My Growing Excitement for Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite was released on Tuesday, but those who share my affinity for the midnight launch ran out at midnight on Monday to charge, not into Rapture, that slumbering underwater dystopia, but to Columbia, floating sky city of tomorrow. Well, as envisioned by the academic elite of 1911...

5 NES Games I’m Searching For [Gamer On]

I frequently write and shoot video extolling the virtues of modern games, but seldom do I dive into anything retro. Well, recently I got to hang out with Muzz from NerdKO and was floored by his collection of games. Such a thing cannot be UNSEEN and amidst this treasure trove of classics I...

First Impressions: Ni No Kuni [Gamer On]

If you caught Cheeky Geek Weekly 4, I mentioned briefly that I’d probably be checking out Ni No Kuni, the latest PS3-exclusive JRPG creation from Ghibli Studios and Level-5 games. Well, I went out yesterday and picked it up and was more than happy to pop it in for a few hours to see...

Worst of 2012: TV… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: One of the nice things about getting rid of cable this fall was that I didn’t end up watching many shows I disliked, as I was too busy marathoning all the good stuff, like DAMAGES (Netflix), FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (Netflix), and MISFITS (Hulu). But before I let go of our...

Best of 2012: TV! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Oh, I had a hard time with choosing a best TV show this year. I usually pick comedies, and in 2012, we had a couple that I really love: THE MINDY PROJECT‘s Mindy Kaling feels like my spirit animal, and the zany alien show, THE NEIGHBORS, makes me feel like I’m back...

Best of 2012: Songs! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: Man, this was a tough year to decide a favorite song. The stuff on Top 40 radio was banging, with hits like LIGHTS by Ellie Goulding, N*GGAS IN PARIS by Jay-Z and Kanye West, WIDE AWAKE by Katy Perry, BLOW ME (ONE LAST KISS) by Pink,  and FEEL SO CLOSE by Calvin Harris, all...

The Best of Times/The Worst of Times 2012 [FaN Remembers]

Ernessa says: Well, since I’m writing this half-prone in a hospital bed, you’ve probably guessed already that being on bed rest since the week after Thanksgiving (6 weeks so far, with two clocked in the hospital) has absolutely been my least favorite moment of the year. However,...

Worst of 2012: The Movies… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: While my Best of picks are most often pleasant surprises, my Worst of one are usually movies, which I was really anticipating, but which severely disappointed. For example, BRAVE, the first Pixar movie with a female lead, was shockingly boring with a lead who managed to be both...

Best of 2012: The Movies! [FaN Cheers]

Ernessa says: I don’t want to say, bedrest is a b-word, but I haven’t gotten to see nearly as much Oscar far as I usually do around this time of the year, including the much-buzzed-about DJANGO UNCHAINED. I think that’s why for the first time ever, I’m picking an...

Worst of 2012: The Books… [FaN Boos]

Ernessa says: As FaN and its writers get older, I find this and the resolution question are the ones that gets answered the least on our end-of-the-year survey. And I know answering this question was particularly hard for me this year. I just don’t death march through books like I used...

343 Industries Just Saved Halo [Gamer On]

I realize that title’s begging to get torn apart but bear with me. Halo as a franchise has long been synonymous with outstanding multiplayer and a solid (if sometimes contrived) sci-fi story that garnered consistent praise from reviewers. First, Some History However, later entries in the...

First Impressions: Borderlands 2 [Game On]

So far I’ve spent about 6 hours with Borderlands 2 and am happy to say that I’ve come away much amused and hungering for more. Part of that’s the loot-hound in me and the other part is one that lusts for cel-shaded graphics. Either way, here’s why Borderlands is a rootin-tootin, slaughterfest...

Review: Uncharted: Golden Abyss [Game On]

I confess, my experience with Uncharted: Golden Abyss‘s big brothers has been limited. I’ve played them for a few hours each, and much appreciated the production values that went into them, but for some reason or another had neglected to stick with them. However, it’s one of...

