Brian Allen has been covering entertainment online and in print for over a decade. He lives in Cedar Hill, Texas with his wife and three kids. Follow him on Twitter @GameDropping.

Madden NFL 15 Countdown: Time for a Maddenoliday

Tomorrow will be the unofficial but real “Maddenoliday,” in which a few gamers will come down with a bad case of ” Madden-itis.” Symptoms including waiting in line at midnight launches, scoping out YouTube videos for gameplay footage and of course, calling in sick to work. We don’t have hard numbers on how many players more »

Madden NFL 15 Countdown: First impressions

Thanks to EA Access, I have been able to play about six hours of Madden NFL 15 before its release date. The time limit’s a different column, although I will say I’ve never played a trial with such a sense of urgency. Wait 26 secs to find a head-to-head match! I don’t have time for more »

Kickstarter for Hard West promises XCOM style strategy in the weird west

There is a metric ton of projects on Kickstarter, so we’re selective in the ones we bring you. Hard West is a concept from CreativeForge games, a team including people who worked on games such as Dead Island and Call of Juarez. They describe it as combat in an overworld inspired by Heroes of Might more »

Xbox Live update for the week of August 20, 2014

The Reaper of Souls is here in Diablo III on Xbox One. The Ultimate Evil Edition contains both the full game and the Reaper of Souls expansion. Pick your class, collect sweet loot and play with up to four friends locally or online. The storyline has five acts, and after that there’s Adventure Mode. In more »

Basketball stars talk NBA 2K15 at “Uncensored” event

2K Sports hosted an event called NBA 2K15 Uncensored yesterday in New York. James Harden, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis and cover athlete Kevin Durant all talked real and virtual basketball. TNT broadcaster Ernie Johnson moderated the forum. He’ll be part of the in-game commentary team along with Shaquille O’ Neal. Sadly, no Sir Charles Barkley. more »

Interview: Danny Garfield blends up the genres in Concursion

Two of the biggest trends in gaming are retro experiences and mixing various genres. Concursion, a new game on PC and Mac, offers up a heaping helping of both. It combines numerous genres from beloved 80s classics such as Super Mario Bros., Ninja Gaiden and Gradius. These genres are changed on the fly in this more »

Madden NFL 15 Countdown: EA Access early gameplay restricted to six hours

EA Access provides subscribers with a chance to play games five days before their retail release. But some of the game offerings will only allow a limited amount of play. Madden NFL 15 is one of these, EA revealing Access members will only get to play the early version of the game for six hours. more »

Hearthstone players calling for Naxxramas’ Mad Scientist to be nerfed

Curse of Naxxramas and its new cards have shaken up the Hearthstone metagame, with one card seizing the headlines. Mad Scientist, a 2 mana creature that puts a secret directly into play, has given the Hunter class a huge boost. They’ve always had the best secrets, now this wacky guy cheats them right into play. more »

Xbox One August update arriving now

The latest round of features for the Xbox One has arrived in a very social update. A new activity feed features more content, is longer and will allow friends to “like” and comment on items. Users can share video clips publicly or privately. Those that don’t want all this interaction don’t worry, you can turn more »

Gamescom 2014: Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 wins Best Sports Game

Pro Evolution Soccer has had it rough in recent years, as EA’s FIFA series has taken home the accolades and the sales. But word out of Gamescom 2014 suggests that’s about to change. PES 2015 took home the honors as the best sports game of the show. Konami’s Fox Engine, the same one that powers more »

Xbox Live update for the week of August 13, 2014

After a delay to work out some technical issues, Pinball FX2 is now available on the Xbox One. Tables purchased on Xbox 360 will now carry over to Xbox One free of charge. It includes the Sorcerer’s Lair table for absolutely free, so it’s worth trying to see if you’d like to purchase any other more »

Madden NFL 15 Countdown: The vision cone returns

Madden NFL is EA Sports’ franchise player, one of the biggest titles annually in the industry.  I’m GamerTell’s resident sports junkie so I’ll be taking a lengthy gaze at everything from new features, to online play, to the culture surrounding the popular sports sim. What time is it? Game Time! Today we’ll talk about a more »