Axiom Verge - PC Review

This homage to Metroid does not just respect the formula - it improves it

Order of Battle: Pacific - PC Review

Surprise - but this is one of the best strategy games of 2015 so far

Gratuitous Space Battles II - PC Review

Get ready for lots of strategic space combat - your time will be well spent

MLB 15: The Show - PS4 Review

It is still the best game of baseball on the market, though the improvements from last year are minimal

Half-Life: Blue Shift - PC Review

Does this game deserve its Half-Life title?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tekken Hybrid - PlayStation 3 Review

At first glance, Tekken Hybrid looks like a pretty full package.  It comes with an HD version of the venerable Tekken Tag Tournament, which was both an arcade and PlayStation 2 title.  It also comes with a completely CGI movie called Tekken Blood Vengeance and Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Prologue.  All in all, it is a pretty good package that provides some value for fans of the series, but how does it hold up?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tekken 6 - Xbox 360 Review

I first got hooked on the Tekken series way back on the PlayStation.  There is no number after that, just the first PlayStation.  That console was home to some really good RPG and fighting games, but Tekken stood out as arguably my favorite fighter at the time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Left 4 Dead - Xbox 360 Review

This one's been out for a few years, so I'm giving it the slightly more lightweight treatment, which is fare because as good as the game is, there is not a ton of meat on its bones.  For starters, this is not a game that is meant to be played in single player.  I can't imagine trying to enjoy this game fully if you do not have an Xbox Live Gold account.  My son loves shooters like this, and I tend to enjoy them as well - we both enjoyed this title, though he definitely got more mileage out of it than I did (using my account because he does not have Gold).

The key to this game is the multiplayer, and to that end it is pitch perfect in a lot of ways.  The title's about three or four years old now so the graphics tend to look a bit dated for this generation of console, but the lightning effects are appropriately creepy and it handles the massive amount of movement (ie: ranging zombie hordes) very well.

The music and voice work add a movie-like quality to this title.  I am a bit of a sucker for zombie survival movies and shows, and I felt like Left 4 Dead definitely nailed the particular vibe.  The game plays pretty smoothly.  It is a survival shooter, and the controls are fairly smooth and even now there are people playing it.  My son fired it up about a month ago and still immediately found a match to participate in.  Considering the game can be had for about $10 new, that is not a bad value.  There is a lot of replay to be had here, which is good since there really are not very many scenarios/maps.

I wouldn't toss a little kid in front of it - it is rated M for Mature for blood, gore, intense violence and language.  My son handles his content pretty well, being a teenager now (and therefore making me feel very old, but that's an entirely different post), but I wouldn't let my youngest daughter who is 10 probably play it.  Not a bad way to get together with some online friends and kill time.  I haven't however, had a chance to try the sequel, which I hear is even better than this and might make for a better investment depending on cost.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What have I been posting at Otaku Gaming?

Lots and lots of things.  First off - thanks for all the looks and comments during E3.  I decided to go with a more ddigest-form or it this year as opposed to last year where I was tossing out some high Twitter traffic and doing just a couple of roundup pages.  I know I got a couple of comments that I managed to highlight a few games that others missed - was my E3 posting of use/interest then by and large or not?

Well, aside from E3 and a lot of the big name announcements, I was surprised at how many other games and companies that were a bit lesser-known were also putting out tons of announcements, and I tried to track a lot of that over on Otaku Gaming.  It wound up being a pretty active week and change on that site for me as well, so here's the breakdown for those who are interested.

We can kick things off with the announcement that Dark Souls will be releasing DLC for consoles to include that extra content coming out for the Prepare to Die PC version.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Monday!

Yeah, that title's about as excited as I can get for a Monday morning.  That said, I had a pretty solid weekend.  Got lots of gaming in over it and got to catch Prometheus to boot (I dug it).  What games have you guys been playing of late?  My list grew a bit over the weekend.  Here's what I've been taking a stab at:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Highlights from E3 - Part 7

So maybe I spoke just a bit too soon about Nintendo not having any other franchises to talk about.  Even better?  They threw a bone to Wii owners as well with...

Highlights from E3 - Part 6


It's amazing how popular zombies have become in our culture of late.  Between that and vampires, we seem to enjoy our undead, but personally I am just about zombie-d out.  Even so, the game...