Often times, being thrust into a new series or genre can be an exciting experience for a gamer. The unfamiliar can open up the possibility for unexpected moments of joy. On the other hand, being new to an established genre can lead to disinterest, confusion and a negative experience. Read More.
Despite what the number says above, I don't really think that Mario Party 9 is a 6 out of 10 game. In fact, if I'm being completely honest, I'd probably give it a 3 or 4. Read More.
As soon as a tagline like 'difficult moral choices' sneaks into conversation, you know you're in trouble. In gaming, they are usually anything but. With little complexity or consequence to their name, there are few titles which can genuinely bring you up short. Read More.
One thing that personally drives me crazy more than anything else is getting a review in too long after a game has been released. While I'm willing to let a review take me a good long while to get done, especially in the case of larger games, I hate when there's some sort of outside reason as to why it's taking me so long. Read More.
In a purely visceral sense, there's little that's more satisfying than watching two ton a half automobiles crashing into one another. The way that the metal twists and contorts under the impact and pressure of another fast moving object, there's little that can satisfy an action junkie's mind like some vehicular carnage. Read More.
Let's talk about relativity in regards to boats. See, when you're on a boat and it's moving forward, even if it isn't going very quickly, it feels fast because a) it's quicker than what you're used to, and b) varying effects such as the blowing breeze and sight of rushing water make you feel like you're going a lot faster. Read More.
Double Fine returns to the alternate history of the Iron Brigade (Once called Trenched) series with its latest DLC. Nothing big has really changed with the series except the principal location. Rise of the Martian Bear is still the great action of Iron Brigade will a couple of new weapons and some extra levels. Read More.
Anomaly Warzone: Earth is a self-described 'tower offense' game from 11 Bit Studios and most recently released on XBLA. In it, you play a military platoon that's been tasked with exploring and dealing with several anomalies, or in other words, big freaking alien domes that can cover most of a city. Read More.
A great part of being a game reviewer is that you don't just play the games you want. Sometimes you take one just because it needs to get done and you discover a hidden gem that you really love. That's how I feel about Warlock: Master of the Arcane. I wouldn't have bought it on my own in a million years the post-Lord of the Ring glut of sword and sorcery stuff is wearing on me, and I'm still playing Civilization V. Read More.
We all know that looks can be deceiving, so I'm hardly breaking new ground by wheeling out such an old adage. When it comes to Joy Ride Turbo, nevertheless, I think it's an important point to begin with. It'd be incredibly easy to make a number of assumptions about this follow up to 2010's Kinect launch title; the problem is, many of them would be off-base. Read More.
A new game development studio, Gamepires, has popped up in Croatia and their first title is joining the ranks of the vehicular combat genre. Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage hasn't exactly taken the gaming world by storm, and yet very much deserves its attention. The game doesn't take itself too seriously and isn't particularly original, but it's surprisingly polished for a region of Europe whose games don't often emote that particular adjective, let alone for a first title by any studio writing its own game engine from scratch. Read More.
Yes, it's been nearly three decades that the arcade classic Dragon's Lair hit the arcades and took the fledging video game industry by storm in 1983. Seeing as how the game has been ported to nearly every platform in existence at one time or another, it was really only a matter of time until the Xbox 360 got their version, and it comes with a not-so-secret weapon, the ability to control Dirk the Daring's movements through a lethal castle in order to save the lovely (read: incredibly slutty looking) princess Daphne. Read More.
the variety of the songlist. With songs like This is Halloween and Sentai Express (that's the theme song from the Japanese version of the Power Rangers, by the way) mixed in with more traditional titles like Party Rock Anthem and Beautiful Liar, I found that there was a song everybody could enjoy. Read More.
The Virtua Fighter series has always been a series about the bare bones. You have a cast of characters placed into an arena and your goal is to beat them. There's really no goal for each individual fighter stated in the game. There is no indication what they are fighting for as you battle opponent after opponent. Read More.
Chances are good that you've got a pretty good idea of where you stand on the Lego game franchise that started with 2005's Lego Star Wars. Either you love the series and its "run around and destroy everything!" gameplay, or it just doesn't appeal to you. As such, when writing about Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, it's pretty tempting to just say, "You know how you've felt about the series so far? Read More.