Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 2nd (Sony PlayStation Vita)

The green haired maiden lights up the dance floor again.

Mayo Chiki! Series Collection (Anime review)

Like fanservice? You'll love this.

Tengami (Nintendo Wii U)

A beautiful, emotional experience.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Review: Tetris Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS)

Review by Pierre-Yves L.

Tetris is the kind of game that you'll never forget your first experience playing. At first you'll ask yourself why anyone would find such a simple, basic game would be challenging or interesting. But then then pace of the game starts speeding up, and soon enough you realise that you can't keep up.

Blocks start piling up and you start panicking, making more and more elaborate mistakes. And then the dreaded words appear on the screen: Game. Over. You're frustrated and angry and naturally you start playing again to try and do better. That's Tetris, and it is back again in Tetris Ultimate to haunt your waking moments and even your dreams.

Gadget Review: Klipsch R-10B Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

Review by Rob P.

Klipsch’s R-10B Soundbar is full of contradictions. It’s big, bold and in-your-face. It’s delicate and subtle. It’s expensive, but good value. It can be loud enough to attract complaints from the neighbours or as quiet as distant thunder. Still, there’s one fact that’s beyond debate. This thing is HUGE.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: The Marvelous Miss Take (PC)

The Marvelous Miss Take PC ReviewReview by Sam M.

The Marvellous Miss Take is the embodiment of everything you wouldn't expect from a stealth game. You’re not encouraged to take your time to plan out your heists, nor are you required to make as little noise as possible. Rather you take everything you’ve learnt and throw it away all in the name of stealing art, and doing it with style.

Review: Escape Dead Island (Sony PlayStation 3)

Dead Island ReviewReview by Nick H.

Escape Dead Island is a budget game, something that is meant to take advantage of the surprise success of Dead Island and its Riptide follow-up. In theory this will help to tide fans of the series over until the proper sequel releases down the road. The problem is, Escape Dead Island really does not know what it wants to be. I love that the developer tried to do something new with the property, but it is a game lost in an identity crisis that fails to ever do any one thing well enough to make it compelling.

Gadget Review: New Nintendo 3DS XL

Review by Matt S.

It was surprising to me that Nintendo would annonce a new Nintendo 3DS model, complete with upgraded hardware and the promise of exclusive games in the future. So many years in, I wouldn't have suspected that Nintendo saw enough life left in what is such old hardware as its little engine that could to justify a new model that, one would assume, has a product road map for a couple more years at least.

No freaking way. The pigeon dating simulator is getting a console releas

News by Matt S.

In all honesty I never thought I would ever type the following words: Hatoful Boyfriend, a dating game staring pigeons, is being released on consoles, in English.

And I bet you never thought you'd read that.

Trailers: Two new Etrian Odyssey games? We won't say no to that!

News by Matt S.

There are two new Etrian Odyssey games on the way. One of the more famous Wizardry clones is going to hit 2015 in a big way, with the next numbered release in the series - Etrian Odyssey V - being joined with a collaboration with Spike Chunsoft's Mystery Dungeon franchise to create a roguelike that will land in Japan on the Nintendo 3DS on March 5.

Review: LittleBigPlanet 3 (Sony PlayStation 4)

Review by Nick H.

I admit I had my concerns when I saw that LittleBigPlanet 3 was being developed by a different team, Sumo Digital. There was a charm to the prior games that belied its surprisingly deep platforming mechanics and design options.

I am happy to say that LittleBigPlanet feels every bit a part of the series, but has enough fresh takes to make this third entry into the series feel like its own game as well. It maintains the essence of LittleBigPlanet, and though a few technical hiccups do diminish the overall shine, it should still be seen as a substantial accomplishment bound to appeal to a large collection of players.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 (Sony PlayStation 4)

Review by Matt S.

When I was interviewing for my upcoming book (yes, that was a shameless plug, but it fits), one of the people I was interviewing with, who has extensive experience working in both the Japanese and western games industry said to me "western developers tend to focus on the big show, which the Japanese developers tend to focus on the (more subtle) between the moments of play."

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 isn't developed by a Japanese company, but it is published by a Japanese publisher in Konami. And in comparing it to EA's FIFA franchise, this difference in philosophy is quite clear.

Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo 3DS)

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Review
Review by Clark A.

As much as the original releases of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire served as jumping-off points for players of the original Game Boy games following the franchise’s otherworldly popularity in the late 90s, the gemstone duo is recalled fondly nonetheless for its alterations of the series formula. As remakes that have been ardently sought after by fans for half a decade, then, the 3DS’ Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are shouldering their fair share expectations.

Review: Rollers of the Realm (PC)

Review by Harvard L.

Rollers of the Realm is a pinball-RPG. Adding RPG elements to skill based gameplay can often lead to something that feels both weak and unfocused, with Destiny being a recent example, so I was more than wary upon hearing that developer Phantom Compass intended to add role-playing to pinball, one of the most skill based games in existence. Thankfully, Rollers of the Realm stands as a shining example of how to hybridise genres, as its production values make it a game much greater than the sum of its parts.

Review: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (Microsoft Xbox One)

Review by Nick H.

At first, this looks like almost any other Batman LEGO collaboration. The story gets off to a slow start, the world of bricks is dark and dreary and Batman is of course at the centre of things. It's hardly innovative stuff.

However, before long LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham shows that while it may not be reinventing the wheel for the LEGO games, this long-running series of games still has a few tricks left up its sleeve. That combined with a great cast of characters makes for a formidably fun game with loads of content that is familiar without feeling overly recycled.

 
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