Category Archives: Action-Adventure

[Review] Bloodrayne: Betrayal (PS3)

Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Majesco Games; Developer: WayForward; Players: 1; Released: September 6, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

It’s always hard to envision an old franchise in new forms. With the recently released Deus Ex: Human Revolution, though the visual style and story had changed drastically, it was still a first person shooter with a heavy emphasis on RPG elements and seemed familiar to longtime fans. Some games go the other route; Bloodrayne: Betrayal takes the voluptuous vampire half-breed to the second dimension and trades in sex appeal for comic book-like visuals for an experience that proves neither cleavage nor top tier graphics are necessary.

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[Review] The Baconing (PS3)

Available on: Mac, PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Hothead Games; Developer: Hothead Games; Players: 1 – 2; Released: August 30, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

The Baconing is the third game in the Deathspank series, the superhero trilogy from Hothead games, and it returns with some more of the action-RPG gameplay, wacky characters, and writing that fans have come to love. Despite being the third game already, The Baconing doesn’t became stale and is still a joy to play, provided that players can stomach its sometimes trying humor.

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[Preview] Driver: San Francisco

One of the least revolutionary genres of video games tends to be the racing genre. There isn’t much room for innovation from the gameplay/design aspect and the majority of changes rely on enhancements in cars. But Ubisoft has decided to break out of the mold and make a truly unique racing game with Driver: San Francisco. We’ve decided to give the demo a shot and see what we can expect before the full game is released.

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[Eye for Imports] Ryu ga Gotoku of the End

The Yakuza series has always been known for its brawling gameplay along with the inclusion of Japanese nightlife, including things as boring as working part-time jobs or as exotic as hostess clubs. Sequel to Yakuza 4, Ryu ga Gotoku of the End has Kamurocho infested by zombies, giving a slight change to the usual gang filled streets. When it was first shown to the public, this game definitely turned heads at the change of setting. Now that it’s out, we take a look at it and see how well the series has taken to the undead.

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[Review] Dead Block (PS3) – Trapped Without Quality

Also on: PC, Xbox 360; Publisher: Digital Reality; Developer: Candygun Games; Players: 1 – 4; Released: July 19, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

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Trends will inevitably hit gaming and certain genres or themes will be exploited to the point where they are present in virtually every other release. Like in games and movies, zombies are now swarming a multitude of games, from Call of Duty: Black Ops to Ryu ga Gotoku Of the End (Yakuza of the End). The latest to try its hand at zombie bashing action is Dead Block, which fails with its weak game mechanics and will have a hard time keeping players’ attention when there are so many better options available.

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[Review] Limbo (PS3) – Dead and Coming Back for More

Also on: PC, Xbox 360; Publisher: Playdead; Developer: Playdead; Players: 1; Released: July 19, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

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Often times, video games are credited as the great escape that people need from the monotony of life and powerless nature of humanity. Words are barely enough to describe the sheer joy that players can feel from taking control of a mobile suit and mowing down thousands of enemies in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 or embarking on an epic quest in Dungeon Siege III. Every once in a while, a game goes the other direction and limits players’ abilities to more realistic realms. Limbo does so in a drastic manner and yet keeps players compelled despite their roles as a boy who can only jump, push, and pull objects.

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[Preview] Catherine – Not Just a Choice Between the “C” or the “K”

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Recently, Atlus invited members of the press to sit in an online conference for a demo of the upcoming Catherine. In it, we got to see some of the upcoming game’s features, such as how Vincent’s decisions will affect endings and some of the game’s multiplayer modes.

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[Review] Naughty Bear: Gold Edition – Lacks Sufficient Glitter

Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: 505 Games; Developer: Artificial Mind and Movement; Players: 1 – 4; Released: May 24, 2011; ESRB: Teen ; Official Website

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Games often catch a lot of attention simply due to the creativity of the premise. Often, however, those same games fail to deliver because the interesting premise is backed only by bland gameplay. Naughty Bear was the epitome of that and Naughty Bear Gold Edition, even with all its extra DLC content, does little to alleviate those same problems.

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[Review] The First Templar – Ranked First in Mediocre

Available on: PC, Xbox 360; Publisher: Kalypso Media; Developer: Haemimont Games; Players: 1; Released: May 12, 2011; ESRB: Teen ; Official Website

The First Templar is an action RPG based on the search for the Holy Grail. While this theme has been touched upon by film so many times to the point of being a simply boring topic, the topic hasn’t been visited by gaming as much. However, The First Templar is less about the Holy Grail and more about the journey and that is what makes it a fun and compelling adventure. Read the rest of this entry

[Preview] Darkspore – Diablo+Spore

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The Darkspore beta is currently available on steam and free to try for anyone interested. Brought to us by the same people who made Spore, it combines the gameplay of dungeon crawlers with the creation system of Spore. Players can customize creatures and create squads of up to three to bring on missions to clear out hordes of enemy darkspore minions.

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