Category Archives: Two-Player
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: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Tecmo Koei; Developer:Omega Force ; Players: 1 – 2; Released: March 29, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Already on its seventh edition, Omega Force’s Dynasty Warriors series has been equally hated and loved. Dynasty Warriors 7 comes out one year after the ten year anniversary of Dynasty Warriors 2, which came out in 2000 and marked the beginning of the hack and slash formula. It adds a slew of new features and a brand new kingdom, Jin, which was the historical successor of the Han Dynasty. While these new additions are unlikely to convert over any skeptics, Dynasty Warriors enthusiasts will appreciate them and champion this as their new favorite hack-and-slash.
Double Dragon is a classic arcade brawler that has seen life everywhere from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the Xbox Live Arcade, and most recently now on iOS. But how does this classic game fare up in a world of old fans and young blood, and on a platform where action games are crippled and criticized by the hardware limitations?
Top-down view shooters have been popping up all over, notably with Valve’s Alien Swarm and Housemarque’s Dead Nation. In the midst of these other games, Team 17’s Alien Breed reaches its third iteration and continuation of Conrad’s story with Alien Breed 3: Descent. Descent doesn’t include any groundbreaking new gameplay elements that will blow players’ minds, but most elements have been refined, making it a fun, worthwhile experience that most will enjoy.