Nicholas Bale

Reviews By Nicholas Bale

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review (X360)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.0 out of 10

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, based on the cartoon of the same name, will have you platforming, chowing down on ghosts, and turning into a variety of forms in order to defeat the evil Commander Betrayus. But don't expect a lot of excitement here, despite the addition of power berries and their transformations to mix things up; this game just fails to rise beyond its bland license. Read More.

The Wolf Among Us Episode 1: Faith Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.0 out of 10

Telltale has hit another vein of storytelling with Fables, allowing them to bring people into the world of a group of storybook characters torn from their homes. The gameplay is much the same as their previous title, The Walking Dead, but refined, with more adventure-style gameplay and actual deduction. So far, the series is off to a pretty good start. Read More.

Tales of Xillia Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.5 out of 10

Tales of Xillia comes across as a competent jRPG with some nice production values, but despite a solid combat system and a variety of characters that add options to how you fight, some aspects of the game feel a little lacking. Despite this, it all comes together as an enjoyable experience and one of the better jRPGs to be released in a while. Read More.

Indie Spotlight: Cubetractor Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.5 out of 10

As Endroi, a lovable blue robot thing, pull cubes around levels to form towers and other structures to defeat enemies and pass puzzling levels. Despite only having one thing to do (cube-tracting), there's a suprising amount of depth available, and with extra optional levels and challenge times, there's enough here to keep anyone who enjoys the title busy for a while. Read More.

Wii Party U Review (Wii-U)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

With three types of game modes to play, Wii Party U promises a party experience for everyone, but there isn't much to the boards to play on or the minigames to play in them. A free controller with the game is nice, but it doesn't quite make up the price of purchase. Read More.

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Review (PS3)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

There are a few games in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet that are sure to trigger high levels of nostalgia to those who remember whiling away afternoons in an arcade, but there are also a lot of titles that simply will not. And if any kind of game has had trouble aging over the years, it's the arcade games, with numerous frustrating mechanics and an incentive to kill you repeatedly. Read More.

Game & Wario Review (Wii-U)

By Nicholas Bale () - 5.5 out of 10

Game and Wario ditches the Warioware formula of seconds-long microgames for the traditional minigame, but fails to make enough enjoyable ones. Instead, the result is a large number of dull minigames that aren't very fun and just two or three that are actually worth playing through. Multiplayer games suffer the same fate. Read More.

Pikmin 3 Review (Wii-U)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

In control of the colorful minions once more, Pikmin 3 brings a new world to explore and harvest, collecting everything your little buddies can carry while trying to fix your ship along the way. With three new characters this time around, there're more options to explore the world, and much more to see and plan as each new day begins. With a lengthy story mode and two separate multiplayer modes to play, it's also bound to keep your interest for a while. Read More.

Rayman Legends Review (Wii-U)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.5 out of 10

Rayman Legends creates a colorful experience with some great music to play through, and luckily, manages to back up its presentation with some solid gameplay as well. Fans of platformers would be remiss to not pick this up, especially if they have friends to play it with. Read More.

Zeno Clash II Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.5 out of 10

While Zeno Clash II gives fans more of what made the first game as fun and unique as it was, it also creates new problems when the underlying systems that govern the game don't change along with the scope. Read More.

Retrovirus Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 7.0 out of 10

Retrovirus is a cool jaunt around a computer to fight off a virus that has wreaked havoc within, and while it delivers a fast-paced and exploratory six-degree shooter, it doesn't have enough content to justify its length. Expect to see the same environments multiple times, backtracking and fighting off respawned enemies as you do so. Read More.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review (3DS)

By Nicholas Bale () - 9.0 out of 10

Despite a couple hiccups with the inventory management, Animal Crossing: New Leaf still manages to provide an irresistable experience, one full of new features, games, and customization options that keep you coming back for more. Read More.

Resident Evil: Revelations Review (Wii-U)

By Nicholas Bale () - 8.0 out of 10

Resident Evil: Revelations returns, this time to home consoles and the PC, letting those without a 3DS experience excellent survival horror gameplay - and if the single-player story doesn't catch your fancy, there's a good chance the multiplayer (or solo, if that's your thing) Raid Mode might. Read More.

God Mode Review (PC)

By Nicholas Bale () - 6.0 out of 10

While there's something for the eyes in God Mode, the game just lacks in content - arenas to fight through and unlocks to earn - and a slow-as-molasses levelling system doesn't help with that at all. Read More.