Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past week, I’m sure you’ve read about the horrendous launch of Maxis and Electronic Art’s latest SimCity title. Having not played a SimCity game since SimCity 2000 so many years ago, I was pretty upset to hear that the launch went so poorly and that so many gamers were left with a purchased product plagued with issues that are still being resolved today. While there were still some outstanding harsh issues with the game, I was still willing to give it a shot.
2013 has turned out to be a hell of a year so far for successful AAA games and we’ve got another to add to the list. Released on March 5th, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s latest entry into the Tomb Raider series reboots the franchise to follow Lara Croft on her first expedition and tomb raid. For years the press has been spamming us with screenshots, artwork and videos showcasing the much younger, darker, would-be heroine to amp us up and for me, it was worth the wait!
If you watched my video “I suck at Dead Space 3” a few weeks ago, you certainly would have noticed that I hadn’t played the previous Dead Space games, that I had no idea what was going on, and that I was absolutely TERRIBLE at the game! For these reasons, I wasn’t all that excited for the full game to be released. I had trouble controlling my character, understanding what my abilities were and how to use them, and everything was just kicking my ass. Well, my opinion has changed drastically since then as starting from the beginning of the game put a new perspective on everything.
It’s been a while now since I’ve played a good classic JRPG. With the large amount of shooters and action games released over the past few months, I haven’t been able to get my fix. Unfortunately, when I first looked into Level 5 and Namco Bandai’s latest JRPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, originally released in Japan on the Nintendo DS, I thought it looked kind of stupid. I’ll tell you straight up, after playing through this, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Some neat plot twists near the end really take it from what I originally though was kind of a kids fairy tale-type of story, into something pretty special.
It’s been over four years since we last took part in Dante’s action-packed and extremely intense devil-slaying adventures. Released last week under new developer Ninja Theory, most recently known for their action game Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, DMC Devil May Cry reboots the series with a focus on a much younger, much more hot-headed Dante as he battles a new army of demons. There has been much controversy over the new direction of Dante from Ninja Theory, so is there any merit to the complaints from long-time fans, or does the new entry kick as much ass as the previous in the series?
Released for the Wii this past May was a remake of Namco Bandai’s classic 1997 Playstation side-scroller Klonoa. I had heard lots of good things about this game before I got a chance to play it, but I really had no idea what to expect going into it. Well I’d like to thank Namco Bandai [...]
Namco-Badai, since when do you make Japanese role-playing games? While I certainly appreciate you sending me a copy of your new game Magna Carta 2 to review, I have to admit, I was initially pretty skeptical going into it. I mean, you make Tekken, and various children’s games. Do you have what it takes to [...]
Well, I’ve reviewed several Square-Enix games now; some that I’ve really enjoyed, and some that I couldn’t stand. The Last Remnant was released for the Xbox 360 on November 20th of 2008, and for the PC on April 9th of 2009. It takes a little bit of a different spin on the Japanese Role Playing [...]
Ah Square-Enix, you’ve given us some great times over the years. Your role playing games have drawn me into the greatest fantasy adventures. It’s fair to say, that you are the best and most dominant role-playing game developer in the world. You have such a successful track record with what you do best, so why [...]
Developed by Finnish developer Frozenbyte, and published by Southpeak Interactive, Trine was released to the PC in July, and will be released to the PlayStation Network sometime in October, and eventually on Xbox Live, all for 20 bucks. Trine puts you in control of three heroes with different abilities in one of the most beautiful [...]
Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan releases today for the PC and shortly after for the Nintendo Wii. This is the third episode in the series and if you haven’t seen my reviews for the previous two, you’ll want to check those out now. As to be expected, I greatly enjoyed Lair of [...]
When I think of Square-Enix, I think Final Fantasy and when I think Final Fantasy I think turn-based role playing games; but the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series takes a different approach by giving you multiplayer dungeon crawling action. Echoes of Time is the second of the series following the Game Cube title Final Fantasy [...]
Well it’s here; the highly anticipated sequel to the Halo series is upon us. Released on September 22nd, Halo 3: ODST, puts you not in the shoes of the super powered Master Chief, but in the unlikely shoes of several significantly weaker Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. After seeing the trailers and footage from E3, I [...]