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Mike Bracken

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Brief Bio

Mike Bracken is a 37-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.

Ten All-Time Favorites Games
10. Diablo II, 9. Ninja Gaiden (NES), 8. Disgaea, 7. Final Fantasy XI, 6. Earthbound, 5. Phantasy Star Online, 4. Super Castlevania IV, 3. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, 2. Final Fantasy VI, 1. Chrono Trigger
Favorite Types of Games
Role-Playing Games

Recent Writing

TitlePublishedsort icon
Sunset Overdrive Second OpinionDec 8 2014 - 8:26pm
Diablo III: Ulitmate Evil Edition ReviewOct 8 2014 - 1:15pm
Destiny's Greatest Failing is Mistaking Busy Work for FunOct 1 2014 - 5:18am
Thief Second OpinionApr 7 2014 - 10:21am
South Park: The Stick of Truth ReviewMar 21 2014 - 11:46am
Dead Rising 3 Second OpinionFeb 10 2014 - 12:43pm
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Second OpinionFeb 10 2014 - 12:36pm
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers ReviewJun 25 2013 - 5:27pm
Aliens: Colonial Marines Third OpinionApr 7 2013 - 5:03pm
Dead Space 3 ReviewMar 31 2013 - 12:03pm
Bracken's Best Games of 2012Jan 16 2013 - 7:57pm
Hitman: Absolution Second OpinionJan 7 2013 - 6:57am
Torchlight II ReviewDec 13 2012 - 1:27pm
Titan Books knocks it out of the park with Assassin's Creed III and Halo 4 Art BooksDec 11 2012 - 6:28am
Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time ReviewSep 18 2012 - 8:31am
Tera ReviewAug 21 2012 - 7:49pm
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition ReviewJun 15 2012 - 1:46pm
Xenoblade Chronicles ReviewMay 24 2012 - 9:39am
Silent Hill: Downpour ReviewMay 15 2012 - 3:43pm
Three reasons why The Elder Scrolls Online might be a bad ideaMay 10 2012 - 7:50am
Asura's Wrath ReviewApr 8 2012 - 8:47am
Relive the arcade's glory days in Lincoln Ruchti's documentary Chasing GhostsMar 28 2012 - 11:00pm
SSX ReviewMar 27 2012 - 3:31pm
Zack Zero ReviewFeb 17 2012 - 7:08pm
Game Changer: Can Tim Schafer's Kickstarter Project change the way games are funded?Feb 9 2012 - 3:06pm

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