Spelunky (PC) Review

Platforms: PC
Release Date: 8/8/2013
Genre(s): Platformer
Publisher(s): Mossmouth
Developer: Mossmouth
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Spelunky (PC) Review

Spelunky is a deceivingly cutesy platformer which is more than happy to give you a swift kick in the bollocks. Don’t let its presentation fool you – this is a satisfying challenge which will keep you coming back for more.

After its original release for PC in 2008 and HD re-release for XBLA in 2012, Spelunky has finally hit PC again in its fully updated glory. This HD edition could almost be mistaken for a sequel – it’s packed full of brand new content, gorgeous new graphics and more. Playable with keyboard or gamepad (I found this to be the best option), players will find brand-new enemies, areas, items, playable characters, online leaderboards and more. It’s certainly an impressive upgrade from the original, and quite possibly the ultimate way to play.

The premise is simple: you’re a brave explorer who ends up trapped in an ancient cave system. Finding a journal left by the last poor soul to meet the same fate, you’ll soon discover that your only option is to head deeper and deeper into the labyrinth. In an industry where checkpoints, GPS markers and regenerating health are the status quo, it’s a pleasant surprise to find a game which requires planning, patience and the ability to put up with regular and spontaneous failure.  All sorts of horrid beasties and traps await you, and only careful progress and planning will get you to the end. Don’t expect to finish this game on a single blind run, though – you will die. You’ll die a LOT. Death will throw you back to the beginning without the items and treasure you found along the way, so it’s back to the drawing board each time.

There are four main sections to Spelunky – mines, jungle, ice caves and an ancient temple. Every floor is randomly generated, each one somewhat familiar but never quite the same. Because of this, you’ll never know exactly what to expect on each run. Patience is a virtue, and it’s a virtue this game viciously demands. Though there are wailing damsels to rescue and idols to retrieve, taking too long will summon a ghost whose touch brings instant death. Rushing ahead without taking the time to figure out what’s coming next can and will get you killed promptly too, so finding a balance between greed and speed is essential.

You’ll start out with only a handful of bombs and ropes, and although more of these supplies can be found in various pots strewn across the levels, each encounter will require careful planning. Do I waste my last rope to reach those gems above me? Should I use a bomb, or a rock to trigger this arrow trap? These aren’t the only items you’ll need to progress, however.  Each section has its own shopkeeper, who will have a selection of special items to purchase with your bravely earned dosh.

It’s a game simple in premise, and the simplicity carries over into the visuals and soundtrack, too. Colorful and charming, it looks fantastic at 1080p. It’s cartoony and generally cheery, which goes surprisingly well with the death and despair your character meets with. It’s a joy to look at, and should run on just about any system despite how pretty it is. The music is a catchy retro-electronic score that matches both the mystery and action of the game rather well.

Players looking for a helping hand or maybe just some multiplayer mayhem can bring three friends into the quest for freedom and treasure with the game’s co-op Adventure mode, or duke it out in Deathmatch. While these modes have great potential for laughs and punched arms, you might find that Spelunky is at its best when played solo. The satisfaction of single-handedly conquering each stage is an experience not quite the same as being knocked into a spike pit by your mate(s). These modes, along with the solo adventure, will offer players plenty of reason to keep coming back.

Final Thoughts

Though most players will find it to be a soul-crushing experience of amassing a fortune of treasure and promptly kicking the bucket in explosive fashion, a wonderful sense of satisfaction awaits those who are patient enough to try and try again. A simple but hilariously fun adventure, its charm and challenge makes this one a very memorable title indeed.


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Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) Review

Mario Kart 8 manages to surpass its predecessors, making it arguably the greatest Mario Kart game in the series. Mario Kart 8 recaptures the spirit of the franchise, with its insane courses, balanced item system, and innovation. The anti-gravity feature is quite possibly the best innovation that the Mario Kart…
Posted 04 Jun 2014 | News, past, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U | 2 Comments

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Movie) Review

Fox releases their most ambitious X-Men film to date. Put simply, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an epic. The film, just released by 20th Century Fox at the end of May, ties together X-Men film story lines past and future while eliminating several of the more undesirable elements from…
Posted 02 Jun 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Oculus (Movie) Review

The Idea of a haunted mirror might not sound scary. The feeling of the unknown is much more creepier than something that is explained, which is something Oculus does well. You never really know who the lady is who resides in the mirror, or why she’s haunting it. The real…
Posted 02 Jun 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives (TV) Review

The Discovery Channel’s newest documentary voyage into the strange settles its focus on the mysterious case of the Russian hikers who were brutally murdered in the Ural Mountains way back in 1959. What’s so strange about it? Just about everything. Discovery is great about getting episodic television shows and documentaries…
Posted 01 Jun 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (PC) Review

Fan blowing, barely lit room. It is a typical summer night as any, little did I know that I would be asked for my services. I know my way around the pen, but I am far from a clever man. A puzzle with more than fifty pieces will pose difficulty….
Posted 27 May 2014 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment
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Warhammer 40k: Storm of Vengeance (PC) Review

Warhammer 40k goes tower defense with an action tilt. I am not a tower defense fan by any stretch of the imagination. Of course, if you had read my preview of this very game, then you already know that. Now don’t get me wrong, I have played tower defense games…
Posted 26 May 2014 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Dan Curtis’ Dracula (Blu Ray) Review

A horror classic gets the Blu Ray treatment as Jack Palance’s portrayal of the vampire lord rises from its grave. Airing on CBS TV and as a major motion picture back in 1973, director Dan Curtis’ particular vision for the caped vamp might not be what you’re used to seeing…
Posted 21 May 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Tomb Raider: The Beginning (Graphic Novel) Review

Tomb Raider: The Beginning is the prequel to 2013′s hit game title Tomb Raider. The book details the days leading up to the events depicted in the game, and gives you a deeper look into the characters. Tomb Raider: The Beginning’s story is centered on the characters aboard the Endurance,…
Posted 21 May 2014 | Books, Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Doom (PC) Retro Review

One of the greatest games of all time, iD Software’s defining moment for the FPS built a legacy that’s still having an impact today. Doom is one of the best. There’s really no questioning that statement (and if you do, you’re wrong). The game single-handedly redefined a young genre that…
Posted 19 May 2014 | News, PC, Retro Review, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3 (PC) review

As a loyal watcher of The Walking Dead (TWD) I am jealous of the writing in the game series. It may be because I am rooting for Clementine and her being the main vocal point throughout the episodes, but I just feel a bigger connection with her than with the…
Posted 19 May 2014 | Mac, News, PC, PC Reviews, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360 | 0 Comments

Betrayer (PC) Review

Betrayer is part FPS, part pain in the head. I have no idea how to describe this game… Okay, that was probably a bad way to start off a review, so let me back it up a little. Betrayer is an indie game developed by Blackpowder Games and was released…
Posted 19 May 2014 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

