About Jake Baldino

Grocery store manager by day, video game journalist by night. Jake spends his limited non-video game-time tweaking his iPhone and reading the occasional comic book. A proud New Yorker with a big mouth, you can find him talking games on The Nerd Word and the Pretty Much It show on YouTube.

Multiplayer: The biggest surprise from ‘God of War: Ascension’


While fans are divided over just how good Kratos’ new (prequel) adventure is, the thing that’s really seemed to get players talking is God of War: Ascension’s competitive multiplayer mode. Initially believed to be yet another tacked-on tertiary multiplayer experience, Ascension manages to retain the spirit of the franchise while being enjoyable with friends. Ascension’s […]

‘Remember Me’ is a cyberpunk dream come true


Capcom had a moderately-sized presence at PAX East 2013, and its main draw was undoubtedly the new IP Remember Me. Set in a cyberpunk Paris in 2084, Remember Me tells the story of  Nilin, a femme-fatale memory hunter on a quest for answers after she loses her own memory. The roughly 15 minute demo puts […]

DmC: Devil May Cry review


Yet again, we’re faced with a franchise reboot derided by seemingly overprotective fans. DmC marks a new beginning for Capcom’s Devil May Cry franchise- not only is it a completely new, non-numbered title, but it’s also been developed by an entirely new studio. Ninja Theory, the UK studio of Heavenly Sword and Enslaved fame, set […]

‘Fallout 4′ unofficially teased by Bethesda?


   Fallout 3, winner of numerous hearts, minds, and GOTY awards in 2008, has not faded from the public mindset. Thankfully, it’s looking like series fans can finally give up replaying Fallout: New Vegas and look forward to the Fallout future. Erick Todd Dellums, voice actor for Fallout fan favorite Three Dog, took to Twitter […]

‘Portal’ creator calls for female developers to rise to the challenge

Girl playing video games

Kim Swift, designer at Airtight Games and one of the people responsible for the mind-bending hits Portal and Quantum Conundrum,  issued an inspiring call to action for aspiring women in the games industry in her blog. In her post, Swift details the uplifting #1Reason twitter movement and the troubles she’s faced in a notoriously male-dominated […]

New Super Mario Bros. U review


The appeal of the iconic Super Mario games is a difficult concept to grasp. Despite being so hokey, childish, simple, and now aged, fans flock to these games time and time again. And for the first time in over 20 years, Nintendo is launching a home console with a Super Mario Bros game, and the […]

The Wii U Diaries: Is Nintendo’s GamePad the future of peripheral gaming?

Wii U Game Pad Analog Sticks

The Gamepad turned out to be the most exciting aspect of my Wii U launch experience. I was skeptical of the thing, and wasn’t really excited for it or convinced of its inherent innovation. I actually thought it all seemed a bit silly. This all changed when I placed it in my hands. More “Wii […]

“Mr. Torque’s Campaign of Carnage” DLC for ‘Borderlands 2′ released


Borderlands 2‘s new chunk of DLC, “Mr. Torque’s Campaign of Carnage”, has been released today for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Hot on the heels of “Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty“, “Mr Torque” is another substantial offering, giving players new characters and bosses to meet, weapons to shoot, and huge new areas to explore. […]

Medal of Honor: Warfighter review


With every critically acclaimed, best-selling AAA game, there’s always the inevitable spawn of “me-too” titles; games enthusiastic about the new ground set by these big titles that try and capitalize on doing more of the same. A most recent example was Inversion, a generic, cover-based shooter styled after Gears of War with half the charm […]

‘Dishonored’ to get “Dunwall City Trials” DLC in December, more soon


A slew of DLC will be coming Dishonored over the next few months, according to Bethesda. The first announced batch of content, “Dunwall City Trials,” provides ten challenge maps that test players skills in all areas of gameplay: stealth, combat, and movement. Activities range from arena battles with modified parameters, time-trial races through the city, […]

‘Assassin’s Creed 3′ contains PS3 exclusive Benedict Arnold missions


Gamers who pick up a Playstation 3 copy of Assassin’s Creed 3 next week will be treated to four exclusive missions. Starring historical Patriot traitor Benedict Arnold, assassin Connor must work undercover with Arnold to expose “spies”. The missions are to end with a bang in an assault on the West Point military base in […]

Spotty rumors of next ‘Skyrim’ DLC “Dragonborn”

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It looks like we might be able to chalk up another leak/prediction to an over-curious forum user. Bethesda forum user “Mardoxx” interpreted source code within the new 1.8 Skyrim patch to contain details about an upcoming, possibly major expansion, which is believed to be called “Dragonborn.” Let’s break down why it does and doesn’t make much sense: While […]

Release date and pricing finally revealed for Windows Surface RT


After many months of rampant arguments, deliberating, and guesstimations throughout the Internet, Microsoft has finally dropped the sought-after details of its upcoming Surface tablet device. The officially titled Surface for Windows RT, the device will come in both 32 and 64 GB models ($499 and $599, respectively) and the undeniably sexy keyboard covers will be […]

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