Nintendo Switch Hardware Review

by Matthew Thompson

The Nintendo Switch looks to offer new possibilities for the gaming public. Is it a true portable/home console hybrid offering gamers the best of both worlds? Or is it a jack of all two trades, master of none? After two weeks with Nintendo’s latest, I’m here with my initial impressions on what the hardware has to offer Continue reading

Looking Back at the Wii U

by Matthew Thompson

The Wii U’s swan song is nearly upon us, but for me – someone who plans to play Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch – its death knell has already tolled. I thought before moving on, I’d look back at the good times I had with the system and the ways it disappointed me Continue reading

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

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

My Tanooki Mario Jack-O-Lantern

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone! I love Halloween and my favorite tradition in recent years has been pumpkin carving. About a decade ago, I moved on from simple faces and pre-made stencils to creating my own designs mostly based on video games. Today I am back with my newest Jack-O-Lantern inspired by gaming’s most famous mascot Continue reading

The Games of Fall 2016

by Matthew Thompson

The holiday season approaches and with it comes a glut of new games to play. After scoping out the upcoming releases over the next four months, I have picked out the ones I am most excited to play. Without further ado, here they are (in order of release) Continue reading

My Uncharted 4 Rope Kill Compilation

by Matthew Thompson

It was back during the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta that I first became interested in recording some of my gameplay footage and sharing it online. On one of the forums where I was discussing the game, everyone was posting cool gifs and clips of their best moments and I decided to join in on the fun. I had never really messed with the video recording feature on my PS4 before that, but soon enough I was recording matches and special sequences that would arise in Uncharted 4’s multiplayer modes Continue reading

The Best of E3 2016

by Matthew Thompson

Another year and another E3 in the books. It was an impressive show with great new looks at known quantities and plenty of first looks at freshly announced games. After watching the press conferences and digging through previews and interviews, I’m here to talk about what stood out to me from gaming’s annual showcase. Here it goes Continue reading

My Pre-E3 2016 Post

by Matthew Thompson

E3 starts tomorrow and I figured I’d chime in with my typical share of hopes, predictions and outlandish wishes that I have prior to the big event. I’ve decided to break them into groups based on their likelyhood to show up, from the “will (and should) be there” to the “not likely, but I wish they would be there.” Let’s get to it Continue reading