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Lance Roth has over 10 years experience in the video game industry. He has worked in a number of capacities within the industry and currently provides development and strategy consulting. He participated in all of the major console launches since the Dreamcast. This videogame resume goes all of the way back to when they were written in DOS. You can contact Lance at or

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series – Episode 6: The Ice Dragon’

Game of Thrones, TellTale Games, Episode 6, The Ice Dragon

It's been four months, but Episode 6: The Ice Dragon does its job, as a finale well, even if no one will be really happy with where it leaves off. TellTale's 'Game of Thrones' series doesn't break any new ground, but fans of the television show and books should definitely give it a look, and hopefully, a second season isn't far off. Read More »

Xbox One Review: ‘Fallout 4′

Fallout 4, Xbox One, video game

For better or worse, the highly anticipated Fallout 4 is essentially a lot more of the same. There is plenty more to do this time around, but really it’s the same buggy, bleak, post-apocalyptic journey through the wasteland you either love or hate. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 2: Assembly Required’

Minecraft, Story Mode, Episode 2, Assembly Required

On its own, and clocking in at under an hour, Assembly Required is easily the weakest offering from the long-time adventure game maker. Fortunately, TellTale's 'Minecraft: Story Mode' is clearly marketed towards a younger audience, and fans of the original game, who are a lot more likely to forgive all of the game's shortcomings. Read More »

Xbox One Review: ‘Need For Speed’

Need For Speed, video game, Xbox One

Except for the frame rate issues, once you’re actually racing, 'Need For Speed' is a pretty fun game, as long as you enjoy street racing, at night. The issues the online components create will likely frustrate most users, and there isn't quite enough substance in the rest of the game, to make up for it. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Tales of Zestiria’

Tales of Zestiria, Japanese, RPG, PlayStation 4

This is a surprisingly accessible and well-executed Japanese role playing game. However, longtime veterans of JRPGs may find the narrative and overall game framework unremarkable compared to more niche titles in the genre. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Life is Strange: Episode 5 – Polarized’ from Dontnod

Life is Strange, Episode 5, Polarized,

While Polarized is arguably the weakest of the five episodes, Dontnod's indie-film approach to adventure games is commendable. If you try only one new game franchise this year, make sure it's Life is Strange. The title redefines narrative in modern gaming. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Tales From the Borderlands: Episode 5 – The Vault of the Traveler’ from Telltale Games

Tales from the Borderlands, Episode 5, The Vault of the Traveler

Telltale’s formula is actually fairly entertaining. If there weren’t others moving into the spot of gaming real estate Telltale has staked out, the developer might still be contending for “Game of the Year” honors. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 1: The Order of the Stone’

Minecraft, Story Mode, Episode One, The Order of the Stone

Minecraft: Story Mode is made for the original Minecraft game's largest demographic, which is decidedly younger than those who have been playing TellTale's recent adventure games. It remains to be seen whether younger gamers will appreciate such a story-heavy game, particularly with TellTale's delivery issues. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Mad Max’

Mad Max, video game, PlayStation 4, PS4

'Mad Max' is a post-apocalyptic, open world game that in many ways tries to bite off more than it can chew. The genre-bending effort is most successful in realizing vehicular combat, but the light narrative provides little motivation for grinding through to upgrade Max and his wheels. Read More »

PlayStation 4 Review: ‘Risen 3: Titan Lords Enhanced Edition’ from Piranha Bytes

Risen 3, Titan Lords, Enhanced Edition,

'Risen 3: Titan Lords' is a flawed, but deep pirate-themed, action roleplaying game. While the new Enhanced Edition's release lacked much fanfare, it is a significant upgrade. Unfortunately, the game still lacks the polish required for wider appeal. Read More »