Video Games

TuffGnarl.com’s Best of 2015

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Video Game Review: Star Wars Battlefront

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Well, not that long ago; more like just last week, when EA released Star Wars Battlefront. This is the third game in the Battlefront series and the most recent console video game since 2010’s Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Battlefront is a first person shooter and a reboot […]

Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Black Ops III

I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to do this time of year is to listen to political commentary. Just kidding. It’s actually blowing up shit in whatever the latest Call of Duty release is. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the latest in the first person shooter series and fourth in the Black Ops story line. The other […]

Video Game Review: Transformers: Devastation

Nostalgia can be a cruel mistress. Often, enticed by her comely looks and sweet words, I have foolishly played into her hands and paid dearly for it on more than one occasion. With the release of Transformers: Devastation, it appeared that I would once again lay with my silvery tongued paramour and suffer the ardent […]

Scene Review: Arcade Odyssey

Back in the late ’80s, and certainly during the early ’90s, I was already hard at work nurturing my burgeoning love of video games. Much of my earliest exposure came from a Sega Master System that I received for Christmas one year (an NES soon followed). Like many of you out there, I played the […]

8 JRPG soundtracks you should check out

As much as any other aspect of game play, music is an inextricable part of the Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) experience. In a genre where friends become enemies and stalwart companions run the risk of being unceremoniously murdered, a JRPG’s soundtrack is an important constant that helps maintain cohesion within the bounds of even […]

Tuffgnarl.com’s 50 must-play Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 titles: Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2.) While some of us have left behind the tried-and-true work horses of last generation’s console offerings to explore the nascent libraries of the current generation, this shouldn’t preclude anyone from revisiting (or discovering) some great titles from those older systems. In fact, if you are a lady or gentleman with […]

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: The Order 1886

In the great hype machine, The Order: 1886 fell somewhere in between Destiny and Shadow of Mordor. This game has been on the radar of Playstation faithful for some time. While awaiting its release, fans heard early feedback that was as mixed as the results are. Many gamers were hoping that this would be it: Playstation […]

10 Awesome Video Game Chiptune Soundtracks of Awesomeness

Video games have made impressive technological leaps since the time I first got behind a controller in the mid-’80s. And while “grown up stuff” has seen to it that I’m not quite as free to enjoy them as I once did, I consider it a most propitious matter that I am alive and well to […]

SUBSCRIPTION BOX REVIEW: Loot Crate (December 2014)

If you are anything like me, for the last year or so you have been watching with mild fascination as a persistent, but somewhat surreptitious, offer for Loot Crate subscription boxes has peppered your Facebook feed(also, you are overweight). More precisely, your attention has been drawn by the promise of a lot of neat-stuff-in-a-box for […]

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Assassin’s Creed Unity

Whether you know it or not we’re in the heart of the fall video game release schedule. And the latest game to drop is Assassin’s Creed Unity, published and developed by Ubisoft and available to play on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Not including Xbox 360 and PS3, to me, is a surprising departure from […]

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare–the 11th installment in the Call of Duty series published by Activision and developed by Sledgehammer Games for nextgen gaming consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) and High Moon Studios for (PS3 and Xbox 360)– begins with you as a newly minted Marine from the year 2054 and partnered with your best […]