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REVIEW – Smurfs 2 (Xbox 360)

Go Smurf Yourself – Like most movie-based tie-ins, Smurfs 2 is nothing more than a marketing tool that will earn blind sales from ignorant parents looking to purchase a new non-violent game for their youngster. In short, this game is one heaping pile of Smurf. Gameplay is like a watered down Donkey Kong Country Returns …

REVIEW – The Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection PS3

Some of the Best Games in the Last 25 Years in One Package – The Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection is one of the best, if not THE best, compilation package in videogame history.  For most gamers, this bundle will be a double dip of sorts but newcomers couldn’t really ask for anything better.  Oh …

REVIEW – Zeno Clash II (PS3/PSN)

Solve Problems With Punches – In the early 90’s the brawler genre dominated arcades and home consoles but as gameplay evolved this “punch-everything-and-walk-to-the-right” type of game gave way to First Person Shooters and RPGs. Zeno Clash, and now its sequel Zeno Clash II, are throwbacks to this old brawler genre but integrated with modern gameplay …

REVIEW – Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (3DS eShop)

Waiting To Attack – Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword is a variant on Punch-Out’s! parry-and-counter combat mechanics but allows free movement on the battlefield instead of being stationary in a boxing ring. However, these precision attacks grow repetitive as each fight against the common enemy is ultimately a battle of patience and repetition. The …

REVIEW – Crosswords Plus (3DS)

Basic Crosswording – As a follow up to 2008’s original Crossword game on DS, Crosswords Plus is basically more of the same. There are hundreds of crossword puzzles each ranging in difficulty from easy to very difficult. Many early puzzles reuse words often; I must have written the word “elf” more times than the Lord …

REVIEW – Mamorukun Curse! (PSN)

Curse This Shmup – Outside the mobile environment, the Shmup is a dying breed. UFO is looking to fill this gap by localizing Mamorukun Curse! to the PSN. Upon starting this Japanese “cute’em up”, I conjured mixed feelings. Thing is, UFO’s track record is pretty terrible thanks to the abysmal Johnny series on the 3DS …

REVIEW – Aura-Aura Climber DSiWare/3DS/eShop

Up, Up, and Away – Back in early 2010, Nintendo developed and published Aura-Aura Climber to the under-utilized DSiWare service. This grapple-point platformer has players aiming for the stars in this two-dollar, or 100 Club Nintendo Coin (July 2013), 3DS eShop download. The simple and straightforward gameplay is quickly explained in the opening tutorial level. …

REVIEW – Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

Close This Open – Known for being over-the-top with super powers, quirky characters, and interactive courts, the Mario Tennis series has always been about colorful and wired gameplay.  Mario Tennis Open, however, is a more straightforward tennis title that is loaded with needless grinding, lack of substance, and poor control schemes. The premise behind this …

REVIEW – Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone (3DS)

Unleash Your Hidden Potential – More app than an actually game, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone is a powerful, well-designed tool to train art newcomers as well as professional visual designers.  Using a step-by-step process, the game gently guides the player from conception to finished product while simultaneously learning about art history and design theory …

REVIEW – Doodle Jump for Kinect (XBLA)

Up, Up, and Away – If you own a smart phone there is a good chance you have played Doodle Jump, an endless vertical jumper that is one of the most downloaded mobile games of all time. Now, Lima Sky has jumped from the gyroscopic mobile environment to take advantage of Microsoft’s full body control …