My personal thoughts on Saint’s Row 4 as someone who’s played every game in the series.
In video games today, it’s all too common that the female characters are created with the purpose of being eye candy for players, and not created to be real women who gamers can look up to. However, a lot of developers have taken notice of this and created memorable female characters that all women can look up to. Here are a few of my favorites.
“Free” is not substitute for good game design.
At this past EVO 2013 event, a lot of stuff happened most notably that Capcom had announce that once again, they will be updating Super Street Fighter 4 into Ultra Street Fighter 4. As you can expect, the internet was not pleased in the slightest even a small number of fans weren’t amused with this announcement. As a fan of the series and a potential buyer of the update, I do have a few issues to take with this: Issue 1: They are essentially porting the rest of the Street Fighter cast from the abysmal Street Fighter X Tekken.
Electronic Arts employs a lot of smart people, and their vision for online-focused experiences isn’t as dumb as some of us say it is…
An essay on game theory, games design, and why developers are having trouble releasing enjoyable titles.
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 than a standalone game. In reality, a simple beta or demo could have saved this game from the disaster that it I think it became.
Project X Zone may be a title all about fan service, but discovering new characters can be even more exciting.
Crysis 2 is a great game, one I’d highly recommend to those who are tired of the typical “norm” we’ve come to expect from a shooter now. The game most definitely has its own unique spin on what it means to player a shooter and the nanosuit is a must experience for any fan of the genre.
As standalone games, both Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were fantastic games that defined the PSP throughout its generation. With the PS3 ports, you get to experience them all over again with HD visuals, trophies, DualShock controls, and even have the chance to play the games in 3D! Telling you to buy this game is easy because you should for its now dirt-cheap price tag.
Although the game is graphically stunning and boasts a fantastic soundtrack, they do not make up for the boring, repetitive gameplay mechanics nor the poorly paced storyline. Heavenly Sword is more like a cheap version of God of War than anything else.
All-Stars is a very similar game to Smash Bros. but it has its own unique twist on the two games’ 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.
Warhead is a fantastic expansion to one of my most favorite open world shooters to date and the expectations I had for the game did not go to vain. The story is an enticing one again, the graphics are beautiful, and the chaotic firefights at every corner of the game were a blast to experience. The game may not be as explorable as it once was, but I found it to be a small sacrifice for the joyous experience I got out of the game.
The chance to jump back into one of my favorite shooters made to date was a blast and I’d recommend the port to any fan of the Crysis franchise, despite the game’s few annoyances.
Madden 13 is a great football game and probably one of the most polished NFL titles ever released.
I track the slow realization that I came to resent something I once loved, something that is becoming more and more common with gamers trying to hold on to what they once enjoyed and no longer can.
An analysis of a possible Xbox One marketing strategy that tip toes into conspiracy theory.
Mars: War Logs is a limited, watered-down disappointment.
A brief history of the rivalry between Grand Theft Auto and Saint’s Row.
As the August 13th release date of Payday 2 rapidly approaches, Overkill Software keeps throwing pearls to heisting fans.
Test post, but also a quick review of pebblemines on the Pebble watch.
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.
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!
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Welcome back to another delightful edition of the Navigating Android Device Market Share Report. I publish these reports every month as a service of the NativeX Games Task Force. The goal is to paint a clearer picture of which devices and versions of Android are most popular amongst mobile gamers.
Spec Ops: The Line brings one of the best single player stories I’ve ever gotten the chance of playing that presents the player with multiple choices that not only have a large impact on the game, but in your head as well. Who would you kill if forced to? The man who killed soldiers for some water for his family, or the friend of one of those killed who murdered the thief’s family? The Line is a psychological twister from beginning to end, with a fun, yet unnecessary multiplayer mode tacked on if you’re looking for some more fun once you’ve beaten the campaign.
Riders of Rohan is the first expansion to hit the Lord of the Rings Online in years which can offer a breath of new life for the game, steering it in a new and exciting direction. Most notably altering the very way we all played the game by adding in mounted combat. Just one grudge weighs the game down from greatness, and that is the lack of any end-game dungeons or raids. The only option players have once they reach the level cap is to rebuild a burned down city until a free update arrives to those who pre-ordered the expansion with all the dungeon goodies.
Batman Arkham City isn’t perfect, no game is, but it does deliver a magnificent performance I feel few other games have managed to capture. The voice acting, the gripping story, the heart-wrenching conclusion, and the stellar voice acting performance all come together to create one the greatest Batman experiences of all time.
With a game the size of Elder Scrolls Online, it’s really hard to give one demo, one video, or one presentation to list everything about the game. So what you’ve read in this article are only 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 so far off.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 succeeded on the forefront, offering up yet another fantastic multiplayer experience that is my favorite in the series to date. Treyarch’s push to carry out change into the historically stale singleplayer campaigns of the franchise fell flat on its face, that in the end, produced one of the weakest campaigns I’ve ever played in a Call of Duty game. But singleplayer isn’t what the fans of the franchise buy the game for, its the multiplayer that draws everyone in, and because of that, I’d recommend any fan of the Call of Duty games to go out and buy Black Ops 2.