Pre-E3 2017 Spotlight: Microsoft and Third-Parties

by Matthew Thompson

I don’t have quite as many thoughts on Microsoft’s E3, so I’m lumping them in with third-parties for my last Pre-E3 post. With the start of the show only a day away, here are some final predictions and wishes for what the Electronic Entertainment Expo will bring for the Xbox and various third-party publishers Continue reading


Sunset Overdrive Singleplayer Impressions

by Matthew Thompson

I finally got myself an Xbox One a couple of weeks ago. It is as much for future games as anything that is already released though I plan to explore some of the exclusives I missed thus far. The one game I was dying to play these past couple years was Sunset Overdrive and it was the first title I snagged for my new system. I’m a huge fan of Insomniac Games – mostly for their Ratchet & Clank series – and this looked like the kind of game I wanted to see them making Continue reading

Best of 7th Gen: #17-Mark of the Ninja

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.)

Every generation of gaming sees new talented developers burst onto the scene. Klei was one such dev for me in the seventh generation. Their unique artstyle and attempt at Devil May Cry-style combat in two dimensions is what attracted me to Shank and it turned out to be a solid downloadable revenge romp. The sequel managed to grab me in the most unexpected of places, their stab at the Horde-style cooperative modes that became such a popular addition last gen. But it was their take on the stealth genre, Mark of the Ninja, that remains their greatest accomplishment Continue reading