Lord of the Rings: War in the North Review

As I played through Lord of the Rings: War in the North, it made me realize how much I've missed the hack and slash adventure titles of the past. Being done by Snowblind studios who are single handily responsible for putting me in this position with their addicting Baldur Gates: Dark Alliance series, Champions of Norrath, and (to a lesser degree) Justice League Heroes. There's a strange trigger in me that craves loot, that must always see the next level of armor or weapons that I can obtain. It's the reason why I fall so hard in love with games like Pokemon and World of Warcraft and even managed to forgive something as truly terrible as Too Human just because it kept giving me shiny new boots when I shouldn't even be playing! That's the player War in the North wants; the one that wants just one more trinket before leaving.

Nov
11
2011
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Dual Pen Sports Review

Dual Pen Sports is another game in a long list capitalizing on the limited library currently out for your 3DS by throwing some mini games onto a card and hoping you will buy it because you don’t have many other options. Truth be told this game is not worth the full forty dollar price tag of a new 3DS game because its entertainment value will get old pretty fast once you realize it’s the same formula copy and pasted over and over with a different name on it each time.

Sep
05
2011
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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 Review

The problem with Dynasty Warrior games is their refusal to ever evolve. Rarely is there anything that shows progress in these titles, and the Gundam versions really take this to the extreme. It doesn't seem like the developer really even spent time on this game. That they’re asking for a full price on this title would only make sense if it was revealed to be some elaborate joke. There is, at best, about an hour’s worth of content here. Not only that, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is shameless in how it reuses everything that's come before it while adding nothing at all to the experience. Sure, there are more mobile suits to drive, but does that really matter overall? Is that all this series has become, Madden with large robots?

Aug
24
2011
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Review

I had high hopes for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon game tie-in.  On one hand, it's the Transformers, and while I don't think highly of the Bay films, I still love giant robots punching each other in the face while they turn into cars. You tack on that it's been developed by High Moon studios, which was responsible for last year’s phenomenal Transformers: War for Cybertron, and I'm anxious to get my hands on it. Now the question comes up, is this game designed more for the traditional fan, like the previous game, or is this just a quick cash grab meant to dazzle fans who just walked out of the movie hungry for more explosions?  For me, the even better question is if this is a quality follow-up to one of my favorite games from last year.

Jul
12
2011
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Ridge Racer 3D Review

Namco is tearing up Nintendo’s new 3DS handheld with Ridge Racer 3D which boasts great visuals and tons of races. When you get right down to it Ridge Racer is a solid racing series that has spanned generation after generation of game consoles and it keeps true to what has made it famous in this latest handheld iteration.

Since this is a racing game for a handheld the story isn't very important. In actuality there is no story to follow, and the game focuses solely on the races.

Apr
25
2011
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Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition Review

In their usual fashion, Capcom has released the latest Street Fighter game…again. (And again…and again.) But this time it has a new dimension of play exclusively for the new Nintendo 3DS. If the name 3DS and the “new dimension" comment didn’t give it away, the game is in auto-stereoscopic 3D. In addition to the 3D graphics, Street Fighter is also the only game to take advantage of the 3DS’ Wi-Fi and Street Pass features from day one.

Story

Let’s face it; you aren't playing a game like Street Fighter because it has a good story. That’s because it doesn't have a good story, no true fighting game really does. As per usual, a new fighting tournament has started up and all your favorite characters are getting the band back together to see who is top dog on the Street Fighting circuit.

Apr
15
2011
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Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive Review

You better believe it! There’s a new game out for the PSP staring everyone’s favorite knuckle head Hidden Leaf Ninja, Naruto Uzumaki...and it’s surprisingly pretty good. The game has a pretty standard filler story line for a Naruto game, a solid roster of characters and jutsu [ninja skills], and a story lengthy enough to satisfy hardcore fans and casual players alike.

Story:

Going into Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive I wasn’t expecting much, due to past experiences with Naruto games, but after sitting with this for a few hours and getting into it, I have to say the game is very good if you can overlook the AI. Overall the story line is okay; it’s pretty basic for a Naruto filler game: some group is mad at Naruto, in this case the members of a destroyed village, and he and his squad are out to figure out why and help solve the problem with violence, as you may have guessed. While the story is nothing spectacular, it does a good enough job of moving the game along and preventing each mission objective from being exactly the same.

Apr
07
2011
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Pokemon White Review

Well the new generation of Pokémon games has finally arrived and unless you have been living under a big cliché rock for the past fifteen years then you know how big of a deal this is. If you are familiar with the series then you probably already know that this the 5th generation of Pokémon games to hit the world and that with it comes the 5th generation of new creatures to trap in confined spaces for later forced combat. Fans of the series will be happy to know that the core mechanics that made the series famous back in 1996 are still very much intact in the new games but they have some new elements that will make people who haven’t thrown a PokéBall in years want to pick one up again.

Mar
25
2011
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Knights Contract Review

Knights Contract is a game I have a difficult time with. I found myself unable to like the game no matter how hard I tried. I found myself even unable to find a reason to want to see the game through to its conclusion. There is not an element of the gameplay that did not end up frustrating me to the point of wanting to pull out the disc and snap it in half. There is a boss fight early on that will test the limit of any gamer who decided to try out this game. To them, I say this: it is not worth it. This is my main problem with this game, that it does nothing to justify itself in a sea of similar titles. There is just no reason for it on the shelf next to any number of action adventure titles.

Mar
13
2011
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Smackdown Versus Raw 2011 Review

Vince McMahon's media giant known as the WWE has ruled the professional wrestling world for the last three decades. Selling out arenas translated to TV shows, which became monthly Pay Per Views, which eventually spawned a slew of video games. In 2005, after a long string of fairly mediocre games, WWE launched the Smackdown Versus Raw Franchise. While most of the games have received more than favorable reviews, fans of the series have always feared the impending laziness that occurs when a franchise has no considerable competition (See: Madden 2007-2008). Can SVR 2011 quell fans' fears? Or have the chair shots and ladder matches finally gotten stale?

Nov
24
2010
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