Brian’s Top 5 Video Games of 2016

If you were to tell me last year that 2016 would have provided me with some of the most fun video games I would play in a long time, I would have called you crazy. 2016 will go in the books as one of the best years in gaming for the current console generation. I am lucky enough to own both a Playstation 4 and a Xbox One, so I was able to take part in some great console exclusives. Top 10 lists are too long for me. I think I may have played a total of 10 games this year so having a top 5 means more to me. Here are my top 5 games of 2016. 5 – Gears of War 4 My main concern when they announced Gears of War 4 was it was that it was coming off the heels of one of the worst Gears of War games to be released, Gears of War Judgment. That game wasn’t a sequel per say, but if you slap the GOW name on it it should live up to it, not so with Judgment. Once I took that thought out of my mind I remembered how much I enjoyed playing Gears as a kid in college. Horde mode is one of the most revolutionary multiplatyer game modes that I will continue to find enjoyment in. I will never touch the competitive multiplayer mode, as those players are very much above my level and I don’t want to put...

Salvation Road: A Post Apocalyptic Delight

Over the past couple months I have put down the video game controller and have picked up another really cool hobby, board games. It started with the game Pandemic, which I’ll talk about in a later post, but the whirlwind of new games I have picked up lead me to one of current favorites, Salvation Road. Check out my unboxing below: Salvation Road is a post apocalyptic looting/survival gaming where the only objective is to fill your truck with supplies in hopes of making your way to Salvation. In your way are hordes of marauders who are swarming your compound as you are trying to load up you truck, as well as bad guys at various locations wounding you as you search for fuel, ammo, meds and food. What drew me to the game first of all was the artwork. Every bit of detail from the game board, which looks like someone was scribbling all over an end of the world style map, to the location cars that are Polaroid photos you place on the map. Even the art on the game pieces are particularly well done. This was the first game in my collection that I had to punch out pieces. I felt this process to be a very calm and zen moment. Something about punching out each little piece of the game I’m about to play really increased the anticipation to play. There are even custom dice for this game that deal out damage to your player, but...

Let’s Not Talk Beer 1 – JT Thompson

Welcome to a new podcast from Ben and Brian of Let’s Talk Beer called Let’s Not Talk Beer. In this podcast series we will be sitting down with personalities from the Seacoast and talking to them about their lives, loves, and liquor. You may recognize some guests from the beer world but you won’t hear anything about beer in the conversations we have. In the pilot episode of Let’s Not Talk Beer we are talking with JT Thompson of Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery. We discuss, among other hot topics, Phish shame, Mel Brooks, the rise of Kittery and the best years of Portsmouth, as well as Brian’s inner love for Linkin Park and Wrestling. The drink of choice during this show was The Dalmore 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch We hope you enjoy! -Brian & Ben Subscribe today on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.