Bioshock (2007)

10 I expected Bioshock to be a great game. A fantastic setting, amazingly consistent atmosphere, responsive combat, and a gripping story await anyone who inserts Bioshock into their console’s hard drive. I even expected things to get tense as I found myself face-to-face with one of the now legendary Big Daddies and even question my…

50 Greatest Songs of 2017

As much as I love music lists, I often find year-end catalogs, particularly ones ranking songs rather than albums, to be quite weak. There is a tendency to focus on hits or to only include one song per artist. Not only is this disrespectful to artists beyond the Top 40 who may have had killer…

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

10 The moon hangs over Novigrad. After a day filled with monster hunting, bandit slaying, exploring, exploding, galloping and card playing, Geralt of Rivia winds down the day by helping one of his many ex-lovers escape persecution from the extremist, witch-hunting Church of the Sacred Flame. After telling her goodbye, Geralt watches as her ship…

The Problems with Fallout: New Vegas

I have a lot of great history with Fallout: New Vegas. Initially introduced to the franchise with Fallout 3, I was incredibly excited and frankly a bit incredulous when I found out that a second 3D Fallout game existed toward the close of my stint in high school. One of my none-too-bright friends (I grew…

25 Greatest Albums of 2017

Critics and music-lovers tend to look back on the year in review and profess that it was a great year regardless of how much good music was actually released. It’s an annoying trend, but it’s also because if you know where to look, good music is always waiting to be discovered. There was something for…

Killing America (and making a profit)

I hate Country music. It isn’t a blanket hatred; I enjoy some of the more progressive voices in Country (mostly from years past). Lucinda Williams and, more recently, Jamey Johnson come to mind as some of my favorites. But for the most part, not only do twanging guitars and drawling vocals about beer, trucks, and…

Add Violence – Nine Inch Nails (2017)

***1/2 Trent Reznor’s latest 5-track EP starts out strong in a new direction before resetting and heading down the same beaten path of chaotic synth crunchiness that he’s walked since the ’90s. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s hard to fault one of the greatest artists of all time for sticking to his guns.…