Game Reviews

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

The idea of pulling together a crew of specially gifted champions and having them face off against seemingly insurmountable odds is no new concept. Nowadays Hollywood has an action flick of that sort at the Cineplex pretty much every weekend. But moviemakers will have to really stoke the creative boiler if they hope to build up the same kind of nutty steam power asgamemaker Intelligent System’s latest take on the idea.Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. creates an alternate steampunk reality that plays out as if on the pages of a kid’s comic book. With bright colors, “bam-whoosh” sound effects that you hear and see printed out, and graphic novel style galore, the game introduces us to a post-Civil War world populated by characters plucked from the pages of literary classics. It’s a heroic cast that includes such recognizable names as Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer; the steel-driving John Henry; and even Dorothy, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. You may [...]

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By NPR The pink ‘n’ bouncy hero known as Kirby is back. But this time he’s facing new challenges … and he’ll need the help of a new partner. In his last game, Kirby: Triple Deluxe (for the 3DS), the cute little ball hero from Dream Land lived up to his name and used plenty of sucking power to swallow up baddies and gain their special abilities. For this contest, though, he’s left his vacuuming skills in the broom closet. Instead, he’s out to make the most of the Wii U’s touchscreen and stylus to solve his platforming puzzles. Color Me Colorless So what’s happening in Dream Land now? Well, it seems a mysterious hole has opened up in the sky above Kirby’s colorful, Claymation-like world, and it soon starts draining the tints and hues from everything. Then Elline, a paintbrush fairy from the land of Seventopia, comes popping through the hole too. We learn from her that the magician-like Claycia is using evil magic to drain the [...]

Resident Evil: Revelations 2

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Saturday, April 4, 2015 MPAA RATING esrbm GENRE Horror/Suspense, Action/Adventure, Combat, Shooter PLATFORM Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC PUBLISHER Capcom RELEASED March 18, 2015 REVIEWER Bob Hoose with Kevin Simpson Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Dark, decaying passageways. Limited resources and defenses. Terrorizing monsters hidden just out of view. These are the typical building blocks of a survival horror game. And it’s the kind of jump/scare stuff that’s been a part of the Resident Evil series of games for almost 20 years now. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 follows on the heels of the first Resident Evil: Revelations and takes place somewhere between the action of Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. But it doesn’t really matter if you’re current on this undead canon or not. All you need to know is that in this digital world there’s a sinister force that desires to create slavering zombie-like Bio Organic Weapons out of living, [...]

Super Smash Bros.

March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Bob Hoose OK, so you want a rock-’em, sock-’em combat game but would rather avoid ripping out digital spleens and splashing the scenery with a crimson tide? Well, the gamemakers at Nintendo have dreamed up an option. And, hey, it even comes packing Pac-Man! Super Smash Bros. is one of those quirky Nintendo variants where tons of distinctly dissimilar characters from, oh, some 30-plus years of games are all dumped into a single roster. In fact, if you’ve ever played and loved any Nintendo game in your life, you’ll likely find something about it referenced here. There are 49 different male and female characters ready to jump and bop around, in fact. There are the expected ones, you know, like Mario, Bowser and Princess Peach. But also more obscure avatars like Pikmin’s Olimar, Captain Falcon, the Duck Hunt dog, and even a workout gear-clad Wii Fit trainer. Each character has his or her or its own set of strikes, kicks, flips and blocks, and even some [...]

Far Cry 4

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Game Reviews Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MPAA Rating esrbm Genre Shooter, Action/Adventure PLATFORM Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC PUBLISHER Ubisoft RELEASED November 18, 2014 Reviewer Bob Hoose Far Cry 4 Far Cry 4 takes place in a fictional Himalayan country called Kyrat—a land of mythical spirituality, maslach pushers and Molotov cocktails. As a young American named Ajay Ghale, you arrive in this exotic-looking mountainous and thickly wooded land with an urn of ashes in hand. Ajay’s mother’s dying wish was that her son would return to their homeland to scatter her ashes at a special shrine. Of course, things aren’t going to be as simple as all that. No sooner does Ajay arrive in the country than his bus is riddled with gunfire and he’s snatched up by scene-chewing potentate Pagan Min, a guy with a taste for dire dramatics and a habit of butchering anyone who doesn’t please him. But before the flouncing madman can [...]

