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Bulletstorm Review

Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bulletstorm Review Bulletstorm is a love letter to old shooters. The Duke Nukems, the Serious Sams, and the Painkillers. This game is crude, crass, and juvenile. It lacks subtlety and contains some of the most unlikeable protagonists I have ever played. It is everything that keeps video games from being considered a serious art form, and yet it's still a ton of fun to play. Bulletstorm isn't concerned with K/D ratios, customizing weapons, or $15 map packs. It's...

The Path Review

Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

The Path Review (Please note: Due to the nature of the game, it's very hard to review The Path without spoiling some parts. However, the game contains very little explanation of what you can or are supposed to do, which can be a turn off. Unfortunately, this is somehow both the game's main draw and its largest fault. We touch on what to expect but avoid giving specific details. If you want to experience the game completely blind, do not read this review.) As I...

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review

Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review Your liking of James Bond 007: Blood Stone* entirely depends on how much you liked Splinter Cell Conviction and the last two James Bond films. If you found enjoyment from these two things and you can put up with mediocre graphics, wonky driving controls, and tepid voice acting, Blood Stone might be for you. Click the image to view game screenshots To clarify, despite some criticism from fans of the game, I heartily enjoyed Conviction, and...

Splatterhouse

Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Splatterhouse A trend over the last few years in the world of video games has been the revival of many forgotten classic series. A recent example is Namco resurrecting a horror classic that many fans have been long clamoring for: Splatterhouse. After a more than year-long development, the new Splatterhouse is ready for fans of the original and new gamers alike. Unfortunately, this is one remake that should have probably stayed in its grave. Click the image to...

Dragon Age 2 Review

Mar. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Dragon Age 2 Review Dragon Age 2 is solid. This is not a surprise.  The original Dragon Age: Origins was a solid game. It suffered a few annoying flaws – a weak inventory system, unbalanced skill trees, a bland and uninteresting world design, etc. These, however, weren’t enough to detract from a solidly designed combat system, a rich (if slightly contrived) game world and a cast of characters who (except Wynne) drew my curiosity and solidly...

Stacking Review

Mar. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Stacking Review If you had told me a few months ago that I'd soon be playing a game consisting of dolls, I'd have called you crazy. Yet here I am: controller in hand, guiding my little doll around the screen, searching for the train conductor to take me to the cruise ship. For a game involving dolls -- for crying out loud -- Stacking makes one hell of a charming and engrossing title. Click the image to view game screenshots Stacking is the latest from Tim...

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

Mar. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review The Need for Speed series has seen a decline in quality and sales since critically- and gamer-acclaimed Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Each iteration of the NFS brand after Most Wanted saw sales decline and reviews drop. Electronic Arts then decided to split the NFS series into a brand with different game types available: realistic racing, arcade racing and MMO racing. Thankfully, this decision has paid off with arcade-style racing getting a big...

Hard Corps: Uprising Review

Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Hard Corps: Uprising Review Hard Corps: Uprising is an old, side-scroller shmup, akin to the Contra series. It just doesn't look like it. But really, it is Contra. A quick glance at the anime style and look of the game might make you think otherwise -- that it's an entirely different series of its own. Make no mistake, this is Contra, just maybe not in name. Listen closely: You can hear a slight variation of the victory theme song after every stage -- that alone should...

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review

Feb. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Review The hyper combos, the tag team assists, the mango-colored Sentinels. They’re back again. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of two Worlds is finally here to show the fighting game world just how crazy and kinetic a 2-D fighter can be. MvC3 plays similarly to MvC2 but only on a basic level. You take control of a three-person team and battle others as you utilize your character’s special attacks and team combos to fight your way to victory....

Angry Birds Review

Feb. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Angry Birds Review Every now and then, a game will gain nationwide attention and become a cultural phenomenon. Whether it be Space Invaders in the '70s, the original Super Mario Bros. in the '80s, or World of Warcraft in the last decade, chances are if you mention it in everyday conversation, people will know what you’re talking about. Right now, a popular title most non-gamers will be familiar with is a game on iPhone and other smartphones called Angry...

Medal of Honor Review

Feb. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Medal of Honor Review Medal of Honor is not as bad as you’ve heard. It’s not an amazing game by any means, but as far as bad first-person shooters go, it could be worse -- a lot worse. Instead, Medal of Honor stands as a competent but utterly average FPS in a sea of other alternatives -- in most cases, better alternatives. Like the slew of Call of Duty and other similarly themed military titles before it, Medal of Honor tries to set itself apart by using...

Dead Space 2 Review

Feb. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Matthew R Johnson

Dead Space 2 Review Space, the final frontier -- or it would be if a million other games weren't already set there. But does Dead Space 2 stand out enough from the crowd? The short answer is yes and no. But it's a little more complex than that -- its biggest rival is its own son: the original Dead Space. Click the image to view game screenshots Dead Space 2 is set on “The Sprawl” a future utopian metropolis set on a harvested chunk of the largest of...

NBA Jam Review

Feb. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

NBA Jam Review One of the biggest crazes these days in the world of gaming has been the relaunching of classic, dormant franchises. While some of these reboots are older console games, several of them have been updates to arcade classics. Recently, EA, which has had a stranglehold on the sports genre, relaunched a franchise made famous by Midway; the over-the-top 2-on-2 arcade classic, NBA Jam. Unfortunately, this reboot falls a bit short to what EA and fans...

