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Phil Villarreal

Watches movies and games for work, then watches more movies and plays more games on his downtime. A movie and video game critic since 2001, Phil is the author of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel. Twitter: @philvillarreal
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LATEST ARTICLES WRITTEN
Jan 16, 2017

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 01/16/17

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Jan 12, 2017

Best PC Games 2017: Top 5 Best Upcoming PC Games

PC gamers are in for an exciting 2017. In addition to the growing sector of virtual reality add-ons such as...

Jan 12, 2017

Best PS4 Games 2017: Top 5 Best Upcoming PS4 Games

Any year Naughty Dog has a new title up its sleeve, you just know it will be an amazing year...

Jan 11, 2017

Best Xbox One Games 2017: Top 5 Best Upcoming Xbox One Games

Xbox One gamers are in for some thrilling rides in 2017. Although there is no mainline Halo game planned, the...

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Jan 11, 2017

‘Gravity Rush 2’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Although gamers largely ignored the PlayStation Vita, Gravity Rush was one of the few games to emerge from the smattering...

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 01/09/17

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Jan 9, 2017

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 01/02/17

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Jan 2, 2017

Best Xbox One Games: Top 5 New Games Coming Out In January 2017

It’s been five years since we saw a numbered entry in the Resident Evil series, and that wait finally ends...

Jan 1, 2017

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Jan 1, 2017

New PC Games: Top 5 Best PC Games Coming Out In January 2017

Most PC gamers probably have their calendars marked for the release of the highly anticipated Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, but...

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Jan 1, 2017

New PS4 Games: Top 5 Best Upcoming PS4 Games In January 2017

There is no post-holiday letdown in PS4 world. The January release slate is heavy with console exclusives, including the JRPG...

Dec 28, 2016

Best Puzzle Games 2016: Top 5 Best Puzzle Games Now

Since the days of Tetris on Game Boy, puzzle games have provided a welcome break from the adrenaline-heavy world of...

Dec 27, 2016

Best Movie-Based Games 2016: Top 5 Must-Have Movie-Based Games

Since the ancient days of the infamously awful E.T. on the Atari 2600, movie-based games have been plagued with an...

Dec 26, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 12/26/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Dec 19, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 12/19/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Dec 12, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 12/12/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Dec 5, 2016

‘The Last Guardian’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

The Last Guardian has been in development so long that many gamers smirked when it finally got a release date....

Dec 5, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 12/05/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Dec 5, 2016

‘Dead Rising 4’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Dead Rising 4 strives to be the game Xbox One launch title Dead Rising 3 promised to be. Proving there...

Dec 1, 2016

Best Xbox One Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In December 2016

Xbox One owners have a hotly anticipated exclusive to look forward to as 2016 comes to a close. Dead Rising...

Dec 1, 2016

Best PC Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In December 2016

PC gamers have a pair of big-budget, hotly anticipated games to look forward to as the year closes out. At...

Dec 1, 2016

Best PS4 Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In December 2016

In an even that seems too good to be true for longtime PlayStation fans, the long-awaited The Last Guardian is...

Nov 30, 2016

‘Super Mario Maker for 3DS’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Super Mario Maker was last year’s runaway hit on the Wii U. Genius in its simplicity, the course-creator expanded on...

Nov 28, 2016

‘Final Fantasy XV’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Final Fantasy XV is just like the revered series high point Final Fantasy VII. The reason being that it’s nothing...

Nov 28, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 11/28/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Nov 21, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 11/21/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Nov 16, 2016

Best Walking Simulators 2016: Top 5 Best Walking Simulators Now

Over the past few years, as the walking simulator genre has gotten more and more popular. Emphasizing quiet contemplation and...

Nov 15, 2016

‘Pokemon Sun and Moon’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Hoping to cash in on the Pokémon Go craze, Nintendo is rolling out its latest pair of 3DS games. The ...

Nov 14, 2016

Best Cooperative Multiplayer Games 2016: Top 5 Best Co-op Games Now

Gaming is always better with a friend at your side. Whether you’re sitting together on the couch or connecting online...

Nov 14, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 11/14/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Nov 14, 2016

‘Watch Dogs 2’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

The original Watch Dogs was one of those games that over-promised and under-delivered. The result was still a solid open-world...

Nov 11, 2016

Best PS4 Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In November 2016

It’s going to be a hell of a month to be a PS4 owner, with several blockbusters gamers have been...

Nov 10, 2016

‘Dishonored 2’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Sending you off on a breathless hunt for vengeance, Dishonored 2 continues the Steampunk-infused story of the beloved 2012 game....

Nov 7, 2016

‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

There’s an overwhelming burden on Activision and its squad of developers to deliver a fresh and innovative Call of Duty...

Nov 7, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 11/07/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Nov 1, 2016

Best PS4 Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In November 2016

It’s going to be a hell of a month to be a PS4 owner, with several blockbusters gamers have been...

Nov 1, 2016

Best PC Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In November 2016

PC gamers get the best that developers have to offer in November. Not only are the mega-budget sequels that are...

Nov 1, 2016

Best Xbox One Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In November 2016

Xbox One owners will face some hard choices in November. It’s practically a given that they’ll plunk down money to...

