Category «Reviews»

REVIEW – Zuma’s Revenge (DS)

Shoot Some Balls From Your Mouth Sequel to the original marble shooter, Zuma’s Revenge is a decent but familiar follow up to the fan favorite action puzzler. Minus the addition of real time online multiplayer option, Zuma’s Revenge has everything any typical sequel should include – new levels, powerups, boss battles, and some new gameplay …

REVIEW – The House of the Dead III (PSN)

Shotgun Showdown It is nice of Sega to port The House of the Dead III to Sony’s downloadable service but the lack of extra features yield a very short limit on its otherwise entertaining action oriented gameplay. As a quick summary, The House of the Dead series is a lightgun franchise born in arcades and …

REVIEW – The Simpsons Arcade (XBLA)

Fighting Through Springfield Rounding out the most memorable brawlers of 90’s arcades and standing right beside the ports of TMNT and X-Men, The Simpsons Arcade game has finally landed on home consoles via XBLA and PSN. Ah yes, the brawler.  It really is a lost video game art form, reaching its pinnacle on 16-bit systems …

REVIEW – Double Fine Happy Action Theater (XBLA)

Effortless Fun Double Fine Happy Action Theater isn’t so much a game as it is more of a glorified tech demo but it will undoubtedly bring out a childlike entertainment quality that is rarely found in games today. Anyone of any age can immediately hop into Happy Action Theater.  With no menus, no log-ins, no …

BLOG – Gamestop’s GBA Clearance Sale

For a while now, Gamestop has been discounting their dwindling stock of used GBA games.  You can’t blame them since the DS Lite is the only DS that is backward compatible with GBA games and the vast majority of DS sales are coming from the 3DS.  Even the DSi and DSiXL do not support GBA …

REVIEW – Xotic

Confusing, Frustrating, and Not Fun Xotic is an unorganized mess of a FPS puzzle game that is marred with lame gunplay, confusing level design, insulting game mechanics wrapped in a perplexing plotline. From what I can make of the poorly presented storyline, Xotic takes a note from Halo‘s parasitic Flood; the ultimate goal is to …

REVIEW – Quarrel

Risky Words Image playing Risk but swap out the artillery dice rolling combat with Scrabble.  It is an interesting mechanic that makes for an unexpected but highly entertaining $5 download. Two to four players compete for dominance of an island and the only way to conquer your opponent is by using anagram skills.  Like Risk, …

REVIEW – Scarygirl (XBLA)

Boo or Boo-urns? With a Tim Burton Nightmare Before Christmas aesthetic and 2.5D sidescrolling gameplay, Scarygirl is unique but ultimately comes up short on overall presentation and gameplay. Every other girl that has a tentacle for an arm and a hook for a hand would probably go through life scarred and unhappy.  But Scarygirl welcomes …

REVIEW – Doom (XBLA – Bethesda Published)

Bringing Hell Back Doom, the grandfather of First Person Shooters, has been ported to just about every major system since it initially launched on PC back in the early 90’s.  Shortly after Microsoft launched the Arcade service on Xbox 360, the original Doom was published by Activision.  Modernly known for releasing other popular warfare FPS’s, …

REVIEW – Diablo III: Book of Cain

A Physical Tome of a Fan Favorite   It is difficult to not mention Diablo when referencing the Action RPG genre, Blizzard games, co-op gameplay, or even Battle.net.  Fans always have Diablo on the tips of their tongues as it is often revered as a game franchise of superior quality.  This is actually quite an …