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.
Playstation 3 Game Reviews
It's been a few years since our favorite Lombax and his trusty robot sidekick had a proper adventure together, but the dynamic duo made their sixth appearance on the PlayStation 3 this week with Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus. Though not every title featuring Insomniac's space-faring heroes has been memorable, the core Future entries have always stood out as pinnacle's of the developer's prowess. As an epilogue to the Future series, Into the Nexus serves as a fun and exciting way to close out Ratchet's and Clank's adventures on the PS3.
Are you as shocked as I was that someone is still making Pac-Man games? Apparently, Namco still feels there’s a market for the yellow cheese wheel whose best days are behind him. Don’t be fooled by the great old school Pac-Man games that were released on XBLA, PSN, and iOS. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a 3D platforming game complete with voice-overs, plot development, and endlessly collectible items. Consider yourself warned.
The Guided Fate Paradox has come over to North America courtesy of NIS America, the folks responsible for giving us such treats like the Disgaea series and the Etrian Odyssey games. If you're aware of the company and its catalog of games, then chances are that you're a pretty big Japanese role-playing game fan and are very much appreciate of the niche RPGs that NIS America offers. The Guided Fate Paradox goes beyond what other games do and gives you the chance... to become God.
What exactly is the assassin's creed? What's the underlying principle upon which these titular assassins base their actions? That creed has become a bit fuzzy over the several years and seven Assassin's Creed games, but the one creed which has become exceedingly clear is Ubisoft's creed to milk this franchise for every penny they can while still trying to give gamers as much bang for their buck as possible.
Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham games have been celebrated for finally giving gamers the one thing that eluded them for years: a good Batman game. After the success of Arkham City, Rocksteady moved on to other projects, leaving WB Montreal to take up the mantle. Instead of trying to solve the puzzle of where to take the Arkham series next, WB Montreal went back to the beginning. With Batman: Arkham Origins, we get to see a younger, unproven Batman take on many of his famous rogues for the very first time. It might have been a good idea if everything about Origins didn't feel so familiar.
While these days we love to consider video games to be interactive tools of artistic expression, there was a time when games were just toys, and that’s not a bad thing! Toys are important. They help to foster creativity in young developing minds and remind adults what it was like to be a carefree adolescent. There is, perhaps, no video game better at owning its toy-like identity than Skylanders. It’s fairly obvious to all that Skylanders: Swap Force is basically just a vehicle to sell more action figures, and that alone would make it a success, but Activision goes so far above and beyond the call of duty to create a brilliant action game experience that reinforces the things that make toys great. It’s exactly what a toy should be, rewarding creativity in children while providing a sense of nostalgia for adults.
Sure, the Orcs Must Die series was fun and addictive, but it is about time that the orc race finally got their chance to dish out some payback to the human race. Casual Brothers Games has released their debut title, Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion, for orc activists everywhere. It brings about the return of fart jokes in gaming as Orc Attack draws direct inspiration from the likes of Boogerman, Castle Crashers, Dynasty Warriors and Chaos (the farting gorilla from Primal Rage). Does Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion contain the gastrointestinal fortitude to ward off the evil humans? Or is this orc title just filled with a foul stench?
Beyond: Two Souls is a new game from Quantic Dream which tells the story of Jodie Holmes and Aiden, an invisible spirit presence/imaginary friend that has followed Jodie around since she was a girl. Aiden has all the requisite poltergeist style powers. He is able to move things around telekinetically, possess people to take control of them, phase through walls and floors to remotely spy on people, and can choke people to death. He can even see the last few minutes of recently deceased person’s life. Unfortunately, he is always tethered to Jodie and cannot exert his influence outside of a set distance from her, which also means that Jodie is stuck with him whether she likes it or not. Will Aiden be a watchful protector or a malevolent force out to destroy Jodie and all those around her? That’s where you come in.
There's been a recent resurgence in compelling horror games, with most coming from the now-thriving indie gaming scene. Released on the PC last year, Lone Survivor has finally come to the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, and with even more content to boot. Does combining old school survival horror with the intrigue of a David Lynch film make Lone Survivor - Director's Cut a mystery worth solving?