Joe Dever's Lone Wolf HD Remastered - PC Review

I grew up on these books, but it's been years. It was surprisingly easy to sink back into the world once more

Thomas Was Alone - Xbox One Review

Simple graphics hide a deceptively deep story in this platform puzzler

Geometry Wars 3 - Xbox One Review

It's time to take aim at some familiar shapes - but with some new twists in the gameplay

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Xbox One Review

Some signs of new life in this yearly shooter are more than welcome

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - 3DS Review

A new console and a new visual style - but the same great characters and stories

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav

I remember the first time I saw images for this game - I was immediately taken by the artwork.  I knew absolutely nothing about what the type of game it would be, let alone that it is apparently based on a very popular German RPG.  Then I began to read more about the game and came to discover that The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav is a point and click adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

"Broken" Fez patch to be placed back on Xbox Live

I have not played Fez myself, but the game released to considerable acclaim on the Xbox Live network.  Then they updated it with a new patch that was quickly rumored to have a serious bug in it - one that could corrupt your game saves.  Accordingly, that patch was pulled down and the team at Polytron began to investigate the issue.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - PlayStation 3 Review

I am coming at this review from a slightly backwards perspective.  My second review on this blog was actually Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  I had never played a CoD game prior to that one, and honestly had never had much interest in it or first-person shooters at that point.  However, when MW2 hit, it was tremendously popular around my workplace.  Finally, two of my co-workers chipped in and basically got it for me for free - so I felt compelled to not only play, but sink a good deal of time into it.  Turns out, I enjoyed the game a great deal.  I haven't played MW2 in a couple of years, but plan to do a re-review on it in the somewhat near future.

See, I eventually traded it in.  I had been playing it quite regularly, but when most of my friends quit playing, so did I.  Then my son got into FPS titles on the PlayStation 3, which has the added benefit of allowing people to play multiplayer titles for free (he does not have a Gold account for Life).  So, my son bought Modern Warfare 1 and 2.

I only recently played the first Modern Warfare, and even though it is not a title I will probably play with any regularity going forward, it really gave me a unique perspective on the series' growth.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown - PlayStation 3 Review

I enjoy my fighting games.  I am not always particularly good at them.  I can beat the average button masher in most games, but the truly skilled beat me more often than not.  I do not enjoy the experience any less as a result of that though, because I take it as a personal challenge to get better.  Virtua Fighter is one such game where smashing buttons randomly will almost never end well for the player, but if you sink the time into the deep, precise combat system, you will come away a better player for it.

I have been a fan of the Virtua Fighter series for a long time - ever since I first discovered Virtua Fighter 2 by Sega in the arcade.  While it was not as pretty as say, Street Fighter II, there was a sort of technical precision that drew me in, and it was probably my first brush with a 3D fighter as I believe I discovered Battle Arena Toshinden and Tekken for the PlayStation some time afterward.