Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II has less meat than a vegetarian chili dog (review)

Sonic the Hedgehog revs up for a sidescrolling adventure in another attempt to recapture those wonderful days when his games didn’t suck. While last fall’s Sonic Generations took some good strides in helping the spiky rodent reclaim his place among gaming royalty, Episode II feels like a return to the Sonic we got to know during the last 15 years…
…the one that always disappoints us.

NAVGTR announces nominees for 2012 game awards

The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers (NAVGTR, pronounced “navigator”) announced its list of nominees for their 2012 NAVGTR video game awards. Voice actors Tom Sizemore and Tara Platt were on hand to present the nominations.
The organization plans to have a panel of game journalists and other industry folks debate the list and predict the winners during the PAX East festival this April. It will announce the winners shortly afterwards.
And the nominees are…

Top 5 sleeper hits of 2011

We’ve been thoroughly spoiled in 2011. One triple-A title after another has grabbed the headlines and, ultimately, the sales. But what about those in the background, without the budget to match their ambitions? Plenty of lesser-known titles have flaunted tremendous quality, yet may have slipped under the radar.

Review: Rayman Origins deserves your attention in this crowded month

Rayman Origins is a contender for the title of the best 2D platforming game of this generation, and that’s no small feat. Everything leading up to its release suggested this, but it cannot be overstated just how pitch-perfect this revitalization of one of gaming’s most under-appreciated mascots manages to be. This is the same limbless, unidentifiable protagonist that was overrun by mutated rabbits in his own game a few years ago. This time, it’s Rayman’s turn to take center stage once again.