Remakes can be a funny thing. They skate that malleable and dangerous line that embraces works of the past while also attempting to enhance for contemporary audiences. In the world of video games this has been met with a great deal of contempt due mostly to nostalgia blinding gamers to what a work originally looked like in addition to the stubborn view that a game was fine the way it was. Whenever you even remotely touch a work, there will... Read more
When I was younger, I put a pair of house speakers in my used 1979 Mustang . I did that because I was a kid and kids like loud cars. Plus I liked telling people that I have house speakers in the back of my car. A couple of years later, I spent way more money than I should have installing a full blown audio system in my Audi 5000. I did this even though there was a flashing red... Read more
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Lately there has been this push in game development to move beyond the formulaic nature of what big name publishers think works in video games. It doesn't take too long to see the slew of complaints coming out of major titles these days: the explanation of game mechanics is too long, pacing is terrible, show don't tell, cutscenes are not a great method of storytelling. From the presence of these forumlas and subsequent... Read more
Itâ€™s been at least 15 years since I last picked up Jane Jensenâ€™s point-and-click adventure classic Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father. Some revere the title as the best Sierra game of all time, which is quite a bold claim, and although I canâ€™t say I appreciate it that much thereâ€™s no doubt itâ€™s a special game. Now, nearly 20 years after the gameâ€™s 1993 release an updated 20th Anniversary version is upon us complete with new graphics, a new... Read more
Now that the Summer is over and the school year has begun young minds all over the world are hunkering down to learn the building blocks for future success. Ensuring that they master certain skills is critical and requires practice. With that being said, the current curriculum in schools is much more diverse than it once was. As a result of that diversity comes less time to practice any particular skill during the school day. That practice needs to take place at home... Read more
BlazBlue is a 2D fighting series known for itâ€™s ridiculously overdrawn combos and chaotic twitchy gameplay, much in the vein of Arc System Worksâ€™ previous work in the Guilty Gear series. Interestingly enough, itâ€™s also received plenty of praise for its story, a rarity for the genre. Because of this, itâ€™s only logical that their latest 3DS release, BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma, would continue to appeal to its hardcore constituency by building on those solid principles, right? Wrong.
Clone Phantasma upends everything... Read more
Interstellar Marines can be best summed up in one word: potential. These days terms like â€śalphaâ€ť and â€śbetaâ€ť have been so overrun by marketing speak and promotion that they donâ€™t have much of a meaning anymore. Thatâ€™s not the state that this game is in, itâ€™s what we would have considered â€śpre-alphaâ€ť and in truth I donâ€™t think itâ€™s anywhere near complete. Thatâ€™s not to say that Interstellar Marines doesnâ€™t have something to offer at this early stage, just that... Read more
Iâ€™ve only been on a golf course once in my life. Iâ€™m not talking about the Putt Putt courses with a spinning windmill and an orange ball. I practically used to live at those things. But a real, honest to goodness 18 hole PGA level golf course. That count stands at one.
At the time I was a web programmer. I spent my days sitting in an office, writing the same apps over and over while our salesman convinced local businesses... Read more
Growing up, I always felt western role-playing games on the PC were underrated. Maybe it's due to the fact that I was only two years old when Wasteland was released. Ten years later when I was enthusing about Baldur's Gate, most of my twelve-year-old buddies were busy anticipating the release of the next Final Fantasy game on console. I mean, yes, I love Japanese RPGs as much as the next gamer, but the communities for the computer games I grew... Read more
â€śTo sleep, perchance to dream,â€ť in Abyss Odyssey therein is the rub. Out now for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC Abyss Odyssey presents a very interesting story wrapped in a brawler, a platformer, and a rouge-like game.
Drop into the darkness.The story is set in the 17th century Chilean capitol of Santiago. Evil creatures are coming up through a hole in the center of town and threatening to overtake the city. You start out as Katrien, a swordswoman who... Read more
After the phenomenal three episodes of Telltales â€śThe Walking Dead: Season 2â€ť, it was about time that we experienced our 'breather' episode. Just like any form of episodic storytelling, there comes a time where events seem to slow down in order for the audience to catch their breath.
Although this episode has turned down the excitement factor a notch, that doesn't mean to say that we weren't treated to a lack of drama. The stakes were as high as ever for... Read more
I have no idea what to think of this game. It's really weird, but not in any quantifiable way. Or at least not one that I can easily verbalize. It is so janky with everything it is trying to do that it is infuriating to play, but at the same time I can't just dismiss it as some crap game that no one should play. I'm so confused right now.
Abyss Odyssey is about a wizard. This wizard is so powerful... Read more
First, I'm a big fan of the â€śHow to Train Your Dragonâ€ť movies. I own the original, watched the shorts on Netflix and Iâ€™ve recently seen HTTYD 2. The art direction in the movies is a visually striking mix of Viking craftsmanship, gorgeous landscapes, colorful characters and of course, dragons. They are full of great comedy and action I want to be a part of. That is always our hope as gamers, interacting with a universes that is deep, engrossing and... Read more
Recently I received a gift of Divine Divinity and Divinity: Original Sin on Steam as a belated birthday gift from one of my best friends, David. He had been keeping watch on Divinity: Original Sin while it had been in development and thought I might like it. I had never heard of the series nor its creator Larian Studios, but I was willing to give it a go.
Divinity: Original Sin is a top down, third person, isometric view RPG. Think... Read more
Kickstarter is certainly becoming a hotbed for video game developers to bring their gaming visions to life without the yoke of a big publisher interfering. One of the latest video games to get fully funded and developed is Monochroma. It was developed by Nowhere Studios, a small studio in Istanbul, Turkey,who wants to take the spirit and fun of classic video games and create next-gen games for all types of systems. Monochroma is their first game towards that goal.
Monochroma tells... Read more
The Walking Dead Season 2 â€“ Episode 3 â€śIn Harms Wayâ€ť
After the bombshell that was the second episode in Telltale's stellar video game series The Walking Dead, we immediately move forward without being able to stop and think about the choices you chose previously. Which is a good thing, as the second episode did shake me up a little and I began to question my own moral compass and how devastating the narrative has been on poor Clementine.
Episode two was... Read more
Poor old Clementine. Those three words sum up the entirety of The Walking Dead's young heroines premiere episode of Telltale's astounding episodic video game. Season 2 opens with a brutal introduction as to how Clementine has lost her innocence in the post-apocalyptic zombie infested North America. At first I was apprehensive about starting Season 2 of the Walking Dead, mainly because my original choices from Season 1 were locked away on my dusty Xbox360.
Reviewing these episodes on the PC, I... Read more
The Walking Dead Season 2 â€“ Episode 2 â€śA House Dividedâ€ť
After a slow moving, character driven first episode. Telltale's The Walking Dead returns with a bang in its second episode of the video game series. The patient set-up that we witnessed previously pays off when we watch the relationships forged break down from the offset.
We continue to follow Clementine as she falls down the rabbit hole towards a bleak outlook towards life. However, the episode itself leans more towards revealing... Read more
If you are a gamer of a certain age then the name Jane Jensen will catch your interest. She is the writer behind many classic Sierra Online games and the creator of the Gabriel Knight adventure games. Recently she has taken to Kickstarter to back two games. The first of those two games has been released, Moebius: Empire Rising.
If you are a gamer of a certain age then the name Jane Jensen will catch your interestMoebius: Empire Rising is a... Read more
Super-intelligent motorcycles, smarmy weapons dealers, and a mechanic literally dragged along for the ride. Lococycle has this and more for you to try to process into something coherent, unfortunately "Loco…