Thanks to its whimsical presentation, amusing plot and clever premise, Stick it to the Man! easily grabbed a spot on my 2014 favorites list. But while the great, papercraft art style returns, Zombie Viking’s crude humor and technical issues tarnishes what otherwise should have been a charismatic “story-brawler.”
With the exception High Moon Studios’ Cybertron series, the war between the Autobots and Decepticons hasn’t had much success when adapted into video games. Fortunately, developer Platinum Games draws inspiration from the roots of the iconic franchise with Transformers: Devastation, a high-energy, G1-based action game that packs all of the cheesy dialog, transforming robots, and […]
With its monochromatic environments and physics-based puzzles, it’s difficult not to categorize Q.U.B.E Directors Cut as another Portal knock-off, but instead it is a well-crafted experience that manages to stand on its own.
The industry’s current obsession with HD remasters is the perfect opportunity for titles like The Legend of Kay to develop a new fan base. But instead Nordic Games decided to ignore some of the original’s niggling issues in favor of focusing on only its presentation. The result is an adventure that continues to be as […]
Not everything is black and white. White Night, the debut title from OSome Studio, pays homage to the survival horror games of yesteryear. But where its atmosphere shines, its gameplay suffers. Making for an experience that borders on the edge of enjoyable and frustrating.
Endless runners are usually straightforward, brief experiences that thrive on mobile devices but Moon Spider Studio’s debut release Harold adds a twist to the stagnant genre by giving you the ability to alter the environment in order to succeed.
Lift things up, then put them down. Those seven words summarize what I essentially did during my playthrough. But while this “extended” version of Unmechanial attempts to correct some of the flaws of its 2012 PC version, it still manages to come up short.
You would think that an RPG inspired by the classic SNES game EarthBound would easily surpass it’s goal on Kickstarter, but that was not the case with Eden Industries’s Citizens of Earth. Fortunately, ATLUS decided to step in and save the quirky, political RPG.
The Danish studio that brought us the enchanting Max: The Curse of Brotherhood are back with Kalimba, a deceitfully challenging puzzle-platformer that proves that simplicity can be complex.
While I’ve been fortunate enough to be introduced to platformers over the years thanks to games like Super Mario Bros., this generation of platformers tend to cater to more experienced players. Thankfully, developer Flying Wild Hog is giving younger gamers a chance to experience a platformer in its simplest form with JUJU.
Growing up watching the original Powers Rangers, I can understand why kids have been fascinated with the franchise over its 20+ years on television. But while its digital counterparts have mostly stayed true to show’s well-known formula, fans should not subject themselves to Power Rangers Super Megaforce.
We’ve led plants, soldiers, ninjas and even cheerleaders against the forces of the undead. But have you ever wondered what would happen if an all-female rock band comprised of witches took on the zombie apocalypse? Thankfully, Quaternion Studio has been mulling-over the same question.
After a petition for the localization of Japan’s Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode (3DS) and Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth (PSVita) appeared online. Turning a blind-eye to the demand, Namco Bandai released the West-exclusive Digimon All-Star Rumble — a prime example of “be careful what you ask for.”
When it was announced that Austrian publisher Nordic Games acquired the MX vs. ATV series after THQ declared bankruptcy and that the original developer Rainbow Studios would be handling the revival, fans were eager to get back on the dirt track again. But while MX vs ATV: Supercross is mildly entertaining, it ultimately feels outdated.
Based on the Disney XD series of the same name, last year’s Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was an unexpected decent licensed video game. It’s sequel doesn’t stray far from its predecessor’s simple take on the 3D platformer genre, but it offers enough new features to keep fans of the show and the genre engrossed […]
Due to limited development time, most licensed games are shameless, yet poorly developed ripoffs of well-known franchises. Falling Skies: The Game continues the trend but to its credit, it’s a somewhat tolerable XCOM knockoff.
It may have taken longer than expected, but Mobot Studios’ “recut” version of its successful 2013 mobile platformer finally makes its way onto the Wii U. But with the eShop already stocked with humdrum 2D platformers, is Paper Monster as bad as getting a paper cut?
Perhaps best known for its Zombie Tycoon series, Frima Studio’s quirky physics-based puzzle platformer, Chariot, attempts to recapture the fun of the increasingly forgotten local couch co-op gaming. And I am happy to say they succeeded.
Live. Die. Swear. Repeat. Those four words pretty much sum up Phigames’ adorably cruel Kickstarter funded title, TinyKeep. But while my patience grew thin over time, this bare-bone, yet unforgiving hack and slash has a lot of charm and heart.
Never straying too far from its arcade roots, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exploits have always focused on mindless, button-mashing action. But with the 3DS’s TMNT movie tie-in, Magic Pockets, the studio behind Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (GBA version), adds a little strategy and depth not normally associated with the pizza loving turtles.
Though not without flaws, recent video games based on the Transformers universe have managed to win over even the most dedicated fans. In an effort to merge High Moon Studios’ successful Cybertron series with the movie tie-ins based on the Michael Bay films, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is a muddled mess that drags […]
New hero (or antihero), new superpowers, and a new open-world, as a half-sequel, half-reboot of the franchise, InFamous Second Son expands upon the strengths of its predecessors but it doesn’t manage to offer anything genuinely new to the genre.
When Drinkbox Studios released Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack for the Vita in 2012, it offered a charming yet challenging puzzle platformer that tastefully incorporated the system’s capabilities. Fast forward two years and aside from a few tweaks to accommodate for the lack of a touch-screen, the PS3 and 360 port is surprisingly just […]
Originally released on Steam nearly a year ago, Blood of the Werewolf‘s steep difficulty faithfully replicates the “try, die, repeat” of the tough-as-nails, swear-inducing action platformers of the 80s and 90s.