Sunset Overdrive

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Game Reviews Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MPAA Rating esrbm Genre Shooter, Combat, Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense PLATFORM Xbox One PUBLISHER Microsoft Game Studios RELEASED October 28, 2014 Reviewer Bob Hoose Share this Sunset Overdrive What would you do if all your friends were turned into slavering, gnarly mutants? If you answered, “Well, most of them already are,” then I can’t help you here. But if you said, “I’d run for the hills while fighting for my life with every makeshift weapon I could lay my hands on,” well, then you’re ready to read this review of Sunset Overdrive. Trying Not to OD on the Delirious Details The game’s apocalyptic tale takes place in the near future when a greedy corporation called FizzCo releases its newest big-buzz energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, at an exclusive event in Sunset City. The only problem is that the drinkmakers skipped a few product testing steps and health regulations [...]

Destiny Game Review

November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

 by Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MPAA Rating esrbt Genre Shooter, Combat, Action/Adventure PLATFORM Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 PUBLISHER Activision RELEASED September 9, 2014 Reviewer Bob Hoose by   When the creators of the gigantically popular Halo franchise and the publisher of the equally mega-sized Call of Duty series get together, you can reasonably expect that something big might come of their efforts. It’s that logic that’s made this space shooter Destiny one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. In fact, in spite of some rather mixed reviews, it shot out of the gate with an enormous first week—selling a whopping 2.4 million copies while also upping the sales numbers for both of the latest-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles by something close to 250%. Shaping the Story and Art of War The game’s storyline takes place some 700 years in the future, after mankind has discovered that a gigantic, [...]

Just Dance 2015 Game Review

November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

   by Watch Listen Just Dance 2015 | Game Review | Plugged In Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MPAA Rating esrbe10 Genre Rhythm/Music PLATFORM Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 PUBLISHER Ubisoft RELEASED October 21, 2014 Reviewer Bob Hoose   When the Just Dance series first wiggled its video game derriere and shook its colorful mop of movement-tracking hair to a cadre of hip tunes back in 2009, some may have thought this dance-along thing would be a short-lived craze. Crazy, right? We’re up to six games now and it doesn’t look like the top-selling brand of sashay play will be hanging up its boogie boots anytime soon. Simply watch the colorful, silhouette-like dancing figures onscreen and do your best to copy their moves as the tunes play on. That was Just Dance then, and it’s still Just Dance now. Whether you’re waving a Wii-mote, a PlayStation Move controller, or being closely watched by a Kinect system or PS4 [...]

Civilization Beyond Earth Game Review

November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

by Watch Listen Civilization: Beyond Earth | Game Review | Plugged In  Wednesday, November 12, 2014   MPAA Rating Civilization: Beyond Earth | Game Review | Plugged In  Wednesday, November 12, 2014   MPAA Rating esrbe10 Genre Strategy PLATFORM PC PUBLISHER 2K Games RELEASED October 24, 2014 Reviewer Bob Hoose Mankind has really messed things up this time. Was it war, global warming, overcrowding or some debilitating disease? Clues suggest it was some combination of all of those things. But the past is the past! Now it’s time to smarten up, single out those souls who are truly the best of the best and, well, escape a failed civilization in search of new planetary living arrangements. It’s time for Sid Meier’s latest adventure, Civilization: Beyond Earth. A Study in Civs: Yesterday and Tomorrow Over the last two decades of the Civilization game series there have been five major editions, along with dozens of expansion packs and periphery [...]