Mass Effect 2 Review

Jan. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Mass Effect 2 Review Mass Effect 2 is sequel that takes nearly everything that didn’t work about its prequel and fixes it. It’s a sequel that not only builds upon the framework set by the original, but makes the first relevant by enriching it with what was already a large and robust universe made even bigger. This is one of the first video games I’ve ever played in which the number 2 in the title is truly justified. This is an integral part to the...

Cellcraft Review

Jan. 25, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Liam Reid

Cellcraft Review Occasionally from the hordes of generic and cliched games, a truly original game comes along -- a game which is not a sequel or a knock-off. In addition to its originality, this game has hit on one of the holy grails of gaming: being educational without being annoying. I remember sitting in my primary school computer class being forced to play so-called educational games. The monotony and drudgery was terrible, and these travesties had the cheek...

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review

Jan. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Anne King

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review Those who play RPGs know why they play them -- not for the graphics and not for the soundtracks. Definitely not for the corny (and in the event of imports, often poorly translated) lines. Sometimes we appreciate them for their fighting styles, but mostly we play them for the plot. Single-player RPGs appeal to our inner story teller in a way no other genre can. This reliance on storyline is why few RPGs are truly good -- few sit on that shelf we...

Pandemic 2 Review

Jan. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Liam Reid

Pandemic 2 Review Pandemic 2 is a free-to-play flash game with a simple, straightforward objective: annihilate the population of earth. The protagonist in this game? Not a Russian mobster or a secret underground terror cell but a disease. You play as this disease, but first you must choose what type of disease you want to be: virus, bacteria or parasite. Whichever one you choose has an effect on your style of game play. You then choose a name. Your new disease...

NCAA Football 11 Review

Jan. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

NCAA Football 11 Review Each year, EA updates its sports franchises with a new version. Most of the time, it adds some minor tweaks to slightly improve the previous entry, while occasionally, it will give that franchise a complete makeover. Unfortunately, NCAA Football 11 pretty much falls in the former category. Click the image to view screenshots Despite a lack of abundant new features, NCAA Football 11 is still a fun game to play if you’re a major fan of...

Mass Effect Review

Jan. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Mass Effect Review Not many reviews exist for games which have already come out, ridden the wave of hype and had time for people to really analyze their opinion of the game. Upon its release, Mass Effect was already receiving critical hype and acclaim but not only because it was an exclusive title for the Xbox 360 as well as PC, but because it was billed as a true interactive trilogy. It considered the actions taken by you and your crew and carried them on into...

Kinect & Kinect Adventures Review

Jan. 16, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Kinect & Kinect Adventures Review Nintendo's Wii console had been a big hit for a very long time after release. Its Wiimote controller was revolutionary in getting people off the couch and to play games in a very uncharacteristic manner - using movement instead of simple button presses to play. This system appealed to gamers across the entire spectrum, from casual to hardcore. Well ... Maybe not quite hardcore gamers. But given the Wii's immense success, both Sony and Microsoft...

Green Day: Rock Band Review

Jan. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Green Day: Rock Band Review After the release of The Beatles: Rock Band, the announcement of Green Day: Rock Band had my interest from the beginning. As I've been a fan since the band's Dookie days and enjoyed the three-songs-long list available for Rock Band 2, I've often thought Green Day would be a perfect fit for the game. Yet, while the songs fit extremely well in the Rock Band format, the game itself is, sadly, a disappointment. Click the image to view screenshots...

The Beatles: Rock Band Review

Jan. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Beatles: Rock Band Review Before playing The Beatles: Rock Band, ask yourself two questions: Do you like The Beatles, and do you enjoy Rock Band? If you answered yes to either question, then this game is for you. At first glance, it appears The Beatles: Rock Band is an expansion to the Rock Band franchise in the same way that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith and Guitar Hero: Metallica are to the Guitar Hero franchise. And perhaps from a cosmetic standpoint, that's true, but it...

VVVVVV Review

Jan. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

VVVVVV Review No, my keyboard isn't stuck; that's just the name of the game. There's a reason it's called that, which is the same reason the game's soundtrack has a similar title as well. Regardless, VVVVVV's game play has nothing to do with stuttering, but considering the game's difficulty, you wouldn't be too far from going "F-F-F-uu..." anyway. VVVVVV is about an interstellar crew who seem to share similar goals not unlike the crew of Star Trek. While...

Heavy Rain Review

Jan. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Heavy Rain Review I enjoy a game that challenges my very core, and this only happens in games with choices -- moral decisions, choices on what to do, where to go, etc. It doesn't have to be all of those, but at least one. Cue Heavy Rain, as it has, at its very base, the most evil morality system any game could possibly ever have. Click the image to view screenshots Consider this: The first area, a house, belongs to the first of the main characters, Ethan Mars. It...

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Review

Jan. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor Review The Wii needs more games like Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. The hardcore should build a shrine for this game and burn candles day after day. It’s not too often games like this are released, much less released in North America -- much less on the Nintendo Wii. Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is the sequel the N64-only (later released on the Wii’s Virtual Console) Sin and Punishment: Successor to Earth. This game plays very...

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