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Review: LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)

Posted by shipwreck, 26 April 2013 - - - - - - · 368 views

30018 Not to be confused with the Wii U exclusive of a similar name , LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins chronicles Chase McCain’s first run-in with Rex Fury. It takes place two years prior to the events in the Wii U game, but shares many similarities as it’s an open-world game set in the same metropolis. Is this 3DS entry capable of bringing the char...


Review: Dead Island: Riptide (PC)

Posted by shipwreck, 23 April 2013 - - - - - - · 403 views

30025 In 2011, Techland’s Dead Island brought zombies to the lush tourist island of Banoi and I rabidly sunk my teeth into its creative mixture of first-person role-playing, looting, melee-ing, and cooperative play. It was a game that had issues, but they could often be overlooked in favor of the many unique ideas contained in the large open world - a wor...


Review: Gears of War: Judgment (Xbox 360)

Posted by shipwreck, 20 March 2013 - - - - - - · 545 views

29788 Gears of War has been a flagship franchise for the Xbox 360, with each release receiving marketing blitzes that engrained Emergence Day and Tears for Fears cover-songs into gaming culture. But the release of Judgment doesn’t seem to have that same must-experience type of atmosphere surrounding it. Maybe that’s because Epic has shared development dut...


Review: Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS)

Posted by shipwreck, 18 March 2013 - - - - - - · 455 views

29743 Don’t know anything about Naruto? Don’t fret; my knowledge consists solely of what I’ve gleaned from playing portions of the videogames over the years. With Naruto Powerful Shippuden, you don’t even need that rudimentary background. This super-deformed brawler is from development house Inti Creates that has helmed numerous recent Mega Man games, so...


Review: LEGO City: Undercover (Wii U)

Posted by shipwreck, 15 March 2013 - - - - - - · 806 views

29704 If you bought a Wii U the day it launched (as I did), it’s been a lean few months waiting for something new to play. Chances are you’ve been eyeballing LEGO City: Undercover as a hopeful beacon in the distance for quite some time. After building a successful videogame franchise based off combining LEGOs and popular licensed properties, can LEGO City...


Review: Generation of Chaos: Pandora's Reflection (PSP)

Posted by shipwreck, 07 March 2013 - - - - - - · 568 views

29624 Calling a game Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection is a little intimidating for those not familiar with the long-running PSP Japanese strategy series. Oddly enough, the mouthful of a title is actually in direct contrast to the bite-sized battles contained within. Developer Super Sting (a collaboration of Sting and Idea Factory) has scaled back...


Review: Mark of the Ninja (XBLA)

Posted by shipwreck, 09 September 2012 - - - - - - · 240 views

28379 Mark of the Ninja wasn’t on my radar. In fact, I had never even heard of it until we briefly passed by it in the indie section of PAX last week and paused a few seconds to admire the graphics. Or maybe I had heard of it and just never committed the rather plain name to memory. I’m hoping that the forgettable naming, the lack of pre-release buzz, and...


Review: Retro/Grade (PSN)

Posted by shipwreck, 21 August 2012 - - - - - - · 235 views

28103 I remember seeing Retro/Grade at last year’s PAX and thinking it was a novel idea. The combination of a music rhythm game with a 2D space shooter certainly caught my eye and by the size of the crowds around their booth, I guess I wasn’t alone. Able to be played with either a guitar controller or a standard DualShock, this indie game certainly has ma...


Review: Papo & Yo (PSN)

Posted by shipwreck, 18 August 2012 - - - - - - · 344 views

28091 Papo & Yo is a hard game to tackle in typical review fashion. Most games’ plots don’t delve much beyond defeating the bad guy that has either kidnapped the princess, threatened to destroy the world, or both of those things. There aren’t a whole lot of games (especially on consoles) that attempt to tackle much more serious thematic elements, let alon...


Review: Dust: An Elysian Tail (XBLA)

Posted by shipwreck, 15 August 2012 - - - - - - · 282 views

28038 As we reach the last week of the Summer of Arcade, no clear cut standout has emerged from this crop of heavily promoted titles. The line-up has been solid, but not as stellar as what we’ve come to expect from previous years. The only hope for a critical acclaim rests on the shoulders of Dust, the titular hero in An Elysian Tail. Can this swordsman,...