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Good luck, have fun, race for the podium. 1

I want to start this off by saying I'm no gear head. I don't go around looking at cars, asking about gearing ratios or turbos, "what kind of shoes does your car have on" or even "what kind of engine you got in there?" Instead, I enjoy racing games because the let me pretend to drive cars I would never get a chance to own, really fast and occasionally say "vroom vroom" to myself. So, going into Need for Speed: SHIFT, I knew I was going to generally be out of my element. The most fun I've had with...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star... How I wonder what you are. 1

 With the first Dead Space, Visceral Games (formerly EA Redwood Shores) had finally found something they were good at. These developers of The Simpsons Game and The Godfather: The Game had luke warm reception of their first games, but nailed it with a horror themed, isolationist third person title set inside the massive USG Ishimura. While Dead Space: Extraction remains in the horror genre, it takes a decidedly different approach and sets you along what the publisher defines as a "guided experie...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Shadow Complex Review 0

Jason Flemming: he is no one, and he his everyone. He is also your main character in Shadow Complex, the last title in the Summer of Arcade line of games for 2009. Created by Chair Entertainment (part of Epic Games and of Undertow fame), Shadow Complex actually takes place within the Empire universe made famous by Orson Scott Card... although there's little here that makes that apparent.  After a brief "Look at all the stuff you'll be able to do later!" segment, the real game kicks off while yo...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Sam & Max: Save the World Review 1

True adventure games, for a time, were all the rage and dominated the gaming landscape. The evolution went something like all text based (Infocom), to text and graphics (Sierra On-Line), to point and click (LucasArts), then they practically fell off the face of the earth when First Person Shooters blazed onto the scene. With the emergence of consoles, there have been plenty of adventure games created which use different ways to tell the story and trying to blaze new paths. These often put of an ...

2 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 1

Magic the Gathering has been around for over 15 years now and has seen it's fair share of expansions, tournaments, rule changes and shoddy video games. Sure, you can take to the PC and play Magic Online, but really... who wants to spend real cash to get virtual booster packs? Not this guy. Enter the latest video take on the super popular collectible card game. Titled Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers, Stainless Games has tried to give every type of Magic player (newcomer to veteran...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Rocket Riot Review 2

Now now, before you immediately say "Oh great, ANOTHER dual stick shooter on Xbox Live Arcade", hear me out. Rocket Riot puts robots, pirates, zombies and ninjas in the same game, lets them all fly around with jet packs, and gives them all rocket launchers to blow stuff up with. Review over. Still not convinced? Ok, let me explain a bit. The premise behind Rocket Riot is about as silly as its pseudo retro art style. A bad pirate named Blockbeard has escaped and stolen everyone's legs. Scientist...

8 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review 0

'The Boy Who Lived' has started his sixth year at Hogwarts Academy for Witchcraft and Wizardry, and such Electronic Arts has brought this latest endeavor to the small screen on every current platform. Ringing in the new school year with classes, perils, and hormones, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to stop Voldemort once again. Unless you know who Albus Dumbledore and Hermione Granger are, as well as key plot points from the previous movies or books, you should probably steer clear of this game...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Braid Review 0

Tim has lost his Princess and you've got to help him find her. There's not much to say about Braid without giving away some spoilers, but here we go with a concise attempt. Braid at its core is a puzzle game based within a platformer ala Super Mario Brothers. Its general controls are very familiar... you can run, jump on an enemy's head to knock them away, and reach an end point to the level with relative ease. The real test comes within acquiring the 60 puzzle pieces located throughout the gam...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom 0

Chances are that you've played Mahjong at some point, so the concept should be familiar to most. However, if you're one of those that just doesn't play puzzle games here's a quick overview. Mahjong is a tile based puzzle game where you are given a set of tiles on a single board and tasked with clearing them off by matching two pieces together. Most tiles will only match with their twin, however there are two types of tiles that clear because they are both types of flowers or seasons. Its an effe...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Cuboid Review 0

Have you ever wanted to play a game where the protagonist a rectangular shaped block? How about one where you can only move by walking a block around a level on each of its faces? If this sounds appealing to you, then Cuboid is the game for you. Wait, it doesn't sound that great? So why the heck am I so addicted to this game? Cuboid is a pure puzzle game where you do exactly what I just mentioned. The objective is to take your rectangle block, and walk him towards the goal without falling off t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Magic Ball Review 0

Its hard not to get a bit nostalgic when playing Magic Ball. The basic gameplay hearkens back to Breakout for the Atari, then Arkanoid in the arcades (and on Nintendo). It is effectively the next iteration in that formula. You take control of a paddle at the bottom of the screen and bounce a ball at wall full of stuff to destroy. If you miss the ball on its way down with your paddle, you lose a life. Lose them all and its game over. The primary addition here though is that instead of just bustin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Defense Grid Review 0

Despite being around for quite some time (1990's Rampart was probably the first example), there really aren't too many retail titles in the Tower Defense (TD) strategy niche of gaming. Instead, independent developers have released free mods for existing titles and Flash games to fill the void. Recently though PixelJunk Monsters and Ninjatown have stormed the scene and acquired many a rabid fan, making the viability of a retail TD style game plausible. Now, Hidden Path's newest PC offering titled...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Neopets Puzzle Adventure Review 0

Neopets Puzzle Adventure is what you get when you take the board game Reversi (Othello), combine it with a popular Nickelodeon license, and sprinkle in some lightweight RPG elements. While it is clear this game is marketed to a younger crowd, there are things that should make any fan of puzzle games give it a look. When the game first boots up, you are asked to create your character by choosing from a list of twelve Neopets. You can change it's color and name but generally there's no difference...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Savage Moon Review 0

Its pretty clear by now that in the future, we'll have used up all of Earth's resources at some point and if science fiction has taught us anything, it's that space has a plethora of awesome reserves that we can exploit for fun and profit. Of course, along with the limitless caches found in the outer reaches comes the biggest threat to humanity: ALIENS! In Savage Moon, those aliens take the form of arachnid styled bugs called Insectocytes. These guys just don't want you touching their stuff and...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Flower Review 0

The PlayStation Network is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about owning a PS3. No, it's not because you can play multiplayer titles for free across it, but instead there's this little outlet called the PlayStation Store that is becoming chock full of games that are creative, entertaining, and buck the status quo by taking chances outside the typical spectrum. For some reason developers feel like they are able to take more risks with PSN titles than on Xbox Live Arcade, and we are bett...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Street Fighter IV Review 1

Let me first start out by saying that I have not been the most loyal Street Fighter fan. The only versions of the game that I played with any sort of religiosity were the Super Nintendo versions of Street Fighter II. This includes Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting and Super Street Fighter II. Those were released about 15 years ago, and while I can remember playing them every day after school or during the summer against the same few opponents, seperation between versions...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Zeno Clash Review 1

Ghat has a problem. He is in the very unique situation of having committed both matricide, and patricide, by killing one person. This forces him to take flight in a prehistorically fever-dream of a landscape, along with a scantily clad antlered woman, Deadra, from several of his brothers and sisters who seek his head. The story in Zeno Clash is told by jumping between present day and a series of flashbacks, leading up to the murder of Father-Mother. Built upon the famed Source engine by Valve, ...

11 out of 11 found this review helpful.