Rise of the Tomb Raider Review

by Matthew Thompson

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. It was solid and I enjoyed my time with it, but it was a bit of a letdown too. For one it wasn’t very Tomb Raider-y. It eschewed the adventure-focused roots of the series in favor of a new action-oriented direction which didn’t sit all that well for me as a long-time fan. This would be more forgivable if it was excelling at what it set out to do, but it wasn’t particularly great at being what it was trying to be – a cinematic action game – either. As a result, I went into Rise of the Tomb Raider with tempered expectations – cautiously optimistic due to the developers seeming to say the right things pre-release, but unsure what would come in the final package. I’m happy to report that Rise of the Tomb Raider is better than its predecessor in just about every way, delivering both a superb action/adventure game and something that veers closer to what I want from the series Continue reading

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TV Check-In: The Flash Season 2 and Arrow Season 4

by Matthew Thompson

I’ve found myself woefully behind on television this Fall, but as things wind down for various holiday breaks over the next month I plan to check in on a number of shows’ seasons so far. First up are The Flash and Arrow. Spoilers for their current seasons to follow Continue reading

My Witcher 3 Chronicles: Locations

by Matthew Thompson

Months ago I talked about my first steps into the world of The Witcher and I am finally here to deliver on my promise of diving deeper into my thoughts on CD Projekt RED’s epic RPG. In my first post, I heralded The Witcher 3’s open world as one of gaming’s best and today I will be breaking down its various locations – their strengths and weaknesses, their unique characteristics, and why some resonated better with me than others. The main focus will be on the game’s three major areas, but I have added some quick thoughts on the others as well Continue reading

Best of 7th Gen: #9-Portal 2

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.)

Puzzle-focused adventure games have become rarer over the years. In general, the 7th generation of consoles pushed games in a more action-oriented direction. Even the revival of old-school point-and-click adventure games headed away from puzzles in favor of a greater focus on narrative and choice. So it is with wide-open arms I welcomed Portal to the gaming world Continue reading