Reviews

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 […]

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 Story, and Cars, it’s obvious that Disney Interactive can get you to raid your wallet and bank account and get […]

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 handheld masterpiece that has been exclusive to the PlayStation Vita. All of that is about to change with the release […]

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 did, however, spend hours upon hours watching the old DuckTales cartoon, and because of that, I feel I have a […]

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 titles this console generation. Saints Row IV continues that trend and even manages to go crazier, delivering a surreal adventure […]

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 guy. Thankfully, Dragon’s Crown is first and foremost an RPG. While on the surface it may present itself as a […]

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 RPG from developers Monolith Soft and Banpresto offer some good thrills and hearty laughs, but it’s also an inviting entry […]

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 because it manages to straddle the line between exhilarating and routine. It’s not without its flaws, and it to call […]

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 — in fact, it’s quite far from perfect. That said, Evoland is most certainly a good game, and it’s a […]

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, a game that pits some of DC Comics’ greatest heroes and villains (as well as a few obscure characters) against […]

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 the boobs can certainly be a bit much), if you’ve been playing Sony’s Greek mythology-inspired first-party franchise consistently like I […]

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 that I must admit took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the game to tug at my heart strings but […]