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About Brian Shea

Brian Shea is VGW's Editor-in-Chief and one of the founding members of the site. In addition to leading the team at VideoGameWriters.com, he contributes such regular features as “Shea’s Say,” "Eleven Things," "Commercials from the Past" and “Essential Gaming."
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VGW’s “Game of our Existence” Award

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As you may have heard, VGW will be closing for business on December 20 of this year. While we were finishing up all of our final “Game of the Year” discussions, I began thinking back to all of our previous year-end deliberations and all the great games VGW has given us the honor of covering. […]

VGW’s Top 25 Games of 2014

Games of 2014

2014 was perhaps the most interesting year for video games since I started covering the industry in 2009. There were no clear-cut winners when it came to the “Game of the Year” debates. Universally adored games like The Last of Us and Skyrim didn’t dominate the gaming collective’s minds for months on end like they […]

Review: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad

Searching the Right Castle. Release Date: December 5, 2014 Genre: Puzzle Platformer Platform: Wii U Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo ESRB E MSRP: $39.99 Debuting in 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy, Captain Toad has seen his fair share of guest appearances. In 2013, the character saw his first taste of the action as he found himself playable through […]

Review: Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

Long Live the King.   Release Date: November 18, 2014 Genre: Open World, First-Person Shooter Platform: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft ESRB M MSRP: $59.99 With Far Cry 3, Ubisoft changed the feeling of the once hardcore FPS series to be more approachable. The result was […]

Opinion: ‘Far Cry’ is the hero the FPS genre needs

Far Cry 4

Monkey Hunting in Far Cry. It’s mid-afternoon. I’ve been scouring the mountainside for what seems like days looking for an Assam macaque so that I can finally craft that wallet I’ve had my eye on. “One has to be around here somewhere,” I say to myself as I glance at the in-game map which shows […]

Review: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Definitive Smash   Release Date: November 21, 2014 Genre: Fighting Platform: Wii U Developer: Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco Studios Inc. Publisher: Nintendo ESRB E10+ MSRP: $59.99 Following a successful handheld debut just weeks ago, the wildly popular Super Smash Bros. series is finally ready to return to the home console scene. Super Smash Bros. arrives […]

Review: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8 DLC

Mario Kart 8

A Legendary Offering   Release Date: November 13, 2014 Genre: Arcade Racing Platform: Wii U Developer: Nintendo EAD Publisher: Nintendo ESRB Everyone MSRP: $7.99 for Pack 1, $11.99 for Pack 1 and Pack 2 Bundle Mario Kart 8‘s launch may be in the distant past as far as the fast-moving video game industry is concerned, […]

Review: Wii U GameCube Adapter

Wii U GameCube Adapter

When Super Smash Bros. Brawl released on Nintendo Wii, the hardware had an advantage based on the system’s original design: it featured ports for GameCube peripherals to be used in games. This proved especially prudent as gamers grew tired of motion controls for core games, and showcased Nintendo’s foresight with releases like Mario Kart Wii and […]

Review: Amiibo

Amiibo

The announcement of Nintendo’s Amiibo figures was met with as much fanfare as it was confusion. The interactive action figures resembled those found in the Skylanders and Disney Infinity sets, and featured some of the most recognizable characters in video game history, but without a single game or franchise dedicated solely to the Amiibo figures, […]

Review: Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

A proper hail to the Chief Release Date: November 11, 2014 Genre: First-Person Shooter Platform: Xbox One Developer: 343 Industries, Bungie Publisher: Microsoft Studios ESRB Mature MSRP: $59.99 With the latest generation of consoles has come a multitude of upgraded versions of games from the previous systems. A year into its lifecycle, the Xbox One […]

How ‘The Master Chief Collection’ reignited my love for Halo

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We go way back Halo: The Master Chief Collection is nearly here, and it is looking to be the die-hard Halo fan’s dream come true. Combining the nostalgia of the original four Master Chief games with the modern technology of the Xbox One, there’s never been a better time to go through and replay the […]

‘Super Smash Bros.’ sinks its hooks in through more ways than ever

Super Smash Bros.

Just one more round It was assumed Super Smash Bros. was going to be quite addictive when it launched, but Sora Ltd. and Bandai Namco Games pulled out all the stops in order make sure the game grabs players and refuses to let go–you know, if you actually wanted it to let go. Dopamine is […]

Review: Shadow Warrior (Xbox One/PS4)

Shadow Warrior

Everybody Wang Chung tonight. Release Date: September 26, 2013 (PC), October 21, 2014 (Consoles) Genre: First-Person Shooter Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Developer: Flying Wild Hog Publisher: Devolver Digital ESRB Mature MSRP: $39.99 Going in, 2014 looked to be the year that would herald the return of the first-person shooter genre to prominence, but […]

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