Dear Rock Band: the hours you've taken from young children, teaching them to play plastic instruments instead of real ones is probably wrong is some way. Think of how many awesome new punk or emo bands there could be if not for the lure of video game bands. You really should do something about that, you know, maybe try and teach gamers how they could apply what they've learnt from your games to real life. Read More.
When coming up with an idea for new ventures into the third-person shooters realm, you have to make sure that your shooting mechanics are still fun. Sure you can give a game all these new features and powers to utilize, but if the shooting aspect isn't fun, then the game is already off to a bad start. Read More.
At Activision's E3 room they had several private, behind closed doors rooms showing off games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and True Crimes: Hong Kong. But out in the open, for anyone that stopped by was two TVs showing off Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. I will admit at first I wasn't sure if I was going to spend some of my allotted time to cover the game, instead of checking out one of Activion's other offerings. Read More.
It seems with the new Front Mission title, Square-Enix wanted a change. Instead of a Strategic RPG where giant mechs must move around on a grid system, the game has been transformed into third-person mech shooter. For the demo, I was placed into a free-for-all deathmatch with other players. Read More.
It isn't often that a game based on a children's cartoon grabs much attention. Sure, there are superhero games aplenty, but superheroes and comic books are manly and cool. Children's cartoons and games based on the likes of them are often considered a serious faux-pas in the Super ! Read More.
Nestled in the Ignition Entertainment booth, a brightly-colored jRPG caught my eye playing on the Wii. Called Arc Rise Fantasia, it looked like it warranted some time, and I began to play through it. Read More.
I am a Harvest Moon addict.
I have mentioned this before and I will say it again every time I am forced to endure another gruelling day playing and reviewing the sequels to the series. Read More.
In Asia, there are a ton of 'freemium' MMOs on the market: these are online games that don't require any subscription fees or anything of the sort, but allow you to purchase (with real money) special items and accessories to make your experience more enjoyable or easy. Read More.
Walking through Sony's booth, a name on a small PSN booth caught my eye: DeathSpank. Not a common title, but definitely worthy of a playthrough. In it, you play the heroic knight, DeathSpank, dispensing justice and...well, more justice, wherever you go. The gameplay involves running around a large world from an isometric viewpoint, killing enemies, taking quests, levelling up, and earning loot. Read More.
Most twenty-something gamers will tell you the same thing: They grew up with Mortal Kombat. I know I sure did. From the original bloodless version on the SNES, to the fast paced sequel that sucked up all my quarters as a kid, to the weird third instalment, MK was all the rage in the early to late nineties. Read More.
Fans of old-school action RPGs from Japan probably know about Falcom and one of their most popular series: Ys (pronounced 'ees', rhyming with 'cease'). It's an action-RPG series that's been around since 1987, and from what I've seen, it's still going on the PSP, now with the system's first exclusive Ys title. Read More.
One of Nintendo's best known franchises is making a comeback on the Wii in a true side-scrolling platformer. The latest iteration, Donkey Kong Country Returns, is very much an homage to the classic from the now-ancient SNES console, and looks incredibly similar at first glance. Read More.
One of the best parts of E3 is the games that come totally out of nowhere. These are the games that you come into the show having never heard of them only to be totally blindsided by something that really catches your attention. One of those games at this years show was First Templar by Haemimont Games, developers of Tropico 3. Read More.
Ladies and gentleman, it's nearing time for the next Call of Duty to be released and this time around you're neither playing in the present nor in the distant past. You're somewhere in the middle this time, playing as a black ops member during the late 1960's during the Cold war. Read More.
Telltale Games has a reputation for cinematic adventure, and with good cause. With full seasons of Sam and Max and Tales of Monkey Island under their belts, the developers are shifting their sights to a new original IP, and this one looks like hilarious brain teasing fun. Read More.