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.
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 until the end.
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.
When Super Mario 64 was released back in 1996, it became the blueprint for the budding 3D platformer genre. While the console version of Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures turned out to be an enjoyable 3D romp through PacWorld, the 3DS’ 2D side-scroller iteration falls short of exhibiting the same charm.
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.
Atlus has made the 3DS the system of choice if you need to get your JRPG fix. The latest entry in the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series brings its signature hardcore gameplay and mature storytelling from console to portable, while streamlining many of the franchise’s irritable features.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. While most titles tend to expand on the concepts of a previously released title, Tate Interactive’s Urban Trial Freestyle doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the series it’s obviously inspired by.