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Pizzicotlmoogle 0

Theathrhyhm is essentially a Final Fantasy themed touch-based music game - not unlike the modern DS classic, Elite Beat Agents - with a few RPG elements incorporated into your progression through the game's many challenges. Like that game, you'll tap, swipe, and follow along a winding track on the touch screen in concert with the beat and melody of various songs that happen to be from the thirteen main instalments of the series. When you top its enjoyable trip through some amazing compositions w...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Move A Little 0

Like any music-heavy video game, Sound Shapes really must been seen and heard to be fully appreciated. What is mechanically a simple platforming game becomes an original, momentous overload for the senses, a game that shows you tons of possibilities and memorable moments in a short timespan, and then hands the reigns over to you to continue its infectious creative spirit. This is a game you need to play.As you may imagine, it's a little difficult putting it into words. You control a cool-looking...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sour taste indeed 0

World Gone Sour has an alright premise, but any good will from it is lost in its crummy gameplay and lack of care.Licensed video games are usually pretty lousy, and World Gone Sour is no exception. It at least it tries to branch out and be a different with an amusing premise and inexplicable Method Man tie-in, but token gestures like these can't make up for the lousy gameplay, muddy graphics, broken controls, and general lack of follow-through it exhibits.The game's story places you in the sugar...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Preoccupying from hell to heaven 0

Although it's all great, Act III stands out as the big highlight for me.It occurred to me a couple days before the release of Diablo III - Blizzard's latest entry into its action RPG franchise - that I have been at least thinking about the possibility of a new Diablo title for over half of my life. It can often feel like a game so high profile - and in development for so long - couldn't possibly live up to the expectations players have had over a decade to drum up in their heads. Not only does D...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nearly killin' it 0

Zombie wrastlin' is a big part of The Walking Dead.This review is also posted at my game writing portfolio, Visual Memory Unit. Would you kindly pay a visit?Telltale Games may be known for puzzle-driven adventure games with lots of humour, but that's far from what you get in their latest episodic adventure, The Walking Dead. Based on the series of comics that also spawned the AMC TV show, this game is likewise littered with blood, foul language, and gory scenes of unfettered man-versus-zombie vi...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The owls are not what they seem 0

All sorts of wild mysteries lie behind Gomez's cute visage in Fez.This review is also posted at my game writing portfolio, Visual Memory Unit. Would you kindly pay a visit?Fez has been a long, long time coming. And after playing through it, I can definitely see how that time was spent. What at first appears to be a clever puzzle game ends up being something much bigger. Beyond its moment-to-moment perspective shifting and platforming lies a tangled web of meticulous, ridiculously complex mystery...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Better Refreshments 0

A buncha new boards and mini-games come with Mario Party 9, of course, but some smart improvements make this one more enjoyable than you might think.This review is also posted at my game writing portfolio, Visual Memory Unit. Would you kindly pay a visit?It says Mario Party 9 on the box, but that's not including several portable versions of the game over the last thirteen(!) years that this series has been going. That's a lot of entries for any series, and the saturation has been more than notic...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"You have the magic!" 0

Dodododododododododo.....This review is also posted at my game writing portfolio, Visual Memory Unit. Would you kindly pay a visit?Sometimes it's hard to imagine that pinball machines used to be pretty well everywhere. My town had a couple arcades littered with them. I even remember some restaurants with a machine or two to play around with while you waited for a table. But now, in these joyless, pinball-less times we live in, less fanatical enthusiasts must usually turn to virtual pinball with ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Still Got The Midi-chlorians 0

      Get ready to maim, chop, and build the galaxy to safety in yet another solid LEGO Star Wars entry. TT Games has the formula for LEGO-themed adventure games pretty well down pat by now – and if you've been following this series for any length of time, you probably know what to expect, too. The good news is that, despite being based on more modern and tepid Clone Wars material, LEGO Star Wars III is pretty good. There's plenty of solid platforming and lightsaber-waving to last you through to...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Heroic Effort 0

 Match some jewels and protect your fellow man in the excellent Puzzle Quest 2.   If you have never looked into D3's Puzzle Quest franchise, picture a role-playing game with character classes, quests, loot, economy, a classic fantasy setting, and so on. Fuse that with a combat system akin to PopCap's casual game mecca Bejeweled, and you have the basic structure of this strange and fresh series. Puzzle Quest 2 is addictive, rewarding, and a huge improvement over its forebear. By re...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Just Short of Epic 0

   DeathSpank's his name, and he's not going to take any guff in his first game (unless it's from a belligerent quest giver, of course). DeathSpank is a lot of things; defender of the downtrodden, saviour to orphans, and taco deliveryman, among other things. The titular hero of Ron Gilbert's latest brainchild is as ludicrous as he is powerful, and you'll be slashing and shooting your way through hundreds of mobs in this Diablo-style quest. Like Blizzard's legendary series, DeathSpank gets it...

