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Josh’s Top 10 Games of 2018

Josh’s Top 10 Games of 2018

2018 was a year full of highly awaited sequels, anticipated new franchises and a surprising number of “battle royale” modes top publishers were trying to cash-in on due to Fortnite’s monstrous popularity. There have been let-downs, microtransaction debates and studios shutting down that have let franchises in limbo as well, but despite these topics of debate, 2018 saw one of the best years in gaming. All three consoles had stellar first party support and blockbuster multi-platform games such as Red […]

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

“Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey” Review

The year off in 2016 for Assassin’s Creed was a much needed breath of fresh air as the series returned to reinvigorate the franchise into new and exciting directions. Origins was an instant success, breathing life into a stagnant series with new combat, exploration options and scenery. But unlike past yearly installments that tried to reinvent the wheel with each new iteration, Odyssey branches off of what Origins created and delivers one of the best entries into the long-running Assassin’s […]

“Far Cry 5” Review

“Far Cry 5” Review

The Far Cry series has always been known for its over-the-top violence, eccentric characters, and beautiful landscapes. It always put players in remote locations, jungles, mountains, and islands as they battled control from a tyrannical dictator and saved the citizens, engaging in mindless bloodshed along the way. But while the previous installments had stunning scenery and memorable villains, Far Cry 5 seems to have been streamlined for a more casual audience. While Joseph Seed is a deranged villain, he pales in […]

Josh’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Josh’s Top 5 Games of 2017

I still don’t have a Switch. Not because I don’t want one, but because there is still so much content coming out for 2016’s games that it’s hard to keep track of all the new releases in 2017. Battlefield 1 still dominated my playlist at the beginning of the year all the way to the summer, with DICE fully supporting the game continuously. However, since the GOTY awards are only about new full releases and not DLC, it has not […]

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” Review

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” Review

Assassin’s Creed Origins is the first game in the series since 2015, after taking a one year hiatus. Since its inception, Assassin’s Creed series has seen annual releases that were very hit-or-miss in terms of playability and story. Origins set out to become the most ambitious Assassin’s Creed game yet, and the one year break they used to refine every aspect of the game seems to have paid off in droves, as Origins is not only one of the best games […]

“Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass” DLC Review

“Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass” DLC Review

They Shall Not Pass is the first expansion for Battlefield 1. Focusing on France’s contributions to the war, players get a brand new look at the French countryside as it gets ravished throughout the expansion’s many new maps and modes. The French lost an estimated 1.4 million soldiers during World War I, and They Shall Not Pass helped showcase the country’s immense sacrifice as well as the brutality that the war had upon their homeland. They Shall Not Pass proves […]

“Battlefield 1” Review

“Battlefield 1” Review

The Battlefield series has always been about about massive warfare. From planes flying overhead, tanks rumbling on the roads and dozens of infantry soldiers fighting inside buildings, there is no greater sense of all-out-war than what DICE managed to create. Turning back the clocks on Battlefield and setting the latest entry during the events of World War I seemed like a risky challenge as it’s a war not many people are well informed about and the series has always been […]

“Gears of War 4” Review

“Gears of War 4” Review

The Coalition had big shoes to fill. Epic Games redefined the shooter genre and Gears of War was forever cemented as one of the best shooting series of all time. With Microsoft often touting the series next to Halo as the staples of the Xbox exclusive library, a lot of eyes were on The Coalition to deliver a solid addition to a massive fanbase. While the game is still as enjoyable as it was 10 years ago, problems with the […]

“AIPD” Review

“AIPD” Review

Twin-stick shooters have risen in popularity on consoles over the years thanks in part to simplicity and the ability to create a dynamic and exciting game using only the most basic of controls. Geometry Wars helped pioneer the genre and will continue to be the pedestal to what all future shooters measure themselves up to in the coming years. While similarities are abound, AIPD does a lot of things like Geometry Wars, but the few new ideas it has added […]

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” Review

“Assassin’s Creed Syndicate” Review

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has come a long way since last year’s tumultuous entry of Unity, a broken, unplayable mess that featured a boring protagonist and uninspired missions. Ubisoft, determined to learn from their mistakes and reclaim fans they lost, have put out not only one of the best Assassin’s Creed games since the Ezio trilogy, but one of the best entries in the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise.

“Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” Review

“Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” Review

When Gears of War first released back in 2006, it showcased what the Xbox 360 had to offer. Epic’s Unreal Engine was coming to form and it allowed Gears of War to become one of the staple franchises for Microsoft. Nearly a decade later and the same veracity and intrigue still shows, as Gears of War has never looked better and the gameplay is still as exciting and enjoyable as it was years ago. While a few design choices don’t […]

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