X Rebirth - PC Review

The latest set of updates have turned this game around for the better

Fairy Fencer F - PS3 Review

A humorous, fun JRPG that does a lot of things pretty well

SteamWorld Dig - Wii U Review

Creative and fun, but with flaws

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - Vita Review

A spectacular follow-up to the original game

Metro Redux - Xbox One Review

It is absolutely worth going back to the underground for these updated titles

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav – now available!

I commented on this game a few times in the past, and it is now apparently out:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 release

While I am down and mostly out sick (bronchial infection) - I got excited to read about the release of the latest Magic game.  I have reviewed the last couple and have been enjoying my return to playing the actual card game of late to, so this is a welcome release for me that I hope to get a review out for sooner than later.  Here is the press release:



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quick update - plus Tomba!

So, pretty much still sick as a dog.  A very old dog.  At least that's how I'm feeling today.  And still at work because we had a big software release today.  So, not much of a post here today, expect to say Tomba! has made its debut on the PlayStation Network.  Here's the related info:


Monday, June 18, 2012

Thrillville: Off the Rails - Wii Review

Hopefully you all had a nice weekend?  Mine was equal parts fun and not-so-fun.  The not-so-fun is I've been fighting a flu-like something-or-other since Saturday afternoon and it's still kicking my butt as of this morning.  The fun came in the form of going to a nearby amusement park with my kiddos one day this weekend, which seemed like the perfect lead-in for this review.

My family loves theme parks.  Roller coasters in particular are a hit with us.  My oldest, maybe not quite as much, but my wife, two youngest and myself think a weekend at Cedar Point is one of the best experiences ever.  In terms of older theme park games, I played some title on my PlayStation 1 called Theme Park a zillion years ago, and don't recall a lot about it except my wife was fascinated with it and it served as her entrance into the world of Roller Coaster Tycoon titles.

Thrillville: Off the Rails is one of those titles I have been getting to reviewing lately that is older - a few years old.  As such you can probably find it quite inexpensively now either used, or in bargain bins.  I still think there is value in going over titles like this though, because people may decide to give it a try if they see it on sale somewhere - or maybe the premise interests them and they did not know it was out there in the first place.

This is a simulation/building title.  You manage your park, setting up rides, prices and layouts while trying to meet goals along the way.  Perhaps the biggest twist for me over those older titles I mentioned was the way in which the mini-games are incorporated into the parks and can actually be played by you.