Category Archives: Shooter

[Review] Gundemonium Collection (PC)

Available on: PC, PS3; Publisher: Rockin’ Android; Developer: Platine Dispositif; Players: 1 – 2; Released: September 27, 2011 (Steam); ESRB: Everyone; Official Site

The three games, Hitogata Happa, GundeadliGne, and Gundemonium Recollection, each offer several levels of bulletstorms. The main appeal of each game seems to be that the player controls girls dressed in fancy outfits and a comically large shooting weapon. Initially I wasn’t sure whether to expect a female-oriented narrative in which a female is empowered by the use of gun-based implements or a game where I shoot girls. Both options are terrible and shallow theses, and thankfully what I played instead was more sensible: Japanese anime maids (ani-maids) shooting laser bunnies, demon pumpkins, and half-naked cat swordswomen.

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[Review] Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Square-Enix; Developer: Eidos Montreal; Players: 1; Released: August 23, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official Site

Eleven years after the original game came out, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is ironically set 11 years before the original. With a different publisher, Square-Enix, that undoubtedly has more Japanese roots and is more reknown for their static, yet emotion driven stories, it was definitely an awkward combination with Deus Ex’s open-ended world that constantly changed with the player’s actions. Thankfully, the Japanese publisher’s signature gameplay and storytelling hasn’t interfered with the western philosophy of design and left gamers with everything they could expect of a sequel.

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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] Boxhead: The Zombie Wars (iOS)

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In a world probably at the brink of destruction, the majority of the population has been transformed to evil zombies due to a virus, radiation, or something of the sort. You are a one-man wolf pack armed with your wits and a pistol. Your objective is to survive or repopulate the world – well, more like see how long you can live. If these vague and cliché instructions are enough for you, then you’re ready to step into the fray, and ready to take on Boxhead: The Zombie Wars.

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[Review] Fruit Blast (iOS)

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Contrary to popular belief, monkeys don’t always throw feces. Although I’ve never met a monkey that throws fruit, I’m sure they’re out there somewhere; MEDL mobile has not only captured his essence, they have armed you as well. If you’re ready to take down this primate bully then let’s go!

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[Review] Galaga Legions DX – Reborn Classic

Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Namco Bandai Games; Players: 1; Released: June 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone

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Back in the day of the arcades, everybody had their go-to games. these reached from multiplayer gems like Street Fighter to recognizable gaming icons like Pac-Man. Arcade goers would be sure to have seen Galaga sitting at one corner of the arcade or another. Galaga Legions DX brings back those childhood memories along with some new designs that may satisfy both older and younger gamers alike.

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[Review] Trenched – Out in the Trenches

Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Double Fine Productions; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 22, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official SiteTrenched Shot 2

With recent games, there’s been a slow trend towards combining different genres; at times, it may seem like an odd match, but come to work like a dream. Trenched throws together several genres like a hodgepodge of features, including shooting, mecha customization, and tower defense. Most people would look at this formula and already be turned off by the pitch of such a convoluted game. However, it is nowhere near convoluted in practice. If anything, it is a unique and enjoyable fusion that few have dared to experiment with before.

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[Review] Duke Nukem Forever – 15 More Years Needed

Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: 2K Games; Developer: 3D Realms; Players: 1 – 8; Released: June 14, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official WebsiteDuke Nukem Forever Shot 9

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.

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[Review] Dream Trigger 3D – Psychedelic Dreams

Available on: 3DS; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Art Co. Ltd.; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 10, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website

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With the recent launch of the 3DS, we’re finally getting a taste of what the system is like, with a multitude of games that seem like a tech demo tagged on to a decent game. Dream Trigger 3D is the embodiment of that; it mixes average gameplay with great use of 3D visuals that gives its players an almost psychedelic trip.

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[Review] Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops

Available on: PC; Publisher: Viva Media; Developer: Black Lion Studios; Players: 1; Released: April 5, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official WebsiteShadow Harvest Shot 6

When gamers think about a military shooter, they generally think about first rate games like the Call of Duty or Battlefield series.  Gamers think about these games because they are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the Brad Pitt of military shooters; unfortunately for Black Lion Studios, their take on the military shooter genre is barely B list quality.  Shadow Harvest:  Phantom Ops is like the red headed step child of Splinter Cell and Call of Duty because it tries so hard to mimic the in-game cutscenes that Modern Warfare does so well, and also the third person stealth action that is reminiscent of Splinter Cell.  Although the attempt to create a hybrid of two successful franchises was a very admirable pursuit, it simply fails to grasp any kind of shock and awe that was apparent in any Call of Duty game and does not even come close to the gameplay level of Splinter Cell.

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