F1 2014 - PS3 Review

Does this racer hold up to other recent titles like Forza or Driveclub?

Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers - Xbox One Review

Plus a look at the new expansion, Garruk's Revenge

Pure Pool - Xbox ONe Review

Pure fun for billiards fans

Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager - PC Review

I surprisingly high amount of depth makes this trip to the moon worthwhile

Digimon All-Star Rumble - PS3 Review

It might tide you over until Smash Bros arrives

Friday, November 21, 2014

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late Available early in 2015

We have taken a look at this title briefly once before when Aksys first announced it. Now we have more details - including a February 24, 2015 launch date!

Tales of Hearts R - PS Vita Review

While Tales of Xillia 2 was released a few months ago, and at the time had been the best looking Tales to date, with Tales of Heart R that is no longer the case. The most impressive graphical update to Tales of Heart R lies with the animated scenes as they are absolutely stunning. This is to be expected given the animation studio for Tales of Hearts R was Production I.G. a studio that is behind some of the best anime available to date. A few of Production I.G.'s works include Psycho Pass, a stunning cyber-thriller, Ghost in the Shell, Eden of the East, Sengoku Basara, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, The Mobile Police Patlabor Series/Movies and not to mention, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.

Xbox One: A look back at its first year - Gaming Thoughts

Releasing just one week after the PlayStation 4 did, the Microsoft Xbox One had a bit of an uphill battle right out of the gates. A disastrous E3 got Microsoft's console off on the wrong foot, but credit to Microsoft for making some deft pivots before the Xbox One released that put it on more even footing with the PlayStation 4. Still, it cost more and customers were unconvinced by the bundled Kinect. I actually felt that the Xbox One release library was stronger than that of the PlayStation 4, though neither was among the best release lineups in gaming history. Taking a look back over the first year of the Xbox One's lifespan, I want to share my thoughts on what went right, what went wrong and to shake my magic 8-ball and try to figure out what the future holds.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

An interesting new iOS strategy game releases

Recently our friends over at Digitally Downloaded had an excellent two part interview with Dawn Patrol Games (you can see parts one and two by following those links). Here is the information about their new strategy title for mobile, Nitropia.

Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager - PC Review

I love space, it is, dare I say it, "the final frontier." Imagination is a powerful process (or better yet, tool) and when tied together with an unknowable expanse like the inky black void that our little blue planet is floating around in, the possibilities are endless. Traveling, much less understanding the infinite blackness that surrounds The Milky Way is impossible, but a lucky few were able to set foot on Luna (the Roman name for the Moon); one of those men was Dr. Buzz Aldrin. In recent years, Dr. Aldrin has voiced or appeared in various television shows, movies, and video games such as The Big Bang Theory, Space Brothers, and Mass Effect 3 and now, has a video game, Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager: Road to the Moon.

Pure Pool - Xbox One Review

I have been a big proponent of pool or billiards since I was about 8 or 9 years old as a close friend from down the road had a pool table in their basement. Her and I would hang out for hours after school or on the weekends playing pool, or in the early days, whipping the different balls around the table. It was not until we hit 12 or 13 that we started really playing pool the way it was meant to be played and even to this day her and I can meet up at some dive that has a pool table and just play for hours at a time. It is, outside of video games, one of my passions that I have kept up over then last 20 years. There is something about the felt that covers the table, the beaten pleather pockets, and the scuffed  up rack that simply pulls me back to those good ol' days of just being a kid hanging out with friends from around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A trailer and screenshots of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation

Man that title is a mouthful, but I have to admit that this series is one of my guilty pleasures and considering how good Re;Birth was - the sequel has me pretty excited.

Gunspell - PC Review

Gunspell tries to bridge genres in similar fashion to other titles like Puzzle Quest and Gyromancer. On a technical level, Gunspell succeeds in blending RPG mechanics with a match-three puzzle game. Some of these mechanics work better than others as Gunspell by and large still feels like a mobile game that was simply ported to the PC. With a bit more time and effort the end result could have been something very interesting, but as it stands now it is a decent enough title that feels too similar to other games that have 'done it better'.

Fraps - PC Review

I struggle to remember when it is that I first became aware of Fraps though I believe it was around the CounterStrike 1.4 release, which was in early 2002 (though I may be wrong). Personally I did not use Fraps until a few years later, when I was fairly large into the CAL-I and CAL-M leagues for CounterStrike 1.6. We would use Fraps to record scrimmages and gameplay then review them for match time. In the ten-plus years both the recording technologies as well as the internet have changed greatly, especially with the advent of Twitch, Let's Play videos on YouTube, and the ever-growing montage market. With the popularity of capture devices and YouTube/Twitch gamers showing off their skills or walking gamers through difficult games, there are more and more recording applications available on the market, does the godfather of the game recording world still have what it takes after a decade of success?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Extreme Exorcism coming to PC and consoles next year

Sure, Halloween is in the rear view mirror - for now. That does not mean there will be a shortage of supernatural games coming in 2015 - and Extreme Exorcism looks to be just one of those.