Contrast Game Review

Contrast Game

It's tempting for a Contrast game review to focus on shadows as a gameplay mechanic, but the references throughout the puzzle platformer go far deeper than that. From its plot and characters to its level design, Contrast uses the difference between light and shadow -- and between upstanding and shadowy people -- to immerse players in a story unlike any platformer to date. That its gameplay is so original would be mere gravy if it weren't such an asset to the finished product. Contrast was one of the first indie games … [Read more...]

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Review

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

Zombie slaying comes in many forms, though largely tied to guns and melee combat. One of the most uniquely gratifying methods didn't really come into its own until Dead Rising 3: death by automobile. Careening through the streets smashing into the undead was one of the most visceral, enjoyable and novel gifts Dead Rising 3 gave to Xbox One owners. And it was one of the reasons I was most excited to test Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition. Cruising around town careening into zombies is one of the most enjoyable parts of … [Read more...]

Destiny Xbox One Pre-Loading Goes Live with Odd East Coast Launch

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If the wait for Destiny seems unbearable, Xbox One owners may not want to know that they can download the game starting now. Activision today enabled Destiny Xbox One pre-loading for those who order the game digitally from the Xbox Store. There are a couple of nuances worth noting, one of which is odd. The Destiny release date isn't until Sept. 9, so although Destiny Xbox One pre-loading is available now, you won't be able to play the game until midnight. That's understandable. However, that release date timing is … [Read more...]

Mario Kart 8 Zelda DLC Coming Nov. 7, Animal Crossing DLC in May

Mario Kart 8 Zelda DLC

Nintendo is officially going crazy with Mario Kart 8, its best-selling game for Wii U. The console maker has followed-up its announcement of Mercedes-Benz DLC with news that Link from The Legend of Zelda will be appearing in Mario Kart 8 in the near future. The Mario Kart 8 Zelda DLC will hit Nov. 7 this year. It marks the first time Link has been featured prominently in a Mario-themed game. Nintendo has historically avoided franchise cross-overs like this. In fact, the Mario Kart series in particular has … [Read more...]

Full Forza Horizon 2 Achievements List Revealed

Forza Horizon 2

One of the most addicting parts of an Xbox platform, whether Xbox 360 or Xbox One, is trying to unlock Achievements. Microsoft today took the wraps off the Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list for Xbox One. The open-world racing game is just one month from its Sept. 30 release date. The Forza Horizon 2 Achievements list is diverse in more ways than one. For starters, it underscores just how much there is to do in the game. From single-player to multiplayer options, Forza Horizon 2 looks to have even more to do than the … [Read more...]

The Walking Dead Pinball Table to Release Aug. 26

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Zen Studios will release The Walking Dead pinball table on August 26. The table will be based on the game of the same name by Telltale Games and The Walking Dead franchise by Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead pinball table will launch August 26 on a variety of platforms. And by "variety," we mean just about every console and handheld platform available. They include Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, iOS, Android and Amazon. Zen Studios, creator of the table, has collaborated … [Read more...]

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare PS4 Shoots into Retail

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

Don't pay attention to its cartoony visuals and roots in the real-time strategy genre. The new Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare PS4 game has shot into retail and is worth a serious look. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare originally launched as an Xbox One exclusive, where it's seen plenty of updates and play sessions. The PS4 version of the game, now available for $39.99, includes all the updates that have previously launched for the Xbox One version. As you might gather from its artwork and heritage, PvZ Garden … [Read more...]

Ace Combat Infinity Patch 3 Launches 5 New Planes

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If you're taking to the PS3 skies in Ace Combat Infinity, you now have five new airplanes from which to choose. Bandai Namco has launched the Ace Combat Infinity Patch 3 as a free update for all owners of the game. The five new now-standard aircraft included in the Ace Combat Infinity Patch 3 are the F-14D, F-15J, Su-33, Su-37 and ASF-X Shinden II. In addition to the new planes, the patch also increases the level cap for quite a few vehicles. After installing Patch 3 the level-cap will increase from Level 10 to … [Read more...]

PlayStation Plus September 2014 Free Games Rumors Begin

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With the dog days of summer coming to a close, the PlayStation Plus September 2014 free games rumors are flying. What will PS4 and PS3 owners be playing for free next weekend as they wait for school to start the day after Labor Day? That's the question being asked by thousands of PS Plus subscribers as we enter the last week of August. And it's not just school-aged PS Plus subscribers asking the question either. PS Plus September free games wish lists are being made by parents and single adults as well, because who … [Read more...]

Dragons in Destiny? Official Launch Video Indicates So

Dragons in Destiny

Since the Destiny beta concluded I've been counting the reasons Bungie's new franchise is going to rule my life from Sept. 9 onward. Now I've got one more: there are apparently dragons in Destiny. Since slaying my first winged beast in Oblivion I've been seeking new ways to dissect dragons. Based on the new Destiny launch trailer we'll all have tha chance in Bungie's upcoming sci-fi game as well. Nobody from Bungie or Activision has come out and confirmed that there are dragons in Destiny. However, based on the … [Read more...]