Zombie. Ninja. Cyborg. When coming up with the concept for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, it seems like the development team over at Tecmo Koei were just reaching for whatever pop culture trends they could find and merged them together to create their new hack and slash. This spin-off of the unforgiving, but rewarding, Ninja Gaiden series features a new hero, new look, and drastically different gameplay, but it forgot to include the one thing the previous Ninja Gaiden games had: fun.
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Tanglers Blitz is a free-to-play app that is filled with colorful aliens that need to be collected by the touch of your fingers. It's a supremely easy game to master, and within seconds you'll understand the game's entire universe. Predictability can work its magic with certain titles, and with Tanglers Blitz a little bit can really go a long way.
The second of four planned add-ons for Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3, Fallen Angel takes us on a journey with Angel, a member of the resistance struggling to fend of the military and zombies. While her story is quite different from previous DLC protagonist Adam Kane's, it's still just more of the same.
Every year there’s a number of card games that come out, with each one determined to make a mark. Kahuna has risen up in the ranks as a card game, but the iPhone/iPad version still needs a bit of work done in the technical department in order to let players enjoy the application.
Hot Wheels World's Best Driver initially won me with one risky decision. Originally a console game, its journey to iOS can be only enjoyed by iPad users, so cutting the mobile market is a huge risk for the franchise. With Chillingo, this racer should easily cross the finish line with flying colors. That being said, the need for speed and a dependable brand name doesn't always guarantee a smooth ride.
The dragon riding rail shooter has returned! At the helm of Crimson Dragon is Yukio Futatsugi, who was the director of the first three Panzer Dragoon titles. Alongside Panzer series composer Saori Kobayashi, Crimson Dragon has taken up the dragon rider's mantle which hasn't been occupied since Panzer Dragoon Orta was released in 2002. It looks like Sega has wanted to leave the series alone, but an oppressive industry hasn't stopped rambunctious, dragon riding heroes from rebelling, right?
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is the portable sequel to Batman: Arkham Origins. Both games were released at the same time, so anyone who picks up Blackgate before playing Origins is in for a few spoilers, since it takes place three months after the events of console version. It turns out that Blackgate prison has been taken over by the inmates and is sectioned off by the Joker, Black Mask and the Penguin. Each villain controls a section of the prison and must be stopped before the situation turns into something more than an uprising.
Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle is the sequel to the classic Runaway: A Road Adventure. While I only got to play the hidden puzzle game-styled re-imagining of the original Runaway: A Road Adventure, called Hidden Runaway, I was at least familiar with the story and how Brian and Gina came to be a couple. In The Dream of the Turtle, they go out for some island-hopping fun, only to wind up on another crazy adventure.
CSR Classics is the followup to CSR Racing. Take CSR's format of drag racing, throw in a bunch of classic, American muscle cars, and watch the horsepower and torque go through the roof. You will have to manually shift your car from first gear to first place as you put the pedal to the metal (at first). So let's see if this CSR title goes off like a speeding Bullitt or if it just Tokyo Drifts.
The finest racing games are driven by their adrenaline fueled nature, and now that visual sophistication has matched the genre's fever pitch, players should expect top of the line releases on any system. Real Racing 3 is proof that iOS aficionados can also feel the need for speed, and the new Codemasters release F1 Challenge is attempting to capture similar magic.