I love a good puzzle game. I especially love a good puzzle game that does something new and interesting. Portal, and the subsequent Portal 2, were knockouts that kept me coming back for more time and time again. When I sat down last month to take a look at Rat King Entertainment’s first effort, TRI, I instantly felt the same joy and intrigue as the first time I picked up a portal gun. I̵...[Read More]
One of my favorite Nintendo DS games was a little gem called Elite Beat Agents. It was a great premise, actually. You were an Elite Beat Agent, a secret agent that traveled the world helping those in need…by having rhythm. All you had to do was press the appropriate area on the screen at the appropriate time, dictated by the rhythm of the level’s song, and you would succeed. Simple, bu...[Read More]
I never played the original release of CastleStorm last year, so I can’t comment much on any potential differences between it and its recently released Definitive Edition, for Xbox One and PS4. The basic facts are that the Definitive Edition includes the game (of course) and both of the original DLC packs (From Outcast to Savior and The Warrior Queen), as well as graphical updates with a 108...[Read More]
In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie, a Ranger and a Wraith set out on a path of vengeance against the Black Hand, a lieutenant of the Dark Lord Sauron. The Ranger, Talion, was killed by the Black Hand after watching his wife and son sacrificed before him as part of a dark ritual. The Wraith, whose identity will be discussed later in the review (I’d say “spoiler alert,” b...[Read More]
Here’s what I know about golf. In the sixth grade, our PE class had a golf segment that lasted about a week. I sucked. I’m pretty good at mini-golf. I think Happy Gilmore is a reasonably accurate depiction of professional golf. Now that I’ve established my credentials, let’s dive into this (short) review of HB Studios’ new golf simulator, The Golf Club. I can’t ...[Read More]
And lo, with yet another film of the legendary webslinger, we get another tie-in game. A lot of times, Spidey games, even if they’re flawed, are still fun. Does this one hold up?
It’s been just shy of two years since the release of Trials Evolution, the widely acclaimed follow-up to the equally acclaimed Trials HD from Ubisoft’s RedLynx development team. Today, the highly anticipated third console entry in the burgeoning franchise has been released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4, with the PC release to follow next week. It is not alone, however, as th...[Read More]
Over the years, I’ve bemoaned the disappearance of local multiplayer in video games. Most of this was due to the fact that my household only had one Xbox 360, but two heavy gamers. This resulted in either one person sitting to the side for a indeterminate period of time, or both people playing from a limited library of entertaining local multiplayer titles. Last year, at IndieCade, I had an ...[Read More]
At exactly what point does a good game franchise start to decline? For plenty of fans of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, it probably started with the tenth entry, and over a decade later, the debate among fans has been whether that game and its sequel are actually among the best or worse entries in the franchise. So, now that it’s been re-released in HD, how does it hold up?
I dislike the use of the term ‘next-gen’ as a reference to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They were next-gen before they were released. Now they are current-gen, with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4 becoming, if not retro, at least previous-gen. Going forward, any time you see ‘current-gen’ used on this site, it refers to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The term ‘next...[Read More]
Before Rayman Origins was released, it had been a long time since I had enjoyed, or been even remotely excited by, a Rayman game. As soon as I saw those opening trailers, though, I knew I was going to be hooked; and hooked I was. I ended up with the game on three different platforms (360, Vita, PC), simply because it was that good. Then, rumors started swirling about a sequel, with multiple fantas...[Read More]