Fuse Review

Insomiac Games Fuse

Insomniac Games has expanded well beyond the Ratchet & Clank franchise during this console generation, beginning with the PS3’s Resistance: Fall of Man and continuing with their newest game, Fuse. Published by EA, Fuse marks Insomniac’s most public multiplatform escapade, shipping on Xbox 360 in addition to the developer’s traditional PlayStation home. But even with several consoles to call its own, Fuse is grounded in the basic hallmark of Insomniac’s games: surprisingly deep gunplay. As with many shooters today, the gameplay is only as … [Read more...]

Star Trek: The Video Game Review

Star Trek: The Video Game

I first saw Star Trek: The Video Game two E3s ago, when a 30-miunte demo packed every session in the behind-closed-doors meeting room. Two years ago it was a graphical powerhouse, showed compelling cooperative gameplay between Kirk and Spock, and seemed utterly epic in its scale. Twenty-four months later, the only way to explain the final product is to borrow a page from JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek movie: a crazy wormhole changed the course of history. What should have been a can’t-miss complement to Star Trek: Into Darkness inexplicably evolved … [Read more...]

BioShock Infinite Review

BioShock Infinite screenshot: Fireman

There isn’t much to be said about the original BioShock that hasn’t been said already, including words like “defining” and “masterful.” It’s with those massive shoes to fill that BioShock Infinite entered the limelight, a new game at the tail end of this console generation trying to prove that the current hardware can still manage to wow. And with Irrational Games at the helm, “wow” it does. BioShock Infinite isn’t technically a sequel, but it’s close. The game takes place not in the underwater city of in Rapture, but in the airborne city of … [Read more...]

Family Guy Back to the Multiverse Review

Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

Seth McFarlane, you can do better. For the fans of FOX’s Family Guy, Activision -- the storied publisher behind Call of Duty, Doom and Wolfenstein, as well as tons of licensed games -- created Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. The action-adventure game stars Stewie and Brian Griffin and continues the storyline of the “Road to the Multiverse” episode in which Bertram, Stewie’s half-brother, is the villain. I am a fan of Family Guy. And it’s important that I say that so you to understand the full meaning of this game review. Referring to the … [Read more...]

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

The oddly-titled Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is a great example of a casual, side-scrolling game that keeps players engaged while still keeping things simple. Imagine a combination of side scrolling, forced running and rhythmic Whack-A-Mole, and you have an idea not only of the general gameplay, but of the reasons for this game's surprisingly high fun factor. The game starts with a fake commercial akin to the ones seen in Jellyvision’s You Don’t Know Jack, and continues with a cut scene that reminds you of the kind of cartoon you … [Read more...]

Dead Space 3 Review

Dead Space 3 screenshot

The survival-horror genre gets such a bad rap these days that it’s tempting to overlook them for games with a frantic gunplay, co-op multiplayer elements, customizable weapons or ... wait, that’s actually what Dead Space 3 offers. Not often one to take franchise risks, EA made a massive gamble years ago on an untested studio with an unknown IP in a survival-horror genre that had been seemingly owned by Konami for eons. Now three games in, the Dead Space series has made EA look the part of a sage investor, with a franchise that’s made … [Read more...]

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragonborn Review

Skyrim: Dragonborn DLC

In light of our previous praise of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the accolades from dozens of other outlets, it goes without saying that Skyrim is an outstanding game. With such a hit on their hands, some game developers might call it a day and move on to their next project. Bethesda -- thank the Nord gods -- is not one of those developers. Bethesda keeps adding to the already-expansive and mesmerizing world of Skyrim, first with Dawnguard DLC (review), then a little more with the Hearthfire DLC (review) and now with Dragonborn. But is … [Read more...]

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard DLC Review

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More than a year after the release of Skyrim, the game is still going strong, and it's one of my favorite games. One of the ways Bethesda is keeping Skyrim fresh is through a batch of DLC, which has recently taken the form of Hearthfire and Dawnguard. I've prepared short reviews of both in anticipation that people will be interested in hearing about each of them. This is my Dawnguard DLC review; the Hearthfire review is located here. Dawnguard is much more substantial add-on than Hearthfire, adding on a full storyline centered on a war … [Read more...]

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Hearthfire Review

Skyrim_Hearthfire

More than a year after the release of Skyrim, the game is still going strong. It’s one of my favorite games at any rate. So, of course I gladly accept an excuse to stay up until the wee hours of the morning being the Dovahkiin. Initially, I played Skyrim on the PS3, including all the bugs that came with it, and waited patiently for the DLC to be released for my console. Well, I got impatient, and purchased a second copy of Skyrim for my Xbox 360 and immediately downloaded the DLC. Because Hearthfire and Dawnguard are closely connected pieces … [Read more...]

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

Black Ops 2

I’m going to give you two options when reading this review: enjoy the world’s shortest, or stay tuned for an explanation. First, the short version: “buy this now.” With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch and Activision have unleashed not only the best game in the COD series, but the best shooter of 2012. The stakes were high this fall, with several juggernaut sequels releasing at about the same time, but Black Ops 2 is both transformational for the franchise and undeniably excellent at a time when many shooters are feeling tired. Although … [Read more...]