KXs Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor and Protective Case (Hardware) Review

Ever drop a bag of hammers on your iDevice? No? Well, you probably could with this screen protector and case combo. I wasn’t too familiar with NewerTech’s line of iOS accessories before I got the chance to check out their Impact X-Orbing Screen Armor and military grade gel case for…
Posted 14 May 2014 | Apple, Hardware, iPad, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Bloodrayne: Betrayal (PC) Review

The side-scrolling console title sinks its fangs into the PC. But three years after its initial release, does it still have the bite to take a chunk out of gamers looking for a bloody good time? Bloodrayne: Betrayal is a simple hack and slash. You press one button to kill…
Posted 14 May 2014 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order (Book) Review

Dark Horse Comics’ look at all things Wolfenstein is comprehensive, beautifully made, and a great addition to anyone’s book shelf. Not quite given the respect that it’s due more often than not, iD Software’s (and now Bethesda’s) original FPS Wolfenstein 3D is nonetheless the one true grandfather of the first-person…
Posted 14 May 2014 | Books, News, PC, PS3, PS4, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 0 Comments

Grand Theft Auto V: High Life (PS3) Review

So the high life update for GTA V hit the Xbox Live marketplace and PSN store earlier today. With this update came 3 new cars, 1 new motorcycle and a handful of new apartments. The most talked about aspect of the DLC however was multiple property ownership, which means that…
Posted 13 May 2014 | News, Playstation 3 Reviews, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Child of Light (Xbox One) Review

Many games today are geared toward “happy moments”, where the majority of the game has a happy and bright setting. Child of Light is not one of those games. Ubisoft’s latest, the download-only Child of Light, tells the story of a young princess named Aurora.The princess went to sleep one…
Posted 12 May 2014 | News, past, PC, PS3, PS4, Reviews, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One | 0 Comments

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Xbox 360) Review

Rude, crude, immature, offensive, and vulgar are just a few choice words for describing Ubisoft’s and Obsidian’s newest RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth. But let’s be honest: would we expect anything less from show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker? The answer of course, is absolutely not! South…
Posted 09 May 2014 | Movies & TV, News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Unsealed: Alien Files Season 3, Episode 1 (TV) Review

Destination America’s Alien Files are opened once again, this time to deduce the true origin of alien visitors. Whether you’re in the ‘believer’ or ‘non-believer’ camp (I refuse to use the word ‘skeptic’, since that’s really not applicable to the latter) this stuff is pretty darn cool. In fact, I…
Posted 08 May 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Yoshi’s New Island (3DS) Review

The lovable little dino goes back to work against Kamek and his nefarious Koopa horde in a platformed that’s maybe a little too old school. If you remember Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island on the SNES, then you already know a great deal about Yoshi’s New Island on the…
Posted 07 May 2014 | 3DS, 3DS, News, Reviews | 3 Comments

Daylight (PC) Review

I almost consider the name of this game a challenge, like, the developers were saying “We bet you can’t play this game without any… daylight.” And then they all erupt into a chorus of chuckles and snorts; bad pun or no, this was a challenge that I failed. The developers/producers, Zombie…
Posted 01 May 2014 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, PS4, Reviews | 0 Comments

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Xbox 360) Review

Konami and MercurySteam go back into the world of Lords of Shadow for one more go-around with Dracula and company. Lords of Shadow, Konami’s updating of the Castlevania franchise released back in 2010, was something of a revelation for the aging franchise. It wasn’t too long ago after all, that…
Posted 25 Apr 2014 | News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Castlevania (NES) Retro Review

The original; and still the best? Castlevania is one of the first games I ever remember playing. It was released in 1986, a good few years before I was born, so it had been through my two brothers and sister before I was even born. I remember not being allowed…
Posted 25 Apr 2014 | News, Retro Gaming, Retro Review, Reviews | 0 Comments

Explorer: The Lost Islands (graphic novel) Review

The second book in the Explorer series brings the lure of the deserted island to life across a uniques selection of stories. If you were stuck on a desert island what two things would you bring? For me I would bring a satellite phone and a good book to read…
Posted 16 Apr 2014 | Books, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Drakonia Black gaming mouse (Hardware) Review

Sharkoon’s latest gaming mouse follows up on their popular Drakonia model with some extra features and a brand new ‘dragon skin’ design. We’ve reviewed a lot of gaming mice here on BG, but the original Drakonia mouse wasn’t one of them. Sharkoon says that the first in the line was…
Posted 14 Apr 2014 | Hardware, News, PC, Reviews, technology | 0 Comments

The Troop (Book) Review

Author Nick Carter brings a tale of cannibalism and horror to the table in his first novel, The Troop. The Troop by Nick Cutter is the first novel from this Canadian author and stands out as one of the best books so far this year. As it says so blatantly…
Posted 08 Apr 2014 | Books, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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The Elder Scrolls Online (PC) Review

The absolutely massive The Elder Scrolls Online arrives to absorb your life into the world of Tamriel all over again, but does the famous fantasy universe work in a massively multiplayer setting? Foreword Note: I did not finish the game, nor come close. I played the game for about 20…
Posted 08 Apr 2014 | past, PC, PC Reviews, PS4, Reviews, Xbox One | 2 Comments

Titanfall (PC) Review

Is EA and Respawn’s Titanfall good enough to convert an FPS non-believer? The answer might surprise you…Although FPS games are not my favorite genre by far, there is one that I thoroughly enjoy: Titanfall. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall hit shelves earlier this month and has been growing rapidly in…
Posted 31 Mar 2014 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews, Xbox One, Xbox One | 0 Comments
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Horizon (PC) Review

If you’re tired of the same old boring, broken, fun-lacking formula used to make 4x strategy games, be  energized! There’s a new breed of 4x strategy game on the horizon called.. Horizon… yeah that was a bad joke. Horizon is an empire building strategy game in space, set against the…
Posted 28 Mar 2014 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

The Raid 2 (Movie) Review

Big, bold, and bloody; director Gareth Evans’ follow-up to the groundbreaking and critically praised first film is every bit the sequel you would hope it to be- and then some. I’ll start this off by saying that I haven’t seen the original The Raid. If we’re being totally honest, I…
Posted 26 Mar 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Steampunk: An Illustrated History (Book) Review

Unravel the mystery that is ‘steampunk’ with Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions. Steampunk seems to be one of those genres which makes full use of its long and storied history. Even though it’s only been around as a true genre for a…
Posted 17 Mar 2014 | Books, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Kingdom Hearts 2 (Retro) Review

