Mike Murphy

Digital Video Producer, YouTube/Twitch Personality, Web Journalist, Sports Fan & Lover of Many Things

Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 – All That Remains Review

“Clementine has endured terrible hardships in the years since the dead began to rise in The Walking Dead. With her surrogate father and role model, Lee, now gone, those hardships are only getting worse in the first episode of the game’s second season,All That Remains, where I’m reunited with the child I’d fought so hard to protect in Season 1. After spending approximately two hours in the young girl’s shoes, I found Season 2’s beginning to provide a more memorable experience than its predecessor’s premiere, even if this season’s current narrative lacks as compelling a sense of purpose.”

Link: http://www.gamernode.com/reviews/the-walking-dead-season-2-episode-1-all-that-remains-review/

VGXs Making Postive Strides for Awards Show

I’m not going to lie when it comes to my historical feelings towards the VGAs. Like many on the Internet, I’ve felt that the show has slowly degraded itself into a preview-fest littered with celebrity guests that have nothing to do with the medium aside from playing games on their couches. I even used GamerNode as an outlet back in 2010 to vent my frustrations on the event’s constant failure to meet its potential.

This year it seems that Spike, Geoff Keighley, and the rest of the gang behind the VGAs are starting to get the message. In a radical change of course, the awards show has now been relabeled VGX (For what reasons the X needed to replace the A, I’m befuddled over.) and went from a large, Oscars-like stage event to a no-audience set presentation. Though of course gamers on the Web and throughout the Twittershpere have still lobbed complaints at the way the show was run – some of it valid, some of it not – I’ll say that this was actually a stride in the right direction for the show. Far from perfect, but on the right track.

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Battlefield 4 Review

“It’s become abundantly clear over recent years that modern or near-future military shooters of the first-person variety don’t place a high emphasis on story, especially when compared to their multiplayer components. In Battlefield 4, this trend hasn’t been bucked, only reinforced. But despite what I found to be yet another campaign lacking strong narrative, EA and DICE’s latest entry to the series takes its already addictive online action to new, awe-inspiring heights.”

Link: http://www.gamernode.com/reviews/battlefield-4-review/

VS Node 36: Best Surprises & Biggest Letdowns of the Generation

“Continuing the Versus Node series on the seventh console generation, Eddie Inzauto, Dan Crabtree, Mike Murphy, and Josh Robinson pick up with the best surprises and the worst letdowns of the generation. The GamerNode staff members remember the games that blindsided them the most, for better or for worse, since November 22, 2005.”

Link: http://www.gamernode.com/vs-node-36-best-surprises-biggest-letdowns-of-the-generation/