Review: Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate fine-tunes the fighting

In Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, the emphasis is less on babes in skimpy outfits kicking butt and more on creating a top-notch fighter.

By | September 20th, 2013|0 Comments

Review: Ducktales Remastered trades in nostalgia, for better and for worse

Developer WayForward does a tremendous job preserving the feel of the Nintendo Entertainment System original, while giving it a 21st century makeover.

By | August 31st, 2013|0 Comments

Review: Saints Row IV’s ‘Matrix’-like simulation transcends genre

Volition is clearly confident with the identity it’s crafted for the Saints Row series and that swagger shows.

By | August 19th, 2013|3 Comments

Review: Grid 2 stretches itself thin trying to please everybody

Racing games – and by extension racing game fans – tend to fall into distinct two camps. Some players enjoy getting under the hoods of virtual cars, tweaking and tuning their racer to suit their needs. Others will relish zooming along at ludicrous speeds and whipping a ride around a corner with reckless abandon. Codemasters tries to find that sweet spot in between with “Grid 2,” the sequel to 2008’s successful “Grid.”

By | June 20th, 2013|1 Comment

Review: Resident Evil Revelations successfully merges new, old

“Resident Evil: Revelations,” originally released last year for Nintendo’s 3DS, attempted to take the series back to its roots by marrying survival horror elements from the earlier games with the action-oriented gameplay of recent installments. Fans responded positively, and it seemed only fair that console gamers be treated to the same experience, but now with a few layers of polish.

By | June 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Review: Buggy Dead Island Riptide feels like a step backward

Rather than improve upon what worked in “Dead Island,” the studio has apparently spent the past year and a half taking the meat of the first game, porting it over to a new, similar setting and grafting on a handful of new features, at least one of which feels half-broken.

By | May 3rd, 2013|1 Comment

Review: BioShock Infinite a one-of-a-kind tour de force

For players well-versed in modern video games, "BioShock Infinite" is a creative tour de force. But its outstanding story is occasionally undermined by trappings common to first-person shooters.

By | April 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Review: Dead Space 3 a good story, middling game

As an expansion of the fiction of the "Dead Space" universe, filled with markers and ruthlessly fast, killing-machine zombies, "Dead Space 3" succeeds markedly. But it falters in a number of other areas.

By | March 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Get excited, but not too excited, about the PlayStation 4

Some quick thoughts on Sony's PlayStation 4, which was revealed at a media event Wednesday.

By | February 21st, 2013|1 Comment

Dishonored my Game of the Year for 2012

Arkane's "Dishonored's" open-ended gameplay helps make it my favorite game from 2012.

By | February 1st, 2013|0 Comments