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.
I discovered Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers for Xbox Live Arcade while looking for a traditional card game. I downloaded the demo, and I was immediately struck by the artistry of the game board and the simplicity of the user interface. The interface is ornate and magnificent looking, and it complements the artwork featured on the cards. The game’s graphics were amazingly impressive for a card game; I purchased the full game the same day I downloaded the demo. I learned the game by following the brief tutorial. It familiarizes players with the basic gameplay rules and controls. I highly recommend everyone who gets this game play the tutorial.
Rock Man, The Blue Bomber, Super Fighting Robot ... Mega Man has gone through the ringer when it comes to nicknames — and rightfully so, as he has had a rather extensive career stretching back all the way to the original Nintendo. Capcom loves a franchise, and were it not for Ryu and Ken, Mega Man might be its favorite child. Having starred in several game series, Mega Man hit a bump just like Sonic did in the late 1990s, as the transition to 3-D seemed difficult for the young android. The only way the series seemed to persevere is by holding him in the 2-D realm. After a few hits and many misses, Mega Man is put into the most comfortable environment he knows — the one that blasted him into stardom — and directly returns to his roots with Mega Man 9, the latest installment in the original Mega Man series.
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter was built utilizing the tremendous power of the Xbox 360, taking advantage of its increased computing power to deliver unprecedented graphics and a myriad of innovative features. This urban environment war game against the Nicaraguan terrorist army in Mexico City is another giant leap for the gaming industry. It is breath taking in more ways than one can imagine. Only the best urban warfare gamers will be able to take the challenge and complete this game’s scenarios.
I think if we were to sit down and watch the cartoons we watched as a kid, we would see that violence was a common bedfellow with the comedy of the likes of Wile E. Coyote and so forth. This really doesn’t mean those cartoons were bad and they created violent children; we were just enlightened by the comical chase. The game Naughty Bear takes this idea and makes it into a modern-day game that feels very reminiscent of those Saturday cartoons ... with a tad bit more emphasis on the violent atmosphere.
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.
I’m not a very good horror reader or watcher. As such, I don’t really know all of the influential characters or writers who have shaped the genre — as well as many other genres. For example, the works of H. P. Lovecraft are rather popular in this day and age compared to when he originally wrote his stories. As I understand it, his stories are known for their dream-like feel and characters going insane when they encounter forces far greater than their internal resolve. It sounds odd, and this interesting aspect of the human condition has influenced areas far greater than we probably know. I can probably figure out how influential the character Cthulhu is, though. Indie game developer Zeboyd Games has created a love letter not only to role-playing games in general, but also to this influential being. Welcome to the hilarious homage world of Cthulhu Saves the World.
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.
Every now and then something comes along that shines brightly and separates itself from the rest of the pack. Whether it be a Blockbuster movie, New York Times bestseller or Twisted Pixel’s ’Splosion Man. This game is something that should not be missed.
Believe it or not, I’ve raised a fair amount of different animals. I’ve taken care of goats, llamas, chickens, sheep, dogs and parrots. While that may sound like bragging, the point is that I know a bit about animals (and I love them, too). Goats are by far, the most interesting and intense.
LaserCat follows a feline who happens to be made out of a laser. Anyway, his best friend Owl gets kidnapped by an evil toad and hides 30 keys throughout his master’s castle for LaserCat to find. So like any good kitty, he goes off to save his friend.
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. ...
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.
It’s pretty hard to get away from shooters on the Xbox 360. I quit them for awhile because of the oversaturation I faced. There were so many to choose from and so little time. Having to pick from several at any given moment, I felt spread too thin with ample amounts of repetition along the way. Long before the shooter flood on the Xbox, I was a big fan of the original Halo, had an awkward relationship with Halo 2 and had a stinted love affair with Halo 3. Having spent a long break from the series, I decided to give Halo 3: ODST a try. I was looking for a chance at an enjoyable experience for old time’s sake ... and ended up getting even more.
Twenty years ago, a little blue hedgehog gave a plumber a run for his money and changed my life entirely. That blue hedgehog’s name was Sonic. Of course, the route Sonic has taken to this day has definitely had some bumps and has been far from perfect after his Blast Processing days on Sega Genesis. But one game in his 3-D adventures really stood out and made a lasting impression on fans of Sonic the hedgehog and a ruler to what all-future Sonic games would be measured by: Sonic Adventure.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I enjoy satire. In fact, it’s a central component of comedy. Practically every comedian is making fun of something. Think about some of the longest running comedians: Phyllis Diller, Bill Cosby and Steven Colbert (to name a few).So how about a game that satirizes games in general? This is the basic premise of DLC Quest.
Haunt was announced alongside the introduction of Microsoft's hands-free device known as the Kinect. More than a year later, Haunt has made its way onto the Xbox Live Arcade. I had been keeping an eye on this one as its light-hearted romp through a haunted house sounded very appealing.
I readily admit it: I loved Alan Wake. And for a guy who writes, it was easy to fall for the game: the strong narrative, the dark and unnerving atmosphere and the incredible pacing. I played the game to death, searching for all 1500 points (something I rarely do). It’s one of those rare games that makes me proud to own an Xbox 360. So imagine my surprise when I opened my email account one morning and learned that Alan Wake’s American Nightmare was up on Xbox Live Arcade. I could barely control myself with giddiness.