Fears are preeminent in this week's Reviews Spotlight. Bitmobbers display their acute phobias of water, women, and Matrix filmmakers the Wachowskis — and in some cases, all three.
Villains, take note! We're revealing all our greatest weaknesses in this edition.
Hydrophobia: Red Barrels, Red Barrels Everywhere
By Suriel Vasquez
The fading, dispassionate "To Be Continued" screen was Suriel's first clue that Hydrophobia may not be the Live Arcade hit he was looking for.
Released via XBLA on September 29, Hydrophobia has managed to market itself based on the appeal of its water. Courtesy of HydroEngine, this survival-adventure title boasts lifelike fluid dynamics technology (i.e., cool water).
Do Hydrophobia's realistic raindrops manage to compliment the game's unique gameplay mechanics, or does the whole experience seem to fall apart?
For What it's Worth: BioShock
By Ryan Conway
Do you remember what 2007 was like? I had a mohawk, raving was still socially acceptable, and everyone moved from Myspace to Facebook — a strange time, indeed.
To continue my story, 2K Games released BioShock in the fall of 2007, in the midst of simultaneous fan excitement and outrage. The tale ends well, with universally positive reviews, champagne parties, and the questionable possibility of a sequel.
By now, it's more than likely that you've played BioShock. But in case you haven't, Ryan Conway has the type of review you so desperately demand — one which acknowledges the years since Bioshock's release.
Care to take a trip to the faraway land of 2007? Ryan Conway's got a one-way ticket, but expect a transatlantic plane crash and a adventure!
Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley
By Louis Garcia
After completing production on both The Maw and 'Splosion Man, Twisted Pixel Games set their sights on a new project — one which would propel their already strange reputation into utter incongruity.
Let me get this out of the way: Comic Jumper prides itself on breaking the fourth wall. You play as Captain Smiley, a comic book hero whose comics are not well received amongst critics and the public. In a weird turn of events, Smiley seeks the help of Twisted Pixel (the studio responsible for his creation) and jumps between comics and mangas with the aim of understanding each genre's popularity.
If 15 bucks sounds cheap for a few hours of fun and laughter, feel free to consult Louis' review of Comic Jumper.
Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley – Crush! Frag! Review!
By Rob Thomas
It's BOGO week at Bitmob, which means you're getting two Comic Jumper reviews for the price of one. Surprise!
Humor sits at the heart of every true Bitmobber — particularly so for Rob Thomas. Having said that, Comic Jumper isn't light on the laughter. In fact, its jokes can't even be considered normal. No, this game boasts some of the funniest and most outrageous content on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Pony up 1.200 Microsoft Points, prepare a change of pants, and check out Rob's review.
Looking for Magic: Dragon Quest 9
By Sean Twist
We're all looking for some magic in our lives, aren't we? Well, Sean's managed to find some in the unlikeliest place: Dragon Quest 9. After hearing tales of Japanese super models knee-deep in fantasy combat, Sean knew he had to snag a copy of DQ9. He had to!
So what do developers Level-5 and Square Enix offer us in this iteration of the famous franchise? The absence of random encounters is probably pretty cool. Oh, and don't forget the new multiplayer mode!
As you can see, it's tough for me to feign interest in JRPGs. So instead of pulling your chain, allow me to direct you toward my more capable associate, Sean Twist. Take it away!
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor — The Definitive Wii Game
By Michael Edwards
Michael manages to make the unlikely connection between the Wachowski's Speed Racer and the recently released Sin & Punishment. Apparently, they both suck as entertainment products. But wait, don't close the browser yet!
It seems as though both titles are superb at showing off the capabilities of their respective consoles. Sin & Punishment may not boast award-winning dialogue, but it looks gorgeous (for a Wii game). And if you're looking to impress your in-laws with your shiny, new Wii console, why not use Sin & Punishment as your tech demo?