After the success of the first few Call of Duty titles during this current generation, Activision made it a plan and priority to make sure there was a new entry on shelves every year. Infinity Ward and Treyarch took turns developing new entries, alternating releases every other year. For a while, Infinity Ward had the stellar Modern Warfare series anchoring its requisite involvement in the development cycle. This year however, IW started a new series dubbed Call of Duty: Ghosts. As the Modern Warfare trilogy was one of the best sagas in FPS gaming over the last decade, Ghosts had rather large shoes to fill.
Have you always wanted to skateboard, but lack the balance, equipment, and/or manual dexterity? Well, with Illusion Labs' Touchgrind Skate 2, your dreams of becoming a master skater can become a reality! All you need is a couple of dollars, an iOS device, and, most importantly, two fingers.
When crime is rampant and the streets of the city are literally filled with bad guys, who do you want to save the day? According to Xform Games' new endless runner, Super Hammer, you call on The Hammer.
Mario Party! You love it. We love it. Everyone loves it up until the point that someone gets a bonus star for landing on the most green spaces and manages to win a two hour game without ever placing first in a single mini-game. Then we hate it. In fact, those are the two biggest flaws in Mario Party: it’s inherently random nature and incredibly long play time. Combined, they take a simple board game and turn it into a rage fest. Luckily, Nintendo realizes this is a problem and has tried to fix it in their latest Mario Party release, Mario Party Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS.
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a modern day version of the popular Sega Genesis classic, and iOS enthusiasts may initially scoff at its $9.99 price tag. One of tablet and mobile gaming's biggest assets is playing apps completely on the cheap, so the folks at Disney Interactive are already putting themselves in the hole. What if it's not worth the dough? But this is Walt Disney, where doing the impossible is simply another hill to climb.
Killer Instinct is the much awaited revival of a popular old school fighting franchise by Double Helix. Exclusive for the Xbox One, Killer Instinct was the killer (you see what I did there?), app that sold the Xbox One to many fighting gamers. Much of the hardcore fighting game community believes that this might be the next great tournament fighter, and that may be true, but its bare-bones suite of modes may turn much of the casual community off.
In today's politically correct climate, describing a woman as a "chick" may not go over so well in certain circles, but apparently in an iOS world all bets are off. I personally don't see the word as a pejorative, and gamers really shouldn't take offense to this endless runner hybrid. Who doesn't want to save a damsel in distress by jumping from planet to planet?
The superhero-powered fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, has finally made it onto the PlayStation Vita as the content-rich Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition. There are new fighters, new costumes and new challenges to be found within, making for one action-packed portable fighting experience.
Adventure Time! Come on grab your friends and… dungeon crawl. Of all the licensed properties to make a video game out of, you would think that Adventure Time would be one of the best. Seriously, this is an IP set in a world with vampires, demons, people made of candy, a princess made of fire, magic dogs, flying rainbow snake unicorns that speak Korean, and B-Mo! Heck, it’s a world where participating in video game style quests is the norm. How could a video game set in the Adventure Time world be bad? Besides, the first Adventure Time game, “Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!!” was halfway decent, so Adventure Time fans everywhere were waiting eagerly for the franchises newest video game release “Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!” Unfortunately “Explore the Dungeon” fails to deliver on Adventure Time’s promise of adventure.
EA's Madden NFL 25 already released this past August on current generation consoles, but with the launches of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One came the need for a next-gen iteration of the popular football franchise. The last time a Madden launched on both current and next-gen consoles was Madden 06, which was a feature-less mess of an upgrade that lacked polish across the board. Madden NFL 25 doesn't quite herald in the next generation of football, but it is a much more competent debut.