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...]

Urban Trial Freestyle Review

Urban Trial Freestyle PS3

Let me preface this Urban Trial Freestyle review by saying that I hope you, dear reader, find this review to be an acceptable length. It's hard to be verbose when a game stinks. Either I predicted this game years ago, or I've played it before, and in either case there's a reason I'm not playing it today. Urban Trial Freestyle is a downloadable game for the PlayStation 3 that centers on varying levels of the side-scrolling "racing" variety. Anyone who's ever played Trials HD or ridden in the cars at Disneyland’s Autopia has already experienced … [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...]

God of War: Ascension Review

God of War: Ascension screenshot

To understand this God of War: Ascension review, you must understand my first foray into the God of War series. I had just had an unpleasant day at work, I wanted to play a game to escape, and I spotted the demo for God of War 3. I figured I would give it a try -- and I fell in love with the epic landscapes, violently entertaining battles (perfect for relieving stress) and the over-the-top epitome of machismo known as Kratos. Immediately I was hooked. I just had to know the whole story. I purchased the God of War trilogy and played it all … [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...]

MLB 13: The Show Review

MLB 13: The Show

Baseball and hockey are my two least favorite major league sports, a comment that doesn’t exactly make me unique among American males. The irony, of course, is that baseball is known as “America’s pastime” even in an era when football and basketball rule the roost. But with that context as a backdrop, Sony’s achievements with MLB 13: The Show become all the more impressive, as the resulting PS3-exclusive game is at once challenging and compelling -- even for a fair-weather fan like me. The balance of depth and approachability is an impressive … [Read more...]