Game Journalism is in a sorry state but recently the issue is that it’s becoming much more blatant though the issue has been long running.
Ever wonder what’s being dumped unto the shelves of video game stores every week? Wonder no more! Karli Winata will attempt to bring to light the many retail releases that come out each week. Won’t you join him in his self torture? Check out what’s coming out on the week of 1/14/2013.
T.C.INKWELL discusses the finer points of why Nintendo needs to keep the “Pocket Monsters” portable in wake of this week’s Pokemon X/Y announcement. 3DS, ahoy!
Non-linear storytelling is all the rage these days, but there are still effective ways to present a linear story. What is it that makes Assassin’s Creed III fall flat, even with its intricate story and massive environments? I think Pokemon can offer some insight.
I’ve never played the board game nor have I ever been a fan of football. Despite both of these things I still felt intrigued by the concept of Cyanide Studios, Blood Bowl. This title is a mix of American football and elements heralding from the Warhammer series. This blend of reality meeting fantasy is done really well and is shown through its gameplay and visuals. While I’m sure the developers’ main goal was to recreate a faithful PC adaption to the board game they also did a wonderful job with the conception.
Assassin’s Creed 3 peaks in areas I least expected, multiplayer, but hits new lows in the spots where it should have excelled, the story. All in all, AC3 is the weakest game in the series since the original game, deriving from what made the series so great with its rich, story-driven gameplay, in favor of exploration and side content that I had little to wish to take part in.
Another year, another twenty-some adventures. Here’s a look at them and a preview of those to come.
When one chainsaw just isn’t enough . . .
The Japanese games industry isn’t all gloom and doom. Recent JRPGs have sported fresh, exciting features worth raving about.
Telltale Games pay tribute to Han Solo and Lando with this slick little easter egg.
Bethesda designed a game that does stealth and action well with Dishonored. Corvo Attano’s choices shape the world around you and create a game worth replaying.
So I bought a Vita two weeks ago, and I love the thing to death. I’ve been having a blast with Rayman Origins, Frobisher Says!, and WipEout 2048 among other games, but really, I bought it for Lumines: Electronic Symphony.
All-Stars is a very similar game to Smash Bros. but it has its own unique twist on the two game’s styled formula that makes for a much enjoyable experience with you and your friends. It is also the perfect game to kill a quick few minutes if you’re on the go with the Vita thanks to the integrated cross play system. If you’re looking for a fun, harmless game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale should be a must buy for your Sony system.
Far Cry 3 is good, but not excellent. Don’t believe the hype.
Madden 13 is a great football game and probably one of the most polished Madden games ever released. Granted that the Infinity engine isn’t always perfect, it’s still a lot better than it is bad. But the problem with Madden 13 is that EA Tiburon was too busy fixing its mistakes from last year’s installment, which left them little time to incorporate any exciting new changes to the game besides the new engine. All in all though, this is finally a Madden game worth getting.
Resistance: Burning Skies isn’t a failure, but the game isn’t really a big success either. The game seems lost in the middle, not sure what to make of itself. The visuals don’t seem as fine tuned as they could be like they’re in Uncharted, the multiplayer doesn’t feel finished, the controls take getting used to, and the single player campaign isn’t as robust as it could have been. But as long as you don’t have any high expectations besides fun going into the game, Burning Skies is the best on the go shooter available the Vita can offer right now.
A Survey of the 2013 Gaming Post-Apocalypse As 2012 comes to a close, it’s time for a look at what’s waiting in 2013!
Assassin’s Creed: Liberation sounded like a good idea on paper, but was hideously handled by the developer in the end. From forced Vita mechanics to some ugly, new gameplay systems such as the personas, the game felt like more of a test run to fumble around with some new ideas for future Assassin’s Creed games. In reality, a simple beta or demo could have saved this game from the disaster that it is.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the best handheld experience I’ve ever had. Though it does have its flaws, most notably the forced Vita mechanics, the ability to choose to avoid the majority of the those methods helped balance out the negatives. I enjoyed every second I had with the game and it was a thrill to once again get to step into Drake’s shoes and go off on another, mind-boggling treasure hunt that I know I won’t soon forget. This game is a must have for any Vita owner!
Famitsu reports the end of production of the Playstation 2.
In January, I made a list of all the games I knew I wanted this year: The ones I was sure would be locks for the top spots in my Game of the Year list. This list was dominated by big-budget sequels like Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Halo 4.
Now in December, I look at my GOTY list, and it looks nothing like the January one. Some early locks scraped by (Borderlands 2), some just barely missed the cut (Halo 4), and one in particular was gravely disappointing (Assassin’s Creed 3).
It was a surprising year, and I couldn’t be happier.
The Line is a psychological twister from beginning to end, with a fun, yet unnecessary multiplier mode tacked on if you’re looking for some more fun once you’ve beaten the campaign.
2012 was yet another fantastic year for video games. But a few titles managed to stand out above the rest that I feel deserve one final shout out before this year’s end and we move on to a fresh restart in 2013.
With a game the size of Elder Scrolls Online, it’s really hard to give one demo, one video, one presentation, to list everything about the game. So what you’ve read in this article are the basics. But I can tell you one thing for sure, all these elements mentioned are going to come together to potentially make the next great online RPG, and from what I’ve seen so far, Zenimax may not be far off.
Right out of the gate, Hot Pursuit is a thrilling experience that delivers an amazing experience on both sides of the law, and an excellent take on control and handling of your car. And in a game that spans from the sandy coastline of the shore, to the arid desert out west, to the snowy mountain peaks to the north, there is no shortage in the variety of races to ever begin to bore you.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit cruises past the checkered flag in record time even after being left to dust on store shelves for over two years, keeping competition in the rear-view mirror.
Today, gamers are putting down violent games out of respect for the victims of the Newtown killings. If you really respect those families, then you should do something that matters.
Yet again, in the wake of another tragedy, videogames find themselves receiving the brunt of the blame. Though, rather than provide reasonable responses, a lot of industry figureheads have resorted to mirroring the ignorant, uninformed statements they find themselves faced with. This is why that’s anything but constructive, and even proves detrimental to the understanding of videogames as an expressive artform.
The more time I spend with Dark Souls, the more I enjoy the game. Sure it’s difficult, but it’s one of those few games that’s difficult for the right reason.
Guys, I’m hooked on Far Cry 3. Seriously, somebody pull me away from this thing. I’ve beaten the story, cleared out all the outposts, and collected all the relics, letters, and memory cards. And now I’m considering starting it all over again because there’s no one left to kill.
Even if you didn’t like the first Borderlands, there is good reason to play the sequel.