Welcome to the latest edition of our retro review series! Today we are going to be looking at Kingdom Hearts 2, an amazing third person RPG developed by Square Enix. KH2 does a masterful job of weaving famous worlds and characters from Disney and Final Fantasy. Before we begin, I…
Posted 14 Mar 2014 | News, past, Retro Review, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Steelseries Stratus (Hardware) Review

Steelseries enters the iOS 7 hardware competition with a fully-featured, console quality gamepad set to bring the living room experience to you iDevice. For some time now, the touchscreen has been something of a sticking point for traditional console (and even PC) gamers who play games on their mobile devices….
Posted 14 Mar 2014 | Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone Reviews, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Strider [2014] (Xbox One) Review

Capcom and developer Double Helix bring a rebooted Strider to consoles that not only updates, but outdoes and improves upon envy version that’s come before (including the arcade original) in every way. The arcade is probably where a good deal of gamers (at least the older set) know Strider from….
Posted 06 Mar 2014 | News, PC, PS3, PS4, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox One | 3 Comments

Line Of Defense Tactics – Tactical Advantage (PC) Review

Mobile strategy title Line of Defense Tactics  - Tactical Advantage comes to the PC, but should it have bothered setting it’s waypoint from iOS to Steam? Steam has proved to be a hotbed of innovation in the past few years, creating unique and fantastic se of experiences not found on…
Posted 03 Mar 2014 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee (DVD) Review

The Autobots little yellow scout gets a starring role in his own DVD compilation of episodes from the hit Transformers Prime cartoon show. Bumblebee is easily one of the most well known as best loved characters from pretty much all of the Transformers various incarnations over the years. Originating with…
Posted 25 Feb 2014 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Xbox One) Review

Press Play’s game about a boy and his marker comes to Xbox One in fine form. Get ready to doodle with nature. Who wouldn’t like the ability to warp the very fabric of the world around them? This kind of ability has been one of the mainstays in simulation genre’s…
Posted 24 Feb 2014 | News, past, Reviews, Xbox One, Xbox One | 0 Comments

Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One) Review

Crytek’s game about the Roman Legion finally sees release as a launch game for the Xbox One- and is more fun than it probably has a right to be. I first played Ryse at the San Diego Comic Con last July and right from the opening moments of the amphibious…
Posted 21 Feb 2014 | News, Reviews, Xbox One, Xbox One | 0 Comments

Strike Vector (PC) Review

Ultra-hard space-shooting action so good, you’ll keep coming back despite the urge to chuck your keyboard across the room. When it comes to gaming, why do most people crave difficulty? What is the point of playing games that are extremely difficult; something along the lines of a rougelike? You end…
Posted 10 Feb 2014 | past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Outlast (PS4) Review

Outlast was produced and developed by Red Barrels Studio, whose last know title was…Outlast.  Yes, they have only created one game, but that is okay because the one game they have made is absolutely fantastic (except for the ending).  I love horror games like Amnesia, and SCP Containment Breach.  I…
Posted 09 Feb 2014 | past, PS4, PS4 Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Final Exam (PC) Review

Final Exam is a very fun game… when it isn’t trying to rip off other games.  What we’re talking about here isn’t exactly cutting edge; it’s a four player co-op, zombie themed shooter where three men and one woman find themselves fighting seemingly infinite hordes of zombies.  The zombies range…
Posted 05 Feb 2014 | past, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Dust: An Elysian Tail (PC) Review

Dust: An Elysian Tail is the closest I have felt to playing in a cartoon for a very long time. I love this game; I will play it again and again (who knows maybe a third time after that). Dust is a cartoon styled beat-‘em-up, with many RPG elements. Comedy and enjoyment…
Posted 04 Feb 2014 | past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) Review

Raiden slashes into the PC in a spot-on port of last year’s Metal Gear spinoff from Konami and PlatinumGames. Japanese culture has become something of a hallmark in American society through the 90’s and early 2000’s. This came about due to the growing interest in both anime, manga and somewhat…
Posted 20 Jan 2014 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Castlestorm (Wii U) Review

 Zen Studios brings the genre-mashing Castlestorm to the Wii U. So how is storming castles on the GamePad? At what point does a game stop being “Indie” and progress into the much more prevalent ‘general gaming’ area? Something like Minecraft (which has been bought over 33 million times) is it…
Posted 13 Jan 2014 | News, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U | 0 Comments

Rig Stereo Headset and Mixer (Hardware) Review

Plantronics might not be the biggest name in game-related equipment, but that might be trending a different way if they keep making headsets like the Rig. I don’t know about you, but I mainly know the Plantronics brand from headsets for telephones- notice that I didn’t say ‘playing video games’…
Posted 02 Jan 2014 | Hardware, Mac, News, PC, PS3, PS4, Reviews, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 0 Comments
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Killzone Shadow Fall (PS4) Review

Killzone returns yet again with an all-new story and (mostly) new setting for the launch of the PlayStation 4 with a game that’s visually spectacular, but ultimately somewhat stilted and rough around the edges. I don’t know what it is with Killzone. It just doesn’t seem to have it. You know…
Posted 13 Dec 2013 | News, PS4, PS4 Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment

Steelseries Siberia Elite gaming headset (Hardware) Review

Steelseries goes to the frozen north for their latest headset, but the new Siberia Elite will leave you anything but cold. I have to admit, while I’ve used Steelseries’ products in the past, I’m almost completely unfamiliar with their headset line. Iy’s not that I had a particularly ‘bad’ image…
Posted 09 Dec 2013 | Android, Apple, Hardware, Mac, News, PC, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One) Review

Infinity Ward launches a brand new Call of Duty franchise that brings all the usual explosive campaign moments and in-your-face multiplayer with it. Call of Duty has, since its first days on the PC when it went head-to-head with Medal of Honor, been an absolute beast of a game. It…
Posted 03 Dec 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox One, Xbox One | 2 Comments

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) Review

The legend lives on in a direct sequel to the SNES classic A Link to the Past- and one of the very best games released this year. I really hate to call a game an ‘instant classic’. It seems like such an overused term that’s thrown around by seemingly everyone…
Posted 02 Dec 2013 | 3DS, 3DS, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Eerie Archives Vol. 13 (Book) Review

Dark Horse gets classic with some horror from way back in the latest release  from the Eerie Archives. It’s somewhat late in the year to be reviewing something that is usually considered “Halloween material,” but such as the collection I will be reviewing here. We here at Brutal Gamer like…
Posted 29 Nov 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 1 Comment

KontrolFreek FPS Freek Phantom (Hardware) Review

Like getting a new controller without getting a new controller. KontrolFreek has been around for a while now and, while the idea behind them is pretty simple, it’s also one that’s wholly original- each pack of KontrolFreeks contains a pair of thumbstick-altering stick covers. These covers snap right onto both…
Posted 27 Nov 2013 | Hardware, News, PS3, Reviews, technology, Xbox 360 | 0 Comments
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Xbox One (Hardware) Review

