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 1-10 point scale. 0 being sub-par, 5 being average and 10 being as close to perfect (in the eyes of the reviewer) as possible. Please remember that here at BG, a 5 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 5, 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.
No, we don’t apply number ‘grades’ to these elements, but all of them are touched upon in our reviews.
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
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, Xbox 360, Wii U, Razer Edge, 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.
Mike Jones | Indie Editor
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
Mack | Senior Editor
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
Jessica Russo | Managing Editor
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
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
Michael Stebbins | Nintendo Editor
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)
Kiri Leatherland | Staff Writer
About me: My name is Kiri I am a mother of two and gaming fills my name between nappy changes LOL. I am also super competitive and can be often found shouting at the other half kicking my butt on Injustice.
Favorite Games: The Last Of Us, Assassins Creed (franchise), Batman: Arkham City, Singstar, Injustice, Watchdogs, Final Fantasy XIII 1,2, and Lightning Returns & Hitman Absolution
Favorite Genres: Horror, RPG, JRPG, Third Person Shooter, and Action.
Current consoles owned: PS4
PSN ID: Uni-Kiri
Martin Segarra | Staff Writer
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
Dan Spiler | Staff Writer
About Me: From the frigid wasteland of Canada, Dan has been writing since the early years, when a blank piece of parchment meant a whole world was waiting for him to discover it at the tip of his quill. Then he grew up and realized he could never be like Harry Potter, so he turned to video games instead. In his off-hours, he likes to scorn people who like long walks on the beach; too much sand.
Favorite Games: Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 (PS1), Legend of Legaia (PS1), Mysterious Dungeon (DS), Hearthstone (PC/iOS), Heroes of the Storm (PC), Guild Wars 2 (PC), Final Fantasy 8 (PS1), Pokemon (all of them, all the time, forever) (GB, GBA, DS, 3DS)
Current Consoles Owned: PC (Master Race), Xbox 360, PS3, Wii (so last gen)
PSN ID: BeefyDan
Carter Pringle | Staff Writer
About me: I am an avid and passionate gamer, as well as a Strategy junkie. With no real former training in the writer’s craft, I’ve been slowly trying to perfect my methods to make intriguing reviews for you, the reader. Along with Strategy I also love RPGs (including some MMOs), Vehicle-based Combat games, and I even fall in love with the occasional, yet weird, simulation game. Feel free to add me on Steam, I have many titles and maybe we can play something together!
Favorite games: Mount&Blade: Warband, Empire: Total War
Current consoles owned: PC, Xbox 360
Xbox Live GamerTag: zH1N1 (I never play online)
Steam ID: Delta 0-7 Sev
Jake Callier | Staff Writer
About me: I’m currently pursuing my dreams of becoming a journalist. If I’m not working on a game review then I’m writing on of my many book ideas. I was practically born with a controller in my hand. I feel at home on any system from the Atari 5200 to the Xbox One and PS4. The first game I remember being able to play well was Super Smash Bros., but the first game I remember having an absolute love for was Mega-Man Legends on the PS1. I have a blast with the other staff here at BG, and I hope to keep writing along with these amazing people from now to the distant future.
Favorite Games: Saints Row 2, Max Payne 3, Spyro: The Dragon series, Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Dead Rising 3
Favorite Genres: Literally any kind is good enough for me.
Current consoles owned: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, iPod, 3DS, NES, Gamecube, N64, PS2, PS1, Gameb-Okay, let’s just say I have a lot.
Xbox Live GamerTag (Xbox One): Purplefizzgamer
Xbox Live GamerTag (Xbox 360): Oldmanbobbeh
Steam ID: SgtGraardor
PSN ID: MMMajora
Robb Moreira | Staff Writer
About me: I am an avid gamer and have been since a wee cub. I cut my teeth on fighting androids in the year 20XX (Mega Man), stomping on Goomba’s (Mario Bros.) and taking a punch to the face (Street Fighter II Turbo). I still play to this day and am a MAJOR adventure gamer. Single player games are my bread and butter; this is where I spend most of my time, though I have been known to pour a ridiculous amount of hours on Destiny. Damn you, Bungie!!! I love all games from pixelated to Unreal Engine smoothness.
Rick Rozenberg | Staff Writer
About me: I am a 22 year old studying for a degree in journalism. My love for gaming started with my dad showing me games like Wolfstein 3D and Aladdin. As I grew older, so did my interest in games. I would religiously read Dutch game magazines to keep up to date. Initially, I wanted my passion for gaming to stay a hobby, but after failing my pursuit in getting a degree in psychology and law, I chose a study that is more creative: journalism. After that choice. combining my love for gaming and journalism was easily made.
Favorite games: World of Warcraft, Animal Crossing and GTA (from London up to the fifth).
Current consoles owned: N64, Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and PC
PSN ID: Kaelnukem
Xbox Live GamerTag: Kaelnukem
Steam ID: Kaelnukem
Nadia Adalath | Staff Writer
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
Benjamin Madamba | Staff Writer
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
Gnomedic | Staff Writer
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
Mike Soriano | Staff Writer
About me: I’m an avid gamer who’s been playing since the days of the Sega Dreamcast. From that moment onward I’ve been completely in love with Video Games as a medium to tell interactive and compelling stories using unique gameplay.
Favorite Games: Deus Ex (series (Invisible War and The Fall do not exist lalalala)), Bulletstorm, The Witcher 3, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (I know, I’ve got an interesting taste to say the least).
Favorite Genres: RPGs, FPS, Strategy, Simul
Finlay Peers | Staff Writer
About me: Just a 19 year old gamer from the UK, been gaming since I was 5 and still gaming today! Familiar with all genres and consoles.
Favorite genres: RPG, FPS, RTS just to name three.
Current consoles owned: Xbox 360, PC. Soon to have a PS4 and Xbox One
Steam: OG Rocket Raccoon
Facebook: Finlay Peers
David McDonald | Staff Writer
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
Gamertag(s): erttheking43 (PSN)
Facebook: David MacDonald
Callum Davis | Staff Writer
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
Micky | Staff Writer
About me: I basically live on the internet. When I’m not whiling my life away on Youtube or Tumblr, I’m furiously throwing my controller at the tv screen while gaming.
Favorite genres: fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, adventure
Current consoles owned: Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Daniel Linton | Staff Writer
About me: I’m a passionate gamer on PC and PS4 and love most types of games, but I do love a good sidescroller! Some of my favourite games are Don’t Starve, Hotline Miami, The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim and Batman : Arkham City. I’ve been gaming since I was very young, and it has stayed with me ever since!
Favorite genres: Action, Horror, Shooters, RPG, Indie
Current consoles owned: PC, PS4
Gamertag : ScaryEvilPanda – PS4
Jeremy Scully | Staff Writer
Favorite genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Drama, Awesome!
Current consoles owned: Ps3, Ps4, Xbox 360
Gamertag(s): Xbox (havokJaxin) Playstation (Drake_Havok)
Megan Humphries | Staff Writer
Dylan Lepore | Staff Writer
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