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Review: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse photo
Review: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
by Jim Sterling

Reviewing Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is difficult, because if I were to say it's bland, unfunny, and offensive, a large portion of the audience will fire back with, "Just like the show!" Meanwhile, another portion will suggest that I find the game vile simply because I don't like the cartoon it's based on. 

Neither response will do justice to quite how rotten this game is, however, because Back to the Multiverse offends independently of the show. For the record, I quite like Seth McFarlane, despite his many detractors, and I am capable of enjoying Family Guy. Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible person for that. 

But if you think the SHOW's bad, the game is like that time we did a wacky activity with an obscure eighties personality!

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Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition photo
Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
by Jim Sterling

For most of this generation, Nintendo existed as its own entity in the market. The Wii couldn't match the technical prowess of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while third-party publishers famously struggled when attempting to bring their wares to the system. As a result, the Wii's library remained anomalous and, to the eyes of some gamers, less than special. 

At least for one year, a Nintendo system now stands on equal footing with other leading consoles, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition exists to hammer that point home. One of the most critically acclaimed action titles on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, Arkham City is now available on the Wii U, and it looks right at home. 

That's all it needed to do, really. What it didn't need was GamePad-specific features shoehorned into itself with no benefit granted to the end user. Sadly, it seems not even the Dark Knight can resist the lure of tech demo chicanery.

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Review: ThunderCats photo
Review: ThunderCats
by Jim Sterling

The ThunderCats reboot was, by most accounts, a tragedy. Unlike most of the property rehashes that account for a worrying amount of modern entertainment, the new ThunderCats series was actually pretty well regarded and, from what I saw of it, deserved the praise.

Naturally, this could not last. Cartoon Network had no faith in the series and it never got a second season.

With the show now buried, it seems like a bit of a waste to release an official licensed tie-in. Maybe somebody was hoping it would sell well and reignite interest? That's sadly not going to happen, because ThunderCats for the DS is pure, unfettered garbage.

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6:00 PM on 10.23.2012

New Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse screenshots

Activision released new screenshots of Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse today, giving a look at the title's multiplayer component. I wish I could muster some enthusiasm for it -- there's split-screen, after all, and I ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: The Amazing Spider-Man  photo
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
by Jim Sterling

When there's a new movie on the horizon, Activision's usually on call to bring us the obligatory videogame tie-in. As is the creed of the obligatory videogame tie-in, the product is rushed, slapdash, visually unimpressive, and interactively vapid. It is the irrefutable law of such licensed products. It is a law you do not break. 

Unless you're The Amazing Spider-Man which, despite everything going against it, and in the face of gameplay systems ripped wholesale from a rival licensed game, actually manages to be quite good.

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4:30 PM on 06.22.2012

Bruce Campbell gets extreme in The Amazing Spider-Man

Will The Amazing Spider-Man be a good videogame? Well, it's a licensed game made to coincide with an upcoming blockbuster, and Beenox is making it. Draw your own conclusions.  Good or bad, however, everybody's favorite ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 05.25.2012

Harry Potter for Kinect announced (that's its name!)

Remember a long while back, when Harry Potter was showcased for Kinect? No? Hardly surprising, since it looked like every other Kinect game. Well, it seems as if we're going to get the on-rails, arm-flapping, licensed cash-in...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 05.07.2012

Activision to publish Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

Activision and Fox announced today the impending arrival of a new Family Guy game. Inspired by the season 8 premiere episode, "Road to the Multiverse," Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is currently in development ...

Conrad Zimmerman



OH MY GLOB! WayForward is making Adventure Time for DS! photo
OH MY GLOB! WayForward is making Adventure Time for DS!
by Tony Ponce

I'VE SOILED MY TUNIC! COMPLETELY BY CHOICE!

That's right! You heard me! WayForward will be making a game based on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and I couldn't possibly be any happier! This is, like, the perfect marriage ever!

Series creator Pendleton Ward tweeted the good news just a while ago. At first, he said it was a 3DS game, but subsequent tweets clarified that it's for the vanilla DS and will arrive later this year. It's a shame that the game won't be specifically for the newer hardware, but whatevs!

What will the game be about? Who knows, but Pen will be working closely with the WayForward folks to make sure everything is totally algebraic. And now, a bunch of doodles courtesy of Mr. Ward.

(Thanks for the notice, rexwolf, Yamilia, and Tim!)

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10:00 AM on 02.22.2012

New trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock

I'm still waiting for a really good Doctor Who game. The BBC-produced episodic adventure game released last year does not qualify, as far as I'm concerned, but there's hope for The Eternity Clock. Due out next mont...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 AM on 11.18.2011

Reminder: Alvin and Chipmunks here to kill my childhood

Here's a little video reminder that Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is coming to theaters and that there is a game based on said violation of nostalgia. Said game is available in stores now. It's particularly egreg...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: NCIS photo
Review: NCIS
by Maurice Tan

After the drop in quality between 2009's CSI: Deadly Intent with its crazy cases and the plain mediocre CSI: Fatal Conspiracy in 2010, it appears Ubisoft has moved development of the similar and new NCIS game from Telltale Games to its in-house Ubisoft Shanghai studio.

These games are meant for two audiences only -- fans of the show and achievement hunters -- and NCIS shouldn't disappoint either of them. In fact, it's much better than the current generation's CSI games.

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Review: The War of the Worlds photo
Review: The War of the Worlds
by Conrad Zimmerman

In 1898, H.G. Wells published a tale of invaders from another world, descending upon Earth's cities with a terrible force. The War of the Worlds has been adapted into every form of media since that time, including a couple of videogames. The latest attempt to tell the story has arrived on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, bringing tripods and heat rays with it.

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Review: The Adventures of Tintin photo
Review: The Adventures of Tintin
by Maurice Tan

Ah yes, the movie games. For every G-Force there is a Thor. For every Rango you have a Megamind: Ultimate Showdown, and for every Captain America a James Cameron's Avatar: The Game.

Like that last one, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is another Ubisoft licensed game based, for the most part, on the new Spielberg movie. But does it manage to offer a better time for players this time around?

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6:00 AM on 10.14.2011

War of the Worlds set to hit XBLA October 26th

Other Ocean recently announced through their Facebook page that their upcoming Patrick Stewart-narrated sidescrolling adventure, The War of the Worlds, will be hitting the Xbox Live Arcade on October 26th. PlayStation 3 and P...

Brett Zeidler

6:30 PM on 10.13.2011

Here come the MIBs; Third film means new game coming

Activision has announced today that they will be publishing a new Men In Black game to coincide with the release of the upcoming Men in Black III this spring. The press release states that the title will release on,...

Conrad Zimmerman