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 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

Mario Kart 8 (Animal Crossing) DLC Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

Nintendo has delivered another swath of great new content for Mario Kart 8 this month. Just like the series’ first foray into the world of downloadable content last fall, MK8’s latest DLC delivers fresh new courses, remade classics and new characters that feature some crossovers from other Nintendo franchises, all at a very affordable price Continue reading

My Top Ten Video Games of 2014: Part 2

by Matthew Thompson

I’m back to reveal the second half of my top ten games of the year for 2014 (you can check out Part 1 here). While I enjoyed all ten of the games in this list, I felt like these five really were a good bit ahead of the rest of the pack. Well, here they are Continue reading

Mario Kart 8 (The Legend of Zelda) DLC Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

Downloadable content is something I’ve wanted to see in Mario Kart for years. As my favorite multiplayer series, Mario Kart titles get played at my house long after release, so getting some new content added along the way is a huge plus. With its first DLC for Mario Kart 8, Nintendo has delivered with both quality content and great value. Here is my breakdown of what is included in The Legend of Zelda pack Continue reading

My Top Five Mario Kart 8 Courses

by Matthew Thompson

I’m not sure if or when I’ll get around to a Mario Kart 8 review. The short of it would be that it is my new favorite Mario Kart and in the mix for my 2014 Game of the Year. I figured for now I’d run down my five favorite new tracks from the game. I’ve also added some other favorites and things below. Here they are Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Games

by Matthew Thompson

With my look back at games in 2013 behind me, it is time to look ahead. In this blog I will be counting down my ten most anticipated games on the horizon. My only requirement was that they be announced. So even if they don’t seem like they will release in 2014, I still included them. Well here they are (I don’t feel great about the order after the top two, but this will work!).

10. Sunset Overdrive: I’m a huge fan of Insomniac. Mostly for their work on the Ratchet & Clank series, but I enjoyed their Resistance games for the most part too. Sunset Overdrive seems like the kind of fun creative shooter that they excel at and I welcome the stylized look. I probably won’t get an Xbox One anytime soon, but when I do this will likely be one of the first games I grab.

The Order 1886

9. The Order 1886: I think Ready at Dawn is a studio poised to break into the big leagues and their first stab at their own IP, The Order 1886, might be the game to do it. A shooter isn’t exactly what I was hoping for from them for their first original effort, but Victorian setting and fantasy/sci-fi elements seem like they will at least make it a cool shooter, so I’m interested.

8. Telltale’s Game of Thrones: I’m not going to lie, I found Telltale’s The Walking Dead game a little boring. It certainly had a strong story and did a great job of capturing the essence of the comic books, but I didn’t find myself engaged by the gameplay. While I’m afraid that may be the case with this game as well, I’m hoping my love for all things Game of Thrones will help me overcome the issue.

Destiny

7. Destiny: Everything about this looks great. A big open shooter created by a talented developer like Bungie. I find the art for the characters and world to be a big step up from Halo too which is a plus. My only worry is that my falling away from online play in recent times might put a damper on this one. Hopefully with some buddies jumping into co-op with me that will be a non-issue. Maybe it is even the game that makes me fall back in love with online gaming. Who knows?

6. Gravity Rush 2: Gravity Rush remains one of my favorite Vita games. Kat was a really fun character, but it was the way you moved through the environments with her control of gravity that made the game such a joy to play. A sequel that improved some of the original’s problems (namely its combat) could be a real winner.

Infamous Second Son

5. Infamous: Second Son: I was pretty done with the Infamous series. I enjoyed all three of Sucker Punch’s games on PS3, even the ridiculous vampire title. But I thought it was a good time for them to move on to something else. And yet here I am, super excited about Second Son. It just looks great. The visuals, the new characters and powers, the fresh setting. I’m in.

4. Watch Dogs: I love this game’s new hook: the ability to control the electronics and systems of the city of Chicago. It sounds like a blast and it seems like Watch Dogs could be the next great open-world action game because of it. I hope it can deliver after the long wait.

Mario Kart 8

3. Mario Kart 8: I love Mario Kart. It is my favorite series for multiplayer particularly of the local variety and MK8 looks to deliver me and my friends our next fix. It looks like classic Mario Kart fun with a fun gravity twist. And as a nice bonus, it is the nicest looking Wii U title visually I have seen yet.

2. Mirror’s Edge: It doesn’t seem like this game is all that far along. The move to something more open-world worries me. DICE seems to have botched their last game, Battlefield 4. EA looms over the whole thing. But the original Mirror’s Edge is one of the greatest platformers of all-time! I have to believe the sequel can be great too. Don’t let me down. I need this.

Uncharted

1. Uncharted: Naughty Dog is my favorite developer and their next game is always my most anticipated game and that is no different this year. Despite how much I’ve enjoyed the Uncharted series so far, I do hope they shake things up a little with this next entry and you know what… I think they will. The move to the PS4 and the longer development cycle should allow for some new fresh ideas and I can’t wait to see what ND has in store with Uncharted’s debut on the PS4.

Honorable Mention: The Last of Us: Left Behind: I didn’t want to include DLC in my list, but I am really looking forward to checking out Left Behind. Everyone knows how I feel about The Last of Us and I am really curious how they handle what looks to be a much less action-driven story. It is also Naughty Dog’s first venture into singleplayer DLC which is always a tricky endeavor. Given how much content they packed into the core game, I don’t think Left Behind will disappoint.

Other Games I Considered: Hyrule Warriors, N++, Quantum Break, Ryme, Yoshi’s New Island

Well that will do it. To be honest, I don’t love the look of the upcoming year for games so far and it doesn’t help that my top two choices might very well be 2015 games (almost certainly in Mirror’s Edge’s case). So I do hope there are some big announcements to join these on my list. I might make that into another blog… we’ll see. So which games are you looking forward to most? Which games did I miss here? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!