Category Archives: Single-Player
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.
Available on: PS3; Publisher: Boolat Games; Developer: Boolat Games; Players: 1; Released: August 30, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Site
No puzzle game is like the other. Each one tries to do more than the hit before it so it can be the next big thing. Whether it’s the simplicity of Tetris or the social drive of Bejeweled Blitz, each game strives to stand out. The latest game, 4 Elements HD, isn’t necessarily simple nor does it have a strong social component, so what is going to keep you coming back to it? Instead of either, 4 Elements HD is filled to the brim with different obstacles, which makes for a game that is quite complex and will easily appeal to those in search of new challenges.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Namco Bandai Games; Players: 1; Released: June 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone
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.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Double Fine Productions; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 22, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
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.
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: 3DS; Publisher: Tecmo Koei; Developer: Team Ninja; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 24, 2011; ESRB: Teen ; Official Website
Having been a couple of years since I’ve last played a Dead or Alive game, I was interested to see how far the series has come along. Transitioning from the childhood mindset of enjoying gravity-defying bosoms on the Playstation 2 to looking at Dead or Alive from a seasoned, competitive standpoint was definitely a change. That said, it’s time to see if the series has evolved into a legit fighter, able to step into the ring with the likes of Tekken and Street Fighter, or if it still only provides eye candy for those too young to buy an M-rated game.
Available on: 3DS; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Art Co. Ltd.; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 10, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
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.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: D3Publisher; Developer: Treasure; Players: 1 – 2; Released: May 4, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
The digital market’s continuing trend of delivering both great indie games and ambitious yet risky titles. Thanks to this, gamers are able to get their hands on Bangai-O HD Missile Fury, a new iteration in the classic variety shmup. The niche nature of the game made it impossible to be released outside of a digital market. Some may call it masochism, but hardcore gamers and shmup fans are definitely getting their fill with this iteration of Bangai-O.
Available on: Xbox 360; Publisher: Atlus; Developer: Larian Studios; Players: 1; Released: April 12, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official Website
Throughout history, dragons have always captured our imagination, whether it was through art, literature, or the cult-classic Dungeons and Dragons. Incidentally, Dungeons and Dragons is the western model for RPGs, filled with open-ended decisions that affect the game’s path. Along with other RPGs, both games in the Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga package follow this model closely, putting players into the boots and armor of a loyal/defiant/cocky/(insert adjective) dragon knight.
Available on: PC; Publisher: Kalypso Media; Developer: Lesta Studios; Players: 1; Released: April 18, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Elements of War is an RTS developed by Lesta Studio. Its story revolves around two characters: Captain Paul Wilson and General Derek Kirkker. It starts with unusual weather activity wreaking havoc on the populace and the player being tasked with maintaining control and order. Aside from the rather weak storyline, Elements of War is a game that seems to be absolutely riddled with problems and is, unfortunately, a game that should be avoided.