During my time at GamePro Magazine, I had the pleasure of working on a cover story revealing the world of Splinter Cell Conviction. Though the game is looked upon as the black sheep of the franchise, it was a game I thoroughly enjoyed.
Fans seemed to dislike Conviction‘s action focus, as it took the stealth hero Sam Fisher out of the shadows. Sam Fisher became Jason Bourne. In my review, I focused my attention on what Conviction was attempting to do, rather than compare it to other games in the series. Years later, I still feel it succeeded.
I’m still compiling my thoughts on Mass Effect Andromeda after ten hours with the game’s trial via Origin Access on PC (also available on Xbox). Until then, enjoy nearly ten hours of footage from the game. Included is a complete playthrough of all available missions, including side quests and errands. Due to gameplay gates, some missions can’t be completed during the trial.
The last video in the series (six in total) features my first crack at multiplayer. I wish I dedicated more time to this mode as I found it quite fun when I realized how missions were tiered.
One of my negotiated requirements for joining Shacknews in mid-2010 was the company would relocate me to the United States within a year. By April 2011, I was living in Los Angeles; over 3000 miles away from my home in Toronto.
As moving expenses would be retroactively paid, I was in a tough situation. Moving to America wasn’t a cheap proposition. Plane tickets, international freight shipping, rent, and utilities were hitting my finances hard so I decided to sell off some of my most precious collectibles. These primarily consisted of SNES games; a collection I lovingly put together over years from my teenage to my twenties.
Selling that pile of games was the biggest video game-related mistakes I’ve ever made (save for pre-ordering Brute Force), but thanks to the Raspberry Pi that bruise is starting to heal.