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Detective Pikachu: I Don’t Choose You

Mike Massotto May 29, 2019

Anyone who knows me moderately well knows I’m a sucker for Pokemon. Whether it’s the collectible cards or the games, I’m a big fan. The Pokemon franchise does a wonderful job catering to all ages:...

“Shazam”: DC Finally Gets It

“Shazam”: DC Finally Gets It

Mike Massotto May 2, 2019

Another month, another movie -- and one from DC no less. You would think that after DC's past half-dozen critical flops that they'd stop rearing their head to challenge Marvel on the cinematic front...

Tetris 99: The Puzzling Battle Royale Game

Tetris 99: The Puzzling Battle Royale Game

Mike Massotto March 6, 2019

We all know Tetris, the falling block puzzle game that started it all. In 1985, it was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and its popularity since soared. While many iterations, spin...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review: Everyone is Here!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review: Everyone is Here!

Mike Massotto December 22, 2018

Most people who grew up with a Nintendo system in the past twenty years can tell you about the “Super Smash Bros.” series. Widely recognized as the biggest crossover in video game history, Super...

Venom: Fun, But A Flop

Mike Massotto October 24, 2018

It’s rare to find a movie revolving around a villain, especially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We’re all so used to the uplifting and slightly silly nature of Marvel’s superhero movies...

Kirby Star Allies: Does A Game Need To Be Challenging To Be Good?

Mike Massotto April 5, 2018

While the Kirby franchise is known for its adorable characters and vibrant level design, it also has a reputation of being one of the easiest platform games on the market. When gamers are looking for...

Black Panther: A Unique Flavor to an Overused Template

Mike Massotto March 8, 2018

Marvel movies are being released almost constantly, and while none of them are particularly bad, a change of pace or structure would be welcome. Upon seeing the atmosphere of Black Panther, I thought...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: The Best Kind of Weird

Mike Massotto January 29, 2018

Note: If you are yet to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” proceed at your own risk, this review is not spoiler free. “It’s time for the Jedi to die,” said the trailer of the newest Star Wars...

Super Mario Odyssey: Weird Done Right

Mike Massotto November 21, 2017

One of the strange things about the Super Mario franchise is that it takes on many different forms: there are Mario games that are 2D sidescrollers (think classic Super Mario Bros.), Mario games that...

“Cuphead”: Megaman meets Mickey Mouse

Mike Massotto October 24, 2017

What if you could plug a controller into an old-timey Mickey Mouse cartoon? Play as the tiny rodent as he scampers about, avoiding the gargantuan cat, and against all odds, barely overcoming its wrath....

Wonder Woman: Can DC Be Trusted?

Mike Massotto June 17, 2017

It’s a strange occurrence that Wonder Woman hasn’t had a movie until now, seeing that she has been a part of DC Comics and a major figure of American pop culture since 1941. Nevertheless, Wonder...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Frustratingly Average

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Frustratingly Average

Mike Massotto May 18, 2017

The first Guardians of the Galaxy came out of nowhere. No one had heard of this ragtag superhero group except for avid comic fans, and even then the Guardians of the Galaxy dwelled under the shadow of...

Logan: Making Inhumans More Human

Mike Massotto April 7, 2017

The X-Men movie series by Fox studios is probably the superhero franchise with the most mixed reviews. With gems such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and trash such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is quite...

For Honor Review: Anything But Chivalrous

Mike Massotto February 16, 2017

For Honor is a game developed by Ubisoft Montreal for PS4, Xbox One, and PC that attempts to answer the age old question: Who would win, Knights, Vikings, or Samurai? This is done by getting each faction...

Rogue One: The Story We Didn’t Know We Wanted

Mike Massotto January 23, 2017

Like many people, I am a Star Wars nerd. Like many of those Star Wars nerds, I occasionally wonder what great adventures took place between the events of each Star Wars film. What battles were fought?...

10 Disappointing Game of 2016: A Year of Overhype and Glitches

Mike Massotto January 20, 2017

2016 is being generally accepted as a bad year for many people. Whether it be the poor choices we had this elections, the deaths of so many well-known music artists and actors, or the generally “blah”...

Dr. Strange Review: Marvel Dives Into Sorcery

Mike Massotto December 14, 2016

Since the late 2000s, Marvel has been well known for delivering amazing films featuring various heroes from their comic book franchises. With worldwide bestselling movies like The Avengers and Guardians...

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