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.

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.

ReviewRock Band 3

July 6, 2013
The pinnacle of music videogames
by: brubinow available on: Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3

For those willing to make the investment, Rock Band 3 is one of the best multiplayer experiences around. I shudder to think how much money I’ve spent on Rock Band games, instruments and song downloads since I first got into it, but few games are as purely joyful to play as Rock Band 3. Far from being just a new songlist, Rock Band 3 represents a great leap forward for music rhythm gaming.

ReviewDarksiders II

May 14, 2013
A scream becomes a yawn
by: Psychphan available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

I love the original Darksiders. It still felt fresh when I played it two years ago. What was so engrossing about it, you might ask? It is a game that took Christian mythos and ran with the idea. It was dark. It was gory. And it was awesome. So where in the world does Darksiders II stand when the original was so good? In short, it’s a good game in its own right. It just isn’t a good Darksiders game.

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.

ReviewSam & Max Season 3: The Devil's Playhouse

April 6, 2013
Hilariously witty and exasperatingly tough
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3

I remember playing a demo of the original Sam & Max game on my family’s old Macintosh. And I remember thinking it wasn’t that funny and I couldn’t figure out how to advance forward. Of course, it was on the The Dig’s CD and that game troubled me just as much. (And that’s a different altogether.) Fast forward several years and Tell Tale resurrected the two characters and made a season of downloadable games. I recently completed Sam & Max Season 3: The Devil’s Playhouse, and it’s a great conclusion for the series.

ReviewFinal Fantasy XIII 2

August 13, 2012
A solid love letter to the series' fans
by: Psychphan available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

I admit that the Final Fantasy series is not perfect — especially the latest entry. And it probably doesn’t even help that the series was completely misnumbered here in the States with patches of individuals still insisting that Final Fantasy 6 is actually the third installment in the series. ...

ReviewinFamous 2

July 23, 2012
An electric sequel
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3
This past Thanksgiving I picked one of the more well-known games of the year: inFamous 2. As I wandered around Best Buy at that time, I noticed (and still do as I return every so often) that the game is bundled with the PlayStation 3 system. So that brings up some important questions: Is inFamous 2 a “good” sequel? And is it worth admission to get people interested in the PS3?

PreviewDead Rising 2

July 6, 2012
So many zombies, so little time
by: brubinow @ E3 2010 available on: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
Zombies really are the best videogame enemies, aren’t they? They can be bashed, sliced, shot and blown up — all without the slightest twinge of guilt. No one knows this better than Capcom, who presented the sequel to their ultraviolent zombie game, Dead Rising 2.

ReviewSilent Hill HD Collection

June 6, 2012
Seven devils all around me ...
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3

I remember back in college a buddy of mine talked about Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. It intrigued me, to say the least. This was at the time when I was at the cusp of becoming a horror game fan. Sure, Resident Evil 4 was enjoyable to me, but it was not a game I would say made me a “fan” of the genre. Long story short, my buddy let me borrow the two games for a few months and I understood what I had missed. The games resonated with me; here were stories that were exceedingly simple on the surface yet become complex as I dug through the plots. Fast forward a few years, and Konami has finally re-released these highly sought PS2 games onto one disc: The Silent Hill HD Collection. And I grabbed it for the PS3 a few weeks ago. So is this collection a must have for horror fans?

ReviewMedal of Honor

May 28, 2012
Electronic Arts has done it again
by: BlueMark available on: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3
I grew up playing the Medal of Honor franchise and loving every single minute of it. I never thought it could get any better than any of the previous ones I owned. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

ReviewCabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011

May 16, 2012
You are the hunted
by: BlueMark available on: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Oh man, do I love to hunt.

Oh man, do I love to play hunting games.

Oh man, do I hate it when baboons attack me.

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 for the Wii is an overall good game — a different type of hunting game than I am use to, but that is a good thing. The hunting genre is plagued by less than boring games, while Activision makes it more exciting.

ReviewCatherine

May 6, 2012
Unique and unsettling experience
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

New York legalizing gay marriage troubles many people because it challenges what it means for people to be “a couple.” This was something Atlus was smart enough to use in its “Are you committed” trailer months ago for its provocatively styled game Catherine. So is the game “fluff” waiting to rot out your eyes, or is it an intelligent commentary on relationships?

ReviewLego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

May 3, 2012
by: dain120475 available on: PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

This was my father to me, a boy of 6, watching the original Indiana Jones on the big screen. Our hero, Indy, was making his way slowly through a black temple in a dark jungle, only to find a shaft of light, strangely penetrating in this mysterious place. Indy reaches his whip forward grimly and releases the trap harmlessly as spikes carrying a corpse thrust forward to my eager and horrified eyes.

