Crit or Miss: The Thing: Who Goes There?

On this episode of Crit or Miss, I take on the Scribd downloaded passion product of Michael Tresca based on the John Carpenter close quarter masterpiece, The Thing!

Tanner Reviews Final Fantasy XV

ff_xv_cover_artWell this is it. The last video game post of 2016. This year I suprisingly had a higher number of video game reviews then I had last year. So this should definitely be a more well rounded list. As always, the Best and worst of 2016 will come near the beginning of January after one last hurrah at the movie theater to pick up a few stragglers at the end. The video game best and worst list will be recorded and both lists will be published to Tanner Reviews as well as Project Derailed. So look forward to that coming up soon. But for now, let’s talk about one of my favorite games of 2016, Final Fantasy XV. After the abysmal showing of Final Fantasy XIII I had little faith in the franchises ability to keep modernizing as time goes on. The irritating main cast combined with the never ending corridor displayed a crisis, in my eyes, with the Final Fantasy franchise. After Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a success, I thought they would just take the Ultima route and just focus 100% of their energy on the MMORPG scene. But boy was I wrong! Final Fantasy XV came back with a bang with a combination of classic RPG feels, modern setting, as well as a 1950’s/modern day motif, this has proven to truly be the sleeper hit of 2016 just as the year is coming to a close. Continue reading

Tanner Reviews Stardew Valley

SDV_twitch_boxartThere is something oddly serene about playing a farming simulator. Why is it that games like Farmville, Harvest Moon, and the various farming simulators that may include the thrilling life of being a goat. All you are doing is farming! But for some reason, that farming just feel right. Maybe it is this deep psychological need for something relaxed and mundane to cut through our various video games where we are slaughtering people in every direction or on some grand adventure to save the world. Could these games give us an introspective look into the human mind… Or maybe I’m just overthinking shit and the reason these games are popular is because people want to play a fun game. Either works, just pick your poison and let’s move on. The point is that Stardew Valley is the new farming simulator that is taking the gaming world by storm. But the question remains, even if it is popular, does it make it good? Well let’s find out!

Simplistically put, Stardew Valley is a farming RPG. You take on the roll of a farmer and your job is to tend your crops and build a life for yourself the best way you know how. You are encouraged to collect livestock, plant multiple farms, you can marry, and you can build upon what you have worked so hard to achieve. Continue reading

Tanner’s Resident Evil Retrospective: RE Outbreak

Re_outbreak_aHappy 4th of July everyone and what a way to celebrate it. I have been looking forward to this day and this review. Resident Evil Outbreak is my one of favorite game in the series, only losing out to the original and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. It may not be the best game in the series and has little to nothing to do with the actual plot at large, Resident Evil Outbreak seems to be the best case example of fan service for a Resident Evil fan such as myself. Continue reading

Tanner Reviews The Cave

The_cave_video_game_coverAfter showering in bleach and dousing myself in disinfectant, I think I am ready to move past Walking Dead: Survival Instincts and return to my reviewing duties. But for today’s review I really want to cleanse my palate and review a game that I personally feel is one of the most underrated games as of late and that is Double Fine’s The Cave.  Continue reading