15 out of 16 found this review helpful.

Episodic Research 0

   Don't let the denizens of Scoggins fool you too much; something fishy is definitely going on in Puzzle Agent. Telltale Games is ready to show Japanese developer Level 5 just how much they love them with Puzzle Agent, an original 'pilot episode' of what may some day be a full episodic series. The company's latest is a clever, stylish, and satisfying ride. It's certainly not without its share of logic and technical quirks, and a very brief run time takes away from the package. That shouldn't...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Key of Imagination 0

 Sam and Max make some great nods to The Twilight Zone in The Penal Zone, the first entry in their third episodic series. The Devil's Playhouse is the title of Sam and Max's third season of episodic games from Telltale, and if The Penal Zone is any indication, it could be the best yet. With a focus on B-movie tropes and Twilight Zone styled plot lines, the classic adventure game duo bring with them yet another extremely well-written game. And this time, with an array of helpful improvements ...

11 out of 12 found this review helpful.

A Limited Genesis 0

   9-Volt is back in WarioWare DIY, but not even a healthy dash of retro nostalgia can save it. Variety is the lifeblood of Nintendo's treasured WarioWare series. With hundreds of games lasting about five seconds a piece (or less), a vast array of different visuals, controls, sounds, and styles is a must to maintain interest. WarioWare DIY theoretically takes the series a step further by allowing users to create their very own 'microgames.' Sadly, this is one of those ideas that is better on ...

8 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Resident Evil's Greatest Hits 0

   The new South American setting is just one of three chapters you'll play through in Darkside Chronicles. Darkside Chronicles is another on-rails shooter in Resident Evil's skin for the Wii, and although I was admittedly pretty wary of the game, I rather enjoyed it. It is basically your typical game of this type, with a few unique flourishes and camera problems. It's not a particularly mind-blowing game, but that doesn't matter much. If you've enjoyed other games like this before and you've...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Glorious Past Reborn 0

Explore the town of Torchlight and the sinister underbelly in one of the best games of 2009.   Just because a game doesn't do much that's new, doesn't mean it can't be one of the year's best. Torchlight is a perfect example of this. Developed by the ex-Diablo designers at Runic Games, this is a classically shaped dungeon crawl through and through, with monsters to kill, loot to collect, and hours of your life to be lost. But with a ton of brilliant refinements to a standard formula, Torchlight ...

13 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Togetherness In Question 0

 New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a return to the series' roots, but the newfangled co-op features bring some baggage to this solid entry.  New Super Mario Bros. Wii is, in many ways, a classic platforming experience. It's also a sometimes alienating, maddening game. How you reconsile the two halves is up to you. Personally I found this modern, co-op enabled take on the 2D Mario template to be quite fun; it's a colourful, challenging, and nostalgic game, filled with lots of old tricks and a few new...

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Hooah 0

Modern Warfare 2 is here, and with fantastic single and multiplayer modes to dig into, it won't be going anywhere for a long, long time. I'm not what you'd call a diehard shooter fan, but even I was surprised when I recently realized that Call of Duty 4 is two years old. While most games have been long since forgotten after their release, everyone around me was still playing, going for a prestige, trying different weapon combinations, and memorizing the maps online. So it may not come as a surp...

55 out of 64 found this review helpful.

Pew Pew Pew 0

 "Roleplaying Shooter" is the moniker Gearbox Software came up with for their new game, Borderlands. It pretty much says it all. Take the fast-paced, twitch gameplay of a modern shooter and combine it with levelling, skill points, co-operative play, and thousands upon thousands of guns. If that sounds like it would make an excellent game, it does. There's a definite addictive quality to Borderlands' well-paced questing and good looks, and people who have any interest whatsoever in this synthesis...

25 out of 25 found this review helpful.

Conflicted Emotions 0

     I have extreme emotional conflict when discussing Machinarium, an independently-developed adventure game for PC, Mac, and Linux. If I were judging it solely from a presentation standpoint, I would call it one of the best games this year and be done with it. The game's striking, hand-drawn art style and positively sublime soundtrack dazzle the senses, and it's impossible not to get sucked into the strange, wonderful world that Amanita Design has created. From a game design standpoint, thou...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Payback's A Bitch 0

 Nathan Drake is back again in Among Thieves, one of the most exciting, polished, and engaging adventure games to come along in ages.   I played through and enjoyed the first Uncharted, much like many other people, but I certainly wouldn't have trouble coming up with a laundry list of faults about it. With this in mind, I approached Uncharted 2 with a hint of skepticism; I was fairly sure it would be good, but there's no way it could meet the hype associated with it. I was wrong. This is not on...