Microsoft’s successor to the popular Xbox 360 has arrived, but is the all in one Xbox One the key to the brand’s continued success? This past generation, the Xbox 360 was my de facto go-to console for gaming. Now, don’t get me wrong here, the PS3 and the Wii both…
Posted 26 Nov 2013 | Hardware, News, Reviews, Xbox One, Xbox One | 0 Comments

PlayStation 4 (Hardware) Review

Sony’s hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 arrives, but does it have the punch that the electronics giant needs to get back on top of the console game? I’ve been a big fan of Sony’s in the past. Both the PSOne and PS2 are two of my absolute favorite consoles of all…
Posted 21 Nov 2013 | Hardware, News, PS4, PS4 Reviews, Reviews | 4 Comments

Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) Review

Ellen Page gets her ghost on. Hooray, or boo?  In 2013, the line between film and video game seems to be getting more and more blurred with each AAA release. Call of Duty, undeniably one of the most successful franchises of all time, seems to be equally loved and despised for…
Posted 21 Nov 2013 | past, Playstation 3 Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Resogun (PS4) Review

One of the PS4′s first games is also one of the most addictive of the year. There’s been nothing splashy about the launch of Resogun. A shooter from developer Housemarque here in the initial day of Sony’s newest console. It’s premise is a pretty simple one too- the game features…
Posted 19 Nov 2013 | News, past, PS4, PS4 Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Deadfall Adventures (PC) Review

Take one part pulp-novel, one part WWII and two parts action- mix violently. It’s a shame seeing how modern society has lost the thrill of true adventures. The world as it was in the late 19th and early 20th century was one that captured the hearts and minds of millions….
Posted 14 Nov 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews, Xbox 360 | 0 Comments

The Wolf Among Us – Episode 1: Faith (PC) Review

Telltale’s latest adventure series “The Wolf Among Us” follows the lives of fairy tale characters, where the popular belief that “they all lived happily ever after” is a lie. The Wolf Among Us is the follow-up series to Telltale’s masterwork The Walking Dead.  In many ways, Wolf shares a lot…
Posted 07 Nov 2013 | Comics, past, PC, PC Reviews, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360 | 0 Comments

Doodle Jump (Xbox 360) Review

Mobile mega-hit Doodle Jump leaps onto Xbox Live with a Kinect-ed game that just might be more fun than the original. If you’re one of the billion or so people who’ve played one of the plethora of mobile versions of Doodle Jump  that are out there in the ether, then…
Posted 28 Oct 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Skylanders SWAP Force (3DS) Review

Activision’s Skylanders franchise continues with some SWAP-able characters and a brand new villain on the 3DS. I’m a fairly recent Skylanders player. Though the franchise is beyond huge in terms of sales and fan support, I had only played the original title for a short time before I had the…
Posted 21 Oct 2013 | 3DS, 3DS, past, Reviews | 0 Comments

Shadow Warrior (PC) Review

Demons, katanas and plenty of Wang. It must be one hell of a job to reboot a classic franchise. What do you keep? What do you throw away? How about the core elements – have they aged well? Is the basic concept even relevant anymore? Flying Wild Hog have taken…
Posted 17 Oct 2013 | past, PC Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment

The Inner World (PC) Review

With the rapidly approaching holiday season on the horizon, nothing eases the mind more then a slow paced and unique gaming experience. Once generic COD clones #1-5 release, it’ll just turn into a blur of indistinguishable gun fire and explosions. Thus I decided to enjoy a much slower and interesting…
Posted 15 Oct 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Disney Infinity (Xbox 360) Review

Disney tries it’s hand at the emerging ‘toys to life’ genre with Disney Infinity. More than that though, the entire game is a love letter to fans of the classic studio. I really wanted to like Disney Infinity a lot, and I mean A LOT. I’m a big fan of…
Posted 07 Oct 2013 | 3DS, News, Nintendo Wii, PS3, Reviews, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) Review

Rockstar’s headline series ups the ante for open world titles, for the franchise- and maybe for video games in general. Grand Theft Auto releases are marquee events for most gaming fans for a lot of different reasons. Some like the criminal element vibe that the series puts out, some like…
Posted 30 Sep 2013 | News, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde (Book) Review

In this day and age, books are becoming less and less physical and more digital. As technology continues to spread to more and more people, apps begin to replace integral parts of society. What was once a mom and pop bookstore is now available from amazon. I can understand why…
Posted 30 Sep 2013 | Books, News, nook, Reviews | 0 Comments

Steel Series Flux In-Ear Pro Headset (Hardware) Review

Steel Series’ latest is an in-ear headset with a memory foam twist that’s great for tunes and games alike. I have an odd history with in-ear headsets in the sense that they typically don’t stay in my ears. I have no idea why exactly, but headphones that are made to…
Posted 30 Sep 2013 | 3DS, Android, Apple, Hardware, Mac, News, past, PC, Reviews, technology | 0 Comments
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Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita) Review

A real FPS for Sony’s handheld? Really this time? Show of hands, who was massively disappointed by Resistance on the Vita? Call of Duty? The fact that Sony is holding up a translation of BioShock for some reason? The bottom line is that for first-person shooter fans, the PS Vita…
Posted 23 Sep 2013 | News, PS Vita, PS Vita, Reviews | 0 Comments
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The Chaos Engine (PC) Review

A classic form the age of 16-bit consoles comes to PC and Mac. The Chaos Engine originally released on the Amiga back in the early ’90s from The Bitmap Brothers, but you might know it by its other name – Soldiers of Fortune. Along with a few minor changes here…
Posted 16 Sep 2013 | Mac, News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Eternal Warrior #1 (comics) Review

Gilad Anni-Padda’s monthly book kicks off with a tale thousands of years in the making. Gilad, if you’re unaware, is the brother of Armstrong from Archer & Armstrong fame. The big guy’s actual name is Aram Anni-Padda and he (along with Gilad) is a member of three immortal brothers who…
Posted 13 Sep 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Buzzkill #1 (comics) Review

Dark Horse’s newest addition to their growing line of superhero books is an alcohol-powered rage machine in a comic that’s radically different from your usual superhero yarn. Buzzkill is not only ‘different’ than what I’m used to from the world of superheroes, but its wholly original and pretty much unlike…
Posted 12 Sep 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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The Star Wars #1 (comics) Review

Yes, The Star Wars- as in George Lucas’ original drafting of the famous space saga. Dark Horse’s vision of this rarely seen classic is definitely different, somewhat strange and undeniably cool. I’ve been a big fan of Star Wars since I was a kid, but I guess that’s no revelation….
Posted 04 Sep 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Total War: Rome 2 (PC) Review

