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South Park: The Fractured but Whole Review

Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco Publisher: Ubisoft Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 Release Date: October 17, 2017 Acquired via: Purchase by Reviewer As a fan of South Park: The Stick of Truth, and of the TV series that birthed it, this game was a no-brainer. I just refused to buy it at launch because I’m old and gruff and hate everything. Now that I have it, I am very pleased. With exceptions. S...[Read More]

Star Wars: Battlefront II Called Out for Borderline-Abusive Game Mechanics (UPDATED)

I’ve tried to stay away from the loot box shitstorm after a few articles highlighting their insidious bullshit. Apparently, EA wants everyone to keep talking about it with regards to Star Wars: Battlefront II. So I will. These bastards want the venom? I’ll dispense the venom happily! EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II has been fighting negative publicity for a couple of weeks. Their loot box system, w...[Read More]

BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft and Less Important Stuff

Last year, I ponied up for my BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket. I’m not posh enough to afford a trip to California, hotel stay for that weekend, and two tickets for BlizzCon (my daughter would disown me if I went without her). Besides, there was little news I cared about. I only wanted news on Overwatch and Diablo III. Those were the games I was playing. StarCraft II was nearing its end, and I never j...[Read More]

Retro Review: House of the Dead (Saturn)

Release Date: March 1998 Developer: Sega AM1 R&D Division Publisher: SEGA of America, Inc. Last year, I decided to do a Halloween-themed Retro Review. I took a look at Castlevania: Symphony of the Night because I love the game. But in a twist, I chose to look at the Japanese SEGA Saturn version. The game was different enough compared to the U.S. PlayStation version that it made it a novel revi...[Read More]

Destiny 2 on PC Swings Banhammer Early

Destiny 2 officially released this past Tuesday on PC and saw heaps of initial praise. I figured that would be a foregone conclusion. I’m not a fan of the series; I’m not even a fan of FPSes. But I felt there was no way an MMO FPS series like Destiny wouldn’t do well on the platform. The series is essentially the unholy marriage of Halo and Phantasy Star Online. I figured there was no way that wou...[Read More]

SEGA Spartan: A Whole Lotta Nope

Not being optimistic here I will forever accuse Digital Crack brother-from-another-mother Punisher of trolling me into writing about this. Further, it’s my belief that he wants me to write this so resident Sony fanboy – and reformed SEGA fanboy – Grumpy Joe can have sparks fly out of his ears that are bright enough to be seen in space. Punisher denies it. I think he’s full of shi...[Read More]

The (Single-Player) World is Not Gonna End

It’s the end of the world as we know it! I remember being dropped off at school one day way back in the sixth grade. This was before the NES and stuff. There were a bunch of adults in front of the school that day. They were holding up signs and chanting something I didn’t care to catch. I didn’t care to catch what they were chanting because the signs they held said everything I needed to kno...[Read More]

Loot Boxes Grow in Prevalence and Insidiousness

What ya buyin’? I’m sure most everyone is sick of reading about loot boxes. Trust me, I’m tired of having to bitch about them. Trust me, we’re all going to hate the prevalence of these little gambling boxes way more soon. I recently lambasted Microsoft and Turn 10 for introducing loot boxes into Forza Motorsport 7. Back in August, I did the same to Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It ...[Read More]

The HD Retro Movement: New Systems, Old Games

Gotta Go Fast…and Pretty! As anyone who follows me (all twelve of you) knows, I have my foot firmly planted in retro gaming. There are huge legions of gamers who share my love for all things retro, including Digital Crack mate Cousin Jose. My Facebook feed is littered with posts from the dozens of retro groups I follow. They run the gamut from the Magnavox Odyssey to the PlayStation 3 (which...[Read More]

Cuphead Review

When I confirmed my purchase of Cuphead on the Windows store, I let out an audible squeal. I instantly regretted the noise. I want to judge the game based on its merits, not my excitement for it. But I had a palpable amount of bias when purchasing this game. I’ve been hankering for Cuphead for well on over a year. It’s hard to not squeal when something you want that much is attainable. Seriously, ...[Read More]

Microsoft Joins the Loot Box Fad with Forza Motorsport 7 (Updated)

Yet another game ruined by gambling economics I’ve already ripped Middle Earth: Shadow of War for the inclusion of loot boxes. I’ve already ripped my Digital Crack mates for arguing in favor of Overwatch loot boxes. Today I set my sights on Forza Motorsport 7. Microsoft has decided to infect the game with the loot boxes that seem to be all the rage nowadays. I can sorta-kinda forgive the loot boxe...[Read More]

Red Dead Redemption II Trailer #2 Released

Rockstar Games released the second trailer for the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption II. It’s a bit late, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Rockstar briefly talked about the story for the game, saying it’s “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” If Van der Linde s...[Read More]

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