Matthew Ahern

Matthew Ahern

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A scholar of geek culture with a specialty for fantasy.

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Spartacus Legends

Spartacus Legends is a free-to-play fighting game on Xbox Live and PSN. The free-to-play model has the ability to be so invasive, that it can undermine the overall experience. Spartacus Legends is not plagued too much by these tactics, but it suffers from some debilitating gameplay flaws.

Set in Starz’s Spartacus universe, you take control of a whole roster of gladiators. Right from the start, a huge opportunity was missed. You are able to purchase gladiators, but you are given no information More >

Doritos Crash Course 2

In theory, free-to-play seems like an excellent model for both the creator and the player. Most of the time, it is. However, when a game becomes pay-to-win, that is when things begin to fail. Doritos Crash Course 2 adopts many of the pay-to-win strategies that come at a detriment to the overall experience, and yet, there are still salvageable moments to be found.

When you play Crash Course 2 for the first time, you are given one map for free. Everything from then on is purchasable content. More >

Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington

When originally announced, Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington seemed to be a refreshing departure from the core franchise.  Unfortunately, this DLC was boring and unjustifiably expensive. However, despite these flaws, fun can still be had here.

The issues start early. For some reason, Connor retains his memories from the original reality while he is physically the Connor of this alternate reality. They never explain it, nor does it begin to make any sense. This is just the More >

Deadpool

After long last, Deadpool has finally received his own game. Deadpool is the crazy, misogynistic, merc with the mouth from the Marvel Universe. The game goes above and beyond what makes Deadpool great. Unfortunately, this comes at a detriment to gameplay, content, and overall polish.

The story revolves around Deadpool attempting to make his own video game. However, much like Deadpool’s mind, this game makes no sense. This is due, in large part, to Deadpool tearing up the game’s script within More >

The Night of the Rabbit

Indie games have never been my favorite. I find the quality to be all across the map and they often have an amazing aesthetic but are shallow in every other aspect. The Night of the Rabbit certainly has a beautiful design but there is so much more to enjoy.

First in foremost is the story. You play a young boy named Jerry Hazelnut during his second to last day of summer vacation. While exploring the wilderness around his house he discovers a magical anthropomorphic rabbit named Marquis de Hoto. More >

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is that kind of game that no one sees coming. Because of the title many gamers may assume that this is in some way related to 2012’s Far Cry 3 but do not make that mistake. Aside from common gameplay tendencies this title bears no resemblance to its retail counterpart and quite honestly, this gem is infinitely more refreshing and fundamentally more unique.

Instead of Jason Brody, the unskilled protagonist from Far Cry 3, you play Sergeant Rex Power Colt, a Mark IV Cyber More >

Sleeping Dogs

In the early 2000s, gangster games were exceptionally popular. The thought of taking up the role of a lawless criminal interested gamers quite a bit back then but the popularity of such games has consistently faded.  Sleeping Dogs changes the traditional formula by making the protagonist, Wei Chen, an undercover cop. In theory this should add new levels of depth to both the plot and gameplay but unfortunately the end result is frustratingly generic.

Based in Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs places the More >

Captain America: Super Soldier

Licensed games have established a reputation for being at best mediocre and at worst atrocious. However there are a few rare gems that are actual decent and sometimes even exceptional, Captain America: Super Soldier is one of those jewels. The game is not perfect by any means but it is nevertheless an enjoyable experience.

The plot of the game takes place somewhere in between the storyline of the movie Captain America: The First Avenger. It sends Captain America on a trip to Baron Zemo’s More >

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