The Games of E3 2015: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

by Matthew Thompson

(Throughout the next couple of weeks, I will be posting impressions and reactions to some of the games shown off at E3 based on info I’ve gleaned from watching demos and interviews online. Enjoy!)

At the end of 2014, we got our first substantial look at Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It focused on the core moment-to-moment gameplay and looked superb. It showed us some new features, but more than anything it depicted a much more open combat scenario, overflowing with options and avenues for the player to take, which is exactly what I want from my enemy encounters. My big takeaway from the E3 demo is how a lot of what we saw in that initial showing will likely permeate most aspects of the game Continue reading

The Games of E3 2015: Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst

by Matthew Thompson

(Throughout the next couple of weeks, I will be posting impressions and reactions to some of the games shown off at E3 based on info I’ve gleaned from watching demos and interviews online. Enjoy!)

There was no game I was more curious to get info on at E3 than Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. I’m a massive fan of the original and while I recognize its flaws, I also feel what it got right it got very right. With Catalyst, they are essentially rebooting the series which can be a scary proposition for any fan. But from what I was able to gather from E3, I can get behind where things are headed with it Continue reading

The Games of E3 2015: Horizon: Zero Dawn

by Matthew Thompson

(Throughout the next couple of weeks, I will be posting impressions and reactions to some of the games shown off at E3 based on info I’ve gleaned from watching demos and interviews online. Enjoy!)

I wasn’t surprised to see Horizon: Zero Dawn show up at E3. In fact, I was expecting it. But what I wasn’t expecting was just how taken I’d be with Guerrilla Games’ new IP. I was initially struck by the beautiful and intriguing world depicted in our first look at the game. Guerrilla describes the setting as post-post-apocalyptic. This isn’t about humanity trying to recover in a cataclysm’s aftermath, but what life is like 1000 years removed from that world-changing event. Nature long ago reclaimed the land. People have returned to a more primitive way of living. And yet at odds with this are the technologically advanced robots that have now taken the mantle as the dominant species here. The result is this wonderful, captivating world, one I can’t wait to explore, to solve the mysteries of and uncover the secrets that brought about this wild future Continue reading

Game of Thrones “Mother’s Mercy” Review

by Matthew Thompson

(Since we are more or less caught up to the books, I speculate about what will happen next a bit more than usual in this review. Rest assured it is only about stuff where I don’t know what happens next and I am only basing the speculation on things that have happened in the show.)

Game of Thrones had a lot to cover in this year’s finale. After “The Dance of Dragons,” I was left wondering what they’d be able to get done before the season wrapped up. I thought “Mother’s Mercy” got a surprising amount accomplished and largely left things in a good spot going into next season Continue reading

E3 2015 Conference Impressions: Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo

by Matthew Thompson

I’m back with my second round of Press Conference impressions from this year’s E3, this time for Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo. Let’s get right to it Continue reading

E3 2015 Conference Impressions: Bethesda, Microsoft and EA

by Matthew Thompson

Over the course of the next week or two, I plan to hone in on some of the games that really wowed me coming out of E3. But first I want to give some quick impressions of the various conferences that kicked off 2015’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Here are some thoughts on the first three Continue reading

Game of Thrones “The Dance of Dragons” Review

by Matthew Thompson

Daznak’s Pit was the moment I was waiting for this season. My first reaction upon seeing it was that it didn’t quite live up to the scene I’d watched play out in my imagination for years now. That is still probably true even after thinking on it for a couple of days, but it isn’t really a knock against the show. This was a tough one to portray visually and I think the end result is still an exciting and important sequence that capped another good outing for Game of Thrones Continue reading

My E3 2015 Wishlist

by Matthew Thompson

2015 has been a lackluster year of gaming for me. But E3 is only a week away and with it comes the hopes and dreams of a better gaming tomorrow. And hopes and dreams will take center stage in my annual Pre-E3 post. Sure I’ve added some of my typically inaccurate predictions at the bottom, but they are a mere footnote to the main attraction that is my list of wishes for E3 2015. Without further ado, let’s dive in Continue reading

Game of Thrones “Hardhome” Review

by Matthew Thompson

Everyone will be talking about the last fifteen minutes of “Hardhome” this week and rightfully so. It was spectacular to behold visually and thrilling to watch unfold while managing to make important strides in setting up what will be a large part of the show’s endgame. Yet just about every scene that preceded this climactic sequence worked as well. The result is easily the best episode of Game of Thrones’ fifth season Continue reading