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Fez (PSN) Review: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

You know, that Phil Fish is kind of a genius. When I first played Fez on Xbox Live Arcade, I didn’t really see that. Of course, that could be because I didn’t actually play all the way through. Recently, however, […]

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords Review: A Dull, Ugly Blade

Soulcalibur has always been one of Bandai Namco’s standout franchises. That series, along with Tekken, delivers a robust yet approachable arcade fighting experience that’s a sheer pleasure. It’s no wonder the company wanted to test the free-to-play waters with its […]

Sonic Lost World: The Legend of Zelda Zone Review: A Nice Hyrulian Treat

Sega went in a distinctly different direction with Sonic Lost World. While a lot of the series’ familiar trappings are present — you’ve got annoying characters, lame cutscenes, and high speeds — the way that the game presents its mechanics […]

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Review: Walking Derp

There are some misconceptions surrounding Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. First and foremost, people seem to think it’s vastly similar to something you’d see coming from the mind of Suda51. Hell, I was one of those people. Well, it’s not. It’s […]

Luftrausers Review: Sweet, Glorious Death from Above

Imagine you’re piloting an air fighter above the ocean. You sense you’re going to die out there amidst the clouds, and that thought becomes a reality the moment you spot an enemy fighter. Things only get more intense when you […]

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Review: Always Trust a Tie-Wearing Ape

I don’t say this often because it’s not something I genuinely feel when I play many games these days, but I sincerely hope that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is some four-year-old kid’s first game. Super Mario Bros. was my […]

Strider Review: Back and Better Than Ever

Strider was a pretty big deal when it first hit arcades and, ultimately, the NES and Genesis. While other versions of the game were also released, these particular editions are the ones most commonly remembered. Strider was subsequently followed up […]

Double Dragon: Neon Review: Mullets and High Fives All Day Long

Double Dragon: Neon originally launched on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2012. The game wasn’t perfect, nor was it for everyone. That said, it effortlessly captured the spirit of the ’80s and offered mind-gushingly joyous beat ‘em up […]

Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Review: Ride ‘em, Space Cowboy

It’s no secret that the Toy Story franchise is pretty rad, and it’s easily one of the greatest things to come from Disney and Pixar. If you don’t think so, it’s very likely that you don’t have a heart, because […]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review: A Renewed Sense of Adventure

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will forever be etched in Nintendo’s history as one of the company’s finest accomplishments. It’s the type of game that issued in a new era for the famed fantasy action-adventure series. […]

Disney Infinity: The Lone Ranger Review: Fun in Disney’s Wild West

Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger wasn’t exactly received all that warmly when the company decided to bring the franchise back earlier this year. The film was critically panned and has been the source of much ridicule. In that sense, […]

Super Mario 3D World Review: A Cat-tastic Platforming Spectacle

Super Mario 3D World is the greatest Mario game to come along in quite some time. It’s important that you understand that right from the get-go, because there’s really no understating the sheer significance of this new game. After maybe […]

Final Exam Review: A D+ Effort

Beat ‘em ups have the potential to be ridiculously cathartic and entertaining or ludicrously dull and uninspired. Final Exam is clearly meant to be the former, but sadly, it leans toward the latter. The game comes equipped with all the […]

Sonic Lost World Review: A New Kind of Sonic Game

Poor ol’ Sonic the Hedgehog has struggled to gain favor with video game players for nearly two decades now. It seems that no matter how good Sega’s intentions may be, the iconic blue critter just can’t seem to star in […]

AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match Review: A Surprisingly Accessible Niche Fighter

AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match is a weird game. It’s a weird game to play, and it’s most certainly a weird game to review. That’s not to say it’s a bad game, though. Quite the contrary. The fact of the matter […]

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Review: Save the Day One Map at a Time

For a lot of players, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl may not be the best game in the series to come to North America in 2013. That’s due to the highly pleasant advancements introduced in Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends […]

Rayman Legends Review: A Shot of Joy Straight to Your Brain

When Rayman Origins launched back in 2011, it delivered loads upon loads of unbridled joy and cheery entertainment. It would go on to become quite the sleeper hit, so it only makes sense that Ubisoft decided to release a direct […]

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Review: Pretty Dumb, But Still Really Awesome

There’s an inherent dumbness in the fighting genre. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though; it’s just the direction that style of game has gone in. Truth be told, the idiotic themes of fighting games are what draw me and […]

Disney Infinity Review: More Like DisneyCraft

It’s hard to blame Disney Interactive for going the game-meets-toy route à la Skylanders. The fact of the matter is that there’s loads of money to be made there, and with properties as massively popular as Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy […]

Killzone: Mercenary Review (PS Vita)

The PlayStation Vita has been off to a rough start since it was released back in 2011. The system had a strong start with entries from the Uncharted, Wipeout, and Lumines series but has since yet to see a true […]

DuckTales: Remastered Review: Dive Into the Coin Vault

It’s important that I preface this review by letting you know that I never played much of the original DuckTales. Truth be told, I probably spent less than an hour playing that treasured NES title in my entire lifetime. I […]