ReviewBatman: Arkham City

April 25, 2012
Batman sequel worth a buy
by: Tommy_Gun available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

Batman is back and better than ever. I’m sure everyone is wondering how good this new sequel turned out. At first glance, I saw one of the most serious-looking Batmans I have ever seen in a game. There he was on the front cover, a seriously angered Caped Crusader with his knuckles bloody from battle. So, just seeing the front case, it seemed like Batman: Arkham City was going to be one of the best Batman games ever made.

ReviewLast Rebellion

March 28, 2012
How long can you fight your feelings?
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3

Have you ever seen a movie, television show or videogame in which the creators’ vision is completely sound yet it fails on almost every level? What causes such an “epic fail”? Maybe it has to do with the skill of the team involved. Maybe the creators had such a massive vision that they overextended themselves. Or maybe everyone involved got sidetracked. The answer is completely unknown, which brings the discussion to the PlayStation 3 game Last Rebellion. This is a game that has a solid foundation yet is poorly constructed.

ReviewRayman Origins

March 15, 2012
Insanely fun and will entertain for hours
by: Dervish888 available on: Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3

If you have been a gamer since the mid ’90s, you know who and what Rayman is all about. However, Rayman has been on a bit of a sabbatical of late. We have seen somewhat recent titles such as Rayman Raving Rabbids, but the game is as far from being a Rayman game as it possibly can be. Rayman Raving Rabbids is a good game in its own right, but this isn’t what I intend to review. For now at least.

ReviewinFAMOUS

March 13, 2012
Electrifyingly fun though greatly flawed
by: Psychphan available on: PlayStation 3

Did you know that the human body is a mild generator of electricity? Every ounce of information is passed through neurochemicals and electricity. Heck, if it wasn’t for the electric current of -40 mv then we wouldn’t even be able to move! I bring up this ultra-brief neurology lesson because, I have been a bit obsessed with Sony’s inFamous. Well, who can really blame me? It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself in an open-ended world, and playing “hero” is a fun pastime. I love how electrifyingly simple it is. And I hate how unrefined it is at other moments. But is it worth a $30 purchase?

PreviewNeed for Speed Hot Pursuit

January 14, 2012
A look at what’s to come
by: BlueMark available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
The demo released for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, and my first thought was that I needed to go and download it for my Xbox 360 and see if it lives up to my standards of Need for Speed.

ReviewCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

January 2, 2012
Great addition to the series
by: Dervish888 available on: Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation 3

Every other year is special time for Call of Duty fans as the giant known as Infinity Ward struts its proverbial stuff. Activision/Infinity Ward’s latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise is proof that they are not losing their firm grasp on the game’s success.

ReviewSpider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

December 9, 2011
Fun, enjoyable and impressive
by: BlueMark available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

I will be upfront with you; I have never really been a fan of any Spider-Man game. When I think of comics, it is not Spider-Man I think of. The only reason I reviewed this game was for my 4-year-old son, who absolutely loves Spider-Man. However, I will say I was actually quite impressed by Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

PreviewDead Space 2

November 17, 2011
A taste of multiplayer
by: BlueMark available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

I had the privilege of getting an invitation to the Dead Space 2 multiplayer beta in October (it has taken me this long to put it into words), and I was excited. I was excited for EA and for Visceral Games, because this is a great attribute to an already fantastic franchise. I am going to make an insanely bold (yet true) claim and say the Dead Space franchise is scary as hell.

ReviewUncharted 2: Among Thieves

November 14, 2011
Sometimes you forget you're playing a game
by: TwilightSocks96 available on: PlayStation 3
Developer Naughty Dog helped create the Crash Bandicoot series and the hit Jak and Daxter series. It seems that Naughty Dog would never be able to get out from the “cartoony kiddy platformer” developing, as it was a niche they had created for themselves. If you played Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, then you know how wrong this thought is, and this statement shines through even more with the second installment in the Uncharted series: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

ReviewDragon Age II

November 8, 2011
Ogres and demons and dragons ... oh my!
by: Psychphan available on: PC/Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

What can I add to the discussion about Dragon Age II that hasn’t been said before? Over this past year, it has been one of the most publicized games of this year. And of course, it should be: Bioware is the mastermind behind the game and have earned a reputation for being masters of narrative. However, great narrative does not make a game great. It is one of those pieces of the proverbial gaming puzzle that tends to make a “great game” even cooler. So as much as this game is worth it for the narrative alone, does it succeed on all the other important levels as well?

ReviewDead Space

October 31, 2011
A great, scary survival horror
by: Diesel available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
I’m a big fan of survival horror. I like testing my survival instincts against all sorts of hideous enemies. It can, however, get fairly repetitive as a genre. Zombies are always the No. 1 enemy, and everybody knows that against zombies, headshots are the best way to go. It’s exciting, but I can’t help but feel like I’ve done it plenty of times before. Dead Space manages to give me all the horror I can handle in a brand new way.