34 out of 34 found this review helpful.

A True Gentleman Would Love This Game 0

 Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box takes just about everything the first game did well, and does it better. Level-5 has added a more pronounced storyline, more voice acting, more cutscenes and a few interesting mini games to boot. It's hard to ask for much more in a sequel, and indeed, fans of Professor Layton will find little reason not to play this game. Some of the puzzles fall flat, and the increased emphasis on plot can be a little dubious at times, but Diabolical Box is a great DS ga...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

State of Emergency 0

A lot like a summer film, Bionic Commando doesn't pull off all the things you might expect it to, but it does enough to keep you entertained for a few hours and presents itself well while it's at it. It won't be the best game you'll play all year, but a few neat gimmicks and a good presentation make it a great game to burn through in your off-time. It's not quite good enough to pay full price for, but a rental will give you all the time you need to experience this brief action game.Boss encounte...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Audio Review Included Within! 0

Note: Through the magic of 3G and AudioBoo.fm, I've prepared a small “micro-podcast” where I talk very briefly about Punch-Out. If you don't feel like reading the entire text review, just use the player below (or failing that, this link). Enjoy!  Listen! Memorize King Hippo's attack patterns, and he'll be down in no time.Although I didn't actually play the original Punch-Out until just a few years ago, I can see why people can become so nostalgic for it. It's a great game, humorous in its style ...

20 out of 21 found this review helpful.

Genesis Of A Lunge Attack 0

Wolverine's appearance takes a beating in Origins, but dying is a pretty rare occurance.Hot on the heels of the new Wolverine summer action flick comes the video-game tie in. Pleasantly, it's actually pretty good. Raven Software clearly has respect for the X-Men franchise, and it shows throughout this game's stylish hyper-violent combat and great looks. Lunging hundreds of feet through the air and shredding up all sorts of enemies with the eponymous hero's trademark claws and snarls feels just a...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A Ravenous Distraction 0

Picking what plants to bring with you into a level is full of conundrums.Plants vs Zombies is the latest in a long line of highly addictive casual games by PopCap games, and it may be their best yet. It's certainly their most refined game design to date, with a more player-controlled, skill-oriented game that's rarely prone to simple turns of luck or fate. It's also the most striking of their games visually, offering a colourful and very well-animated game that will run on just about any PC or M...

22 out of 23 found this review helpful.

A Familiar But Excellent Experience. 0

Chris Redfield is back, and he's ready to get to the bottom of a new outbreak in Africa.I spent a lot of time thinking about Resident Evil 5 before its release. Its predecessor is one of my favourite games of all-time, and with such an incredibly high standard, I was very sceptical to play the newest entry. However, you may find yourself surprised by just how good it really is. The first thing you’ll notice about the game, aside from its breathtaking visuals, is that its gameplay is antiquated. ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Everybody Wins When The Rhythm Is Right! 0

Last summer I imported Rhythm Tengoku, a music game from the creators of WarioWare. I rather enjoyed it, but if there was one thing I thought about the game, it was this: It would never make it to North America. The time may have passed on the original, but the DS sequel has made it around the world under the name Rhythm Heaven. Not only did it make it across the globe, it’s also a far superior game than the GBA original, offering deeper rhythm mechanics, better songs, and tons of unlockables an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Patience Pays Off 0

My emotions conflicted greatly during my playing of Mirror’s Edge on account of its frustrating dichotomy. On one hand, you have an excellent climbing and running action game played entirely in the first person, and it does a fantastic job of putting you into the shoes of lead character Faith, who is a “runner” tasked with delivering illegal packages by parkouring all over an oppressively white-washed city. On the other hand is a lot of combat, which is fairly poorly executed and oftentimes need...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Frank West's Out-of-Tune Aria 0

Look, I know you’re supposed to go into a game (especially if you want to review it later) with as open a mind as possible, but one question continually popped into my head right from the very second Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop began. Who asked for a port of Dead Rising in the first place? Don’t get me wrong, the 360 original (released about two and a half years ago) was great. It was not, however, all that memorable. Unfortunately, Chop Till You Drop makes the game more memorable for the ab...

