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.

‘Retro Freak’ console is a classic gamer’s dream

Retro consoles that play NES and SNES games are pretty cool. Cyber Gadget’s Retro Freak Console will play those, Mega Drive/Genesis cartridges, Game Boy/Game Boy/ Color/Advance,  and even Supergraphx cartridges.  All in all, it plays carts from 11 different consoles. That’s right, it goes to eleven. The Retro Freak comes in two parts, the console more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of May 20, 2015

It’s time again to take a look at the titles we’ll be playing this week in the Xbox Live Marketplace. First up is the Xbox One’s Spy Chameleon, an arcade-puzzler that will test the player’s ability to blend into their surroundings. Tackle five missions and 75 levels of super secret stuff that only a chameleon could pull more »

Marvel Future Fight is a free-to-play action RPG with 40 heroes at launch

Disney/Marvel has such high hopes for Marvel Future Fight,  there’s an ad for the free-to-play game running before The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  It’s from Korean developer Netmarble, whose hits include Monster Taming, Seven Knights and Raven. The story told in campaign is the work of Peter David, the acclaimed scribe of storylines such as The Incredible Hulk: Future more »

KFC turns Colonel Sanders’ bio into an Atari style game

Kentucky Fried Chicken is bringing the Colonel back with a huge ad campaign, and has hired Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond to portray him in commercials.  As part of the promotional blitz, it has released a retro-style game called Colonel Quest. It’s a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the jobs KFC swears Colonel Harland Sanders during the jobs more »

Bethesda shows brief teaser for new DOOM

Much of the Bethesda-related talk has been about Fallout 4 and Wolfenstein: The New Blood, so it would be easy to forget about the return of Doom. That is, until you saw this latest teaser. Bethesda is quite excited and is hosting its first ever E3 Conference June 14. We’ll no doubt see more of Doom, Fallout 4 and perhaps some other surprises. more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of May 13, 2015

It’s time for some puzzle platforming on the Xbox One with Schrodinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark. There are serious problems at the Particle Zoo. Leptons, glutons and bosons are taking the place over. It’s up to Schrodinger’s Cat to save the day and set things right. Use four different color-coded Quarks to fix more »

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a little Arkham Asylum, a little Grand Theft Auto

After Assassin’s Creed Unity, this franchise is in need of a home run.   and its Industrial Revolution setting just might deliver it. This game deals with the most recent historical setting yet, London in 1868. At this time, it is perhaps the most important city in the world, and it is completely under Templar control. The more more »

Madden NFL 16 unveils first trailer, new features

Now that the official cover reveal is out of the way, it’s time to find out a little more about what’s in Madden NFL 16. This year’s theme is “Be The Playmaker,” focusing on the battle for aerial supremacy. Amazon already has its listing, and from it we’ve gleaned some info about the new features. Total Control more »

Odell Beckham Jr. is Madden NFL 16 cover athlete

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. capped off one of the best rookie campaigns in NFL history by earning the cover of. ESPN announced the news on its flagship program, Sportscenter. Beckham defeated New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the final vote, sparing EA from a year of deflated football jokes. Beckham earned more »

Abyss Odyssey Extended Dream Edition coming to PlayStation 4

Abyss Odyssey is an action roguelike from ACE Team, the minds that brought us Zeno Clash. The developer has announced the Extended Dream Edition for PlayStation 4 owners who either haven’t experienced it or just want to go through again. It will be in beautiful 1080p and add two-player PVP and four player local competitive modes, both features the PC more »

May Xbox One update brings dedicated servers for party chat

It’s time again for the Xbox One to roll out some new features. May’s update goes live today and fulfills some long-running fan requests. Preview audience members got a sneak peek at party chats with dedicated servers, not this feature is rolling out for everyone. This should seriously increase the up time on party chat. more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of May 6, 2015

I think Xbox Live is contractually obligated to offer up at least one zombie-themed game per week. This time, it’s a Kinect offering. Slice Zombies on Xbox One asks players to hold off the zombie apocalypse with their bare hands. Cut, grab and shoot them before your brains end up on the menu. Slice Zombies is $9.99. Ultratron is a robot-themed more »