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Resogun Review

Dec. 1, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Resogun Review If you're one of the lucky gamers out there who have acquired a new, shiny PlayStation 4, I surely hope you have already downloaded and played Resogun. If you have a PS4 and do not have Resogun, well... I have some bad news. You are a horrible, horrible gamer. Well, not really. You're not a horrible gamer. You're just uninformed and deficient. You are lacking in knowledge of brand-new excellent games on the now current-gen systems. Resogun is a...

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery

Nov. 22, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Game & Watch Gallery The Nintendo Game and Watch legacy began as an idea from famed Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi as a way to relieve boredom and play simple games along with serving as a functional alarm clock. The Game and Watch handhelds sold over 43 million units worldwide and feature a large selection of mini-games, some of which feature famous Nintendo characters Donkey Kong and Mario. Despite the devices being retired in 1991, four Game and Watch titles were...

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Nov. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Everyone wanted it, and they knew it was coming. It seemed like a perfect match (made in Hell), and now it's finally here.  An all too obvious, but long overdue fan fantasy come true, James Rofle, a.k.a "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (AVGN) finally stars in his own video game, the very media genre his Internet famed character complains about. Click the image to view game screenshots Owner, independent film maker, and creator of Cinneemasacre,...

Kerbal Space Program Review

Sep. 17, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Kerbal Space Program Review I've seen many space films—Armaggedon, Deep Impact, Apollo 13—and they've all taught me one thing: space travel isn't easy. Something inevitably goes wrong, whether it's during the launch, refueling at the space station, a mechanical issue with the craft, or a problem with re-entry. I've always wondered what it would be like to go to space, so after hearing about Kerbal Space Program, a space flight simulation game, I thought "Here...

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes

Sep. 16, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes Giant robot games are making a comeback, and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who was a fan of the genre since playing Mech Warrior 2 on PC, it’s a real joy to see titles such as Mech Warrior Online, Hawken, and the upcoming Titanfall embrace the big, lumbering mechs that I have grown to enjoy since my childhood. Mech games were a little more frequent back in the day, before the FPS and cover-based TPS became popular. Xbox had Mech...

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By David Telfer

Star Wars: The Old Republic Review It's been almost two years since the release of Bioware's galactic MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it's come a long way. As well as the usual patch updates bringing new content for both PvE and PvP players, the updates deliver improvements to the game as a whole. UI and character customization, new races, and the ability to change the color of your armor are just a handful of the updates Bioware has introduced. Since the launch of the...

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade

Aug. 30, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retro Review: Die Hard Arcade My first memories of anything Die Hard related don't involve a young Bruce Willis battling his way through a terrorist-occupied office high rise. It isn't watching him stand by helplessly as a passenger jet plummeted into the ground, nor is it him teaming up with a younger pre-Nick Furry Samuel L. Jackson. My first memories of Die Hard are of the arcade and Sega Saturn beat 'em up, Die Hard Arcade. Originally released as a non-Die Hard game in...

Sleeping Dogs Review

Feb. 2, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sleeping Dogs Review Imagine a video game that featured the frenetic and violent shoot-out of classic John Woo movies, the freedom and huge overworld from GTA, the immersion and attention to detail that Shemnue and Yakuza offered, and the drama and character dynamics of Infernal Affairs. Sleeping Dogs is all of this with enough quality gameplay and content to keep you busy for a long time. What began as a new entry in the True Crimes series ended up as a third...

Binary Domain Review

Jan. 7, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Binary Domain Review On first glance, Binary Domain appears to be another clone among the many trying to share the spotlight with the triple A titles -- in this case, Gears of War. While they are both mechanically similar -- third-person, cover-based shooters -- Binary Domain manages to do something different from its competitor: be a fun shooter while fixing some of the mistakes commonly found throughout Gears of War. Binary Domain takes place in a cyberpunk future...

Furdiburb Review

Dec. 18, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Anne King

Furdiburb Review Remember Tamagotchi? His little frowny face, stinky lines, and lumpy pixels representing gobs of poo as big as he was ... The morbid fun of seeing how long he’d last, the poo piling up, or the obsessive compulsive need to care for him, check on him every hour, lest he die in a pile of his own filth? His successor exists now on Android, in a beta version called Furdiburb, by the makers of Sheado.net. But Furdi’s got a hell of a lot...

Hotline Miami Review

Dec. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Hotline Miami Review The recent surge in popularity with indie titles has been a renaissance for new ideas that push the boundaries and limits on what gameplay and narrative can achieve. Titles such as Limbo, Braid, and Super Meat Boy relied on traditional 2-D gameplay to deliver clever new twists on the genre while games like Amnesia: Dark Descent used the latest in technology to give players a truly immersive experience. Games like Minecraft have shown that by...

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2)

Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Best Served Cold: Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 2) Dishonored is a paradox. On one hand, it’s a beautifully designed piece of software. From design to sound to modeling and texture, the city of Dunwall is a perfect example of setting for a story that, while flawed at points, remains compelling. A spiritual successor to the Thief franchise, stealth is your greatest ally in a hostile world driven by industrial oil and gear.  On the other hand, the choices made on the parts of the...

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1)

Dec. 11, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dishonored Review (Dueling Reviews 1) New big-budget IPs are somewhat of a rarity these days. With rising production costs, publishers are less likely to try something different. The new ideas -- the radical ideas -- are often left to smaller, lower-budget indie developers willing to try out something new, to pull an interesting twist on an established gameplay mechanic. Dishonored is the big-budget, fresh approach game we desperately need. It’s the new and interesting...

