The recent film adaptation of The Hobbit had a noticeable change of tone than the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cheeky one-liners, jokes about bodily fluids, and other off-kilter touches made it feel more like a movie for children than adults
When it comes to the world of marketing, the sky’s the limit. Seeing how marketers need to sell users on a product, it’s practically a requirement to grab people’s attention any way they can
Who doesn’t want to do something awesome and look cool while doing it? Unfortunately, many titles these days settle for worlds of chest-high walls and super serious gameplay. PlatinumGames, a company known for the extraordinary, is teaming up with Sega to add some color to a post-apocalyptic world with Anarchy Reigns, a free-for-all brawler consisting of cybernetic ninjas, fabulous pimps, and a muscle-bound man with a chainsaw
Fighting games usually come in one of two flavors: tournament-ready ordeals designed for the hardest of the hardcore, and casual affairs made for the everyday gamer. Pleasing both crowds with one title is no small feat, but that not stopped SuperBot Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio from trying with their crossover fighter PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
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?