About Russell Jones

By day, Russell works in local TV news. By night, he plays and writes about video games for VGW and his personal blog, The Gentleman Gamer. An avid RPG fan, Russell can also be found plotting the demise of adventurers from behind a Dungeon Master's screen. He can be heard weekly on the "Geek In Review" podcast (GiRPodcast.podomatic.com).

Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon fight

Bigger And Better. Release Date: November 18, 2014 Genre: RPG Platform: PC, PS4, PS3, XBO, Xbox 360 Developer: BioWare Publisher: Electronic Arts ESRB M MSRP: $59.99 Dragon Age: Inquisition excels at being the kind of high-stakes, expansive-world RPG that BioWare has become known for–even if it carries along some of the developer’s same RPG baggage. Let […]

Review: Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor

Back To The Future… of Warcraft Release Date: November 27, 2014 Genre: MMORPG Platform: PC, Mac Developer: Blizzard Publisher: Activision ESRB T for Teen MSRP: $49.99 Here are the most important things you need to know about “Warlords of Draenor” the new expansion for World of Warcraft: 1) It’s (mostly) still the same WoW you know […]

From pandas to Warlords, a return to ‘Warcraft’

Dark Portal

A new World of Warcraft expansion lies before the millions still logging into to Azeroth every day, and after a lengthy hiatus I’m only mildly surprised that I have several max-level characters parked outside the Dark Portal and ready to join the fight against the Iron Horde. I’d played WoW almost continuously since a year […]

Overwatch’s case for increased gaming diversity

Overwatch lineup

This weekend’s BlizzCon, the fan convention for Warcraft creator Blizzard, is going to be looked back at as one of the company’s historic moments. Along with announcing its first new IP in more than a decade, Overwatch, Blizzard took a major step addressing an issue that’s currently rocking around the gaming world: diversity in games. At the […]

Preview: ‘Gat Out of Hell’ unleashes Seven Deadly Weapons

Saints Row IV Armchair-A-Geddon

One of the biggest selling points for the ludicrously spectacular Saints Row IV was the crazy awesome super powers it gave your psychopaths puckish rogues. They were so awesome, in fact, that the powers wound up overshadowing almost every other aspect of the open-city mayhem game. Why do you need to trick out cars when you super-run and […]

Hunting Orcs in the Shadow of Mordor

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One of the things that’s separated Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor from the rest of the video game pack this fall has been the stories people have been sharing about their most memorable orc hunts. Whether it’s the one that got away, or the one who just kept coming back for more, or even a captain […]

Minecraft: The Price of Discovery


Today’s official word that Microsoft has bought Minecraft and its developer Mojang for $2.5 billion spawns a lot of different emotions, especially because Minecraft has become such an emotionally important thing for so many people. The chief concern is that a massive corporation like Microsoft shelling out that much money for a property like Minecraft […]

Review: Destiny


A Shady Start. Release Date: September 9, 2014 Genre: Action/RPG, FPS, MMO Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision ESRB T for Teen MSRP: $59.99 Bungie has desperately tried to avoid genre labels for its mythical, sci-fi, MMO-lite, shooter-based RPG Destiny in the run-up to the game’s release. In that absence, the […]

A Clueless Person’s Guide to ‘Destiny’

Destiny Times Square billboard

Even if you’ve never picked up a game controller in your life you’ve almost certainly been bombarded by advertisements for Bungie’s next big shooter, Destiny. Their TV ads are on nearly every channel. Images of the last Guardians of Earth or the mysterious Traveler pop up in newspapers and magazines. Massive billboards herald the game’s arrival […]

What the ‘Warlords of Draenor’ cinematic means for WoW’s future


Blizzard unveiled its cinematic trailer for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, at Gamescom last week. While as gorgeous and action-packed as any of their other trailers, this particular cinematic has a lot more going on than just an orc-on-demon bloodbath. The first thing to note is that this trailer is almost entirely for those […]

Casey Hudson, one of the minds behind Mass Effect, leaves BioWare

Mass Effect

BioWare announced Thursday that after 16 years, Executive Producer Casey Hudson was leaving the company to enter “a new stage in his career.” Hudson led the team which created the Mass Effect series and was involved in the very influential Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic as well as Neverwinter Nights, three franchises that […]

Opinion: PlayStation Now Beta Impressively Disappointing

PlayStation Now logo

The PlayStation Now beta arrived this week, rewarding great expectation with a pretty impressive amount of disappointment. PS Now promised to be a streaming gaming service, where older titles from prior consoles could be instantly played on the PS4 if you had enough bandwidth. Many saw it as Netflix for video games, and that’s the […]

Review: The Last of Us Remastered


(Re)Masterful. Release Date: August 5,2014 Genre: Action-adventure, Survival Platform: PS4 Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment ESRB M for Mature MSRP: $49.99 The Remastered edition of The Last Of Us is the perfect example of how a great game can be made even better on new hardware, and the definitive version of a generation-defining game. […]

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