Street Fighter X Mega Man might not be the comeback fans were looking for, but it beats some of the blue bomber’s more…embarrassing entries by a mile. Here’s to another 25 years and another 100 entries in the series. A crossover retro-revival that tries to combine two worlds…with mixed results
Punishing gameplay, detailed sprites, and arcade aesthetics are three things you would not normally associate with mobile gaming, but SNK Playmore hopes to prove everybody wrong with an iOS and Android port of the run-n-gun classic Metal Slug. Is this a faithful rendition, or has this time-honored warrior seen one too many battles?
Don’t you just love it when games try something new? This originality often comes at the expense of gameplay, but developer Suda51 has a knack for making entertaining titles that also manage to transcend you usual cover-based-shooter-of-the-month. Continuing his pedigree, his latest title Black Knight Sword looks to combine 16-bit gaming, platforming, and a steep learning curve into a theatrical opera about a warrior and his journey. The question is, is this knight worthy of his sword?
Can video games be both fun and educational? It’s a delicate balance to achieve, one that often leaves gamers frustrated and/or bored when attempted. However, 5th Cell’s long-running Scribblenauts series of educational games seems to be one of the few that can pull it off with panache, forcing gamers to turn to their dictionaries instead of GameFAQs. With Scribblenauts Unlimited now available, is it worth gamers’ while to expand their vernaculars?
Turning something normally reserved for adults into a cartoon for all ages can be tricky. Not only is it harder than transforming an apple into an orange, the result might not end up pleasing anyone at all. That hasn’t stopped Codemasters from changing the serious into the silly in their latest racer, F1 Race Stars
Who doesn’t like crossovers? Not only do they exploit nostalgia, they also offer fresh new content for diehard fans to enjoy. If the recent kart racer Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing was a love letter to Sega fans, its beefed up sequel Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is a full-blown serenade. Does this racer steal gamers’ hearts…or break them?
Have you ever played a game that made you feel? Titles like Super Mario Bros. are not exactly known for their gripping plots, but video games can still make it possible to pull at the ol’ heartstrings if done correctly. TellTale Games, a studio known for churning out some of gaming’s finest yarns, have managed to find life in the most unlikely of places: amidst the undead shambles of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead
If there is one universal law of gaming, it’s that every major gaming mascot must have its own karting game. Mario’s got one, Sonic’s got one; heck, even Bomberman’s got one. The delightful little sackboys (and girls!) of Sony’s LittleBigPlanet series of platformers have been hoofing it for some time, but LittleBigPlanet Karting finally gives these guys their own set of wheels. Is this outing a pimped-out ride or an accident waiting to happen?
Back in the heyday of arcades, game developers had to find ways to keep players playing. Since most of these coin-ops could be conquered in 60 minutes or less, the difficulty would often be cranked to borderline-superhuman levels. Gamers would keep on pumping the machines full of quarters and the creators would make more money – a win-win, right? These dens of gaming might be long gone, but its soul is still alive and well in such titles as Digital Reality’s Sine Mora. Is it worth the $10 admission fee, or is this new age relic best left forgotten?
Driving simulators are all fine and dandy, but nothing beats putting the pedal to the medal and saying nuts to the rules. Criterion Games, one of the last stalwarts of arcade-style racing games, hopes to keep this devil-may-care spirit alive with Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Is everything old new again with this reboot of a reboot, or is it an accident waiting to happen?
The only problem with the game lies in its scope. There is no variety to each chapter, which the only variation between objectives coming down to which room you kill everybody in. Still, with a rocking soundtrack from such legends as the Coconuts and solid gameplay, everything that is here is sound. Think of these wishes as a checklist for the sequel
Fighting game fans are no strangers to the world of remakes. As arcade aficionados know all too well, a newer version of these fisticuff simulators is often right around the corner. Some companies are more guilty of this practice than others (hello Capcom!), but Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear series is no stranger to this practice either. With the recent XBLA release of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (what a mouthful!), is an upgrade in order?