Ever since a zombiefied doberman busted through a window in the original Resident Evil, I’ve been an avid fan of the survival horror genre. Unfortunately, Daylight is a game that succeeds in the cheap scares department, and fails at basically everything else.
Since the early 80s, Spidey has made an appearance on nearly every gaming console but it wasn’t until he swung into an open-world environment did we truly understand what “with great power comes great responsibility” meant.
Traveller’s Tales brings us back to the brick-ridden Middle-earth for another dose of hobbits and orcs in LEGO The Hobbit, but with minimal enhancements since the recently released LEGO: The Movie Game and LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes, I can’t help but begin to experience a little LEGO fatigue.
Since its debut, the Earth Defense Force series has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Although largely criticized for its dated graphics and repetitive gameplay, the latest entry, Earth Defense Force 2025, will satisfy your hunger for mindless action and chaos.
Over the past nine years, we’ve grown to associate TT Game’s LEGO series as humorous takes on some of our favorite franchises. But instead of being a parody, The LEGO Movie Videogame takes the easy route and re-enacts its cinematic counterpart scene for scene.
After Telltale’s phenomenal take on The Walking Dead graphic novels, I was a bit taken back that they were adapting Bill Willingham’s decade-long Fables series. But after completing episode 1, The Wolf Among Us left me “hungry like the wolf” for the next episode.
After its release in 2004, I quickly developed a love/hate relationship with Lionhead Studios’ ambitious action-RPG. On the one hand I loved its charming presentation but hated that many of Peter Molyneux’s promises fell short–stupid acorns.
If you’ve seen ABC’s Wipeout, then chances are you aware of what you’re getting yourself into with Wipeout: Create & Crash. As the fifth entry into the series, it’s definitely an improvement over its predecessors but it still suffers from a multitude of glitches and bugs.
Sneaky Nintendo. Launched on the Wii U eShop without warning, NES Remix is a retro gamer’s dream, but a handful of titles tarnish that nostalgic feeling.
Within the first few hours of dismembering zombies, it became apparent that Capcom Vancouver has done an admirable job of retaining the series’ signature weirdness while providing fans with more freedom and less time restraints. Though still flawed in some areas, Dead Rising 3 by far the best entry in the series.
Originally released in 2012 on the Vita, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation was touted as a companion piece to Assassin’s Creed III, but now that we’ve been exposed to the refreshing and ambitious Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, it’s difficult to readjust to the series’ rudimentary formula.
If you had asked me a few months ago why I purchased a Wii U, I would’ve most likely responded with a perplexed facial expression and a shoulder shrug. Honestly, with the exclusion of a handful of entertaining titles, there hasn’t been a reason for me to consistently turn on my console–that is until now. […]
Utilizing a giant marker to figure out the sometimes-tricky puzzles of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood provides an ingenious twist to the platforming genre.
As the first downloadable content for Undead Labs’ intense zombie-apocalypse simulator State of Decay, Breakdown eliminates the pre-determined story, allowing you to focus on one main objective — survive as long as possible.
As the first game by indie developer Compulsion Games, Contrast‘s shadow-based platformer gameplay and vaudeville inspired world seemed like a winning combination, but its heart-touching story is quickly overshadowed by a bevy of glitches.
Exotic locations? Check. Nazi-inspired soldiers? Check. Ancient evil? Check. While Deadfall Adventures delivers more similarities to the Indiana Jones movies than the 19th century novels it’s loosely based on, its clichéd level design, tedious combat and boring puzzles makes it an adventure best forgotten.
Since 1998, Cabela has attempted to replicate lifelike hunting experiences in the digital realm. While previous releases slightly altered the formula by including a story and adapting a third-person perspective, Cabela’s African Adventures open-world environment is a perfect example that bigger is not always better.
As a puzzle platformer with a dark, twisted 2D art style reminiscent of Double Fine’s Psychonauts or Grim Fandango, Stick It to the Man! is an indie gem. Plus, the game’s protagonist shares my name.
Originally branded as a spin-off to the cult-classic Obscure series, developer Mighty Rocket Studios’ Final Exam trades in the survival horror gameplay for an arcade style 2D brawler that’ll make it difficult for you to put down your controller.
As the first release from Seaven Studio, Ethan: Meteor Hunter will leave you swearing at the screen every time you die — which happens often. But strangely enough, you’ll be compelled to see it through to the end.
From episodes focusing on locating the lost Laserdisc player to paying homage to 8-bit video games, Cartoon Network’s animated series Regular Show is no stranger to 80s nostalgia. However, while there are sporadic signs of merit, Mordecai & Rigby first gaming venture is as disappointing as the Betamax.
With added competition from Disney Infinity, Activision’s runaway bestseller Skylander series needed to evolve. Now, with Skylanders: Swap Force, we are introduced to 16 interchangeable characters, more robust gameplay and tons of addictive collectibles to declare it the freshest and most fun entry thus far.
It’s rare to experience a video game that genuinely moves you and evokes strong empathy for its characters. With Gone Home, the small team of Bioshock veterans remind us why we need more titles with great storytelling.
Inspired by titles like Doom and Quake, 2004’s Painkiller continued the tradition of eradicating hordes of enemies with the biggest, baddest weapons. Painkiller: Hell and Damnation faithfully carries the retrograde gameplay forward but it also manages to remind us how much first-person shooters have evolved over the years.
The production value behind Black Ops II‘s DLC has left many fans a little perplexed; delivering a mixture of positive and negative feedback. Each pack consisted of a combination of purely ambivalent design with sporadically delightful or dreadful visuals.
Frenzied multiplayer action comprised of radioactive ninjas tossing each other into various hazards sounds like a winning recipe, but Grip Games’ Atomic Ninja will leave you feeling unsatisfied.