Infinity Ward has consistently delivered quality games but the experience overall has been one of stagnation. Ghosts exemplifies this – you have damn good campaign set pieces, a garbage story, a solid multiplayer experience and then… somehow it all ends up feeling kind of hollow. The only really endearing part of the game package is Extinction mode which I’m sure I’ll be playing for a long time but that’s not leaving a whole lot of game to recommend. Read More.
One could sum up Lost Planet 3 with the word: unnecessary. Nothing about this game really adds anything of importance to the series’ mythos. Even if we get to see how NEVEC got started on its path of evil and meet the father of Wayne from the first game (he’s Gale, the annoying mechanic). Honestly the best thing about the game is the final boss fight where you actually get one of the few intense combat sequences to be found in the game. Other than that only buy this if you’re really looking for something to help you get to sleep. Read More.
What's important here is how the game plays and how well it executes the setting and on those merits alone Shadowrun Returns succeeds. Content may be light straight out of the proverbial box but that can be mitigated thanks to the community. It might not be the prettiest dame at the ball but it certainly works hard to keep your attention long enough for you to get your money’s worth and that’s more than a lot of big name game developers can honestly say about their game. Read More.
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.
Learning guitar is really hard. This game doesn't change the fact that getting good at playing guitar requires a commitment level and several setbacks before you can produce anything remotely inoffensive to the human ear. For those who commit to the daily regimen, RockSmith could very well provide the first non-threatening steps to a lifetime of musical enjoyment, or perhaps even a fun new way to practice for a more experienced guitarist. Read More.
The concept of Rush Bros is an idea someone will likely steal and execute better, because the overall experience doesn't have that wow factor that I've gotten playing so many other flawed indie gems. Read More.
This thing is just embarrassing. When you’ve got a game that lacks any sort of tension or drama but is supposed to be a dramatic adventure, what’s left? Nothing, that’s what. All we have here is some good voice acting and the usual graphics that accompany any PS3 exclusive title and literally nothing to recommend to anyone looking for more than just sit there and not be entertained. If you’re desperate to experience the “plot” then just watch a Let’s Play – it’ll be exactly like playing the game yourself without having to waste money on the disc. Read More.
Since Halloween is coming, it's a great opportunity to get a gang of horror lovers together and spend the evening experiencing all the scares, squicks, and silly moments that Outlast has to offer. Award a prize to the person who can summarize the ending in the most hilarious way. It's a good time, cheaper than a night at the movies, and it's a bonding experience akin to a game of Cards Against Humanity. Read More.
It’s not much of a stretch to say that Wind Waker HD is the single best HD remake on the market right now and it’s probably one of the only ones that deserves to market itself as anything other than a cheap port. Even if the developers managed to get this done in a rather short time (supposedly six months) this has more effort put into it than is put into most games on the market nowadays. Read More.
Cognition has been a game series full of twists, turns and engaging cinematic storytelling. Yet for all they did well in the first three installments, the fourth seems to have forgotten about a lot of what was laid out and gone its own way entirely, but not in a good way. Read More.
Even for someone who isn’t a huge fan of sports games (or soccer games in particular) PES 2014 is still a great game. What you have here is a quality gaming experience with high production values and damn good gameplay design. When the worst thing you can say about a game is that it sometimes feels a bit slow paced, which is clearly what the developers were intending, that’s a damn sight better than most games can hope for. Read More.
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.
Great nostalgia piece for those who miss the sensation of being punched repeatedly in the gut while screaming at the television screen. Don’t miss that sensation? Never experienced it? Then why are you playing a game straight out of the glory days of ‘kick you in the face’ gaming and why are you complaining about it? Read More.
While the lowered difficulty will make the game much more accessible to modern gamers there is almost nothing else to actively recommend about Flashback. It looks good sure but the rest of the experience is hollow and feels more in line with a Michael Bay film than the original. Strip out almost everything that made the original so awesome and what do you get? Read More.
Dragon's Crown is the first game that truly takes advantage of Cross-Save between PS3 and the Vita. It's a deep, immersive RPG that will have you playing for dozens of hours, but it mixes up its content enough that it never feels like a mindless, repetitive hack'n'slasher. Read More.