Tom Farr

Tom is a gamer, blogger, article writer, storyteller, and screenwriter who also teaches writing for a living as a high school English teacher.
PS4 Editorials

Rock Band and Music Video Game genre return with Rock Band 4

This week marks the return of the once-popular music video game franchise Rock Band and now may be the perfect opportunity to introduce Rock Band 4 to a new generation of fans playing Playstation 4, as well as to remind fans of earlier games in the series of why the game is so great. Rock Band has been out of…

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Gamescom: Final Fantasy XV Information

To date, Final Fantasy XV has been in development for nearly a decade, and with the release of the game’s first official demo Episode Duscae this year, it seemed like the game would be getting a release date soon. Square-Enix used this year’s E3 conference to announce the remake of Final Fantasy VII, but there was no news on where…

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Four Reasons Why I’m Excited About Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Video game developer The Chinese Room has been working on and promoting their latest game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture for a couple years, but as the game has come closer to its release date, the level of promotion has increased. It’s one of the most hyped-about games of the year, and here are four reasons why I’m really excited…

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The Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Look Different, and That’s Okay

It’s been a few weeks since this year’s E3 conference where Square-Enix announced the remake of Final Fantasy VII, arguably the best game in the Final Fantasy franchise, which would be coming, at least at first, exclusively to the PlayStation 4. The game is still in early development, so it could be years before we see it, but PS4 owners…

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Street Fighter V – An Early Look

Before Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and its sequels were all the rage with players who loved having the opportunity to fight as different warriors from around the world with a variety of different skills in 2D scrolling action. I remember playing against my friends when I was younger on Street Fighter II: Turbo on the Super Nintendo system. It was…

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Kingdom Hearts 3 - What can we Expect?

Kingdom Hearts is a unique blend of Disney characters and worlds with Final Fantasy characters and gameplay. It follows a young boy named Sora who has to travel to different worlds based on Disney movies and fight a variety of villains with Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Goofy at his side, and all this in an attempt to…

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What to Look forward to in the Final Fantasy VII Remake

One of the biggest announcements at this year’s E3 conference came from Square-Enix when they announced not just a release of the ever-popular Final Fantasy VII for Playstation 4, but a complete remake of the game. Square-Enix even presented a trailer to get fans excited with the word “remake” appearing at the end. Because FFVII was one of the most…

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture New Trailer and a ReleaseDate

Video game development company The Chinese Room has created a lot of buzz about their upcoming game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and the game has finally been given a release date. The game will be released August 11 exclusively on Playstation 4, and Dan Pinchbeck, the Creative Director of The Chinese Room, wrote a post on the Playstation blog…

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A Look at the First Official Trailer for Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is the game everyone is talking about right now after the game’s first official trailer was released on June 3. The Fallout games have always been popular because the games present a world that is ours and yet drastically different than ours, and even though it’s a post-apocalyptic setting, the chance to explore a world that’s been completely…

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The Anticipation of Final Fantasy XV

For many long-time Final Fantasy fans, Final Fantasy XV has been the most anticipated game of the last several years, and the wait doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. The game, which was previously known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII before its unveiling as the fifteenth main series instalment at E3 2013, has been in production since its…

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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: Story Driven Gameplay

In 2013 J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Gabe Newell, managing director of Valve, spoke about the storytelling limitations inherent in both games and films. Films can feel immersive, but they lack the interactivity that gamers love. Games, however, are all about interactivity, but this interactivity naturally limits the storytelling ability of the medium.…

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LEGO Dimensions: The fun of Building and Playing (all-in-one)

LEGO Dimensions looks to be the perfect video game for LEGO fans who are also gamers. LEGO building blocks have always been a popular toy with children and adults alike because of the ability to create a variety of different structures, including buildings, vehicles, and weapons. But their popularity seems to have grown in the past year since the release…

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Until Dawn: Player Choice Plays a Significant Role

How often when you’re watching a horror movie do you wish that you could control what the character onscreen is doing? It’s those moments when we see the killer on the other side of the door, and we want to scream, “Go the other way!” Horror stories tap into emotion, particularly the emotion of fear, in a way that other…

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Looking Ahead to Call of Duty Black Ops III

Call of Duty is easily one of the most popular video game series of all time, and two games in the series, Black Ops I and Black Ops II, have sold millions of copies and are arguably the most talked about games in the series. Both games were developed by Treyarch with a game story penned by Batman Begins and…

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A Look at the Final Fantasy XX-2 HD Remaster

When it comes to role-playing games, Final Fantasy has reigned supreme ever since the series’ first release on NES in 1987. This is ironic, considering that Square, the game’s developer, released the game under the assumption that it might be the last game the struggling company would ever release, hence the name Final part of the game’s title. But Final…

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A Look at the Batman Arkham Knight PS4 Bundles

Batman: Arkham Knight looks to be one of the most anticipated games of the year and possibly the best superhero game of all time. The game features some of the most formidable foes that the Dark Knight has ever faced, such as Penguin, Two Face, and Scarecrow, and a new villain who seems to be a mechanically enhanced version of…

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The Strength of Episodic games like The Walking Dead

Episodic games have become highly popular recently with Capcom jumping into the fray with their Resident Evil: Revelations 2 episodes finishing up last month. But the developer that has mastered the art of episodic gameplay is easily Telltale Games. They’ve been developing episodic games for years, but in 2012, they seemed to reach their stride when they adapted the popular…

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Why Dumbing Down Games Isn't The Answer

Video games are much too difficult for most new gamers to devote their time to learn. As least, that was the thought communicated by Electronic Arts chief creative officer Richard Hilleman at the recent D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. Hilleman expressed concern over the two hours that the average player will spend learning to play a new game and suggested…

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Looking ahead to Batman Arkham Knight

Batman seems to be a character who is always going through a constant evolution. From the silly Adam West television show, to Tim Burton’s film adaptation, to the dark Batman: The Animated Series, to Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight trilogy, to the newest Batman origin story in the television show Gotham, it’s clear that the Batman story is its own…

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Destiny's Evolution with House of Wolves DLC

When Destiny was released in September 2014, players knew they were entering a game experience that was designed to be ever-evolving. Bungie, the developers behind Destiny, revealed their strategy to make new content for the game available on a continual basis. This naturally got players excited, in addition to the concept of the game as a first-person shooter with elements…

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