From its launch in 2008, Brutal Gamer has had a top notch team of writers and critics ready to report, review, and otherwise bring the best in gaming, comics, toys, and all things pop culture to our readers. Brutal Gamer is not a website dedicated to one specific piece of hardware or one genre of comic or film, and we strive to cut through the typical industry fanboyism to bring truly honest takes on games, hardware, and the industry in general to our readers.
You want ‘brutal honesty’? You’ve found it.
At Brutal Gamer our reviews are judged on a 100 point scale, measured in a percentage. 0 is -of course- awful, while anything 50% to 70% is about average. High 80s to 100? That’s being as close to perfect (in the eyes of the reviewer) as possible.
Please remember that here at BG, a 50 means the game (book, movie, etc…) is average and does just what it needs to do to get by. It would denote something that you should maybe rent if you’re not especially interested, or buy if it’s a title/genre you have time invested in. To get above a 50, something needs to display at least one or two elements that lift it beyond the ‘norm’.
- Games are judged on presentation (visual and auditory), control, and story.
- Books and comics are judged also by presentation, but with a much heavier tilt towards content and writing- as you might expect.
- Hardware and technology items are reviewed based upon ease of use, design, bells and whistles, and functionality.
- Movies of both the theatrical and home video variety are critiqued in much the same way as the above, and DVDs/Blu Rays are also marked for their ‘extras’ selection.
Just looking for a quick take on something, but a little more than just a number? That’s what our Final Thoughts are for. Each review ends with a parting thought from the critic that sums up the main bulk of the preceding work, both for good and bad, and will tell you in no uncertain terms if what you’re reading about is worth your time.
About Our Staff:
Jason Micciche | Editor-in-chief, Podcast Co-Host
About me: I’ve been a gamer since Moon Patrol on the Atari 2600… let that sink in. I also have a monster-sized place in my heart for comic books, and a deep love ’80s nostalgia. I dig action figures of the vintage and modern variety as well, and pretty much live for the big Cons like the SDCC and my hometown NYCC.
Favorite Games: Doom (series), Halo (series), Super Mario World, Diablo II, Super Punch-out!!, Crash Bandicoot, Tecmo Bowl, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Mortal Kombat 2, BioShock, Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Favorite Genres: First-person shooters, adventure, hack’n slash
Current consoles owned: Xbox One, PS4, PSVR, Xbox 360, Wii U, Alienware PC, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, Dreamcast, Saturn, 3DO, Atari Jaguar, Virtual Boy – and yes, I have all this stuff actually hooked up and ready to play.
About me: Been playing games since I got a Commodore +4 as a kid. Admittedly a bit of a Nintendo geek.
Favourite genres: RPG, Puzzle, Platform, FPS, TPS
Current consoles owned: PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Android, 3DS & PS Vita
PSN ID: Ognawk
Xbox Live GamerTag: Ognawk
About me: Gaming since Atari, I’m a fan of media on multiple platforms. I am always watching or playing something! Who knows what I will be on to next?
Favourite genres: RPG, Puzzle, Platform, FPS, TPS
Current consoles owned: PS4, Xbox 360, iOS, PC
About me: The movies, music and television of the ’80s are Jessica’s obsession. She’s a fan of almost everything from the ‘me decade’ including (but not limited to) Barbie, Jem, She-Ra, Ms Pac-Man and neon print anything.
Favorite games: Rock Band 3, Kinect Sports, Bejewled, Ms Pac-Man
Favorite Genres: Puzzle, rhythm (come back- please!), platformers
Current consoles owned: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC
Rick Brown | Xbox Editor, Podcast Co-Host
About Me: A little crazy and a whole lot of funny. I write about video games while I wait to make the money. Also part-time rapper.
Favorite Games: Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur, Batman: Arkham Series, Madden Series, Mass Effect Series, Diablo 3
Favorite Genres: Third person adventure games, sports, FPS
Current Consoles Owned: Xbox One (Xbone), Xbox 360
Xbox Live GamerTag: Doc Brown303
Erich Martin | Staff Writer, Podcast Host
About me: Erich was introduced to gaming by his grandfather before he could walk. Since then, he has grown up loving Nintendo and most games in general. He couples his love of videogames with journalism to cover news, provide reviews and tell it how it is in the gaming world.
