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Batman: Arkham Asylum Review #2: Into The Nuthouse

September 10, 2009

Batman: Arkham Asylum

This is part two of our two part “Batman: Arkham Asylum” review series. For another view on the game, check out Nat X7’s review.

Batman doesn’t need an introduction: whether you read about him the comics, watched the cheesy TV episodes, or saw him in the latest Dark Knight movie, chances are you know about about the Caped Crusader. However, Arkham Asylum is something many casual Batman fans don’t know much about, and Eidos has decided to give a ten hour tour of the place in their latest game. With Batman’s theme being littered with stealthy situations, kung fu battles, and hi-tech gadgets, does this game meet the expectations of Batman fans or do you need to be insane to enjoy “Batman: Arkham Asylum”? [Read more]

Batman: Arkham Asylum Review #1: This Dark Knight Shines Brightly

September 10, 2009

Batman: Arkham Asylum

This is part one of our two part “Batman: Arkham Asylum” review series. Check out MarkyX’s take on the game.

Months ago, DC Comics killed off Bruce Wayne. A three-part mini-series, entitled “Battle for the Cowl,” followed his death, in which multiple heroes and villains from the Gotham universe battled to wear the suit of the famous, Caped Crusader. Now, a new entity dons the bat suit, and a total reinvention of the Batman storyline has begun. While “Batman: Arkham Asylum” still has you exploring Gotham’s most storied penitentiary from behind the eyes of Bruce Wayne, it draws many parallels with it’s comic brethren, as it’s a total reinvention of Batman in the gaming realm, and brings with it many innovative features that should be mainstays in the third-person, action genre. [Read more]

Wolfenstein Review: Who Ya Gonna Call?

September 1, 2009

Wolfenstein

The name “Wolfenstein” stirs up nostalgia in even the most hardened gamer, as well as fear in the hearts of video game Nazis. It was the franchise that brought first person shooters to the masses, and changed the way that many people thought about video games. For many gamers the name still means a lot, and the release of a new game is likely to garner a little extra attention in the crowded games market. But, nostalgia is a tricky thing, and some longtime fans have been previously let down by some of the other prequels and sequels in this franchise. Fortunately, this time around, the title “Wolfenstein” really means something. [Read more]

Madden NFL 10 Review: Rejoice… Madden Is Fun Again

August 31, 2009

Madden NFL 10

When it comes to my sports video games, let’s just say this gamer doesn’t “play around.” I had high hopes for this year’s pigskin kingpin, also known as “Madden NFL 10,” as early reports said that this year’s game made tremendous strides in every aspect of the game, and I couldn’t agree more. [Read more]

Groovin’ Blocks Review: Keep The Beat

August 24, 2009

Groovin Blocks

About a year ago, Empty Clip Studios released their first game on Nintendo’s WiiWare platform called, “Groovin’ Blocks,” and, even though it is one of the highest rated games on the service, there’s a good possibility that some gamers (like myself) may have missed it, not having a chance to play it. Well, if there are any Wii owners that didn’t catch it the first time around, and are fans of the whole falling-block genre, you’re in luck; Empty Clip and Zoo Games have released a version 1.5 of the game at retail, and you can give the enhanced version of the game a shot, at a discounted price. [Read more]

NBA Jam Retro Review: From The Hoopsters That Brought You Mortal Kombat

August 21, 2009

NBA JAMIt could have been one of the most interesting ad campaigns in the history of video games; NBA greats like Larry Johnson, Patrick Ewing, or Dee Brown simply discussing just how fun of “NBA Jam” is. Use your imagination… I’ll give you a minute. The pinnacle of arcade basketball games was released by Midway and published by Acclaim in 1993 for most of the major consoles and handhelds at the time, with ports for both sides of the Nintendo/Sega console war. The game was so popular in arcades that it spawned a handful of “sequels,” which were basically just updates to the system, and expanded on the “NBA Jam” brand with “Tournament Edition” and “NBA Jam Extreme” until they removed all the fun, and called the game “NBA Primetime on NBC.” Through it all, “NBA Jam” carried a little extra clout due to the fact that the arcade version of basketball was more interesting then normal basketball. [Read more]

Wii Sports Resort Review: Nintendo Takes You On Vacation

August 19, 2009

Wii Sports Resort

“Wii Sports” was the game that sold millions of Wiis. Not only was it the first game to be packed in with a console in years, but it also demonstrated to the Wii’s unique motion capabilities to anyone that was willing to give them a shot. Three years later, the follow up, “Wii Sports Resort” has been released to show off what the new controller add-on, Wii MotionPlus, can bring to the table. But, as any hardcore gamer that owns a Wii can tell you, the shine on Nintendo’s White Knight is starting to fade, and, for some people, this release runs to possibility of crossing the line between innovation and over-hyped gimmick. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes with the game to realize that the hype is well deserved, and that “Wii Sports Resort” is a solid product. [Read more]

G.I. Joe: Rise Of Cobra Review: YO JOE!

