Mashing Buttons – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

A lot of people claimed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor came “out of nowhere” when it started picking up perfect scores last month, but it’s clear that a lot of time and love has been put into building this Tolkienian adventure. From the deep and dynamic Nemesis System to the smooth and satisfying combat, Shadow of Mordor is one of 2014’s best. Don’t believe me? See for yourself!

The Morning AMp – Microsoft Mania and Review Lightning Round

Apple has been dominating the news cycle these past few weeks, so it’s only fair that we give Microsoft some The Morning AMp airtime to talk about Windows 10 and Minecraft. Afterwards, hosts Molly and Brian run me through a lightning round of video game reviews featuring Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, Metro Redux, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Alien: Isolation. You can listen to the full segment using the player above.

“You’ve Met With A Terrible Fate, Haven’t You?”

Here we go again. The yearly deluge of big-budget, bombastic, in-your-face video games has begun flooding both retail shelves and players’ consoles. Which ones are good? Which ones are bad? Which ones should you skip and which ones should you put your hard-earned dollars toward? I’m afraid I can’t answer those questions quite yet, and I’m sorry. I’m swimming in a sea of new releases trying to figure out “how many out of 10″ games like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Skylanders: Trap Team are, and I promise to get you those answers. Rest assured, I am working on lots great content that will be hitting the airwaves and YouTube tubes very soon.

I’ve met with a terrible fate — too many great games to play and not enough time to play them.

The Morning AMp – iPhone 6 Plus Hands-On, Bungie’s Destiny and Hyrule Warriors

As is the now yearly tradition, Apple has unleashed another pair of iPhones into the world and I managed to bring one in to The Morning AMp studios for a quick demo. After hosts Molly and Brian finished fawning over the device, we also touched on the recently announced Apple Watch and take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the long-forgotten Palm Tungsten. Finally, we round out the show with reviews of Destiny and Hyrule Warriors. You can listen to the entire segment using the player above!

Mashing Buttons – Hyrule Warriors

Look in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… a Legend of Zelda-themed Dynasty Warriors game? In a surprise collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors has been unleashed upon the Wii U. The easy-to-master combat can get a tad repetitive, but the Nintendo charm still shines through as you fight alongside your old friends Link, Princess Zelda, Impa, Gannondorf, and many more. See for yourself by watching the video above!

The Morning AMp – Apple News, Big Twitter Changes and Dancing!

Lots of big things are happening in the tech world! Apple has an iPhone 6 that you can have nude photos stolen off of, you can now buy hammers from Twitter, and your Xbox One Kinect has been transformed into the best dance instructor money can buy. Confused? Listen to this segment from The Morning AMp to get the scoop!

Mashing Buttons – Dance Central Spotlight

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a great dancer. However, when I started this blog, I made a promise to you, dear reader, that I would give you the important, hard-hitting video games news and reviews. As such, here we are with Dance Central Spotlight. This stripped-down version of Dance Central acts more like a karaoke machine than its full-fledged predecessors but doesn’t skimp on the breadth of song choice nor the quality of choreography. See for yourself in the video above!