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?
Traditional strategy games have been going the way of the dodo as of late, replaced by hip new tower defense titles like Orcs Must Die! and Trenched. However, leave it up to Team 17 and their long-running Worms series to stick to their guns and keep turn-based tradition alive. With the new Worms Revolution now available for armchair warriors everywhere, is everything old truly new again, or is it a war-torn relic from days gone by?
If video game legends Solid Snake and Ezio Auditore have taught gamers anything, it’s that stealth beats brute force every time. Not only does tactical espionage action allow for more open-ended gameplay, it also makes the player look undeniably cool. Stealth missions in 3D might be commonplace, but what if the shadows were a little more…flat? Klei Entertainment’s Mark of the Ninja decides to take a stab in the dark, but does its unorthodox sneaking methods work in harmony or blow its cover?
To say that I am a fan of Sonic Adventure 2 is an understatement. Not only did this title single-handedly persuade me to buy a Sega Dreamcast back in 2001, it is one of the few titles in which I have dug up every last secret. Now that the game has been remastered in HD for the PSN and XBLA, am I eager to rush in and do everything all over again?
Taking a page (or a chapter) from the Grand Theft Auto series, Retro City Rampage imagines what an open-world game might if it were released back in the days of the Nintendo Entertainment System or Commodore 64. The structure is the same, complete with an open-world map chock full of missions and minigames available at your leisure
Those looking to embark on their lonesome for a sweeping journey lasting dozens of hours need not apply. However, those looking to burn a few hours and mash away an afternoon with a bud will feel fulfilled. It might not be as filling as the AAA main courses, but R.A.W.’s short-term enjoyment is the just the kind of junk food loot hoarders crave. Just don’t gorge out on it