Video Games

By GoombaStomp | Welcome to Goomba Stomp, a stomping ground for video game enthusiasts and the pop-culture obsessed. We cover everything here, from the biggest triple-A bonanzas to the most minute and intrinsic of indie titles with a healthy dose of TV and film coverage sprinkled in between.

A Tribute to Gaming’s Greatest Cardboard Boxes

<i>‘at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living,</i> …

Metal Gear

Overwatch League’s First Week a Perfect Proof of Concept

I’ve never been an esports fan. Gaming jerseys, goofy, gamertag-esque names, weak commentating (I guess that last one describes the NFL as well): …

Overwatch League

Overwatch League – Does anyone stand a chance against Korea?

This week marked the long-awaited launch of <i>Overwatch</i> League’s Inaugural Season, a 6-month-long tournament pitting 12 teams against one another for …

South Korea

Top 10 Games with Staff Writer, George Cheese

<i>Top 10 Games is a new, semi-regular series that hopes to offer a bit of insight into the twisted minds of Goomba Stomp’s writers, editors, and</i> …

Red Dead Redemption

Top 10 Games with Staff Writer, Zack Rezak

<i>Top 10 Games is a new, semi-regular series that hopes to offer a bit of insight into the twisted minds of Goomba Stomp’s writers, editors, and</i> …

Super Mario Odyssey

Goomba Stomp’s Top 20 Indie Games of 2017

2017 was a fantastic year to be an indie gamer. It seems like there was something for every kind of gamer out there, from gamers who are really into …

Chrono Trigger

Awesome Mixtape Vol. 4: Best Video Game Soundtracks 2017

As I do every year, I’ve made a new mixtape sampling my favourite music from the best video game soundtracks of 2017. It’s been another banner year …

Super Mario Odyssey

Game Boys, Ep. 87: Riding the Walrus

Depending on where you’re from, maybe it’s cold outside, it being winter and all. To celebrate winter and the chilly season holidays, the Game Boys …

Lock the Doors: ‘Hello Neighbor’ Review

<i>Hello Neighbor</i> <i><br>Developer(s): Dynamic Pixels</i> <i><br>Publisher(s): tinyBuild</i> <i><br>Platform(s): PC</i> <i><br>Reviewed on: PC</i> <i><br>Release date(s): December 8, 2017</i><p>Growing up it’s …

Hunting in the Great Wide World: ‘Monster Hunter World" Beta Impressions

The thrill of the hunt.<p>This has been the credo of the <i>Monster Hunter</i> series since its inception back during the PlayStation 2 era. It is a concept the …

‘Not so Final Fantasy’ – The Series Turns 30

<i>Not so Final Fantasy is a new, triweekly column dedicated to all things Final Fantasy; from specific aspects of specific titles, to the universal</i> …

The Fire Keepers: A Dark Souls Podcast — Ep. 3: Blast You Flamelurker!

This week on The Fire Keepers, we welcome our first guest as George Cheese joins us to talk endless rocky slog of Stonefang Tunnel.<p>We open things up …

Game Boys, Ep. 86: Golden Game Boy Awards

2017 is rapidly coming to a close and will likely be remembered as one of the greatest years in video game history. With countless quality titles, …

'Battle Chef Brigade' is a Wholesome Dish Chock-full of Fun

<i>Battle Chef Brigade</i> <i><br>Developer(s) Trinket Studios</i> <i><br>Publisher(s) Adult Swim Games</i> <i><br>Platform(s) Windows,</i> <i><br>Nintendo Switch Release: 20 November 2017</i> <i><br>Reviewed on:</i> …

The Fire Keepers: A Dark Souls Podcast — Ep. 2: Bowling for Boletaria

Masochists that we are, we’re back for more with our second episode of Goomba Stomp’s <i>Dark Souls</i> podcast: The Fire Keepers.<p>This week we’re going …

Year in Review: The Winners Losers For PlayStation in 2017

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner. Here at GoombaStomp HQ we <i>bloody</i> love Christmas, and if you don’t, and …

Happy 45th, Pong (You’re Old, But We Still Love You)

Nolan Bushnell was quoted in <i>NEXT Generation</i> (Issue #4, April 1995) predicting that “the nonlinked computer will be technically and entertainment-wise …

Import Report – Using Games as a Language Tool

I first decided I wanted to learn Japanese when I discovered there were a whole a mess of games that were never released in English. I was lucky …

‘Batman: The Enemy Within’ is Keeping Things Remarkably Fresh

Telltale’s first foray into the everlasting mythology of the caped crusader was nothing short of a success. It took characters that you thought you …

The Fans Strike Back – EA Forced to Remove Microtransactions After Internet Outrage

The mood on reddit and across gaming-related sectors of the internet has been triumphant these last few days after a tumultuous week long campaign …

New ‘Bloodborne’ Enemy Discovered Nearly 3 Years After Release

You might recall <i>Bloodborne</i> as a critical darling of 2015, and one of the first real reasons for consumers to go out and grab themselves a PS4. As of …

Seattle’s Indie Devs Gather to Show and Tell

Five months ago I moved from California to Washington. Like many other wayward millennials, I’d spent the past two years in my hometown after …

Slay the Spire - Get Good or Have Fun Dying

<i>Slay the Spire</i> <i><br>Developer(s): MegaCrit Games</i> <i><br>Publisher(s): MegaCrit Games</i><i><br>Platform(s): PC, macOS</i> <i><br>Reviewed on: PC</i> <i><br>Release date(s): November 15, 2017</i> …

‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ — The Force Is Not Strong With This One

<i>Star Wars Battlefront II</i><br>Developer: Dice<br>Publisher: EA<br>Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One<br>Release Date: November 17, 2017<br>Reviewed on Xbox One<p>Though flawed, …

Top 10 Games with Writer, Carston Carasella

<i>Top 10 Games is a new, semi-regular series that hopes to offer a bit of insight into the twisted minds of Goomba Stomp’s writers, editors, and</i> …

‘Cuphead’: What’s Old is New Again

Releasing a debut title is undoubtedly a stressful endeavor for an indie studio, however few have had the same amount of pressure that StudioMDHR has …

‘Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds’ is More of a Good Thing

<i>Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds</i><br>Developed by: Guerilla<br>Published by: Sony<br>Available on: PS4<p>The fact that <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> isn’t my game of the year …

‘Chess Ultra’ is an Immersive Must for Any Chess Fan

<i>Game: Chess Ultra</i> <i><br>Developer(s): Ripstone</i> <i><br>Publisher(s): Ripstone</i> <i><br>Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One</i> <i><br>Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch</i></i> …

Retrospective: Ten Years On and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is Still a Cornerstone of Modern Gaming Culture

2007, much like 2017, was a massive year for video games. With the rise of the 7th generation of consoles came an onslaught of new and exciting …