Batman: Arkham Knight

Initial Reaction: Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst beta

611640982Initial Reaction: Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst beta

When I’m not at work, writing for The Media 10, or doing chores around the house – I consider myself a runner. Just kidding. I haven’t been on a building rooftop probably since I was a reckless kid.

Anyway, I love Mirror’s Edge. I loved every single thing about the original game. It was fast, it was clean, it was fluid, the story was just good enough, and speedruns/time trials were able to keep me coming back time and time again. I actually can’t count the number of times I beat the original game.

So of course I signed up to partake in the closed beta of “Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst.” I will continue to play it more tonight after watching the premieres of “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley.”

Did I like the beta?

Yes. I have been planning on buying this game as soon as it comes out, money saved up and everything, and nothing about that plan is going to change. (more…)

2016 M10 Award Winners

mad-max-fury-road-image-tom-hardy-52016 M10 Award Winners

The full list of 2016 nominees and winners are below.

Check out previous M10 Award Winners:
2014 Nominees and Winners
2015 Nominees and Winners

Film Categories

Best Film
Anomalisa
Carol
Ex Machina
45 Years
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Son of Saul
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
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Annoucement: 3rd Annual M10 Nominations

maxresdefault-1Announcement: 3rd Annual M10 Nominations

Film Categories

Best Film
Anomalisa
Carol
Ex Machina
45 Years
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Son of Saul
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
(more…)

Essay: What will be the best Video Game of 2015?

The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt_Prepare_for_impactEssay: What will be the best Video Game of 2015?

Last year there was no clear front-runner in this conversation. The Media 10 Award-winning game last year was “Dragon Age: Inquisition,” but  it was not by any means a clear front-runner.

This year there doesn’t seem to be a clear front-runner either. We compiled a most anticipated list at the beginning of the year and already 6 of those titles have been pushed to 2016 including our #1 pick “Tom Clancy’s The Division.”

It’s clear that the transition into the new generation of gaming has proved to be trying on many game developers. However, with a rather successful E3 this year, and the long-awaited announcement of “Fallout 4” for 2016. There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future.

But what about 2015? What will be the game of the year this year?
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SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

We are still in an odd dark period with next-generation gaming. With few outstanding exclusives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s hard not to see why the real dominant gaming device of this generation is PC.

Last year, the most advertise and anticipated game was “Destiny” which earned lukewarm reviews and didn’t make it into our top 10 for this year’s M10 Awards.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” ended up being arguably 2014’s strongest game, which no one really expected or saw coming. This year’s early high score goes to another under-advertised game, which happens to be an exclusive for Sony – and that’s “Bloodborne.”

“Bloodborne” has earned a stunning 93 on Metacritic with 58 reviews accounted for. Other notable games that earned a 93 are “Minecraft,” “BioShock Infinite,” Fallout 3,” Soul Calibur II,” “God of War II,” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

92 was the highest score on Metacritic for a console game that wasn’t a remake, or an iOS game, and that went to “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” an exclusive for the Wii U.

This kind of score easily brings “Bloodborne” to the top of the “Best of 2015” list, but what can rival it? “Batman: Arkham Knight?” “Tom Clancy’s The Division?”

Essay: Don’t Follow the MPAA or ESRB rating systems too closely

batman-arkham-knight-trailerEssay: Don’t follow the MPAA or ESRB rating systems too closely

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) slapped the upcoming game “Batman: Arkham Knight” with a M (Mature, 17+) rating for Blood, Language, Suggestive Themes, and Violence.

In a full interview with IGN, Sefton Hill (founder of Rocksteady) said “..From our point of view, we never wrote it or made it with a rating in mind. We never did that in the previous two games… We just felt that this is the story we really wanted to tell… I’m not blind to the fact that [the M rating] does mean some fans will miss out… I don’t want to be oblivious to that fact. It would have been wrong to water down the game and deliver a story we didn’t believe in to keep the game ‘mass market’ or enable it for more people. We feel that’s the wrong way to go about it. We said we love the story and we don’t want to jeopardize that.”
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Top 20: Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015

zelda-wiiu-e3-2014-2Top 10: Most Anticipated Video Game of 2015

With Video Games it is very difficult to pinpoint what might be the best of 2015 come this time in 2016. In today’s world a lot of the great games are independently made and fly under the radar. Also many games will be announced during E3 2015, most of those titles will likely be 2016 releases, but some will make it just in time.

Some of our titles on our list this year were actually on our Most Anticipated list last year. Now that the developers have had enough time to make the games perfect for gamers, we can really bet that they will be strong.

So here are our top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2015

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division

“Tom Clancy’s The Division” looks beautiful and has the potential to become the next defining multiplayer experience. People were excited to see this game come out in 2014, but in May last year the game was delayed to 2015. An anonymous source inside Ubisoft Massive stated “The game engine works well, it’s not done, but works well. The actual game development has barely started, however.”

There is no official release date, but there’s a strong chance the game will be released this year.
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Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

bayonetta21Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

What a bizarre year for video games. Was the first year of the next generation a success? Well, it was different.

Nintendo probably has the greatest story here. Back in March we wrote about their struggling profits and what a world without Nintendo may look like after unveiling their new console – the Wii U. BBC news had reported that Nintendo executives took pay cuts, in the 20-30% range, including president President Satoru Iwata who took a 50% pay cut after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

All of these projections implied a bleak future for one of the eldest video game company. So it feels refreshing to make an easy case that the Wii U had the best exclusive titles of 2014.
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Film Trailer: Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight

Announcement Trailer

Last Updated: 03/09/14

Still grinding my way through “Arkham Origins” which has been kind of a let down compared to the previous installments. Word is that “Arkham Knight” will be above and beyond the rest. The trailer is cinematically impressive too.