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Pinball FX2 Portal

Zen Studios' Portal pinball table is pretty faithful, and fun


Not going to make a 'you monster' joke
May 22
I'm not as crazy about pinball as say, Chad Concelmo, but with the right theme, I'm on board. The South Park Pinball pack hit the spot with numerous references to the show, and more recently, the Portal board h... read
Spira never felt so good
Barely over a year after its original release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster makes its way to the PlayStation 4. A remaster of a remaster, if you will. However, the original releas... read feature

Half as good as you remember
Half-Life was like a magic trick. It was a game you could show to people who weren't gamers and they'd get into it, a gateway drug. A real game (not some glorified puzzle book like Myst) that had the cinematic flair and prese... read feature

Splatoon

What did you think of the Splatoon Global Testfire?


Splat happy or set to pass on toon?
May 10
This past Friday and Saturday, Nintendo launched its first ever limited time online stress test/demo with the Splatoon Global Testfire. Due to multiple work-related responsibilities, I was only able to jump on for one match, ... read
Yumi on Vita

Sayonara Umihara Kawase+ is a great Vita port that comes with the original SNES game


And a few more stages
May 04
Roughly a year ago, Yumi's Odd Odyssey, a localization of the latest game in the Umihara Kawase series, hit the 3DS. Like its predecessors it involved the simple premise of guiding a young girl across a series of pi... read
Record Breaker is finally here, and it was worth the wait
If you've ever wanted to experience Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 or wondered what happened to its colorful cast of demon tamers after the credits rolled, now is the time. Atlus is about to unleash Record Breaker, a new version of the 2012 tactical role-playing game that not only improves the title, but expands upon it with a new arc that advances the story. read feature

Specific amiibo don't even align with franchises
When I first heard about amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits, I thought it was a cool idea at first, and a good concession for fans who may have missed out on a ton of amiibo opportunities this year. After actually playing it, I'm coming away extremely underwhelmed, and I'll likely uninstall it later today. read feature

Tropico 5

Tropico 5 is like crack for your PS4


Multiplayer impressions coming soon
Apr 27
I'm a sucker for city-building and Civ-like games. Since the very early days of SimCity and SimTower, I've poured countless hours into building my virtual communities and empires. With Tropico 5 now ported over to the PlaySta... read
Wonky tennis at 60 frames per second
After many delays and what feels like forever, Grand Theft Auto V is finally on PC. It's incredibly exciting to just think of all the hilarious and unique mods that people will inevitably come up with to change the ... read feature

Never-ending Brutality
I have never played a game that I've wanted to love so badly that seems so set and determined to antagonize me than the PC port of Mortal Kombat X. In the abstract, Mortal Kombat X is a great game. The single player content i... read feature

Battleground Z

Battleground Z could be a standalone beat-'em-up


Zombie beat-'em-up action
Apr 19
StreetPass is a strange obsession. Ever since the days of having only Puzzle Swap and Find Mii, I have been fascinated with the functionality. I carry my 3DS around with me everywhere, and when I pull it out of... read
Ultimate Angler

Ultimate Angler is the new relaxed StreetPass game


Mix bait like a master
Apr 19
StreetPass is a strange obsession. Ever since the days of having only Puzzle Swap and Find Mii, I have been fascinated with the functionality. I carry my 3DS around with me everywhere, and when I pull it out of my pocket at t... read
Hail to the king, baby!
I've dabbled in Godzilla games since the NES game Godzilla: Monster of Monsters, a game that for some reason took place in space; Mothra and Godzilla fought monsters and literally kicked rocks in this fondly remembered title.... read feature

Still not ready for a series Fatality
Fighting game developers are in a really tough spot when it comes to sequels. If you don't iterate enough, newcomers will be tempted to call it a "rehash." If you iterate too much, hardcore fans may feel alienated by the vast... read feature

Brawl impressions

Brawl, the apology letter for the abhorrent Basement Crawl, is a decent improvement


A fun Bomberman clone with some worrying framerate issues
Apr 14
[Disclosure: Before I talk at all about Brawl, it's time for some fun disclosure stuff. I was flown to Poland to visit the development studio and take a look at this game there. The team paid for my flights, a hotel for one n... read
Mortal Kombat X

Where is our Mortal Kombat X review?