Saints Row IV Review: A Stupidly Insane Good Time

Saints Row: The Third became notorious for breaking away from that Grand Theft Auto-inspired style of action-adventure games. By thinking outside the box – way outside the box – developer Volition managed to successfully create one of the wildest sandbox […]

Dragon’s Crown Review

First, I’d like to start off my review of Dragon’s Crown by stating that I am not, in fact, a fan of beat ‘em ups or button mashing fighting games in general. I am and will always be an RPG […]

Project X Zone Review: A Hell of a Crossover on the 3DS

There’s something to be said about a good ol’ fashioned crossover like Project X Zone. The game, which is published by Namco Bandai, is quite a winner, and it’s a great fit on the 3DS. Not only does this tactical […]

Sacred Citadel Review: Arcade Brawling at Its Okay-est

There’s no shortage of beat ‘em ups currently available across digital download platforms. Still, despite the genre’s profound availability, some games are definitely worth playing while others can be disregarded like an unwanted acquaintance. Sacred Citadel is an interesting brawler […]

Evoland Review: A Fitting Tribute to the RPG Genre

If you’ve ever invested hours upon hours of your life on classic RPGs, you should probably check out Evoland. Chances are you’ll really dig it and have a lot of fun with it. The game is by no means perfect […]

Injustice: Gods Among Us Review: DC’s Finest and Baddest Kick Some Ass in This Stellar Fighter

When NetherRealm Studios developed Mortal Kombat in 2011, it delivered one of the best fighting game experiences in recent memory and arguably the best fighter of that year. The developer is now at the forefront of Injustice: Gods Among Us, […]

God of War: Ascension Review: An All Too Familiar Story of Redemption

Quick time events, gore, boobs, crazy camera angles, square-square-triangle. These are just five of the tropes that have been consistent in every God of War game to date. While normally you could argue that these elements are pretty awesome (though […]

Ni No Kuni Review: A Memorable, Charming JRPG Experience

From developer Level-5 and animation studio Studio Ghibli comes the collaboration of any JRPG fans dreams in the form of Ni No Kuni. A drop-dead gorgeous effort with some light hearted humor and a serious dose of adult themed issues […]

Tomb Raider Review: This Reboot Is Lara Croft’s Greatest Adventure Yet

Developer Crystal Dynamics had a lot riding on the new Tomb Raider. The studio was promoting the hell out of the reboot and told the fans that this would not only be a reimagining of the long-lasting franchise, but of […]

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review: Slice Away at Cyborgs in the Name of Justice

If there’s one thing Platinum Games is good at, it’s creating wonderfully insane action games that make you feel like you’re playing a wild anime. Thankfully, the Japan-based studio is also really good at a lot of other things. For […]

Anarchy Reigns Review: Platinum Delivers Another Insane and Satisfying Beat ‘em Up

First impressions are important, but they can also be deceiving. I’m not going to lie — I was a little worried when the first thing that popped up when I loaded up Anarchy Reigns was a screen with a wall […]

ZombiU Review: This Wii U Launch Title Offers Some Truly Intense Scares and Great Gameplay

Survival horror in its purest form has all but disappeared over the past several years. While certain games still have elements of horror and stylistically dark themes, it’s really difficult to find a game that makes you feel like you’ve […]

Wii U Hardware Review: Nintendo’s Latest Endeavor Hits the Scene with a Ton of Potential and Some Cool Features

The Wii U launched just about three weeks ago, and in that time it’s received its share of praise and skepticism. The fact of the matter is that Nintendo made a lot of promises as its latest console approached release. […]

Papo & Yo Review

From developer Minority Media Inc. comes the emotional story of Papo & Yo. It is a dark autobiographical tale about a boy named Quico and his best friend, Monster, filled with heart-breaking symbolism describing the complicated relationship of a boy […]

Darksiders 2 Review: A Sequel Done Right

The original Darksiders was a fun romp, though for those well acquainted with the action RPG genre, most will agree that it didn’t exactly break new ground gameplay-wise. Compared to its predecessor, Darksiders 2 is a much more ambitious experience […]

Blacklight: Retribution Review

  Over the past several years we have seen a prolific amount of free-to-play (F2P) games crop up, from your traditional Asia-based studio to one of gaming’s biggest giants, Valve. Free-to-play titles rely on the sale of in-game items rather […]

My Newest Obsession, My Favorite Addiction: A Review of Rainbow Moon

First, I would like to start off my review of Rainbow Moon by saying that I was addicted well before I had played the game. Actually playing it verified everything I had hoped the game would be. To be honest, […]

Gears of War 3 Fenix Rising DLC Review

Fenix Rising, the third piece of downloadable content included in the Gears of War 3 Season Pass, was made available on January 17th and we were given the opportunity to review it.  The new content includes five new multiplayer maps, […]

Hard Reset Review: Slick Presentation Meets Old-School Gameplay

Set across a flashy dystopian world where humans are at war with AI-controlled machines, Hard Reset marks the first effort from upstart Polish studio Flying Wild Hog.  At its core, it’s a twitch-heavy first-person shooter, drawing a hefty amount of […]