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.

ReviewMagic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers

September 26, 2013
Your grandparents’ card games never looked this good!
by: CentCMD available on: Xbox Live Arcade
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.

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.

ReviewMega Man 9

August 30, 2013
What was old is new
by: Pashford available on: Xbox Live Arcade

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.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter

August 11, 2013
by: Tsasa available on: Xbox 360
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.

ReviewNaughty Bear

July 9, 2013
Reminiscent of old Saturday morning cartoons
by: TreavorClark available on: Xbox 360

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.

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.

ReviewCthulhu Saves the World

June 30, 2013
Villainous character makes for perfect anti-hero
by: Psychphan available on: Xbox Live Arcade

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.

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.

Review'Splosion Man

March 11, 2013
Great fun for all in this platformer
by: Dervish888 available on: Xbox Live Arcade

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.

ReviewEscape Goat

October 15, 2012
This could actually be a true story ...
by: Psychphan available on: PC, Xbox Live Arcade

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.

ReviewLaserCat

September 12, 2012
An exploration platforming quiz show
by: Psychphan available on: PC, Xbox Live Arcade

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.

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. ...

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.

ReviewHalo 3: ODST

June 8, 2012
A welcome addition to the Halo lineup
by: Pashford available on: Xbox 360
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.

ReviewSonic Adventure DX

June 4, 2012
Best Sonic the Hedgehog game ever
by: TreavorClark available on: Xbox Live Arcade, GameCube, Dreamcast

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.

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.

ReviewDLC Quest

April 23, 2012
Quirky game that’s over too quickly
by: Psychphan available on: PC, Xbox Live Arcade

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.

ReviewHaunt

April 19, 2012
Game will have you literally jumping for joy
by: Dervish888 available on: Xbox Live Arcade

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.

ReviewAlan Wake's American Nightmare

March 19, 2012
Pulp fiction suspense novella
by: Psychphan available on: Xbox Live Arcade

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.