Posts Tagged ‘Games’


Video Blog 6

June 8, 2008

In this latest edition of my Video Blog, I discuss many of the writing projects I’ve been hard at work on as of late. I also give a few early impressions of two games I will soon be posting reviews for, Lost Planet: Colonies Edition and Grid (Race Driver: Grid for my European viewers).


GTA IV Trailer – Niko Bellic

April 26, 2008

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Oh Rockstar, how you tease us so! With your latest opus, Grand Theft Auto IV, hitting stores in less than three days, you continue to dangle tantalizing bits of GTA info before us every so often to keep us aware of its so close but oh so far April 29th release date and our hype-o-meters constantly peaked.

In this latest trailer, Rockstar takes time to once again introduce us to the character we’ll be controlling during our adventures in Liberty City, Niko Belic. This trailer gives you a brief, but telling, look into Niko Belic’s background and motivations as to why he’s chosen his life of crime.


Devil May Cry 4 Review

February 20, 2008

Devil May Cry 4 Review 

Here’s an excerpt of my review of Devil May Cry 4, one of the biggest releases of the new year.

 “Devil May Cry 4 for the Xbox 360 is the first game in the series to appear on anything other than a Playstation platform. Because of this, first time players might not know what to expect. Those expecting a fairly standard action game are in for a big surprise when they witness Devil May Cry 4’s enormous emphasis on stylish, over-the-top action. They might be surprised to see Devil May Cry’s sarcastic, almost lighthearted take on a world plagued by demons. Because of this, Devil May Cry 4 is rather unique in the action/adventure genre. If this is something that excites you, dive in headfirst and prepare yourself for one hell of a ride.”

Justin McBride, Talk Xbox

Full Review


New Blog and Introduction

February 18, 2008

Well, I’ve started this new WordPress blog, replacing the few I’ve had over at Blogger. I had a good run with it but I figure this is the best route to go in transition to my own website (which I’m considering, but I’ll talk more about that later).

To start, I figured I’d write a short introduction (after all, that’s just proper blog etiquette right?).

Well, my name is Justin McBride; I’m 20 years old as of this writing and attending Wayne State University, majoring in Journalism with the possible addition of an Education or Business Administration minor somewhere down the line.

Whew. That was easy.

Alright I’ll keep going. My interests include watching television, the occasional movie, listening to good music (yes that includes hip-hop and Rap) and surfing the internet. Of course, my two biggest passions are in writing and gaming, respectively. I’ve been writing and playing games for as long as I can remember.

My first experience writing came in the form of a school assignment I received in the first grade in which I wrote a short story entitled “A Giraffe Tall Tale” in which I told the imaginary tale of how giraffes got their trademark long necks. After that brief experience, I discovered, at six years old, I had a knack for it and began to cultivate my writing talents. 14 years later, having written countless stories encompassing various subjects ranging from the Power Rangers-esque “Super Soldiers” a friend of mine created (I volunteered to transcribe their adventures) to the novel I’ve been working on for a few years now (more on that later as well) my skills have increased substantially.

My gaming career began sometime in the early nineties when I received a Super Nintendo Entertainment System with two pack in games (Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart) for Christmas. I absolutely loved it and would spend hours down there playing the games as my collection grew.

Over the years, I’ve owned all of the major consoles out there at some point or another besides the Sega Saturn. My favorite console is, by far the Nintendo 64, which has my favorite game of all time, Perfect Dark, in its library.

But I digress…

The main reason behind my journalism major is because I think gaming journalism is the best way to combine my two passions into a career I’ll love doing on into old age. Since September of last year (2007) I’ve been writing freelance for a site called Talk Xbox, which you’ll probably see me reference quite often in the future. So far, everything’s been amazing for me and I imagine things are just going to get better from here. I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for me as I progress toward a more serious career in the industry.

Well that’s it for now. More will come later if I feel like posting it.

Until then, See ya when I see ya.