COED Writer

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, Stormin' Mormon and Zeta Male. Twitter: @philvillarreal
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LATEST ARTICLES WRITTEN
Sep 4, 2017

Best Platformer Games 2017: Top 5 Best Platformer Games To Play Now

Guiding a character through hazard-filled levels and improbable jumps to skirt death with timing and speed is a pleasure that...

Apr 20, 2017

‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

A Nintendo console generation doesn’t officially start until a Mario Kart title comes fling out of the gates. Mario Kart...

Apr 2, 2017

‘Persona 5’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Persona games have always stood apart from other JRPGs by daring to venture into darker, more socially relevant material than...

Mar 28, 2017

‘MLB The Show 17’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Where do you go once you’ve stomped the competition into oblivion and achieved your wildest dreams? The developers at SIE...

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Mar 23, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

When Apple released the iPad Pro last year in late 2015, it fundamentally changed what people expected of tablets. With...

‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Anything less than a genre-defying masterpiece would have made Mass Effect: Andromeda a disappointment, which is why sizable portions of...

Mar 21, 2017

Best Wii U Games Of 2016: Top 5 Best Wii U Games To Play Now

Although it never quite caught fire with gamers in the way the Wii did, Nintendo’s Wii U had tons of...

Mar 6, 2017

‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Back in the Xbox One/PS3 days, the Ghost Reconvfacet of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy gaming empire was synonymous with hardcore team-up...

Mar 6, 2017

Mar 2, 2017

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

It worked out well for Nintendo that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild got stuck in development hell...

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Mar 1, 2017

Nintendo Switch Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Nintendo lives and dies by the out-of-left-field gimmick. The Wii U — despite being far superior to its predecessor in...

Feb 20, 2017

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

Horizon Zero Dawn casts a grim look at the future of humanity. A society-destroying cataclysm has decimated technology, infrastructure and...

Feb 16, 2017

‘Halo Wars 2’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

By quickly shutting down the studio responsible for the original real-time strategy experiment Halo Wars in 2009, Microsoft didn’t exactly...

Feb 14, 2017

‘For Honor’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

For Honor sets out to prove that guns are for wusses. True warriors slug it out with their strength, reflexes...

Feb 3, 2017

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

Eight years ago, Halo Wars managed to pull off the tricky feat of bringing the real-time strategy genre to the...

Feb 3, 2017

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

Sony is determined not to repeat the lackluster PS4 exclusive schedule of 2016. After starting the year off with Gravity...

Feb 3, 2017

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

Every PC gamer knows that real-time strategy games control best with the traditional mouse-and-keyboard setup, presumably making the PC version...

Jan 30, 2017

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 01/30/17

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

Jan 24, 2017

‘Resident Evil 7 Biohazard’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

For the past several years, the Resident Evil franchise has been running away from its survival horror roots like a ...

Jan 23, 2017

Top 10 Best Gaming Deals & Sales On The Internet, Week 01/23/17

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

Jan 23, 2017

‘Tales of Berseria’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

In the PlayStation 2 and 3 eras, Bandai Namco got a little out of control with its go-to JRPG series,...

Jan 19, 2017

‘Yakuza 0’ Review: Must-See Details & Screenshots

The Yakuza series has always played by its own rules, excelling at keeping things weird. The open-world crime saga took...

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...

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...

Jan 9, 2017

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 2, 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 1, 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

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...

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...