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Arun Subramanian


Monday, June 30 2014

'Tomodachi Life' Is As Much a Digital Pet As It Is a Farcical Soap Opera

A sequel to the 2009 Japan-only DS release Tomodachi Collection, Tomodachi Life is less a game than a virtual aquarium (or perhaps sitcom set) populated by Miis.

Monday, May 12 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour

From kart racing to roleplaying games, Nintendo has a long history of being able to put their iconic cast almost anywhere.  

Tuesday, June 11 2013

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate

Interestingly, and likely due to the limitations of the system, the game flattens the presentation of Lords of Shadow back down to two dimensions. In other words, after many lackluster attempts to make a 3D Castlevania, the developers of arguably the first truly successful one chose to step back for the title directly following it.

Sunday, April 21 2013

Hitman HD Collection

Few franchises have done as well as the Hitman series at getting better as they've gone along, and the history lesson alone may be worth the price of admission.

Thursday, December 6 2012

LittleBigPlanet Karting

The rite of passage for a successful platform series is to take a stab at a kart racer. However, as this franchise has always promised, ambitious authors can use the content engine to make whatever they'd like.

UFC Undisputed 3 [1.Mar.12]
Supremacy MMA [13.Oct.11]
Bodycount [22.Sep.11]
Nintendogs + Cats [12.Jul.11]
Nintendo 3DS [21.Apr.11]
Skate 3 [29.Jun.10]
Forza Motorsport 3 [10.Jan.10]
Brütal Legend [5.Nov.09]
Space Bust-A-Move [22.Sep.09]
Ninja Blade [23.Jun.09]
Stoked [31.May.09]
Resident Evil 5 [14.May.09]
SPRay [24.Feb.09]
Mirror's Edge [14.Dec.08]
LittleBigPlanet [23.Nov.08]
Dead Space [6.Nov.08]
Bangai-O Spirits [28.Sep.08]
Braid [28.Aug.08]
Haze [1.Jul.08]
Boom Blox [19.Jun.08]
Dark Sector [10.Jun.08]
The Club [20.May.08]
Lost: Via Domus [30.Mar.08]
Burnout Paradise [10.Feb.08]
Contra 4 [16.Jan.08]
Call of Duty 4 [10.Jan.08]
Manhunt 2 [29.Nov.07]
Bioshock [7.Oct.07]
Hot Shots Tennis [26.Aug.07]
Overlord [14.Aug.07]
Forza Motorsport 2 [26.Jul.07]
God of War II [19.Apr.07]
Gunpey [22.Feb.07]
Lumines II [31.Jan.07]
Call of Duty 3 [7.Dec.06]
Every Extend Extra [26.Nov.06]
Lumines [19.Apr.05]
Jak 3 [15.Feb.05]
Super Mario 64 DS [14.Dec.04]
Katamari Damacy [19.Oct.04]
Burnout Revenge [31.Dec.94]
Guitar Hero [31.Dec.94]
Mario Kart DS [31.Dec.94]


Wednesday, December 1 2010

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS, Nintendo) [$29.99]

Thursday, December 10 2009

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Rockstar Games - Nintendo DS [$29.99]

Thursday, December 3 2009

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned - Rockstar Games - XBox 360 [$20.00]

Tuesday, January 20 2009

Need for Speed Undercover

Does Need for Speed Undercover have a place in the racing game fan's library?

Thursday, December 18 2008

Rock Revolution

Konami's late entry into the rhythm wars has the pedigree, but the execution just isn't there.

LittleBigPlanet (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.08]
Mirror's Edge (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.08]
Dead Space (Xbox 360, PS3) (Consuming Consumables) [24.Nov.08]
Mega Man 9 (Moving Pixels) [29.Oct.08]
iPhone gaming is here (Moving Pixels) [16.Jul.08]
Sega Bass Fishing Returns! (Moving Pixels) [21.May.08]
£s of Flesh (Moving Pixels) [9.Apr.08]
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