Bring glory to the Empire in Sega and Creative Assembly’s Total War: Rome II. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of real-time strategy games, the Total War series has seen massive success in the past few years. With almost a decade passed since the previous installment (Rome: Total War),…
Posted 04 Sep 2013 | past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 2 Comments

New Super Luigi U (Wii U) Review

Luigi has been enjoying a nice and cozy spotlight this year with three great games that he gets the spotlight in. Just how well does the final game in the year of Luigi turn out? New Super Luigi U starts out just like New Super Mario Bros U does, except…
Posted 02 Sep 2013 | News, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U | 0 Comments
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Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1 (comics) Review

Lord Baltimore heads to Budapest on a collision course with destiny… and one damned train. Though I’ve never read a single issue of Baltimore in any form, I’m a big fan of Baltimore co-writer Mike Mignola and his Hellboy and BPRD series’ that see regular publication by Dark Horse Comics. Mignola…
Posted 29 Aug 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow- Ultimate Edition (PC) Review

Games that come to define an entire genre are few and far between. The term ‘Metroidvania’ has come to not only suggest a style of gameplay thats been continuously loved for decades, but also a stamp of quality. Metroidvania titles that slip into the “bloody awful” category of gaming releases…
Posted 27 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 3 Comments

Space Hulk (PC) Review

Video games are unlike any other medium ever devised. They act and react to our influence and commands. They are the single most immersive experience you can get, short of a NASA shuttle simulator. They should be allowed to grow and become whatever they choose and stimulate and intrigue us…
Posted 26 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Ducktales Remastered (PC) Review

Race cars, lasers, aero-planes – Capcom’s Ducktales Remastered was a long time coming, but is it what fans of the classic platformer were looking for in a remake? I have some extremely fond memories of both the Ducktales cartoon show from Disney and the Ducktales video game from Capcom. Both…
Posted 22 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 3 Comments

Saints Row IV (Xbox 360) Review

Saints Row IV is still just as off-the-wall and ‘nutty in all the right places’ as the previous three games in the series, but it adds so much to the formula that it might as well be the beginning of a whole new franchise. Just to clarify here, anybody who…
Posted 20 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS) Review

Mario and Luigi‘s latest adventure unfolds on the 3DS in Mario and Luigi Dream Team, only this time, instead of being inside the body of a megalomaniac, they explore Luigi’s dreams. The story of this game is much like any other Mario RPG. Princess Peach has one again been kidnapped,…
Posted 18 Aug 2013 | 3DS, 3DS, News, Reviews | 4 Comments
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Dragon’s Crown (PS3/Vita) Review

Atlus and Vanillaware’s long-awaited Dragon’s Crown is a visual tour de force with enough hacking, slashing and role-playing to keep you busy for a long time. If you remember the side-scrolling action titles of the past, specifically Capcom’s Dungeons & Dragons games, then this one’s for you. It’s interesting that…
Posted 13 Aug 2013 | News, past, PS Vita, PS Vita, PS3, Reviews | 2 Comments

Scourge: Outbreak (Xbox 360) Review

Tragnarion Studios’ third-person action title has gotten more than its fair share of criticism since it’s launch a few weeks ago, but you know what- it’s not really that bad. It’s not that Scourge: Outbreak is the greatest game in the world, or anything groundbreaking for that matter, but it’s…
Posted 13 Aug 2013 | Apple, Mac, News, past, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Criminal Macabre: Final Night (trade paperback) Review

Author Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre (from Dark Horse Comics) crosses over with his classic vampire tale, 30 Days of Night from IDW. The result is one monster event called FInal Night filled with lasting effects for both series’. I’m a relative newbie to both Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of…
Posted 12 Aug 2013 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Rise of the Triad (2013) [PC] Review

Despite some teething problems, this revival of the cult-classic 90s shooter delivers a solid old-school FPS experience. Rise of the Triad is the first game from developer Interceptor Entertainment, a team of roughly 30 people from across the globe and working from home to reboot the cult-classic 90s shooter. Originally…
Posted 08 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 2 Comments

Divinity: Dragon Commander (PC) Review

Originality in a real-time strategy title? Larian Studios’ latest brings a fresh feel to a stale genre. In this day and age, the once great genre of real-time strategy has gone downhill. While only a few marquee titles have released in the past few years, the constant competition and tournaments…
Posted 06 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 2 Comments
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The Wolverine (movie) Review

20th Century Fox’ second stab at a solo Wolverine movie presents a smarter, darker version of the character but somehow still falls a bit flat. Wolverine has had a pretty long career on the silver screen at this point. Actor Hugh Jackman has played the feral mutant for almost 13…
Posted 05 Aug 2013 | Movies & TV, Movies & TV, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Pro Cycling Manager Season 2013 (PC) Review

A sim with originality, Pro Cycling Manager Season 2013 is definitely something new. The video games industry seems to suffer from sequel desire, this meaning that we tend to enjoy the same rehashed games year after year (Call of Duty). They may get minor improvements but they are usually the…
Posted 05 Aug 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews | 0 Comments

Painkiller HD: Heavens Above (PC) Review

Neo-old school shooter Painkiller HD mixes its game types with a whole new view on the relentless action. The Painkiller series is seen as one of the founders of the modern FPS genre, along with Duke Nukem and Wolfenstein. These were games that allowed you to shoot hundreds of oncoming…
Posted 30 Jul 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U) Review

Monster Hunter arrives on the Wii U with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. The Monster Hunter series has been widely followed by fans since its initial debut in 2004, on the now obsolete PlayStation 2 and is critically acclaimed to be one of the best action series to date. In 2009,…
Posted 17 Jul 2013 | News, Reviews, Wii U, Wii U | 0 Comments

Deadpool (PS3) Review

Marvel Comics’ Deadpool takes his first starring role as High Moon Studios’ crafts a game that’s almost as insane as he is. Deadpool has really shot up in popularity over the last ten years or so. You might not realize just how popular he’s become, or that he’s actually already…
Posted 08 Jul 2013 | Comics, News, PC, Playstation 3 Reviews, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360 | 1 Comment

Project x Zone (3DS) Review

It’s been a long wait for this highly anticipated cross over strategy game. Now that Project x Zone‘s release has finally come to pass, is it living up to the excitement built up over it this past year? Project x Zone is a crossover tactical role playing game involving characters…
Posted 03 Jul 2013 | 3DS, 3DS, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Thunder Wolves (Xbox 360) Review

Things explode in a big way in Most Wanted Games tribute to the action flicks of yore. Those big budget, super-violent ‘R’ rated action movies from years ago are pretty scarce at this point. I think I can count on one hand the amount of big sci-fi/action films that have…
Posted 02 Jul 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Magrunner: Dark Pulse (PC) Review

Take one part Portal, one part Cthulhu, add magnets and shake vigorously. The First-person puzzler genre is nothing new to gamers. Portal is of course the most memorable game in this genre having captivated millions with its mind bending and often perplexing puzzles. It gave us a chance to see…
Posted 02 Jul 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

