Michael Passalacqua

Growing up I've come to enjoy eating buffalo wings, swinging golf clubs and playing video games. When I'm not doing those things, I'm either playing hockey, or imagining how awesome it would be to live in a post-apocalyptic world. I love playing games with a deep role-playing experience and an immersive story. Oh, and I could probably beat anyone in any Madden game ever made.

Is Playtime in Games Overrated?

Everyone has at least one game they’ve poured their life into. Hours upon hours spent completing quests, grinding for unique items, and gaining that coveted 100% mark. Be honest, there’s nothing quite like noticing you’ve reached 100 hours with a game and still having more to do. But at what point does playtime matter? Should it be the deciding factor in buying a game or passing it up? Shoul...

Why Papers, Please is My Game of the Year

I wait anxiously as I watch the immigrant walk out of my booth and into my native country of Arstotzka. I had crossed referenced her passport with her entry permit and made sure her vaccinations were up to date. Double checked that the passport and entry permit numbers synced up. I was confident that I did I thorough job, but with Papers, Please you never know. *Click, click, click* the sound of t...

Betrayer: A Different Kind of First-person Game

Betrayer is game that so far has poised more questions than answers. Your character has ventured to Virginia at the turn of the 17th century in hopes of helping a struggling colony, instead immediately you notice something is wrong. Where is everyone? Who is this strange cloaked lady in the distance? Where has the color gone? Throughout my time with Betrayer (from the developers of F.E.A.R. and No...

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches DLC Review

Player choice is something that made Dishonored such a special game when it released back in 2012. Being able to go about your mission objective in a permutation of ways was what made the game feel so unique. It was also something missing when The Knife of Dunwall released back in April. The missions seemed too straightforward with only a limited number of ways to carry out your objective. Fortuna...

The Top 5 Things We Want to See in Fallout 4

Fallout 4 seems like a long way off. With gaming conventions coming and going without any word and rumors being shot down left and right it’s difficult to see an announcement anywhere in the near future. We know its coming… eventually, but while our mouths water over anything Fallout related, let’s discuss 5 things that would make Fallout 4 the best video game ever made.   5. No Level C...

The Elder Scrolls Anthology Announced

Earlier today at QuakeCon, Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls Anthology. The complete PC collection is compiled of every Elder Scrolls game to date. The Anthology will be released on September 10th for $79.99. Included in the collection is: The Elder Scrolls: Arena The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Morrowind DLC: Tribunal Morrowind DLC: Bloodmoon The Elder Scrolls...

The Best Video Game Character of All Time

We’re friends right? We’ve known each other for a long time so I feel like I can be honest with you: I hated Cole Phelps at first. In fact, when LA Noire released back in 2011 I stopped playing for a month because of him. Part of its my fault, I didn’t go into the game with the right mindset. Seeing Rockstar on the front of the game (I know they only published it) and expecting it to be like anoth...

Has Assassin’s Creed Gone Wrong?

When the first Assassin’s creed released for consoles in 2007 the game didn’t fail to disappoint. The inherent repetitiveness of the mission structure and gameplay left many gamers wanting more. A game that clearly had so much potential didn’t live up to the expectations that the hype had brought it. Enter Assassin’s Creed II: a game that arguably should have been what the first Assass...

Borderlands 2 Getting New DLC, Level Cap Increase

That’s right ladies and gentlemen if you’ve played all there is to play in Borderlands 2 and it’s five current DLC packs there is more incoming for you. Gearbox confirmed at their PAX Australia panel today that the level cap will be increased by another 11 levels to 72, plus new missions and additional DLC packs will be released this fall. Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Di...

Dishonored The Brigmore Witches Gets Release Date

Bethesda has announced the release date of the final piece of downloadable content for their hit title. Dishonored The Brigmore Witches arrives on Xbox 360, PS3, and Steam on August 13th and European PS3s on August 14th. The DLC will cost $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points.  Minor Spoilers Below In The Brigmore Witches you will be able to continue your journey with Daud and finish what you started in T...

The Walking Dead: 400 Days Review

I was skeptical going into The Walking Dead: 400 Days. Taking five characters, telling five separate stories, putting it all in one episode, and somehow connecting them all was a risky move for telltale games. After making five episodes that revolved around Lee and his journey with Clementine, I wasn’t sure how I felt about diving into a piece of content that had me playing as five separate people...

Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale is Live!

Get out those virtual wallets, the 2013 Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale begins today. The annual sale discounts big games for a limited time only, so act fast! For Today, July 2nd only, some of the best games of 2012 are on sale for a major discount. Far Cry 3, Retail Price: $60, Sale Price: $20 Borderlands 2, Retail Price: $30, Sale Price: $10 Max Payne 3, Retail Price: $20, Sale Price: $10 Assassin...

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