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.
Developer WayForward does a tremendous job preserving the feel of the Nintendo Entertainment System original, while giving it a 21st century makeover.
Volition is clearly confident with the identity it’s crafted for the Saints Row series and that swagger shows.
Even as part of a video game landscape rife with post-apocalyptic wastelands, Naughty Dog's “The Last of Us” is unrelentingly bleak. Yet within that bleakness, you'll find a deeply moving narrative that stands out as one of gaming's best.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Arkane's "Dishonored's" open-ended gameplay helps make it my favorite game from 2012.