Oct 31, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 10/31/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Oct 27, 2016

‘Titanfall 2’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Two years after dazzling the gaming world with its fresh take on mech combat with Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment is back...

Oct 25, 2016

‘World of Final Fantasy’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Final Fantasy superfans are suckers, and most of us will admit that. It’s been years, if not decades, since a...

Oct 24, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 10/24/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Oct 17, 2016

‘Battlefield 1’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

It’s about time a top-flight developer took on the fertile territory for grisly combat yielded by World War I, and...

Oct 17, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 10/17/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Oct 12, 2016

‘Skylanders Imaginators’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

After inventing the toys-to-life genre with its first game, Skylanders became an annual phenomenon for the next several years before...

Oct 12, 2016

‘WWE 2K17’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Depending on what you’re looking for in a wrestling sim, WWE 2K17 is either as thrilling as a last-count kickout...

Oct 10, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 10/10/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Oct 7, 2016

‘Mafia III’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

The first two Mafia games were steeped in prototypical Sicilain mob culture ripped off from the likes of The Godfather,...

Oct 6, 2016

Best Remastered Games 2016: Top 5 Best Remastered Games Now

Some of the best games to grace this generation of hardware are nothing new. They’re games from the past that...

Oct 6, 2016

Here’s Our Review For The Upcoming Gears Of War 4

The shooter world is dominated by first-person efforts, and that may well be that any third-person fragfest would feel too...

Oct 5, 2016

Best ‘Star Wars’ Games 2016: Top 5 ‘Star Wars’ Games Now

Star Wars and video games both emerged into pop culture at the same time four decades ago, and over the...

Oct 5, 2016

‘Paper Mario: Color Splash’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Despite their kid-friendly appearance, Paper Mario games have always been geared squarely at adults. Witty writers crammed countless inside jokes...

Oct 3, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 10/03/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Oct 1, 2016

Best Nintendo Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In October 2016

It’s been a tough year for Wii U owners, with hardly any publishers — even Nintendo itself — bothering to...

Oct 1, 2016

Best PC Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In October 2016

PC gamers have bragging rights in October, because the game that is arguably the most anticipated on any platform —...

Oct 1, 2016

Best Xbox One Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In October 2016

It’s been quite a while since Microsoft dropped a must-buy exclusive for the Xbox One, but that changes this month...

Oct 1, 2016

Best PS4 Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In October 2016

Publishers have saved many of their blockbusters for October, making for a spectacular — and expensive — month for PS4...

Sep 26, 2016

FIFA 17 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

There is no competition in sports gaming that comes close to the current slugfest between the FIFA and Pro Evolution...

Sep 26, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 09/26/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Sep 20, 2016

Forza Horizon 3 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

While the mainline Forza Motorsport series is the one for serious gearheads, spinoff Forza Horizon is the one for those...

Sep 19, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 09/19/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Sep 16, 2016

NBA 2K17 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

If there’s an ongoing theme in the blowout hoops sim NBA 2K17, it’s domination. Reflecting the current state of the...

Sep 15, 2016

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

With consistently excellent efforts from rivals Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA slugging it out on the pitch every year, this...

Sep 12, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 09/12/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Sep 10, 2016

NHL 17 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

In some ways, EA will always be chasing the ghosts of the 1990s when it comes to recapturing the days...

Sep 5, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 09/05/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Sep 1, 2016

Best Xbox One Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In September 2016

After a couple of slowish months, the Xbox One major release pipeline is heating back up again in August. Sports...

Sep 1, 2016

Best Nintendo Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In September 2016

Nintendo fanatics have had to settle for piecemeal releases for months but things heat up on the Wii U and...

Sep 1, 2016

Best PS4 Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In September 2016

September is always a spectacular month for PS4 soccer fans, with the ever-improving rival franchises, FIFA and PES, dropping their...

Sep 1, 2016

Best PC Games: Top 5 Best New Games Coming Out In September 2016

September is shaping up to be a high point of the year for sports-minded gamers. Start with the sure-to-be excellent...

Aug 29, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 08/29/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Aug 25, 2016

Best Wii U Exclusives 2016: Top 5 Best Wii U Games Now

Nintendo’s Wii U is definitely on the decline, with its predecessor, the NX, set for release in March. The console...

Aug 24, 2016

Best Racing Games 2016: Top 5 Best Racing Games Now

When you boil down gaming to its finest points, no genre captures the cut-throat nature of competition at its purist...

Aug 22, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Let’s be honest, The King of Fighters has never truly been royalty as far as fighting games go. Despite the...

Aug 22, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 08/22/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Aug 19, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

It’s been five years since robotically enhanced Adam Jensen last donned his SPF 45 shades, soul patch and trench coat...

Aug 18, 2016

Metroid Prime: Federation Force Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

AT E3, fans met Metroid Prime: Federation Force with all the enthusiasm of a telemarketer call when you’re sitting down...

Aug 18, 2016

Madden NFL 17 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

There’s no better way to get a sense of your team’s fortunes than to grab a copy of the latest...

Aug 15, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 08/15/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...

Aug 9, 2016

No Man’s Sky Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

If you’ve ever stared into the stars late at night and contemplated what it would be like to explore the...

Aug 8, 2016

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 08/08/16

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, but there are always discounts there for those willing to do some hunting to...