Thirty Flights of Loving Review

Dec. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Thirty Flights of Loving Review Stories in video games are rarely good. They may be adequate, or entertaining, but rarely are they groundbreaking narratives that demonstrate the strengths of the medium nor do they often pose the opportunity to discuss multiple interpretations or an analysis on the genre itself. Video games are entertainment, after all, and rarely by presenting bombastic situations and gruff characters do they end up becoming bestsellers. That’s not to...

Yakuza: Dead Souls Review

Nov. 30, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Yakuza: Dead Souls Review Zombies are everywhere. They’re in our FPSs and our adventure games. They’re in our hack-and-slashers and our RPGs. Hell, even our racing games are no longer free from the undead menace. Zombies have become a never-ending source of bullet fodder and the go-to in games that need enemies slaughtered, violently and en masse.   Due to this saturation in nearly every genre, it can be difficult to recommend a good zombie game. It may...

Marvel vs Capcom Origins Review

Oct. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Marvel vs Capcom Origins Review With Marvel vs. Capcom 3 now in the fighting game spotlight and the Marvel name hotter than ever thanks to the success of this year’s The Avengers, Capcom has re-released some of its earliest entries in its Versus series with Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, a digital release containing both Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Heroes.   For many, this may very well be the first time playing these titles in their proper...

Black Mesa Review

Sep. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Black Mesa Review Black Mesa may be one of the best mods for a PC game I have ever played. A strong and perhaps hyperbolic way to begin a review, but it can't be denied. The amount of care and quality put into this mod, the level of detail that went into recreating nearly every aspect and square inch of the Black Mesa Research Complex while adding and tweaking some existing gameplay elements is a thoughtful and impressive tribute to one of the greatest first...

DiRT 3 Review

Aug. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

DiRT 3 Review As my tiny, super-powered hatchback sped along the frozen trails of Norway's premier rally track, a sense of urgency and fear began to overtake me as I slid around corners at breakneck speeds. As I stared intently ahead at the icy roads, feeling every bump and every slide, one thought continued to go through my mind: I'm going to die.   DiRT 3 is one of the scariest racing games I have ever played in my life. No, it's not a survival horror...

Spelunky XBLA Review

Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Spelunky XBLA Review Spelunky, the rogue-like indie hit platformer developed by Derek Yu, has been released to Xbox Live Arcade. You'll once again take on the role of everyone's favorite little red-nosed adventurer and be diving into the dark deeps of randomized caverns, icy tunnels, and strange temples in search of treasure, fame, fortune ... and instant death. The joke may be old, but this is death in HD! Yes, the frustration of dying repeatedly for hours on end...

The King of Fighters XIII Review

Jul. 30, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The King of Fighters XIII Review When I first started playing fighting games, it was always the offerings from Capcom that managed to grab my attention. The memorable characters from legendary titles such as Street Fighter II and Marvel vs Capcom 2 made for hours of practice and gameplay, whether alone or with friends. The King of Fighters series was always that “other series" -- the one that I'd heard of, saw a little bit of, but was never really interested in playing....

House of the Dead 4 Review

Jun. 4, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

House of the Dead 4 Review Light gun games used to be a staple in arcades, but their popularity waned at the same time as arcades' did, and gamers' interest swung toward first- and third-person shooters. Despite a few titles keeping the genre alive, it seemed like another form of digital combat coming to an end. With the release of the Nintendo Wii and, later on, the PS Move attachment for PS3, light gun games began making a slow comeback. Games like Ghost Squad and...

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review

Jun. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

The Devil Went Down to Tristram: Diablo III Review It’s taken me a long time and a lot of internal debate to finally come to terms with my feelings about Diablo III. Being a self-admitted former Blizzard fanboy and taking into account my continued adoration of Diablo and Diablo II, I was more than champing at the bit when I got an early access beta key at this year’s GDC. I had purposely avoided reading or talking about Diablo III because I wanted to experience it with a fresh...

Shadows of the Damned Review

Jun. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Shadows of the Damned Review Next to the first-person shooter, third-person shooters have become a common sub-shooter genre. From a gameplay perspective, they offer a slight variation with copious arsenals and the ability to easily take cover from return fire. While games such as Kill.Switch on the PS2 and Xbox may have been some of the first to experiment with this idea, Resident Evil 4, Gears of War and Uncharted have brought the genre to the spotlight and have added...

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review

May. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review Despite its problems, the original No More Heroes was a fun, adult-themed third-person hack-and-slash that was a welcome addition to the mostly family friendly lineup on the Nintendo Wii. When news of a sequel came around, fans were reasonably excited. Not only would it bring some much-needed fine-tuning to the gameplay, it also promised up to 50 assassins to carve your way through, minigames that were based on 8-bit NES titles, and the ability...

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review

Apr. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review Before I even had Windows on my computer, I remember my dad bringing home a game from the store because a clerk said it was really good. I opened the box, and inside was not one, but three manuals, a cloth map, and a floppy disk labeled Exodus - Ultima IV. I popped the disk in, exited to DOS, and ran the game. I was bewildered by the pink and cyan color palette, died several times, and quickly became disgusted with the game. Ok, I was only five...

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