Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

(May 11, 2016)After withstanding several launch delays and months of anticipation, I have beaten Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. By far, U4 is the most graphically impressive PS4 title (and probably the best overall looking game on both consoles) to date. Between the graphics and solid story, it isn’t hard for me to imagine that U4 could easily be game of the year as it is undeniably a very strong contender.

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Party Hard

(May 3, 2016)I first became aware of Party Hard during its PC release in 2015 when several of my favorite Twitch broadcasters started playing it.

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Party Hard is a fun game made by tinyBuild Games. Essentially, you play as a raging psychopath plowing your murderous way through a series of parties in an attempt to silence all party-goers including dancers, lovers, and everyone unfortunate enough to attend raving parties across the U.S. The game has a loose narrative explaining the efforts of a rough cop trying to stop the killer before any more lives are lost. Continue reading “Party Hard”

Stardew Valley

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More and more 2016 is becoming the year of the indie! I can’t say that I’m surprised by this, but I am certainly excited. From Firewatch to Stardew Valley, the first quarter of the year has been a gaming delight for both PC and console lovers.

Stardew Valley is special for a number of reasons. Not only does it bring back a sense of nostalgia for games like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, but it stands on its own as a solid country-life RPG. Simply put, Stardew Valley is calming and enjoyable in its quirky pixelated way. Continue reading “Stardew Valley”

Far Cry Primal

(March 4, 2016)Far Cry Primal is a game that I cautiously waited for with quiet anticipation. I am a huge fan of the Far Cry franchise and have played through Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 multiple times. My caution stemmed from the fact that Primal was to be released only a few years after Far Cry 4 (which reminded me too much of Ubisoft’s handling of the Assassin’s Creed games) and because more than a few online voices expressed their doubts that Primal would be anything more than a stand-alone expansion like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (which was crazy fun by the way!).

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Firewatch: An Indie Gem [minor spoilers]

(Feb. 29, 2016)Firewatch is an indie game people will be talking about at the end of the year when all those top 10 lists of 2016 start rolling out. I feel confident in this because the game, while brief, is driven by a depth of character development not frequently found in video games. Henry and Delilah seem like real people. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to walk into a bar in Boulder, Colorado and see Henry sitting there finally chatting with Delilah face-to-face (let a girl dream!). I would probably snag the booth behind them and eavesdrop shamelessly. The relationship between them is enough to motivate me to play Firewatch multiple times.

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