5 out of 8 found this review helpful.

All Hail The Space Squirrel 0

I’ve played Noby Noby Boy for hours, and I’ve earned over half of its twelve trophies. I still feel as though I’m missing something. However, attempting to understand this game – as futile as it is and always will be – is one of its greatest pleasures. It’s impossible to fully describe this game in words alone, so I’ll keep this brief, and preface the rest of this review by saying that if you own a Playstation 3 and you connect it to the internet, this five dollar game belongs on your hard drive...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fear Worth Inducing 0

I haven’t played much of the original F.E.A.R. since it first came out over three years ago, but when the sequel was announced, I was excited. I liked the idea of a cutting-edge shooter combined with Japanese horror from the original game, and wanted to see what Monolith (who also make the Condemned games) would do with the franchise next. F.E.A.R. 2 isn’t nearly as cutting-edge as the original was, but it doesn’t have to be, because its solid story, sweet weapons, and the variety of levels make...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

B-Movie Greatness 0

Five years ago, I would have told you that the last thing the world needs are more light-gun shooters. I mean, what arcade didn’t have at least two House of the Dead or Time Crisis machines, with their weird, often grimey and orange-coloured plastic guns holstered on the front of the arcade cabinet? I guess it just goes to show you that what was once popular will eventually be relevant again. House of the Dead: Overkill takes the light-gun experience and beautifully transitions it to the Wii wit...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Best iPhone App? 0

Rolando is, without a doubt, one of the best games you can get for the iPhone to date. In fact, it is better than a lot of games coming out for dedicated handhelds like the DS or PSP, and it's selling for a fraction of the price; only 9.99 on the App Store. For that money, you get a sizeable game that makes use of just about every special feature the phone has, all in visually attractive packaging. If you're looking for a great adventure game or even just an app that shows off all different face...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

No Meaningful Connections 0

The original Mercenaries was one of my favourite games of the last generation. There wasn’t a huge amount of press for the game, or a lot of hype, and it was refreshing; to see an excellent, free-roaming game that wasn’t trying to tie itself into Grand Theft Auto just doing it’s thing. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is the sequel, a game I was admittedly really looking forward to. Unfortunately, it’s just not as endearing as the original. Nowhere close, really. It’s a game that’s full of promise...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This Is Da Remix 0

Pain is not a game that you spent hours and hours perfecting your skill on, nor is does it have a plot, endearing characters, or a final boss. However, Pain is a pretty good game regardless of all that stuff, because it takes one concept – causing massive carnage – and executes it very well. You’ll be using a cartoon-like elastic catapult to launch humans into a world of hurt, and that’s about all you’ll be doing. Really, Pain is more of like a sandbox toy than a full ahead game. If you’re in th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Perfect Arcade Title; Clever and Memorable 0

Tim made a mistake in Jonathon Blow's Braid, and as you'll learn, it may not be easy to correct it. There are a lot of people online debating over whether or not Braid – the newly-released Xbox Live Arcade game by Jonathan Blow – is art or not. Upon completion of the game, however, it’s hard to imagine anybody not seeing the game in an artistic light. Although calling it a gorgeous-looking game about solving very clever puzzles would warrant most to give it a look, Braid is a bigger picture t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Enjoyable, but comes up short 0

Rhythm Tengoku was released in 2006 in Japan - and is only in Japanese - but the Wario Ware like notion of following your senses instead of just sitting and reading text explanations encouraged me to import it from Play-Asia.com. I'm glad I did, too, because this is certainly a rhythm game worth playing. Basically, the game puts you in roughly fifty different scenarios. Maybe you're a martial artist punching things out of the air, or perhaps you're a mouse running and hiding from a cat with his...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Traditional Fantasy Yarn 0

Blue Dragon essentially has one aspiration; to be a collage of classic RPGs to make the most traditional role-playing yarn in existence; and that’ll sound like your dream come true or your worst nightmare, depending on what games you like to play. If you’re in the market for a game where teenaged anime caricatures fight generic evil, gain experience, and earn new skills, all the while learning something about themselves, then boy is this a game for you. If you’re looking for something new, you c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Solid Entry All-Around 0

Trials and Tribulations, the latest game in the Phoenix Wright series for the DS, is exactly what fans would expect to get. A new set of cases to solve, with you – Phoenix Wright – as the defence lawyer in a court of law. Ridiculous and endearing characters with weird quirks. Sticking it to the criminals by presenting devastating evidence and causing uproars in court, and doing a little detective sleuthing in between. What you remember doing before is back again with little changed. The same cha...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.