CastleStorm (Xbox360) Review

Tower defense meets physics in a game that is frantically fun, and funny too! CastleStorm is the latest offering from Zen Studios. Featuring some humorously stereotypical medieval characters and a surprisingly intuitive combat system, this is a game you’ll come back to time and again. The story begins with a…
Posted 28 Jun 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Wargame: AirLand Battle (PC) Review

The RTS genre has certainly grown in the past few years with such titles as Starcraft 2 and the upcoming Company of Heroes 2. This quick combat allows for some truly amazing and unexpected games with hundreds or thousands of units involved. Such is the case with Eugen Systems’ recent…
Posted 26 Jun 2013 | News, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Headshot gaming mouse (hardware) Review

A4Tech’s newest mouse packs a punch with three levels of customization and ‘ultra’ high levels of sensitivity. I wasn’t really familiar with A4Tech’s gaming-centric Bloody line before I sat down to play with the Headshot, but I came away from it impressed. I’m not a super big ‘gear’ guy and…
Posted 25 Jun 2013 | Hardware, News, past, PC, Reviews, technology | 0 Comments

Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine (PC) Review

It’s like Ocean’s 11, only better. I had heard a lot of things about Monaco before I started playing it; it’s complex, there’s a heavy planning stage to each mission, it’s a party game and so on and so forth… Bottom line? I’m very happy to report that all of…
Posted 07 Jun 2013 | past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC) Review

NeocoreGames’ take on the Van Helsing legacy gives the action/RPG genre a kick in the fangs. In the past few years, top down action RTS’ have become the go-to genre for budding gamers. Various gaming leagues have begun taking advantage of this large gaming scene by creating international gaming competitions….
Posted 05 Jun 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Victoria II: Heart of Darkness (PC) Review

Two years after release, Paradox Studio’s new expansion for Victoria II has arrived in the package that is Heart of Darkness. This expansion doesn’t so much as change the game as it adds deeper and a much more intriguing experience to the table. Its main role is taking the player…
Posted 30 May 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Metro: Last Light (Xbox 360) Review

The Metro saga changes publishers with a sequel that impresses on almost every level. Metro: Last Light has had a kind of strange trip on its way to market. Developed by 4A Games, Last Light was left publisher-less when THQ went under in 2012. The game was quickly picked up…
Posted 23 May 2013 | News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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R.A.T. M (Hardware) Review

Just like the real R.A.T, only smaller. And wireless. If you’re not familiar with the RAT line of gaming mice (I’m lazy, so I’m just going to forego the abbreviations for this review), they’re some of the most impressive PC peripherals -bar none- that I’ve ever had the pleasure of…
Posted 20 May 2013 | Mac, News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews, technology | 2 Comments

Eador: Masters of the Broken World (PC) Review

Eador: Masters of the Broken World is a game that tries to do much and mostly succeeds in delivering on its promises, minus a few hitches. This is a rather hard game to explain. Part Turn-based strategy and part RPG, it gives you many options in how to play it….
Posted 20 May 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Evoland (PC) Review

Take a magical journey down action/RPG lane in Shiro Games love letter to a genre. Evoland is an interesting game. Maybe that’s not the way that Shiro Games would have liked its ode to all things Zelda and Final Fantasy (with a little Diablo/Torchlight thrown in) to have been described,…
Posted 14 May 2013 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Dead Island Riptide (Xbox 360) Review

The survivors return to undead infested paradise in a game that feels hauntingly familiar… not that that’s a bad thing. The first Dead Island was indeed something different. Yes, it’s true that zombies were relatively old hat when it came to video games even back in 2011, but Dead Island made…
Posted 24 Apr 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Top Bot (iOS) Review

Who knew tiny robots racing asynchronously could be so much fun? I was, to say the least, unfamiliar with the concept of ‘asynchronous’ gameplay before I sat down to play Top Bot from Rally Games. I’m not really a ‘racing game’ kind of guy to begin with either, and I…
Posted 11 Apr 2013 | Apple, iOS, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360) Review

One of the greatest shooter franchises in gaming returns with a sequel that’s complex, intelligent and beautifully realized. I don’t think there are too many people that would argue that Ken Levine and Irrational Games’ BioShock series has become one of the marquee franchises in modern gaming. Both BioShock and…
Posted 08 Apr 2013 | News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Gears of War: Judgement (Xbox 360) Review

Judgement brings Gears of War back with a vengeance in a prequel that you’ll actually want to check out. Prequels can be such a touchy exercise. For the most part, you already know where the story goes and if you’re a fan- you probably know where it’s been as well. I…
Posted 01 Apr 2013 | News, past, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (3DS) Review

The reborn Castlevania series makes the jump to the 3DS with a game that’s both old school and new. Like a lot of long time gamers, I have some great memories of the original Castlevania series on the NES and SNES. For that matter, even the version that appeared on…
Posted 15 Mar 2013 | 3DS, 3DS, News, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360) Review

Does the latest Dead Space thread the needle and hit on both the action and horror fronts?  The Dead Space franchise has become a hallmark for survival-horror titles since its launch in 2008. While franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil decided to tread more towards the action route Dead…
Posted 12 Mar 2013 | News, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Review (PC)

Being a firm believer that you can only have too much of a good thing, before it’s completely ruined, I honestly thought that Rebellion were propelling themselves down completely the wrong road when they announced Nazi Zombie Army. By that I mean that Sniper Elite V2 was a decent enough…
Posted 04 Mar 2013 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment
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Star Wars Pinball (Xbox 360) Review

Since launching a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Zen Studio’s Pinball FX2 has quickly become a huge commodity in the Xbox Live Arcade marketplace. With its vast array of tables, along with stellar gameplay, it’s easy to see why. Some of these tables featured in Pinball…
Posted 26 Feb 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 1 Comment

Special Forces Team X (Xbox 360) Review

Often the words ‘downloadable online multiplayer shooter’ strike fear into a gamers heart. They’ve not been exactly great over the years, have they? I could probably name one, possibly two that have arrived over the past few years and have been rather good. Usually the genre is full of… well,…
Posted 11 Feb 2013 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Virtua Fighter II (Xbox 360) Review

We’ve seen the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat get the current gen treatment, now returns the classic Yu Suzuki arcade fighter, Virtua Fighter 2. After the better part of two decades – does the game still hold up? I originally played Virtua Fighter 2 on the Saturn way…
Posted 28 Dec 2012 | past, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 1 Comment

Clan of Champions (PC ) Review

Brutal arena combat gets a fantasy infusion in the PC versionof PS3 team battler Clan of Champions. Orc versus elf: FIGHT! As a pretty big Lord of the Rings fan (and fan of high-fantasy in general), Clan of Champions looked like it was right up my alley. I mean, there…
Posted 30 Nov 2012 | past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments
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UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI-D Dual Link Adapter (Hardware) Review

