Best of 7th Gen: #15-New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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 couldn’t have been more excited by the prospect of New Super Mario Bros. At the time it released in 2006, I was left somewhat unimpressed by Mario’s two forays into the third dimension. They just weren’t what I imagined Mario to be in 3D. So a return to what made me fall in love with the mustachioed plumber, classic 2D platforming, was an idea I could really get behind. But once I got beyond the sheer excitement of Mario’s sidescrolling revival, I realized the game just wasn’t up to the series standards. Luckily Nintendo’s second stab at this New series on the Wii would deliver a game worthy of the franchise’s legacy Continue reading

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iZombie “Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?” Mini-Review

by Matthew Thompson

This week’s case has Liv and Clive investigating the death of a playboy artist Continue reading

Gaming Mini-Reviews: Shadow of Mordor and the New Kirby

by Matthew Thompson

It has been a while since I’ve done any gaming mini-reviews, but I’m back with a new pair. One for a popular 2014 Game of the Year choice and another for the newest entry in one of Nintendo’s long-running franchises Continue reading

iZombie “Pilot” Review

by Matthew Thompson

It has been no secret how much I have been anticipating the premiere of iZombie. I’m happy to report the pilot episode represents a promising start for this new series that looks to be another fun addition to what has grown into a surprisingly great lineup of shows for The CW Continue reading

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis DLC Review

by Matthew Thompson

For years now, I’ve wanted to play a Far Cry game in the snow. I thought I was getting that with Far Cry 4, but despite how much I loved that game it was surprisingly lacking in snow outside of a few shorter missions outside the main map. So Valley of the Yetis, the newest DLC for FC4, finally gives me that snowy open-world I have coveted for so long from the series and in the process acts as a great excuse to return to my 2014 GotY Continue reading

TV Comedy Power Rankings: March 15, 2015

by Matthew Thompson

No comedies made the cut last time I did my TV Show Power Rankings, so I thought I’d do a whole set just for them this go around. Just as before my Power Rankings are a “what have you done for me lately” kind of thing, so these have generally been my favorites in 2015 with an extra emphasis on how they have been even more recently. Well here it goes Continue reading

The 100 “Blood Must Have Blood, Part 2” (Season 2 Finale) Review

by Matthew Thompson

The final episode of The 100’s second season hones in on two major storylines that both serve distinct purposes. Clarke and company deliver a resolution to the season’s main storyline by ending their struggle with the Mountain Men. Meanwhile Jaha and Murphy conclude their journey and tease what is to come in Season 3. In doing so, it caps off what has been an excellent sophomore effort for The 100 and already has me chomping at the bit to see where the show heads next season Continue reading

The Old Blood and Standalone DLC

by Matthew Thompson

Wolfenstein: The New Order was the most surprising game of 2014 for me. I came in with zero expectations and it delivered one of my favorite FPS campaigns ever. It was an old-school run-and-gun shooter, but with new-school sensibilities like its intelligent stealth design. It was a linear game, but delivered a wealth of options when it came to exploring its wide levels and completing its various objectives. It was a game that had you blasting away at Nazi robots, but still managed to have some real heart at the core of its story about a band of resistance fighters coming together Continue reading

Resogun Defenders DLC Review

by Matthew Thompson

Last month Resogun released its second major DLC pack, Defenders, along with another game-changing update and I am here to run you through what this latest addition brings to the game Continue reading

The 100 “Blood Must Have Blood, Part 1” Review

by Matthew Thompson

After weeks of marching towards the inevitable showdown between the recently aligned Grounders and Sky People and those in Mount Weather, we have finally arrived at the start of the confrontation. With the first episode of the two-part finale in the books, I am happy to say that so far it has delivered Continue reading