Will Johnson

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UFC 3

Venerable in it’s own right, THQ’s Undisputed line of the last generation got better with each release, culminating in the astute Undisputed 3. Although consistently on the “arcade” side, the fighting systems worked very well, had stellar collision detection for 2012, and offered Pride FC fighters and presentation for good measure. EA acquired the Ultimate Fighting Champion...[Read More]

UFC 3 Beta Impressions

In 2014, Electronic Arts took their first crack at the newly acquired Ultimate Fighting Championship license with EA Sports UFC. With decently large shoes to fill from THQ’s retired Undisputed line, designing with the Ignite Engine was billed as the key to revolutionizing MMA titles for the Xbox One/ PS4 generation. While the graphical prowess and presentation was undeniably excellent, some ...[Read More]

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WWE 2K18

As a kid, the first thing that I considered “appointment viewing” was WCW Monday Nitro. At the height of the Monday Night War between Ted Turner’s backed brand and Vince McMahon’s then WWF product Raw is War, WCW was doing the unthinkable and reversed professional wresting gravity by beating Raw in the Nielsen Ratings 82 weeks in a row during the mid ’90s. Eventually,...[Read More]

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Forza Motorsport 7 Review

Since 2005, the Forza Motorsport brand has actually espoused a fair amount of varied complexion. At its inception, another first party racing franchise was already burning rubber on the “OG” Xbox. Project Gotham Racing started as a launch title for the console in November of 2001 and produced inviting driving mechanics just a tick on the arcade side. Forza was tuned more “simR...[Read More]

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FIFA 18 Review

At the jump, you’re thrown right into the ’53 minute of El Derbi madrileño match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Drama heats up as current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo is fouled right outside the box, resulting in a golden opportunity to bury a go-ahead goal.  From here, you step in and play out the rest of the tilt. This is an initial assessment test to attain y...[Read More]

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Time Recoil Review

The narrative of Story mode is clandestine to start, but reveals happen as you move through chapter events. The jist of it is there’s a nefarious actor by the moniker Mr. Time that has taken control over most of Europe. As a member of the Recoilers, your mission is to travel through time by way of wormholes, collect data or high value targets, and bring them back to HQ while merking any fool...[Read More]

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Observer Review

Welcome to 2084; welcome to Poland; welcome to the KPD. You are Daniel Lazarski, voiced by the unmistakable Rutger Hauer. Detective Lazarski is an Observer, those dispatched to look into various crimes in the “Lesser Poland” city of Krakow. What makes this particular group of police different is their authorized use of an investigative measure known as the Dream Eater, a shielded wire ...[Read More]

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South Park: The Complete Twentieth Season

Attempting to “member” twenty years worth of anything is a tall task, irrespective of its significance and impact. As I’ve attested in past SP reviews, this show has been a favorite of mine since its debut. Even still, the practice of recalling each year’s group of chapters individually and in proper order is a personal act in futility. Sure, off the top of my head I recall...[Read More]

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Halo Wars 2

The first edition in the subseries, Halo Wars, was released right around eight years ago for the 360. That was a joint venture between the then named Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios. It coalesced basic real time tenants within the Halo-verse realm. With the odds stacked against (usual RTS-on-console control mismatch, melding facets of a shooter to fit a completely different genre, et c...[Read More]

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Origins of Resident Evil can be traced to the first three entries, which were indicative of classic horror gaming conventions.  Third person orientation with a high angle, frustratingly rigid character control, limited resources, puzzles-a-plenty, and so forth.  Despite the shared similarities, the consensus critical response generally put these releases within a higher echelon.  2005 saw the rele...[Read More]

Gears of War 4

If blood is thicker than water, be prepared to swim; there's going to be a lot of it!  Microsoft Studios and The Coalition are emerging the next chapter in this high action shooter franchise, the first to be purpose built for the One.

FIFA 17

Clean up your kit, dust off those boots, hit the pitch, and prepare for kickoff!  EA Canada is back for another season with a brand new marquee mode and a burgeoning engine application.