We'll be testing online play first
Apr 13
Mortal Kombat X's review embargo is up, but we're not quite ready to pull the trigger just yet. Many aspects of the game aren't fully operational including some online modes, and select facets of the Faction War fea... read
A more authentic look
There are more Naruto games than one sane person can possibly handle. Although Bandai Namco Entertainment owns the license, a number of different developers have worked with the gaming side, most notably CyberConne... read feature

More ships, more stages, more Jamestown
Jamestown was a wonderful shoot-em-up back when it first released on PC. With bullets blazing across the surface of a colonial Mars, it paired beautiful sprite art with epic music and cooperative local multiplayer to make something really special. With the release of Jamestown+ on PlayStation 4, it's larger than ever. read feature

Elliot Quest Impressions

Elliot Quest's Wii U port is quite buggy


Most bugs are edible, others aren't
Apr 06
Elliot Quest is a retro-inspired Metroidvania title that feels right at home on the Wii U, as it takes a lot of inspiration from such NES classics as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Kid Icarus. I'd even venture to ... read
Bastion PS4

Bastion on PS4 is still great, but not worth a double dip


A Mass Shun
Apr 06
If you pinned me to the ground, demanding a list of the Xbox 360’s best games, I can promise you Bastion would fall out of my terrified lips. I would also be very confused throughout the whole exchange, but as lo... read
Dual iOS impressions

'Dual' is a really cool mobile shoot 'em up that functions over two devices


With a fair 'one person buys' setup
Apr 06
The other day I ran across a newly released shooter for iOS and Android called Dual. The whole gimmick is that it uses two devices to function, with a screen that spans between them. By forming a tenuous Voltron-esque link you can play two modes, versus and co-op. Although it is a free download, thankfully, only one person needs to buy the premium version ($1.99) to play the latter mode. read
La-Mulana EX

La-Mulana EX is nirvana for punishing game enthusiasts


Alternatively, 'Spelunking for Masochists'
Apr 04
There's a certain thrill to a game that punishes you for attempting to best it, as Bloodborne and Souls series fans can attest to. That's why there happen to be so many of them cropping up here and there, especially over the ... read
Neverwinter Xbox One

Neverwinter is both a shallow MMO and a fun arcade-like romp on Xbox One


It's a net gain when the price is free
Apr 03
Back in 2013, Neverwinter hit the PC. No, it's not a continuation of Neverwinter Nights, that awesome RPG from BioWare. It's an MMO developed by Cryptic Studios that's light on the "massive" bit, but far more f... read
Don't double dip
Love 'em or hate 'em, this is the generation of remakes. It seems as if remasters of the previous generation pop up more frequently than actual new games, but if said remasters actually end up funding new games rather than th... read feature

Who ate the bones?
Xenoblade Chronicles pretty much blew me away back in 2012. Fans had been clamoring for a localization for over two years, and due to an add partnership between Nintendo and GameStop, we got one. It was a rather limited relea... read feature

Overdog

Overdog's a new service that puts you in games with people of similar interests


You know, people you might actually like
Mar 17
Playing videogames online with strangers can be a crap shoot. Sometimes you'll get matched up with interesting, engaging, and respectable people. Other times (maybe more often than not), you won't be able to stand the person ... read
Isbarah

Isbarah is an unforgiving bullet hell platformer


1000 bullets when all you need is a gun
Mar 15
I often browse the Steam store for new releases that could be interesting, and was excited when I read Isbarah's description as a bullet hell platformer. I love bullet hell games and have played basically everything that... read
Vergil's DLC is the highlight again
You've heard the criticisms for Ninja Theory's take on Devil May Cry a million-trillion fucking times. So let's just dive into the Definitive Edition, shall we? read feature

A review of the first three episodes
Powers, an upcoming TV show from Sony, has an interesting debut on the PlayStation Network on March 10 as the PSN's first real foray into original programming. Powers has been in the making since 2001 (one year after the comi... read feature

Okay, I'm just going to make the joke, 'Typingfall'
When people say “educational game” I instinctively clench up. I was raised in the heyday of Canadian educational software, with all the impenetrable geography-teaching trucking simulators and embarrassingly stilte... read feature

Good to go for a second term
Saints Row IV is absolutely crazy. It is, without a doubt, one of the most off-the-wall sandbox experiences you can have on a console or otherwise. It's an excellent cooperative adventure as well, and it delivers the franchis... read feature

Based on early-access impressions
Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Dish announced a rather interesting prospect called Sling TV. As one of the first companies to embrace Internet TV, its new subscription-based service will stream live telev... read feature







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