Insights from Tan
Console Reviewer \ Article Writer
I guess I'm not what you'd call a traditional blogger in the sense that I write entries in a "dear diary" format.  Instead, I like to write informal reviews, thought pieces, as well as chronicle my collecting to a small degree.  Sometimes I ramble and sometimes I rant but at least I'm consistent if nothing else!. Welcome to VGCL!

Hyperkin SupaBoy 2.0: Impressions     by Tan (19-Feb-13)

Nearly two months ago I bought one of these on impulse from a local shop. While my handheld gaming interest these days is nearly non-existent with the exception of the occasional tablet session, the idea of playing SNES cartridges wherever, whenever was too much of a temptation to pass up. As luck would have it, my procrastination of about a … Read more

Review: Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Left-Handed     by Tan (21-Nov-12)

Admittedly, I’m rather late to the whole high performance mouse scene. For years I sustained my gaming habits with mostly standard, off the shelf mice. Occasionally I’d venture into new ground with a performance oriented design, optical trackball or whatever the latest innovation was at the time. I dabbled in the Logitech MX series, tried a “couch mouse”, Microsoft’s Bluetrack … Read more

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360)     by Tan (25-Oct-12)

This is a hard game to review because I both love it and find some parts of it really crappy at the same time. On the one hand, you have a sprawling open world that’s ripe with history and a life of its own. On the other, you feel like a disjointed character, never taken seriously by the NPCs you … Read more

Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (360)     by Tan (11-Oct-12)

The worst thing that could happen while playing an RPG happened to me. I stopped caring about the story. Worse still, it happened so early on that it tainted the fifty hours or so of gameplay after it happened. I don’t think I can really blame R.A. Salvatore for that. Read more

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Demo     by Tan (26-Jan-12)

With all of the media surrounding this game, you’d think I’d have a better idea of what it’s all about. Truth is, screenshots and videos just don’t do this title justice. Here’s a few points I wanted to jot down for future consideration: While the videos seem to indicate a cartoonish look, I find it’s a nice combination of a … Read more

Review: LEGO Star Wars III: Clone Wars (360)     by Tan (04-Jan-12)

When I had first seen gameplay videos of III, I had mixed feelings. By this time, I had already been disappointed with LEGO Batman and the LEGO Indiana Jones series so my expectations were a bit low. Perhaps the very nature of the material lends itself to a better game or a better design philosophy. After all, I’m much more … Read more

Review: Mass Effect 3: Retribution by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (03-Nov-10)

Retribution, the third Mass Effect novel, takes place just after the events of Mass Effect 2. Written by the lead writer of the first game and the two previous novels, it’s a well written standalone adventure that ties in closely with both of the games and both previous novels. I’m sure that even if I didn’t play the games I’d … Read more

Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 4: Fallout by David Michaels     by Tan (13-Sep-10)

Much like the previous novel Checkmate, Fallout feels more in line with the games that the previous novels, Checkmate included do. More locations, more bad guys and more gadgets. This time however, the stakes are raised as the enemy is much more dangerous and well-connected and Sam has a much more personal involvement in this story. Also, Sam doesn’t seem … Read more

Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3: Checkmate by David Michaels     by Tan (29-Apr-10)

This is the third Splinter Cell novel I’ve read and it’s in my opinion, the best one so far. Compared to previous novels in the series, there’s a lot more action (hard to believe) that takes place all over the globe. It’s a non-stop ride of infiltration, gadgetry and surreal situations that often come close to what we imagine black … Read more

Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 2: Operation Barracuda by David Michaels     by Tan (26-Aug-09)

The second novel in the Splinter Cell series, hits the ground running as Sam begins to clean up the loose ends from the last book. Along the way, he finds that the line between enemy and ally is a lot thinner than it appears. Right from the first page your thrust into the midst of the action once again. The … Read more

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