Reviews & Articles

PreviewFairytale Fights

September 29, 2013
Not suitable for children
by: GrizzMagoo available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

After a few turns around the Anime Fest, it was time for me to make my way past the booth babes at the Playlogic table and wrap my fingers around the controls of Fairytale Fights. Set to ship Oct. 27, Fairytale Fights is not the sweetsy-peetsy, E-rated title you might be conjuring in your head.

ReviewWallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled!

September 24, 2013
No animals were harmed in the making of this game
by: drewmcgee available on: PC
TellTale Games has impressed me yet again with the third installment of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventure. This time, in Wallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled!, the ingenious inventor and his trusty canine partner are up against the cunning wits of a swindler named Monty Muzzle. The backdrop for the game is, as always, West Wallaby Street.

ReviewTrainz Simulator 2009 — World Builder Edition

September 20, 2013
Chugga, chugga, choo, choo, baby!
by: Scorpogee available on: PC
For the rest of us who admire the work of train hobbyists but can’t afford to spend a ton of money or don’t have the space available for that track layout, there’s Trainz Simulator 2009 — World Builder Edition. Developer Auran, who runs Planet Auran for Trainz enthusiasts, has developed a pretty formidable simulation for those who want to ride the tracks or produce their own layouts on the computer.

ReviewFor the Glory: A Europa Universalis Game

September 11, 2013
Proving that even simulated world conquest is impossible!
by: CentCMD available on: PC
Alexander the Great and I have many things in common. We have nine letters in our first names, we like world travel and we have a weird desire to conquer stuff. As for the latter, I play videogames. When For the Glory: A Europe Universalis Game gave me the opportunity to play out my Alexander-inspired fantasies and conquer the world from the comfort of my PC, I was more than thrilled. All those years of studying politics seemed to finally be worth the tuition money.

ReviewGish

September 8, 2013
Clever and fun to play with minor flaws
by: Psychphan available on: PC
The wonderful thing about the indie gaming community is the simple fact there are several little gems, regardless of genre. Some are even hiding in plain sight on digital distribution sites. One of those gems belongs to the platforming genre, and that gem is Gish. It is a fun game to play — period.

ReviewAssassin's Creed: Brotherhood

September 3, 2013
No disappointments in this installment
by: BlueMark available on: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is quite possibly the best installment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. There is simply nothing in the game that can disappoint anyone.

ReviewThe Wizard's Pen

August 23, 2013
by: Sylvene available on: PC
The one thing I have to wonder about casual games is how addictive they make them, and also marvel at the production values many companies throw into the making of them. Wizard's Pen is a hidden object game from PopCap Games and it's another winner from the moment you start the game, with beautiful graphics and good but repetitive sound.

You begin by entering your chosen name and the game begins the story, addressing you by name. You are apprenticed to a great wizard who's gone missing, leaving behind a blank ...

Cake Mania

August 14, 2013
by: Alladania available on: PC
I preface this review with a confession. I don’t cook. (Okay, maybe a little, but not really.) That being said, I love playing Cake Mania. Luckily, no actual cooking knowledge is required.

ReviewBeat Hazard

July 15, 2013
Combining a love of music and gaming
by: Jcoffey available on: PC

I love music. I think everyone does, really; it’s pretty much everywhere you go. Chances are, if you’re walking down the street, you’re going to hear music from somewhere. Sometimes, it’s even in your head. Along with music, I also love gaming. For me, the two are generally separated. Aside from a few amazing exceptions, I’ve found no real way to combine my love of music and passion for gaming.

Then I played Beat Hazard.

ReviewAmerican McGee's Alice

July 3, 2013
by: Dotcher available on: PC
As an action game presented in the third-person perspective, American McGee's Alice/i> has immediate appeal to those looking to take a break from the real world's stresses and frustrations, without the graphic violence of the first person shooters ...

ReviewAnodyne

June 18, 2013
An awesome adventure game
by: Psychphan available on: PC

It’s somewhat amazing that in the year 2013, pixelated graphics and high-definition polygons exist side by side. What’s even more amazing is that games are not being assessed just on the art style alone, it’s how well everything is pulled together and succeeds in helping the game obtain greatness. So allow me to introduce you to an indie game that will eventually be a household name: Anodyne.

ReviewUnepic

June 4, 2013
An excellent parody of loved RPGs and then some
by: Psychphan available on: PC

There’s something to be said about “irony.” And as a trope, it’s one of the hardest to master. Perhaps that is, in itself, ironic — or not. So what’s the point of this quick English 101 lesson that far too many individuals improperly use? It’s rather simple: It’s the basis for the game Unepic.

PreviewUnderrail

June 1, 2013
Possible cult classic in the making
by: Asterix available on: PC

Set in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic future, Underrail puts you in a role of a new inhabitant of a vault like underground city. The universe is reflected in a unique blend of isometric two-dimensional world where the player fights to figure out his or her purpose.

ReviewMutant Mudds

May 4, 2013
Unique play on perspective
by: Psychphan available on: PC, Nintendo 3DS

I’m not too sure if there is a good reason why individuals like optical illusions. Life is full of these illusions. Some are fun, such as the stereograms and the flat holograms while others are more serious such as side mirrors of cars. So what’s the point of mentioning all of this? It’s the basis for an indie game known as Mutant Mudds.

