Jason Fanelli is a tried-and-true Philadelphian, having lived in Delaware County for his entire life. He’s a veteran of the games industry, covering it for over a decade with bylines on The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, IGN, and more. He currently hosts the Cheesesteaks and Controllers podcast on iHeartRadio for Fox Sports Radio in Philadelphia.
Summer Game Fest was the place to find all the latest and greatest video games, but not every booth at Play Days was dedicated to a console or PC. Downstairs in a corner booth, butting up against the cacophonous craziness of the Crash Team Rumble demos, was Wizards Of The Coast and its flagship tabletop card game Magic: The Gathering.
Jason had a chance to face his demons here a bit with a recent demo of Alan Wake 2. How doe sit stack up and should it be one your list of games to keep an eye on from Remedy?
Remnant: From The Ashes made a significant splash when it launched in 2018, infusing the action-RPG genre with some extra firepower. The unique take on the whole "Soulsborne" idea was welcomed by fans and critics alike, with its procedurally-generated areas and unique third-person shooter spin on the format. Remnant 2 is building off all of that, from the addition of new procedural elements to a renewed focus on gunplay, and based on my hands-on time with it at Summer Game Fest, I reckon Gunfire
At Summer Game fest 2023, Jason had the chance to check out the upcoming expansion for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Check out our preview from the event.
Few things have made Jason happier in video games the last few years than Riot Games's decision to expand the lore of League Of Legends into other genres. More than a decade's worth of lore and worldbuilding is ripe for the picking, so I imagine Riot and the developers they choose to work with will not be at a loss for ideas. 2021's Ruined King got the ball rolling thanks to Airship Syndicate's turn-based RPG prowess, and now Digital Sun gets a turn with Mageseeker: A League Of Legends Story.
Jason is a long-time fan of professional wrestling. Growing up on Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and more, Jason has been enthralled with it since a kid. He also loves RPGs, so seeing the two meld into one with WrestleQuest at PAX East last month was a treat.
Two years ago, Everspace 2 officially entered Early Access, which gave players an early look into the series's new space exploring approach. With the game's 1.0 launch now here, there's plenty to discuss before we blast off into the unknown for the first time. We spoke with Rockfish Games' Erik Schrader about the 1.0 launch last month at PAX East.
After 20 years, AdventureQuest is still updating and growing. We talked to Artix Entertainment's Adam Bohn about two decades of the franchise, memorable moments, and the future.
Jason takes us through his personal relationship with Magic The Gathering, culminating in the recent release of the newest set: Phyrexia All Will Be One in this latest edition of Side Quests.