Risen 3 - Titan Lords - PC Review

A grand adventure worth taking

Dungeon Defenders Eternity - PC Review

A frustrating take on the popular original title

The Golf Club - Xbox One Review

A few technical hiccups cannot keep this from being a great game of golf

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - PC Review

Classic RJPG goodness for the PC

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited - PS Vita Review

Serious strategy with lots of humor

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Golf Club - Xbox One Review

The Tiger Woods golf games of the past were focused on advancing a single player career or getting some games in with your friends. They were good, fun games that were built around mechanics reliant on precision and a variety of meters and gauges. The Golf Club is still a good round of golf at its heart, but it is built on several different principles. One is a lack of gadgets - your swing mechanic is tied to the animation on screen, relying more on feel than what a meter reads. The competitive, asynchronous online mode provides some 'competition' no matter a person's availability and cuts out wait times. Lastly the course creator attempts to give you powerful editing tools so that a variety of golf courses can be built, customized and shared out for the rest of the world to play. Most of what The Golf Club tries to do works quite well, but not quite everything.

Dungeon Defenders Eternity - PC Review

The Tower Defense genre has been a popular format, typically found in Flash or other web-based games. Usually adhering to a top-down format of placing defenses at static locations in order to protect against waves of enemies, it lends itself well to short pick-up-and-play sessions. While there have been some standout releases like Defense Grid and Anamoly that have come out on Steam, most other releases have felt like ports of existing web or mobile games. In order to bring a more robust and unique experience to gamers, the Action Tower Defense genre was born. Putting the player in charge of an avatar inside the game world, and allowing for more customization and direct interaction with the enemies and surroundings, games like Sanctum and Orcs Must Die have created a completely new experience. Dungeon Defenders from Trendy Entertainment was among the first wave of entries in the genre, and their follow up game Dungeon Defenders Eternity has just been released. But does the game do enough to build upon the early groundwork of its predecessor, and create a fresh experience?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The sights and sounds of F1 2014

Codemasters has promised an update not just to the graphics of the F1 series, but also how it sounds.

Risen 3 - Titan Lords - PC Review

When Risen 3: Titan Lords released their first trailer at E3 2014 I was immediately interested. A dark, shadowy setting, filled with Stonehenge-like pillars and hellhound-looking beast was broken up by a fully armored hero walking out into the open, hands aglow with mystical energies as he hurls magic about. The only other games I have played in recent memory that allowed you to wander around in full armor while tossing fireballs or lord knows what else around, are Dark Souls II and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (I personally refuse to consider "The Elder Scrolls Online" an Elder Scrolls game, or really even a game at all). Then came along E3 2014 and there it was, a fancy looking knight rolling about as hellhounds were chomping at the bit and he tosses some sort of magical explode-y goodness; I was hooked. Over the coming months I spent a little more time paying attention to the press releases, page updates, screenshots and the plethora of videos that were provided on both the Steam page as well as the various news outlets. Even with all of the excitement around some of the titles this year (Rainbow Six: Siege!), Risen 3: Titan Lords was high on my list of games to watch out for. Now that Risen 3: Titan Lords is here, was the wait and anticipation worth it?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX ships September 23

Pre-orders for this title are now available, and with it comes a few new screens and some additional information.

Afterglow AGU.1S Wireless Headset - Hardware Review

A lot of audio aficionados, me included, tend to be a bit skeptical about wireless audio devices. I for one tend to feel that wireless devices do not have the power to adequately push the drivers for the low frequencies (i.e. bass) and the mid frequencies (where the rich depth comes in). I will fully admit that I have heard some wireless devices provide some crystal clear highs that rival some of the better home audio devices that are readily available (read: affordable). When you are as big of a fan of audio as I am you tend to spend quite a bit of time picking apart different devices and playing with equalizers to get just the right sound out of the speakers. I find that, regardless of the device, I am able to tweak the EQ to just the right setting that all audio is good and as I sit back and ponder, I cannot think of a single audio device (speaker, headset, microphone) that I have plugged into a computer that I have been unhappy with. When I landed the chance to review the Afterglow AGU.1S wireless headset by PDP I was both eager and skeptical; after all, I personally have not had any experience with their audio devices not to mention, it was wireless. Like any good audio geek, I immediately checked out the specs, paying particular close to their drivers to see if I could take a guess at how it would sound. Now that I have had the headset for some time, does it push the drivers as I expected it to?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Square Enix confirms Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Considering how well-received Sleeping Dogs was when it first came out, it really should not come as a surprise that an updated version of the is now slated for released on PS4, Xbox One and the PC.

Defense Grid 2 - PC Preview

Something about tower defense games simply appeals to me. I can sink hours into trying to come up with that perfect strategy, which then requires I have the proper reflexes to carry it out. The original Defense Grid is pretty much my gold standard for tower defense games, which is why I am anticipating Defense Grid 2 as much as I am. The early (very early) returns? This game could be amazing.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How about some Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 gameplay footage?

So late last week, I gave my initial impressions of the upcoming Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1. Now I wanted to take a few minutes and share some of the gameplay footage before the title's release.

Lords of the Black Sun - PC Preview

I have been a huge fan of strategy games for as long as I can remember; while the pace is generally laid back, the scope and capabilities that strategy simulation games bring to the table is staggering. At some point along the way I become somewhat fanatical about space-based 4X strategy games (likely due to Alpha Centauri) which eventually developed into a healthy obsession over space-related video games. There is something grand about managing a space-faring civilization as you work to take over the galaxy, whether that is by diplomacy, economic domination, or by way of military conquest, the choice is yours. I think that the depth that these strategy games from the micromanagement of an individual planet's resources to the tactical positioning of military assets, is why I am so interested in them. That and they give you your share of options, if you want to parlay with a particular civilization and craft a relationship with them, you can, or if you wish to declare war on a civilization, you can. It is these options that really interest me, as no other games out there come close, with the exception of role-playing games.