ReviewPlants vs Zombies

April 20, 2013
There’s a zombie on your lawn ...
by: Psychphan available on: PC/Mac

As much as I identify as a hardcore gamer, I admit I’m highly guilty of engaging in casual gaming. Can you really blame me? There are days that I’m so tired from school and work that I just want (and some days need) a game that is completely lighthearted and provides instant rewards. As such, I go online for flash games. So how does this explain why I have enjoyed Plants vs Zombies so much? The answer is simple: It provides a lot of fun while having a higher degree of challenge that is rarely seen in the casual genre.

ReviewSaints Row: The Third

April 13, 2013
Oddly fun murder simulator
by: Psychphan available on: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

When it comes to what games to play, I like playing the hero. So I’m not sure why have I enjoyed Saints Row: The Third.

ReviewHinterland

March 8, 2013
Can grow your own town while fighting monsters?
by: Psychphan available on: PC

Back in 2008, I had my hands dipped in several indie games. While this exposed me to games I may have missed on my radar, I had no money to indulge in them past the demo. This brings the review to one game that I completely forgot about: Hinterland.

ReviewWizardry 8

March 2, 2013
An actual dungeon crawler that crawls through the dirt to kill
by: Psychphan available on: PC

I have a soft spot for dungeon crawlers. I cannot really explain it. I think it has to do with my personality: I’m very curious and, if it isn’t in a drawer or nailed down, chances are I’ll pick it up and riffle through it for a bit. Oh yes, this typically isn’t a good idea as people do not want their private spaces violated and I’m no different. Thankfully, the genre allows me to express this trait without the legal or interpersonal issues becoming apparent. Welcome to one of my favorite games from college: Wizardry 8.

ReviewAnna

February 24, 2013
A weird and intriguing horror-themed adventure
by: Psychphan available on: PC/Mac

I stink at adventure games. It’s a simple fact that I keep ranting and raving about whenever I get my hands on an adventure title for one simple reason: I’m stuck in my own little box and I understand its rules. I don’t understand the rules for adventure games because the way the genre’s “box” is set-up makes no sense to me. It’s rare that an adventure game, at least to me, is intuitive enough and clear enough to help properly orient the player. So how about a psychological adventure game about relationships? Then I have found a game for you: Anna.

ReviewStay Dead

February 20, 2013
Stay dead? Yep. Looks that way.
by: Alladania available on: PC/Mac

Stay Dead for the PC is a hand-to-hand combat game that’s very different from my usual fare. (Actually I don’t tend to do hand-to-hand combat games since I lose so spectacularly.)

ReviewPuzzle Bots

February 14, 2013
A short, witty and accessible adventure game
by: Psychphan available on: PC

Back in the summer of 2010, I was fortunate enough to attend that year’s E3. While there, one of the highlights was that I got to meet Erin Robinson. She is one of the few indie developers who actively tries to keep the adventure game genre alive. What was special about that year was that she was talking about her game, Puzzle Bots, and meeting folks at the Indiecade booth. Fast forward a couple of years and it has only been recently that I got my hands on that said game.

ReviewLone Survivor

February 5, 2013
A pixelated hauntingly good time
by: Psychphan available on: PC

Horror is a challenging concept to do well. Many games (and movies) go for the thrills simply because it is easier than taking the time to craft a chilling universe. There are a multitude of methods of doing so, some with greater effect than others. I don’t pretend to be an expert on horror as I can’t stand the movie genre. Ironically, the video game genre of horror intrigues me. It doesn’t help that I don’t like blood and guts. So I go for the psychological version. I have currently gotten my hands on one of the most intriguing and truest psychological horror games in recent years: Lone Survivor on PC.

ReviewDark Scavenger

November 30, 2012
One of the oddest games you’ve never even heard of
by: Psychphan available on: PC

I love the indie gaming community because developers tend to feel free to experiment with gameplay and narrative. Sometimes things are a bit disjointed. Of course, this is to be expected considering that the majority of developers lack the budget to make their games shine like the majority of console games. So this makes Dark Scavenger the entire game cooler to me.

ReviewTribes: Ascend

November 7, 2012
Fast-paced and fast explosions
by: josephsmits available on: PC

Shazbot is a word in the Tribes universe that implies displeasure, usually if used repeatedly, at losing a match within Tribes: Ascend. I’m not sure if I’ve caused many folks to have to use the keystroke to cause their avatar to say that, but really I’ve had too much fun playing Tribes: Ascend to have it really matter. I normally chuckle when I hear it and get ready for another round win or lose.

ReviewInferno+

October 24, 2012
It doesn’t burn, it’s fiery!
by: Psychphan available on: PC/Mac

Have you ever heard of indie XBLA developer Radiangames? I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of the company as I haven’t played many of their games. The one I do own I blasted through, loved and haven’t touched since the day I bought it. Yeah, it’s a bit sad. On the plus side, I have its spiritual successor, Inferno+ on my PC to keep me warm.