August 18, 2009

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra

Oh, “G.I. Joe,” what am I going to do with you? When I originally heard that there was going to be a live-action movie based off of a beloved cartoon of my youth, I was a little concerned that they weren’t going to be able to pull it off. I have yet to see the movie, but I’ve heard good things. However, when I heard that there was going to be a game based off of that same movie I was a little more skeptical. I retained high hopes that, even though the game was based on a summer blockbuster that it might manage to still be good, even though the industry’s track record tends to fall a little short in that area. I even crossed my fingers for some kind of throwbacks to the original cartoons. EA managed to cover at least half of my hopes. [Read more]

Bookworm Adventures: Volume 2 Review: Scrabble To Your Doom!

August 17, 2009

Bookworm Adventures 2

When it comes to “gaming,” people have many choices. That word evokes a lot of different ideas in people’s heads, and, while most people reading this may immediatly jump to “video gaming,” there are entire populations that are much more likely to think of board games. Search on YouTube for “Crossfire” if you don’t believe me; it’s well-regarded as the most awesomely-hyped board game to ever exist. Anyone out there remember Mouse Trap or Life? Man, I feel really old when I recall how many deadly-deals I made for people’s souls and their hard-earned cash due to capitalism squared in Monopoly. However, our focus today belongs to the wordsmith’s game, Scrabble.

The aft-returning adage, “easy to learn, hard to master” was this game’s selling point in many respects; spell a word with your given letters, and get points. Fast forward to today, and the game has become culturally complicated and gorged upon a fanbase of Scrabble Masters and Scrabble Dictionaries made for the game, and there’s even online and real-life Scrabble tournaments. And since most of the video game versions either weren’t particularly good, or fell into obscurity due to Hasbro typically releasing titles en-masse, those games aren’t really worth most people’s time. PopCap, however, decided to meld the same basic concept with a slimy, yet knowledgeable, bookworm named Lex in “Bookworm Adventure.” Clearly not to be outdone by “Puzzle Quest,” the player uses letters as weapons, traveling through three books of various genres and archetypes. The recently released sequel, “Bookworm Adventures 2″ builds on the concept of the original. [Read more]

Shatter Review: Breaking Down Walls

August 14, 2009

Shatter

What happens when someone comes along and turns a genre you have loved your entire life upside down in a way you never thought possible? “Braid” did it with platformers, “Bioshock” and “Call of Duty 4” with FPSs, and numerous other games over the past few years have come along and completely upended their respective genres. Now, there’s one more title to add to that list; “Shatter.” It’s a PlayStation Network game developed by Sidhe Interactive, and it has completely changed my view on the brick-breaking “genre” (I guess it’s more of a subcategory of arcade games, but I don’t want to split hairs). In this case, change is good … so very good. [Read more]

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Ep. 4: The Bogey Man Review: FORE!!!

August 13, 2009

Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures

It doesn’t seem all that long ago when I wrote the review for the first Wallace & Gromit episode, “Fright of the Bumblebees.” The short-lived series had both its high and low points, but they were acceptable nonetheless. “The Bogey Man” is the final installment of “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures,” but does it end with a proper bang? [Read more]

Madballs In BABO Invasion Review: Keeping Your Balls In Check

August 12, 2009

Madballs in BABO Invasion

HEY! Madballs. It’s been a long time. How have you been? It’s amazing you haven’t changed a bit since I saw you last. What have you been up to for the last, say, 15 years or so? What? You’ve got a new video game? Nooo…. that doesn’t even make sense. So many questions – the first one being why? That’s crazy. I honestly can’t believe you have your own video game. And, what’s this? It’s actually kind of good. That’s it, my mind is officially blown. I don’t even know how to process this. [Read more]

King of Fighters XII Review: Beauty And The Beast

August 11, 2009

King of Fighters XII

The “King of Fighters” series has a much more interesting history than most of its contemporary, fighting game, competition. Throughout its long life, the cast has been shrunk and expanded, move lists tweaked, and other various changes have been made to the three vs three format. However, one thing that has consistently remained the same is the character sprites, but with the release of “King of Fighters XII,” the sprites have finally received a huge face lift to meet the current HD standards. While this sounds all great to long-time “KOF” fans, is it enough to grab any potential new fans? [Read more]

Bit.Trip Core Review: What Rhythm Games Would Have Been Like On The 2600

August 7, 2009

Bit.Trip Core

“Keep it simple, stupid.” It’s a phrase that’s been guiding the way for innovation for many, many years, and sadly, it’s also one that’s frequently overlooked when it comes to video games. Fortunately, the Bit.Trip series from Aksys Games is a new franchise that is looking to define itself with that exact phrase, and its latest entry, “Bit.Trip Core” manages to keep very true to that mindset. [Read more]

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