Scott Anderson

My Favorite Games of 2016

With another year of gaming behind us, and one just as promising in its infancy, I wanted to reflect on the year that was and pick out some of the games I enjoyed playing the most. This is not a Top 10 list or a compilation of the best games that were released in 2016. This is a list of the games that I had the most fun with this year, no matter how the public at large perceived them to be or when...[Read More]

Taking it to the Streets: New Hearthstone expansion released

Hearthstone, Blizzard’s uber-popular collectible card game, released its newest expansion yesterday, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The first expansion since Whispers of the Old Gods back in April, ‘Streets’ introduced new 132 cards, along with a completely new concept for the game – Tri-Class Cards. These neutral cards can be played by one of three classes, depending on which ...[Read More]

Video: Unboxing the Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collector’s Edition

After more than a decade of waiting Final Fantasy XV has finally graced us with its presence, and oh how glorious it is! I will be doing a Review in Progress as I slowly make my way through the Broventures of Noctis and Pals (the clear subtitle for the game), but in the meantime I wanted to give everyone a look at the rare-ish Ultimate Collector’s Edition. I somehow managed to get my hands o...[Read More]

Review: No Man’s Sky

Game – No Man’s Sky Release date – August 9, 2016 Platform – PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Windows Developer/Publisher – Hello Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Trying to accurately describe Hello Games’ procedurally generated survival-adventure game No Man’s Sky is a bit like attempting to share your insights on the meaning of life – there are numerous ways to approach it, some may have drasticall...[Read More]

New Sonic game debuting next year

There’s nothing quite like going back to your roots to find yourself, and it seems like Mr. The Hedgehog is giving it a shot. Tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, SEGA revealed Sonic Mania, a callback to the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog’s heyday. A 2D platformer with “core classic gameplay”, Sonic Mania is set to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2017. Includ...[Read More]

Life is Strange Episode 1 Going Free Tomorrow

The joys of time-traveling teenage turmoil will soon be free for the gaming masses to experience for themselves. Square Enix will be making Life is Strange Episode 1 “Chrysalis” free – indefinitely – starting tomorrow, July 21. The free download will be available for all formats, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC and Mac. “Although our team set out to create an award-winning narrative we ...[Read More]

E3 Preview: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Coming off the success of the company’s best-selling Dragon Ball game to date, Bandai Namco is currently full-speed ahead on Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. The game is a direct sequel to the previous installment and will feature a number of new additions to the series, many of which were based on player feedback from the first game. For starters, the main hub world will be more than seven times larger t...[Read More]

E3 Preview: Tekken 7

The next installment in the Tekken series of 3D fighting games was one of this year’s heavy-hitters at E3. First shown off at Microsoft’s press conference on Monday, Tekken 7 is the final chapter in the Mishima Family Blood Saga. The decades-long (for gamers) battle between Kazuya and his father Heihachi will finally receive some form of resolution. During a special media theater presentation, Ban...[Read More]

EA Play: Hands-On Impressions

The EA Play experience is one of many that is hosting gameplay demos throughout the week here at E3. I was given the enviable task of attending and trying out five new games coming soon to a gaming platform near you. While the games themselves were all pre-release builds, meaning that the final product could vary from what I experienced, I was nonetheless able to get a good feel for what to expect...[Read More]

Review: Ratchet & Clank

Game – Ratchet & Clank Release Date – April 12, 2016 Platform – PlayStation 4 Developer/Publisher – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment When the original Ratchet & Clank was released in November 2002 for the PlayStation 2, it was praised for its satisfying gameplay, enjoyable platforming and over-the-top weapons. In the 2016 re-imagining of the first chap...[Read More]

Interview with Axiom Verge creator Thomas Happ

Axiom Verge, the Metroidvania game from creator Thomas Happ, initially was released in March 2015 for PlayStation 4. It has since been launched on PC and was most recently made available on PlayStation Vita on April 19. I caught up with Mr. Happ prior to the PS Vita release and asked him how he came up with the idea, what it’s like to create a game practically by yourself and what he sees th...[Read More]

Review: Dark Souls III

Game – Dark Souls III Release Date – April 12, 2016 Platform – PS4, Xbox One, PC Developer/Publisher – FromSoftware/FromSoftware, Bandai Namco Entertainment   Anguish. Despair. Rage. Relief. Elation. Triumph. FromSoftware’s third installment in its Dark Souls series will force you to experience each of these emotions during your journey through the grim Kingdom of Lothric. Throughout the majo...[Read More]

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