The Morning AMp – Review of The Order: 1886

After a minor delay out of 2014, Sony and Ready At Dawn have unleashed the lycan plague upon Victorian London with The Order: 1886. Is this the must-have title that’ll send even more PlayStation 4s off the shelves? Not really, I’m afraid. I break it all down for MollyBrian, and our loyal listeners on The Morning AMp. You can listen to the whole segment using the SoundCloud player above.

The Morning AMp – Smart TV Snafus and New Nintendo 3DS XL

Sometimes, tech companies are so preoccupied figuring out if they can do something that they never stop to ask if they should do something. Samsung recently found itself in hot water after two experimental Smart TV features blew up into consumer backlash, and I have the scoop for Molly, Reena, and the loyal listeners of The Morning AMp. After that, I dive into some hot new video game releases including the New Nintendo 3DS XL, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and more! You can listen to the whole segment using the SoundCloud player above.

Mashing Buttons – Battlefield Hardline [Beta]

Welcome back! After a holiday hiatus following Extra Life 2014, it’s time for me to talk over footage of video games and tell you how I feel about them. On deck today? The Battlefield Hardline beta. EA delayed the game from its originally scheduled October 2014 launch date to polish everything up to a pristine shine, and it certainly shows in this latest build.

The Morning AMp – Waze Poses Privacy Concerns and Zombies Pose Health Concerns

With the all recent leaks revealing how often law enforcement uses technology to surveil us, you’d think they wouldn’t mind if we surveilled them right back. Alas, the National Sheriffs Association called upon Google to remove the police tracking feature in its navigation app Waze. Does this infringe on free speech? I break it down for Molly and Luis on The Morning AMp. Then, a review of the first-person zombie murder simulator Dying Light. You can listen to the whole segment using the SoundCloud player above.

The Morning AMp – The Best And Worst of CES 2015

The first month of the new year is usually a pretty quiet time in the video games industry, but it’s a whole different story in the tech industry. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place every January and it’s basically the Super Bowl of the tech world. Companies of all shapes and sizes come out to Las Vegas and show off their latest wares in hopes of becoming the next big thing. Except this year, there wasn’t really a “next big thing” to show off. It was a lot of the same-old, same-old, and I break it down for Molly and Brian on The Morning AMp. You can listen to the whole segment using the SoundCloud player above.

The Morning AMp – Lizard Squad Ruins Christmas, Molly Plays Hohokum

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the bunch of lizards DDoS-attacking your video game consoles. Yes, the now-infamous Lizard Squad was up to no good during the holiday break, and I have the scoop for MollyBrian, and our loyal The Morning AMp listeners. Then, we dive into all of the games we played over the break, including Hohokum, Game of Thrones, Halo 5: Guardians, Destiny, and Assassin’s Creed Unity. You can listen to the whole segment using the SoundCloud player above.

 

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

rapturenewyearOut with the old, in with the new, right? That’s what this whole console generation was supposed to be about. It was supposed to be about new experiences and unprecedented technology. Instead, 2014 proved out that it’s actually about the same-old experiences and games being broken in unprecedented ways.

Sure, it wasn’t all bad. We got games looking to shake up their respective genres like Titanfall. We got sequels to games that so dearly deserved them like Bayonetta 2. We saw a renaissance in licensed games worth a damn like Alien: Isolation and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Lots of great indie titles made huge splashes, like Gang Beasts, Luftrausers, Roundabout, and Hyper Light Drifter. With all these high-highs, it’s still hard not to be disappointed in the low-lows.

Not to mention the vile wickedness of #GamerGate and all it has wrought upon the community at large.

But I have hope. 2015 is a chance to really bring in the new. New positivity to the community. New ideas from developers both big and small. New desire to try something outside of your comfort zone. New motivation to stand up and speak out against those who only aim to hurt others.

Thank you all for making my 2014 a truly remarkable one, and I hope you stick around for what 2015 has in store.