Sound Shapes for PSVita [Game On]

It’s often easy to think of a game fitting purely into a defined genre and sub-type. For example, too often violent video games strictly conjure up imagery of first-person shooters illustrating war-torn conflicts between alien races or too-close-to-home terror plots. Platformer are...

Breaking Down and Buying the PSVita [Game On]

I was in Grand Rapids, Michigan all last week on business. I’m sure I’ve gone back and forth before about how I will never buy another handheld system and how the glory of iOS is meeting all of my on-the-go gaming needs, but I just couldn’t help myself. When you’re...

Good News and Bad News [The Packrat Show]

The bad news is that “The Packrat Show” is on hiatus until late Julyish. The good news is that they’ve left us with a clip show of some of the best moments from Season 2....

First Impressions: Max Payne 3 [Game On]

  Well, it’s been nearly 10 years since we last saw Max in action and now we’re finally able to see what’s transpired since we last saw everyone’s favorite hard-boiled action hero palling around with Mona. So how do I feel having waited a decade to see Max back in...

Don’t Jump, Jack! [The Packrat Show]

The Packrat crew does their impression of THE OFFICE. Only one of them is actually enthused to do so. Also reviews of MINUTEMEN (The WATCHMEN prequel) and Earth 2, which features the new gay Green Lantern –who just so happens to look exactly like the gay dude from Archie, but oh,...

Don’t Go into Packrat’s Basement… [The Packrat Show]

… unless you’re ready to dance. Also, Jack and Josh cover the latest Avenger vs. X-men. Molly gives a 3 (out of 5) to YOUNG LOVECRAFT,  a comic that dares to imagine what H.P. Lovecraft might have been like as a child. And Caroline explains why the final issue of...

50 Shades of Batman and Superman Getting it On! [The Packrat Show]

Other than giving us a reason to write “fellatio” for the second time this week at Fierce and Nerdy, the Packrat Gang, also reviews RESIDENT ALIEN #1, which they call “MURDER, SHE WROTE with an alien” — not in a good way, but if you’re Eric Sims,...

Avengers Throwback – The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction [...

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen The Avengers four times so far and I’ve zero reservation about going for a 5th.  However, one thing I did notice amidst heading out to the theater over and over to see one of my favorite super hero teams is that Hulk seems to just about...

Comic Book Shop Verite [The Packrat Show]

This week the Packrat crew reviews DC Presents: SAVAGE — which has been getting a lot favorable comparisons to SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. And if you love Greek mythology and you love Wonder Woman, then you definitely want to check out their rec of the latest Wonder Woman series, which set...

Don’t Try to Exercise Like Bruce Wayne [The Packrat Show]

First of all, all kinds of yay that The Miss Packrat Show and The Packrat Show have now combined to make one super-show. Other than that we get awesome reviews of KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE, INCORRUPTIBLE,  – and if you loved The Hulk in THE AVENGERS as much as we did, you...

“I Like You Better on Drugs” [The Packrat Show]

This week the Packrat gang stages a B-dryl intervention; reviews the new Iron Man graphic novel; recaps the China Mieville comic, DIAL H FOR HERO — sleepily; and gives the latest issue of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN a very enthusiastic thumbs up. If you were already excited about finally getting...

Horror Game Weekend – Silent Hill HD Collection and Dead Island ...

Alright, a few weeks ago I went to Horrorhound Weekend (video recap of that right here if you’re curious).  After running around a convention centered solely around all things terrifying, it got me thinking that I hadn’t really played a good survival horror game in a while.  After...

Let’s F*cking Party [The Packrat Show]

Jack and Josh review IRON MAN without his suit, Josh admits to actually liking Alec Baldwin’s THE SHADOW (nostalgia is involved), and apparently Shia LaBeouf has a comic memoir out called LET’S F*CKING PARTY, and it’s not...

Avengers vs. X-Men [The Packrat Show]

OR The Problem with Preview Issues OR The Hulk’s Voicemail Message OR Who’s a Bigger Douchebag? Captain American or Cyclops? Trust us, this will all make sense after you watch this week’s...

