Category Archives: Multiplayer
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: 2K Games; Developer: 3D Realms; Players: 1 – 8; Released: June 14, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official Website
Usually, games are cancelled for a reason. While eagerly awaiting fans may not like that development, there’s not much they can do about it after the fact aside from signing (mostly) ignored online petitions. After the longest 15 years ever for fans, however, the Duke finally returns and in full HD action. Although some may rejoice, perhaps Duke Nukem Forever is an omen that games cancelled are best if they stayed cancelled.
Available on: PS3; Publisher: Aksys Games; Developer: Examu; Players: 1 – 2; Released: April 19, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Fighting games take all forms and certainly have given us some of the most memorable casts in history. You’d be hard pressed to find a gamer who doesn’t recognize Ryu’s waving headband or Guile’s gravity-defying hair. Arcana Heart 3‘s roster is memorable for a different reason; it’s devoid of any males. However, this is no one-trick pony. Arcana Heart 3‘s systems are complex enough that fighting game aficionados will have to take notice.
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.
Available on: PC; Publisher: Paradox Interactive; Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios; Players: 1 – 4; Released: January 25, 2011/April 12, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Without a large financial backing, indie games need to rely on innovation or simple, effective game design to get it critical acclaim. Curious gamers will always be on the lookout for that next Braid or Super Meat Boy, games that were able to capture the hearts of gamers and critics alike despite their humble roots. Magicka does a little of both, delivering an open-ended single player and extremely fun multiplayer experience.
Available on: PS3; Publisher: Zoe Mode; Developer: Zoe Mode; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
Who can forget the music of Tetris? Even though it is embedded into our memory from now to forever, who wouldn’t want a little variety? Chime offers players the opportunity to use the environment of a puzzle game to let the music develop as they progress. This may seem almost gimmicky but Chime is a unique game that goes way beyond the music environment.
Available on: PC (Retail, Steam); Publisher: SEGA; Developer: Creative Assembly; Players: 1 – 8; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
In Total War: Shogun 2,Creative Assembly takes us back to its roots by setting the game in Feudal Japan. With a redesigned game engine that supports up to 56,000 soldiers in a single battle, it definitely pushes the Total War franchise into uncharted RTS territory. Total War: Shogun 2 is also the first game in the Total War series that has its franchise name used as the primary title and to have the Total War brand prefixed. Creative Assembly, with all due respect to Rome: Total War, has catapulted itself to the top with this game due to its breathtaking graphical engine, presentation, and simplified gameplay.
Available on: PS3; Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment; Developer: Fire Hose Games; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
In the relatively short history of video games, very few are considered household names. One game that has undoubtedly earned this upper echelon status is Tetris. It has seen every single platform from cell phones to even graphing calculator. You may have already been asking yourself, “What in the world does this have to do with Slam Bolt Scrappers?!” Quite simply, Slam Bolt Scrappers appears to be a new take on puzzle games, with a Tetris-like HUD, but then builds (HA! You’ll get it later.) on that idea and takes it to a whole new level. Though having many similarities with Tetris, I have a feeling my mom won’t beat me this time.
Available on: PSP; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Namco Bandai; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Gods Eater Burst stands out amongst its monster hunting, Arcana touting brethren with its anime-like visuals and character designs. Instead of monsters, players hunt Aragami beasts in Gods Eater Burst, which roughly translates to the same thing, so players know what they’re getting themselves into. Beyond that though, the gameplay offers little that players haven’t seen before and is a mediocre game at best.