down my 25 favorite games of the last console generation. I explain a little about how I put the list together in this introduction. And you can see a collection of all my articles on the Best of 7th Gen compiled here.)

Making the choices for this list and then ordering it was not easy. Some were particularly problematic to place and Ubisoft’s 2008 Prince of Persia reboot was one such game. Looking at it objectively there are a lot of issues here. The platforming is too automated, the input windows too forgiving, the combat too repetitive. And yet from a purely subjective standpoint, I just enjoyed it so much. So at times I wanted it to be higher, at others I felt it should be lower, but ultimately here at number 16 feels like a good landing spot for The Prince Continue reading

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 2 “The Lost Lords” Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

When I reviewed the first episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones, I kept things as spoiler-free as possible. You can check out that review here if you are curious what this series has to offer as this second episode largely delivers more of the same. It is a little harder to talk about the second one without spoilers, so I’ve decided to just make this post for those that have played it and want to see another player’s impressions. What I’m saying is: Spoilers for the first two episodes of the game to follow! Continue reading