The Next Guardian of the Galaxy Should Be…

WARNING – This article will contain spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. You have been warned. By the time Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 rolls around, the Guardians may find themselves short-handed. This is because in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos sacrifices his daughter and Guardians member, Gamora, to receive the Soul Stone. In doing so,…

The Marvel Formula: What It is and Why It Works

By Michael Stoll 28 February 2018 Over the past decade or so, Marvel has honed their ability to make a blockbuster like no other company. As it stands, it is the highest grossing film franchise of all time, raking in 13.5 billion dollars worldwide in just 9 years. Some have attributed this to Marvel’s successful…

Top Line/Bottom Line: Rocking Pilot

By Michael Stoll 18 August 2017 Top Line: Rocking Pilot is a fun, fast-paced arcade-style game that’s a rapid-fire blast at its best and a bit of a chore at its worst. 3.5/5. Rocking Pilot is everything it seems to be at first glance. It’s breakneck, chaotic, difficult, and unique. It has a old-school feel…

Sports Games in the Age of Customization

By Michael Stoll 02 June 2017 In recent years, gaming has taken a huge swing towards personalization. In the multiplayer FPS, far gone are the days of mowing down the identical hordes of enemy soldiers clad in the same drab uniforms. Gone even are the days when one could only distinguish themselves from their opponents…

Top Line/Bottom Line: Evolve

By Michael Stoll 14 April 2017 Top Line: Evolve is a Left-4-Dead style co-op monster hunt with a few good ideas balanced out by a few bad ones, and the overwhelming variety of stuff can make the game prohibitively difficult to jump into. 2.5/5. Whenever games with enormous casts of playable characters come out, I…

Top Line/Bottom Line: Layers of Fear

By Michael Stoll 31 March 2018 I made the decision to play through the twice-a-month free Xbox Live Game with Gold titles recently so I could always be producing interesting content for you kind folks to take a look at. Since Layers of Fear has been taken off the “free” category already, I might have…

Top Line/Bottom Line: Doctor Strange

By Michael Stoll 19 November 2016 Top Line: Doctor Strange offers a fun spectacle of CGI wonder and provides the Marvel Cinematic Universe with another strong entry, but fails to immerse the audience fully in the world of magic. 3/5. Doctor Strange is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) following 13 films,…

Top Line/Bottom Line: Poly Bridge

By Michael Stoll 15 September 2016 Top Line: Poly Bridge is a fun, challenging puzzle game tasked with the unfortunate task of following up the nearly identical Bridge Constructor. 3/5. Have you ever booted up a new game and felt like you’ve played it before? Chances are you have. Sometimes it’s because you actually have…

Top Line/Bottom Line – Avernum 2: Crystal Souls

By Michael Stoll 09 August 2016 Top line: Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is a classic-style RPG with all of its skill and creativity dedicated to making dungeon mazes and none of it dedicated to making the game interesting. 1.5/5. The previous image is symbolic of my experience playing Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. You’ll notice, just…