Friday, January 11 2013
Over the past few years for many viewers seeing The Lord of the Rings together made the films into family events. And it is the "family event," the co-op mode, of the video game that is by far the best thing about this game.
Wednesday, January 9 2013
If we really crane our necks, maybe we could see in Mugen Souls a satire of the modern JRPG. It follows the tropes to the letter, and tends to point them out along the way. Still, even if we take its everything-to-11 over-the-top approach as satire, it has nothing to say.
Monday, January 7 2013
The proprietors of Star Trek’s 24th century, CBS Interactive, have released the second generation of the Star Trek PADD software for Apple’s arcane (by 24th century standards) iPad.
Friday, December 14 2012
The Budokai series deserves an HD remake, but the one that it got is an incomplete experience. The decision not to include some key components makes it feel like only a partial look at the series.
Monday, December 10 2012
The game presents a contention between the competing philosophies and the worldviews of the various players in the drama, pitting a religious individualism against a practical collectivism.
Thursday, December 6 2012
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.
Sunday, December 2 2012
The idea that the protagonist could in fact bend the environment with a mere brush was just fantastical enough to tickle our imaginations, yet just concrete enough to work naturally as a game mechanic.
Friday, November 30 2012
Chaos on Deponia is too much fun to pass up. It’s not an easy game to figure out, and it delights in its outlandish logic. By the time I finished with it, I did too.
Tuesday, November 27 2012
You arrive after everything has already happened, and you have to piece together the story from what was left behind. It is not your story.
Monday, November 26 2012
I can't imagine a game with humor this black working with a photorealistic aesthetic. The art of Harvey's New Eyes is what draws the player into the role of Lilli and actually makes the player okay with what is going on.
Wednesday, November 21 2012
Murder seems to be the thing to do this holiday season in gaming. And if there is one assassination simulator you play this year, you won't go wrong with the stealth-puzzle strategies of Hitman: Absolution.
Friday, November 16 2012
The first few days that I played Dishonored, anyone passing by me asked, "Are you playing Bioshock, again?" Ironically, the first hour or two, in some sense, I thought I was.
Sunday, November 11 2012
The world as it stands in Borderlands 2 isn’t a place; it is a strangely shaped arena. There is lip service paid to life on this rock, but none of it is convincing as all of it begins and ends within the sight of my gun barrel.
Thursday, November 8 2012
The Great Giana Sisters might have been created to capitalize on the voracious popularity of Mario, but that was then. Now it seems like the fabled plumber could learn a few things from his one-time disciples.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
If you click on a door, you will enter if it is unlocked. And in order to further cut the fat out of the game, if you have the right object, you will just use it. This may take the puzzle solving challenge out of the game, but the game is not about that. It’s about absorbing the culture -- being a sightseer as it were.
Monday, October 29 2012
If the Diablo and Torchlight franchises didn't exist, it's entirely possible that a game like Realms of Ancient War would be perceived very differently.
Thursday, October 25 2012
Torchlight 2 does all the little things right. It feels exactly the way a game like this should feel.
Fable games are known for their charm and wit, but much of that is lost here amidst your aimless flailing.
Monday, October 22 2012
Should you play Hell Yeah!? It has undead rabbits, slick bullet-hell action, and hilarious gags so I'd say...definitely!
Friday, October 19 2012
For those that remember the games included in Marvel vs. Capcom Origins from when they required a quarter to play, the game offers a sense of nostalgia worth reliving. For those that have moved on, it might be better to pick up the series from a more console-friendly point.