Favorite Games: Super Metroid, Luigi’s Mansion, Pokemon Gold
Favorite Genre: Metroidvania and Adventure/Puzzle
Owned Consoles: Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS, PS Vita
About Me: I was raised on a healthy diet of local multiplayer, Nintendo focused gaming. With the release of the PS3, that diet extended to include Sony’s consoles, and even the odd JRPG on the Xbox 360. Nowadays, I play everything I can get my hands on, whether the latest Nintendo great, the next big FPS, or the quietly released indie classic. I graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in English and enjoy the quiet things in life (like skim boarding, backpacking, and sweet, satisfying headshots).
Favorite Games: The Legend of Zelda (series), Tales of (series), Fire Emblem (series), Shin Megami Tensei (series), Super Mario (series), Call of Duty (series), Battlefield (series), Metroid (series), Sper Smash Bros (series), Pokemon (series), Warcraft III, Lord of the Rings: Conquest
Favorite Genres: First-Person Shooters, Strategy RPGS, Japanese RPGs, Western RPGs, Fighting Games, Adventures…really all of them.
Current Consoles Owned:Wii U, New 3DS XL, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, and most everything preceding. Xbox One is coming in hot in the not too distant future.
Nintendo ID: Cloudtoucher (Wii U)
About Me: I’m a passionate gamer and writer who enjoys action-adventure games and first person shooters and who thinks Naughty Dog can do no wrong!
Favorite Games: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Current Consoles Owned: PS3, PS4, PS Vita
PSN ID: segarrin
About me: Hey there I’m Nadia! I’m from the wonderful country of Canada and a graduate of Journalism. My goal with my work is to give people a helping hand with getting the word out about their projects, as well as learning about the individuals that create them. In my spare time I love to play video games, collect Pokemon cards, and read.
Favorite Games: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, the Tales of Series, Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright, Resonance of Fate, OSU (A rhythm game)
Favorite Genres: RPG, Adventure, Visual Novel
Current consoles owned: 3DS, PS3, PSP
About me: I am an RPG gamer at heart having replayed Xenogears, Final Fantasy VIII and Legends of Legaia to death. An avid JRPG fan, Persona and Shin Megami Tensei are among the many topics that I love to talk about. I also enjoys anime and neckties.
Favourite genres: JRPG, RPG
About me: Currently residing in Chicago, IL, I work full-time as a paramedic while pursuing a degree at Arizona State University for English with a minor in Mass Media Communications with aspirations to work as a medical writer or for a gaming or media company. When I’m not working or studying, I’m volunteering with the Extra Life charity in a Chicago Guild leadership role or playing games like Dungeons & Dragons (tabletop), World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Persona, and Pokemon.
Favourite genres: JRPGs, MMOs, Horror, Tabletop
Current consoles owned: PS4, PS3, PC, 3DS
About me: Recent college graduate and life long gamer, now working as a freelance journalist
Favorite genres: (J)RPGs, Shooters, turn based strategies and roguelikes
Current consoles owned: PS4/Xbox One/ Xbox 360
PSN ID: erttheking43
Facebook: David MacDonald
About me: A young, good looking, totally not exaggerating games critic who isn’t afraid to make a developer cry to improve the industry. Don’t believe me? Fight me Helen!
Favourite genres: All (except simulations, dress-up, digital playing card)
Current consoles owned: PlayStation 2 + 3 + 4, Xbox 360, PC, Android, IOS, Nintendo DS
And finally, our illustrious founder:
Role on BG: BG founder and former commander-in-chief
About me: I’m busy at University learning all about Journalism!
Favourite genres of games: FPS, TPS, platformers and action
Current consoles owned: Xbox 360, DS, PSP and PS3
Xbox Live gamer tag: NEB Viatrophy
PSN ID: SG_Viatrophy