Accell’s newest PC add-on transforms that DisplayPort (or mini) into a spare DVI connection. Can you say ‘second screen’? Admittedly, I have an older PC. My rig was a custom built machine with a cross-section of… lets say ‘not top tier’ parts… when I put it together a few years…
Posted 23 Nov 2012 | Hardware, News, Reviews, technology | 0 Comments

Halo 4 (Xbox 360) Review

The Chief returns in 343 Industries’ first installment of the Halo series. After Bungie signed the franchise over to 343 and Microsoft, fans drew a sharp intake of breath as they feared for their beloved Halo series. There were mixed views about  Halo: Reach. But, when Halo 4 got flashed…
Posted 16 Nov 2012 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Shadowman #1 (comics) Review

Valiant follows its big Summer relaunch event with the debut of an all new Shadowman. Supernatural superhero shenanigans! Reading Shadowman on and off when Valiant first ran with the character years ago, the idea always struck me as kind of cool and I actually made a few attempts to dig…
Posted 07 Nov 2012 | Comics, Comics & Graphic Novels, News, past, Reviews | 0 Comments

Drift Mania Championship 2 (iOS) Review

If you ain’t outta control, you ain’t in control. Okay first of all- I had no idea there even was a drift racing circuit. And I assume that there is one since the intro video for DMC2 clearly shows some real cars sliding around a track… there are even real…
Posted 23 Oct 2012 | Apple, iPad, iPad, iphone, iPhone Reviews, News, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Torchlight 2 (PC) Review

Torchlight 2 is one of the most addictive dungeon crawls I’ve played in years- and yes, I include Diablo III in that statement. Back in the ’90s I absolutely ate up these kinds of games. Isometric dungeon crawlers like the original Diablo (as well as its sequel) and Baldur’s Gate…
Posted 01 Oct 2012 | News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 (Hardware) Review

The newest piece of gaming tech from MadCatz’ Cyborg Gaming line is also one of the best keyboards you’re ever likely to use. The S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 (which I’m just going to shorten to ‘Strike’ for purposes of laziness) is easily the most impressive keyboard I’ve ever had the pleasure of…
Posted 14 Sep 2012 | Hardware, News, past, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 4 Comments
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Stand O’Food (nook) Review

Who knew making pickle ‘n’ tomato lettuce wraps could be so much fun? I’m probably not what you’d call a ‘casual gamer’. I don’t really play stuff like Angry Birds and I think I played Peggle for about a week before I got tired of it and never fired the…
Posted 16 Jun 2012 | Android, News, nook, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360) Review

Max Payne returns in an explosive adventure that’s loaded for bear with twists, turns, and some of the best gunplay you’ve ever seen. One of the first things that you’ll notice about Max Payne 3 (providing you’ve played either of the previous games in the series) is that pretty much…
Posted 31 May 2012 | News, past, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Prototype 2 (Xbox 360) Review

Prototype 2 streamlines the open world anti-hero action of the original while improving on almost every aspect. I might be in the minority here, but I absolutely loved the original Prototype. The sense of freedom and power combined with a very cool storyline and main character won me over in…
Posted 05 May 2012 | News, past, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Stardrone Extreme (PS Vita) Review

The PS3 title heads to Vita. Now you can touch the puzzles that’ll have you beating your head against the wall. An admission before I get into it here- I had never heard of Stardrone (the PS3 version) before I got Stardrone Extreme for review. As a result, I kinda…
Posted 22 Apr 2012 | past, PS Vita, PS Vita, Reviews | 0 Comments

PS Vita Gear Pouch Pro (Hardware) Review

Waterfield makes a pretty broad range of cases, bags, and holders for pretty much everything. Now the company is venturing out into the cold, harsh, world of portable gaming. It’s one thing to make a bag for a MacBook Air, or an iPad- as long as the basics are covered…
Posted 23 Mar 2012 | Hardware, News, PS Vita, Reviews | 0 Comments

Lumines: Electronic Symphony (PS Vita) Review

One of the first real hits from the original lineup of PSP games returns for the launch of that console’s successor. Does the PSV version of Lumines offer anything new? Does it even have to? The long and short is that ‘yes’, it does provide for some new tidbits- but…
Posted 01 Mar 2012 | News, PS Vita, PS Vita, Reviews, Vita | 0 Comments

Wipeout 2048 (PS Vita) Review

A classic Sony franchise revs up for the Vita with stunning graphics and spot on control - but is that enough to save the game from a flaw that’s one of the biggest no-no’s in portable gaming? Yes, Wipeout 2048 has a deep, dark, secret that at times makes you want to chuck…
Posted 01 Mar 2012 | News, PS Vita, PS Vita, Reviews, Vita | 0 Comments
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Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish (DS) Review

At first glance Flipper 2: Flush the Goldfish looks like a platformer- a very Earthworm Jim-like platformer. Not the case though as this one’s about as far away from fast action and twitch response as you can get. ‘And why is that’ you ask? Well, that’s because this isn’t really…
Posted 13 Feb 2012 | 3DS, DS, News, Nintendo DS Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Zen Pinball 3D (3DS) Review

Is there really anything not to like about Zen Pinball? For that matter, is there a platform that doesn’t host some version of it? Now with the 3DS’ release, I think we’ve covered all the bases. The funny thing is though, I’m in no way tired of Zen’s vision of…
Posted 21 Jan 2012 | 3DS, 3DS, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Lost Winds (iOS) Review

One of the first WiiWare games comes to the iOS with a fun, accessible, and downright good-looking platformer. Having never played the original Lost Winds, I didn’t know what to expect from the iOS version if the game. From what I did know of the title, it was one of…
Posted 31 Dec 2011 | iphone, iPhone Reviews, Nintendo Wii, past, Reviews | 0 Comments

Shinobi (3DS) Review

Shinobi gets back to it’s 2D roots with a 3D facelift. Back in the early days of console gaming, I logged many an hour battling from left to right as the deadly ninja, Joe Musashi. I wasn’t a big fan of the arcade game that started the franchise off, but…
Posted 30 Nov 2011 | 3DS, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Raptor Gaming Keyboard LK1 (Hardware) Review

The new Raptor LK1 keyboard isn’t exactly feature loaded, and it’s not nearly as flashy as some of the competition either. But this little keyboard is packing one feature that almost makes up for all that. Raptor Gaming might not be a name that you’re familiar with, but this relatively…
Posted 15 Nov 2011 | Hardware, News, PC, Reviews | 0 Comments

