Shovel Knight, if nothing else, is an amazing love letter to the days of gaming’s past.
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Lately, many hardcore gamers have accused Nintendo of being too coddling to its fanbase. "Where have all the challenging games gone?" they demanded. While Nintendo seems content to continue mostly producing games that place accessibility over challenge, they did fire back with a resounding answer: "You want a challenge? Fine. Here's Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze." And what a frosty challenge it is.
I’m of the opinion that The Last of Us was such a perfect game -- such a perfect experience -- that it didn’t warrant a downloadable content episode. Where we had landed with Joel and Ellie at the end of the narrative felt open-ended and ambiguous, sure, but there was also a sense of finality; we’ve seen these two remarkable people to the end of our road with them. So when I heard that Naughty Dog was releasing a single-player, story-based DLC episode, I raised my eyebrow both skeptically and in confusion. Now, after having played through the handful of hours in The Last of Us: Left Behind, I can say that maybe I was wrong in fearing the worst.
For many gamers, Final Fantasy VI was the best entry in the greatest generation of gaming- the Super Nintendo era. With this in mind, Square Enix stepped back in time and retrieved this classic role-playing game and threw some future clothes on it to get it ready for the iOS generation— with surprising results.
Small puzzle games like Cut The Rope 2 challenge the player not just to beat each level, but to achieve the highest score possible. This kind of simple challenge can quickly turn into a monstrous task as you're faced with a number of obstacles preventing you from bringing the tasty sweet treat to Om Nom, along with obtaining enough stars to beat each level. Cut The Rope 2 isn't entirely original in it's layout, but the cute, adorable design, music and game play make this sequel absolutely addicting.
The lord of all racing simulators is back with another edition of their storied franchise that gets gear-head gamers hot under their manifold. Gran Turismo 6 represents the pinnacle of the franchise and it has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor was a gargantuan game beloved by car geeks and racing fans. I had the chance to check under the hood and see if Gran Turismo 6 has enough power and agility to drift its way into gamer's hearts once again.
The moment has finally arrived. Rockstar Games has given us one of the best gifts ever and unleashed Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the iOS App Store. It's going to be a homecoming for some, while others will get to experience the magic of Rockstar Games's first venture into the city of Los Santos and the surrounding areas. Either way, it's going to be a treat.
The Assassin's Creed franchise has occasionally run aground. We spent too much time with our Italian friend and the revolutionary era colonies became a drudgery. While not all that revolutionary, Assassin's Creed 3 did introduce us to something new that slaked our thirst from hours of stale and dry gameplay. The naval battles were so brilliant an addition to the series that Black Flag has embraced it whole heartedly. But, Ubisoft decided to create an entire mobile game taking place at sea. Lets see if Assassin's Creed Pirates deserves all the booty, or if it should be thrown into the brig.
As Gran Turismo 6 is about to come out in just a couple weeks, Microsoft Studios wasn't going to let the Xbox One pull up to the starting line without a console-exclusive racing title.
It's not unusual for games on the App Store to seem like complete clones of popular console games. While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, sometimes games just straight up copy the style of a popular title in the hopes that they'll gain the same sort of success as the source material. And while these carbon copies usually try to ape the original's style, they mostly fall flat. But now Oceanhorn, from FDG Entertainment, has come to the App Store with it's Legend of Zelda-like gameplay and Wind Waker-eque aesthetics. And folks, this adventure in Arcadia is just as good as any Hyrulean journey.