Reviews

Citizens of Earth: Review in Progress (Wii U, 3DS)

As an EarthBound fan, it’s only natural that I jump at the opportunity to check out the latest RPGs influenced by Ness and company’s grand SNES adventure. Games like Cthulhu Saves the World and Boot Hill Heroes instantly spring to mind, as does the recently launched Citizens of Earth, an “EarthBound-like” where you take on the role of the Vice […]

Wrack Review: Based on a Doom Story

Before there were perks and skill trees in shooters, there was just straight-up, in-your-face action. Developer Final Boss Entertainment is very clearly a fan of the genre’s retro roots, opting to create an FPS that’s simple to grasp and filled with raucous arcade craziness. Wrack isn’t about leveling up, building your character, or obtaining abilities. Instead, it’s about charging into […]

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, I got to the end of the PlayStation Network version of the game, and my mind was blown. It’s finally […]

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 weapon-based fighter seeing how Tekken Revolution was actually pretty popular. Unfortunately, while Soulcalibur: Lost Swords is an interesting idea with […]

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 is largely unlike anything we’ve seen from past installments. For folks who just want a really fast Sonic game, Lost […]

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 also not as accessible as you might think it is. Last, this isn’t exactly your typical Ninja Gaiden game, even […]

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 see another enemy, followed by a group of enemies, all flying and shooting straight at you. Then you realize that […]

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 first game when I was four, and that experience really had a great impact on me as far as video […]

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 by two sequels (Strider Returns and Strider 2) and a spiritual successor (Moon Diver). But the series’ legacy has always […]

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 action to the point that it was easy to overlook its shortcomings. Just about two years later, Neon is now […]

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 we were all toy-loving kids at some point. That’s why Toy Story is a no-brainer as far as Disney Infinity […]

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. It was quite the pleasant surprise when Nintendo revealed that it was working on a follow-up, aptly titled The Legend […]

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, it would be easy to disregard the Disney Infinity rendition of The Lone Ranger altogether and wait for some other […]

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 giving us too many “new” Super Mario Bros. games, Nintendo is back with a 3D platformer, and the results are […]

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 right tools for success, but ultimately, it fails to utilize those tools in a meaningful manner. The end result is […]

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 video games that are widely revered. That’s actually kind of a shame, because endeavors such as Sonic Colors and Sonic […]

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 is that AquaPazza is a pretty good fighting game with unabashed niche appeal. Despite said glaring niche appeal, however, this […]

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 of the Titan, which was also localized this year. That said, Untold is a largely unique dungeon crawler/RPG that features […]

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 follow-up. Rayman Legends is bigger, bolder, and more colorful than Origins proved to be two years ago. The game delivers […]

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 surely countless others to the genre. That said, it helps when a game is actually good in terms of its […]