Goldeneye 007 Reloaded (Xbox 360) Review

A reloaded retelling- does Goldeneye 007 Reloaded recapture the glory days of the N64 classic, or is it just a recycled reproduction of shooters gone by? Who doesn’t remember the sublime Nintendo 64 version of Goldeneye? Well, I guess if you weren’t old enough at the time, you wouldn’t- but…
Posted 14 Nov 2011 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360) Review

When developer Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum broke onto the scene, comic and action game fans alike applauded. Now their follow-up, Arkham City, seeks to expand on comic book nirvana. More than a good licensed superhero game, Arkham Asylum was great. If you know anything about how comic book characters have…
Posted 05 Nov 2011 | News, past, PC, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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Instamory (iPad) Review

It’s Instagram, it’s Memory- stop, you’re both right! Instamory is, at it’s core, the classic game of Memory. You know, the one where you have a bunch of cards face down on a table and you flip over a pair at a time until you find all the pairs that…
Posted 05 Nov 2011 | iphone, iPhone Reviews, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

3D Pixel Racing (iOS) Review

Picture Minecraft or 3D dot Game Heroes mixed with an arcade racer. Sound fun? Well, yes and no. I really, really wanted to like this game. A lot. And I’m not even all that much of a fan of the genre. Sure I like Forza, I liked Gran Turismo on…
Posted 03 Nov 2011 | iphone, iPhone Reviews, past, Reviews | 0 Comments

Aliens: Infestation (DS) Review

The team of Sega, Gearbox, and Wayforward send the marines back into action to investigate the events of the second Alien film. Does this classically styled side-scroller stay frosty, or is it game over man? Aliens was always a favorite for me among sci-fi movies. In fact, if you look…
Posted 28 Oct 2011 | DS, News, Nintendo DS Reviews, past, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Spider-Man: Edge of Time (Xbox 360) Review

Spider-Man 2099 is back along side his classic ‘Amazing’ counterpart for another time-bending tale that sees the two wall crawlers setting out to repair the time/space continuum… and make some bad jokes along the way. Actually, those jokes are some of the best parts of Edge of Time. The voice…
Posted 10 Oct 2011 | News, past, PS3, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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X-Men: Destiny (Xbox 360) Review

Marvel’s band of merry mutants return to the world of videogames in a somewhat ambitious title that’s more New Mutant than X-Man. As a big X-Men fan, I’ve felt more than a little left out of things with the drastic twists and turns that the various books and their respective characters…
Posted 08 Oct 2011 | News, past, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Albino (Hardware) Review

Think a mouse that grows to fit your hand is gimmicky? Read on to find out why the Cyborg R.A.T. 7 gaming mouse might just be the only rodent you’ll ever need. MadCatz’ Rat 7 is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a very cool looking piece of hardware. The…
Posted 13 Sep 2011 | Hardware, Mac, News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

ArkanoArena (iPhone) Review

If you’ve ever played Arkanoid (or Breakout), then you’ve already got an idea of how ArkanoArena plays. But this is one brick breaker that aims to add a little something more to the genre. AA has actually been available for quite a while on the iPad, but Sketch Games has…
Posted 10 Sep 2011 | iphone, iPhone Reviews, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Hector: Badge of Carnage Episode 2 (PC) Review

The fat arse of the law is back in the second installment of developer Straandlooper’s darkly comic police story- Senseless Acts of Justice. Adventure games of the point-and-click variety have been making a slow comeback the last few years thanks to Telltale Games. The publisher has so far amassed a…
Posted 03 Sep 2011 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Mighty Fin (iOS) Review

The Mighty Fin is a fish with a mission, survive his vacation. Careful who you book that holiday with kids, or you might get eaten by a seagull You’d think with a name like Shady Sal’s suspiciously cheap Round the World Tour, Fin would have avoided scheduling his trip around…
Posted 31 Aug 2011 | iphone, News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Zombies Ruined My Day (Xbox LIVE Indie Games) Review

Picture it, one minute you’re minding your own business and the next- wham! Zombies. Everywhere. Wouldn’t that ruin your day? There’s a glut of zombie games on the market, no doubt about that. In fact, with so many titles taking advantage of the industry’s newest badguy flavor of the week…
Posted 29 Aug 2011 | News, past, Reviews, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments
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JLAB Audio B-Flex Speaker (Hardware) Review

A compact USB speaker for my laptop that actually sounds good? Am I hearing this right? Audio hardware maker JLab hasn’t been around all that long- they first opened their doors in 2005 and garnered some attention right off the bat with their b-flex laptop speaker. In a nutshell, the…
Posted 28 Jul 2011 | Hardware, Mac, News, PC, Reviews | 0 Comments

GlowFish HD (iPAD) Review

Not really a shooter, not really a platformer- MUMBOJUMBO’s casual action title GlowFish HD is like a mash-up of both doused with a very pretty coat of neon. So what exactly is a GlowFish? Well, despite his name, he’s not really a glowing fish. He’s glowing all right- but is…
Posted 16 Jul 2011 | iPhone Reviews, News, Reviews | 0 Comments

Lucha Fury (XBLA) Review

Does the term ‘old school’ do anything for you? How about ‘Hurricanrana’? If so, then you’ll probably find something to like about Lucha Fury. Much in the vein of games like TMNT: Turtles in Time and X-Men, Lucha Fury is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up with lots of retro appeal….
Posted 06 Jul 2011 | News, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | 0 Comments

Beat Hazard Ultra (PC) Review

Indie shooter Beat Hazard has enjoyed some success on Steam and even on Xbox LIVE in the Indies zone. It’s first real expansion, Beat Hazard Ultra, brings the pretty with light bloom a plenty. In fact, the term ‘visually arresting’ comes to mind. This is a beautiful game. There’s really…
Posted 25 Jun 2011 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Ancients of Ooga (PC) Review

Ninjabee and Bacon Wrapped Games bring platforming, puzzle solving and puking to the PC with style as Ancients of Ooga is easily one of the most enjoyable platformers I’ve played in a while, reminiscent of some true classics of the genre like Crash Bandicoot and Oddworld. Though I should clarify that-…
Posted 06 Jun 2011 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments

Back to the Future The Game Episode III (iPAD) Review

Telltale Games’ Back to the Future adventure title continues on the iPad with the third episode, Citizen Brown. The game, much like the movies that it’s based on, oozes charm- but is it enough to overcome what are some pretty glaring graphical flubs and design choices? I have to be…
Posted 31 May 2011 | News, Reviews | 0 Comments
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Mount and Blade: With Fire and Sword (PC) Review

TaleWorlds’ newest Mount and Blade takes a historical tilt, and adds gunpowder to it’s formula of swords and mounted combat. The result is a hit and miss affair with a full clip of missed chances, almosts, and sort-ofs. As someone who’s never tried a M&B before, I really didn’t know…
Posted 11 May 2011 | News, PC, PC Reviews, Reviews | 0 Comments


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