Where Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Failed [Game On]

If you’ve been watching The Walking Dead lately (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) you’ve no doubt seen the trailer for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. I had really high hopes for this game because it was the first time we’d revisited Raccoon City in over...

Magic is for LOSERS! [The Packrat Show]

Jack and Josh review Catwoman, Spiderman, Rocketeer … and give some poor guy shit for playing MAGIC.

Planet of the Apes #1, Avengers Assemble #1, and Deathstroke #7 [The P...

There’s also a bonus mini-review of THIEF OF THIEVES, the latest Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) series. Enjoy!

The Batman Expert [The Packrat Show]

This week Jack and Josh review THE DEFENDERS #4, ANIMAL MAN #7 (way better than the title makes it sound), and the much-buzzed-about first issue of Image Comics’ HELL YEAH (pictured). Also, there’s a Batman “expert” — so yeah, definitely worth a...

The Force Is Strong with Joshua Irish [The Packrat Show]

From Ernessa: Well, if you’ve been following this blog since the beginning, you know I stan ALL DAY for comic books — especially graphic novels. So when Joshua Irish from “Game On” let me know that he was co-hosting a weekly comic book review show and asked if FaN...

What Console Makers Can Learn from Apple [Game On}

With Nintendo recently posting some horrible losses, a lot of which can be attributed to the rise in iOS gaming popularity, it occurs to me that if Apple really does plan on making a foray into gaming, there are some things that Nitntendo, Sony, and Microsoft can do to prepare for this by...

My 2012 Gaming Resolutions [Gamer On]

It’s that time of year again where everyone gets a jump-start on the goals they’re going to accomplish as the new year arrives.  While other people are concerned with shedding a few pounds or finally getting around to cataloging their pristine collection of Star Wars Memorabilia,...

Hunting Elk in Skyrim [Game On]

Skyrim, Bethesda’s followup to the critically acclaimed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from 2006 offers an unparalleled experience in immersion.  In fact, that’s very much the reason I chose the title of this post.  As much as I wanted to continue the main quest I have ended up...

Review: Gears of War 3 [Game On]

While Xbox Live might’ve termed it ‘The Most Anticipated Game of 2011′, that might be a bit of a stretch, I’d certainly been looking forward to it.  I very much enjoyed the first Gears of War and the follow up with the introduction of ‘Horde Mode’. The...

5 Reasons I May Pass on Nintendo’s Wii U [Game On]

In case you haven’t heard, Nintendo is prepping to launch its next gen system, the Wii U.  Normally I run out and buy nearly every gaming system at launch.  I actually waited overnight in a tent to get a Nintendo Wii with my friend in 2006 and was enthralled with the new system. ...

5 Superheroes That Need a Better Game [Game On]

I haven’t done many list-ish posts here on FaN so I figured I’d cut my teeth by talking about 5 of my superheroes who absolutely need a better video game.  Without further adieu, one of my personal favorites… 1. Daredevil Now, mind you, I realize he’s made appearances...

Why Apple Will Move Into Gaming [Game On]

Apple has continued blurring the line between our information and their closed (though beautiful) ecosystem.  Regardless of whether you are for or against this process, one thing is clear; they aren’t done yet and their entry into gaming is simply a question of when — not if....

L.A. NOIRE Review [Game On]

I’m convinced Rockstar won’t be satisfied until it has created a superb experience representing every significant time period.  Such is the case with their latest effort, L.A. Noire. Set in 1947 Los Angeles, this detective drama deftly combines an intricately restored vision of...

How Sony Could Have Handled Their PS3 Disaster Better [Game On]

If you don’t have a PlayStation 3 or haven’t heard about the PSN outage I’ll give you a quick recap.  Last month Sony’s PlayStation Network servers were compromised, and the PlayStation Network was subsequently taken offline.  While we all had a good laugh at...

Nintendo 3DS Review: One Geek’s Thoughts [Game On]

First I believe some introductions are in order.  My name is Joshua and I’m thrilled to be here.  Ernessa was an early supporter of my own blog, GeeksPodcast.com, so it feels great to be able to write something here on Fierce and Nerdy. Now for my latest geeky endeavor: my purchase of...