Author Archive: Merc Hoffman

Merc has been an avid gamer for many years.  Starting with Wolfenstein 3D, Xwing vs Tie Fighter and even some classic MUDs like Terris, he has continued his life long hobby by playing a large variety of game types.

He has had a wide range of experience in the gaming community; having hosted and competed in prequalifiers for the World Cyber Games and the CPL/CAL tournaments.

Merc now writes reviews for currently out video games as well as commentary on the community as a whole.

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Preview: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Preview: Star Wars: The Old Republic

| November 29, 2011 | Reply

When I initially signed up to beta test this game in Oct of 2008, I was hoping for some magically revitalization of Star Wars Galaxies.  At that point in my gaming life I had not played Dragon Age, Mass Effect or Knight of the Old Republic (KOTOR) and honestly wasn’t very familiar with BioWare at […]

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Review – Battlefield 3

Review – Battlefield 3

| October 29, 2011 | 2 Replies

  When I was told that Battlefield 3′s engine (Frostbite 2), gameplay and over all experience would trump that of BF2 Bad Company, I simply said “Prove it”.  I had enjoyed previous Battlefields so much, I couldn’t imagine them being blown away.  I am excited to write that they have indeed been made obsolete. Graphics: […]

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Merc Shots: Leading a Guild!

Merc Shots: Leading a Guild!

| October 13, 2011 | Reply

Welcome to the second ever Merc Shots.  I will apologize for the time period between the previous Merc Shots and this one.  I have been quite busy so did not get the chance to finish editing and shorting up this article. With the advent of Star Wars: The Old Republic (Also known as SWTOR) I […]

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Review:  Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle

Review: Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle

| October 3, 2011 | Reply

  Have you seen some independently developed games and thought “That look interesting, but I’m not sure about this game”?  Well good news, now you can buy a pack of indie games for a potentially low price AND help out charity.  It’s like the gamer version of paying it forward! “The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle” […]

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Review: Gears of War 3

Review: Gears of War 3

| September 23, 2011 | 1 Reply

Welcome back fellow Gizmo Ninjas, I apologize for my brief hiatus, but my day job and training for the Columbus, OH Hell Run kept me fairly busy these last few weeks, however I am back now to review a game I have been very excited about:  Gears of War 3. I feel for this review […]

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Review: Madden NFL 12

Review: Madden NFL 12

| September 2, 2011 | Reply

Welcome back everyone for the review of the year!  I kid of course.  I’m not sure what I could say about Madden that hasn’t already been said. Do I enjoy it?  Yes.  Did I buy it?  Yes. Madden NFL 12 breaks down like this:  Do you like sports games?  Do you like Football?  If you […]

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Merc Shots:  Gamers go for broke in September!

Merc Shots: Gamers go for broke in September!

| August 28, 2011 | Reply

  Welcome to Merc Shots, hopefully a biweekly article where I briefly discuss non-review related gaming issue. Today, I’d like to talk about the beginning of the gamer holiday season.  Starting with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, we are starting to see a sudden string of potentially great games being released by various […]

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Review – UFC Personal Trainer

Review – UFC Personal Trainer

| August 25, 2011 | Reply

So this week I was able to finally sit down and try a game I bought about a month ago, but haven’t had time to really get into.  UFC Personal Trainer. The reason it took me so try this out was I had torn a tendon in my ankle while jogging and was unable to […]

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Review: Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter

Review: Dungeons and Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter

| August 18, 2011 | Reply

  I’m not sure how to start this review; this type of game usually garners a feel of going to work, not one of leisure. First, this is a facebook game.  Prior to now I’ve been opposed to playing them and adding to the constant clutter I find on my friends walls.  Do I want […]

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Preview: Hands on with THQ’s Space Marine!

Preview: Hands on with THQ’s Space Marine!

| August 11, 2011 | Reply

Last week during GenCon, I was given the opportunity to get my hands on the anticipated Space Marine.  Being an avid player of the Warhammer 40k Dawn of War series, I was very interested to see how THQ and Relic’s excellent treatment of the IP translates into a third person shooter. After playing and witnessing a […]

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