Street Fighter IV combines old and new in powerful ways, resulting in a game familiar enough to bring retired fans back into the fold while being different enough to appeal to the players who have stuck with the genre since day one.
To a certain extent it's still just more Boom Blox, but Bash Party refines and builds on what was already a winning formula.
Who knew that blowing apart buildings, bridges, and other Martian structures could be so satisfying?
The range of absurdly destructive combat powers stops just short of the kitchen sink in this wild open-world superhero game from Radical Entertainment.
Rock Band miniaturizes onto the PSP better than you might think, though Unplugged is brought down by technical issues and an overly familiar track listing.
Rocket Riot is immensely charming with some light-hearted gameplay behind it that makes for some exciting multiplayer battles.
In its quest to serve up as much Ghostbusters fan service as possible, Terminal Reality delivers a game that's brimming with homage, but one that's not as funny or fun as you might hope.
This endearing DS platformer is sickeningly cute but a little too light on challenge and complexity.
Sam & Max Save the World is easily the funniest game on the Xbox 360.
Between its legendary roster and authentic gameplay, Fight Night Round 4 is a great homage to the sport of boxing.
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits is better than it sounds, but it'd probably be even better as a collection of downloadable tracks for Guitar Hero: World Tour.
The Conduit checks most of the boxes on a first-person shooter features list, but it comes together in a very bland way.
This decent movie tie-in has competent combat starring the robots in disguise--but fails to do a whole lot with it.
Telltale delivers a breezy pirate adventure with its first episode, easing into the fiction while still honoring the Monkey Island name.
The physics-based action in this puzzle-oriented platformer from FrozenByte is inventive, satisfying, and visually stunning.
EA skillfully fleshes out the formula for The Sims with its latest iteration, bringing it closer to an actual game than the PC series has been, without diminishing what makes it so broadly appealing in the first place.
While it lacks the "Bible-as-a-weapon" innovation found in the previous game, this prequel tale merges adequate gameplay with a plot good enough to keep you focused.
Despite some frustrating early network issues, this lean, mean sequel to the grandaddy of all Battlefield games still has it where it counts.
While there's certainly substance to Arc's 2D fighter, you have to dig through so many layers of loud music and flashy visuals that the whole experience becomes a bit exhausting.
Nearly twenty years later, the humor and the puzzles of this seminal LucasArts adventure game still hold up, and the new production values help it feel fresh again.
Wii Sports Resort is more--much more--of what made you fall in love with the Wii in the first place.
Shatter's a solid download that offers a terrific sense of style while also bringing you a really good update of the old Breakout/Arkanoid formula.
Let me be clear: this game might contain too much crazy to be any fun for players who aren't already into it.
This loony, breakneck, tough-as-nails 2D platformer is a great way to kick off the Summer of Arcade and totally worth your $10.
The core fighting in King of Fighters XII is really sharp, but everything surrounding it is a little disappointing.
Adding an alien invasion to the bleak, post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 3 is conceptually quite pleasing, though Mothership Zeta suffers from its narrow path, and it leans more on combat and less on character than it should.
This remade version of the Turtles' second arcade beat-'em-up is technically competent but not particularly exciting.
The madcap cartoon warfare in this team-based online game is a lot of fun, provided your team knows how to work together.
It's really hard to imagine anyone having anything that even resembles a good time while playing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Shadow Complex is amazing from start to finish... and after you finish it, you'll probably feel like diving right back in for another run.
It's not going to blow your mind with new, never-before-seen features or anything like that, but Wolfenstein is well-designed and engaging from start to finish.
Dr. Layton's second case leans heavily on the first game's formula, which means it's just as full of charming mystery and head-scratching puzzles.
Arkham Asylum is a very nasty place, but Rocksteady gives you enough tools to make foiling the Joker's latest plot thrilling from start to finish.
Neversoft delivers a bubbly, slick-looking Guitar Hero game that benefits from big production values and a more accessible feel, and suffers from some questionable choices and a track list that lacks cohesion.
A loving tribute to one of the most influential pop groups of the 20th century with an abundance of catchy, recognizable songs to make up for the gameplay's relative simplicity.
Section 8 has some cool ideas at its core, but the execution falls flat too often to be wholly recommendable.
Need for Speed: Shift does a lot of the things you'd expect a sim-style racing game to do, but it does so in a passionless way that's really off-putting.
Wet's terrific lead character deserves to be trapped in a better game.
It trades its predecessor's goofy fan-service enthusiasm for something approaching relevance and seriousness, but MUA2 still packs a superhero punch.
If you like the way Bungie makes first-person shooters, you'll enjoy Halo 3: ODST.
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