Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 - Review

Who would’ve thought plants and zombies would make natural enemies? When PopCap Games first introduced the world to this epic rivalry in 2009, gamers took an immediate liking to the cute graphics, silly humor and wacky presentation. Cut to several years later, and our beloved tower defense franchise has blossomed like the sunflower plant into a fun shooter that still stays true to its roots. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has everything you love about the series If you’ve played a Plants Vs Zombies game before, you’ll notice the major difference immediately. Plants and zombies are now on opposite ends of a single map, with some disputed territory in between. There’s a lot of Easter eggs and collectibles around the map, along with several fun and potentially addictive mini-games. The plot explains the rivalry between the plants and zombies in a characteristically quirky fashion, and gives you enough to get the...

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Pokemon Tournament Review - The Old School Game Vault

Wii U Pokemon Tournament Review

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Batman Cold Cold Heart DLC Review The Old School Game Vault

Arkham Origins was a curious game. On the one hand, it had everything that has made the Arkham series of games so successful – open world environments, the joy of gliding over the Gotham skyline as Batman, free flow combat and a great roster of villains. Surprisingly, the game felt a bit tacky in its execution, here's why The story took too long to get going, and certain missions seemed like an excuse to get you to spend more time in the game. By the time the fantastic third act of the game rolled along, a lot of gamers had made up their minds about it. It also failed to utilize the stellar Batman rogues gallery in a way that felt organic. With the new Cold, Cold Heart DLC, developers WB Montreal have delivered a game that corrects some of the missteps of its predecessor. While the campaign only takes a...

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Nintendo Wii U - Mario Kart 8 Review - The Old School Game Vault

If you’ve been playing Mario Kart for any amount of time, you might have observed that certain people are drawn to certain kinds of power ups. For example, people who love the lightning bolt seem to enjoy creating havoc on the racetrack. Others, who often use the banana peels, are usually more reserved, and more concerned with winning the race rather than causing any mayhem. While this might be a rudimentary and ridiculous armchair analysis, Mario Kart is full of such fun moments when players reveal their mindsets in the heat of a race, even if the screen is generally filled with mushrooms and cute-looking things. If you’ve been foiled more than a certain number of times by players who got just the right item at the right time during a race, you might have contemplated the same questions. In recent iterations of the Mario Kart series, items seemed to have...

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Star Fox Zero Wii U Review - The Old School Game Vault

Star Fox Zero – Nintendo Wii U Review

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BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2 DLC Review

Our lives are about memories. Our lives are about connections. The ones we forge, the ones we destroy, the bridges we burn, and the hearts we touch. We waltz through our lives, seeking experiences, seeking connections, and some things we gravitate to bring us new ones, at the cost of leaving some behind. Some connections are difficult to maintain, whereas some appear out of nowhere, and last forever. BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2 touches on these themes. Another DLC Is It Worth It? BioShock Infinite was a masterpiece of storytelling, a narrative tour-de-force that took us through a spellbinding journey through a fantastic world that somehow managed to bring the plots of the previous games a full circle. The first DLC, Burial at Sea – Episode 1 was, unfortunately, underwhelming. Episode 2 also ties in Columbia from the previous games to Rapture from the first two, BioShock games, but it...

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Pokemon Sun And Moon Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Intro:

In the 20 odd years since the lovable critters of the Pokemon Universe took the world by storm, the franchise has been adapted into several kinds of media. As would befit a franchise this popular, there have been a ton of Pokemon games over the years.

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Batman Arkham Knight Review – The Old School Game Vault

Batman is a complicated guy. Several times over Batman’s storied history, writers have talked about the emotional and psychological toll his actions have. This game is available on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One Consoles. Is Batman the cause of all the problems that Gotham currently faces? Has he, as a shining symbol of justice, inadvertently caused the rise of a new kind of super-criminal? Is one man truly capable of protecting Gotham from itself? These and other questions have been fodder for some of his greatest stories, including the ones that developers Rock steady have imbued the previous Arkham games with. In Arkham Knight, we revisit The Dark Knight’s greatest fears. The result – a magnificent, rollicking ride that features the who’s who of the Batman rogue gallery and good guys. Game Background: This is a spectacular way to go out. Through the Arkham series, they’ve given gamers not...

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review Nintendo Wii

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and fans of the video game are sure to recognize the common theme and quest behavior offered during The Legend of Zelda adventures. For anyone who first plays this game after the beloved Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask, getting used to the controls is a bit of a challenge. As with any game, the new Zelda has its pros and cons. One important factor to point out before purchasing the game is that you must have the Wii MotionPlus sensor attached to the controller, so older Wii owners must upgrade the controller before playing the game. Without giving away too much of the game’s story The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword focuses on the usual problem: Link and Zelda have an event to attend, but instead of the day’s events working out smoothly, Zelda goes missing. The beginning of the game starts In a city named...

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The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 5 – No Going Back

The Walking Dead graphic novels have been one thing above all – consistently unpredictable. Whenever you thought a character was safe, it turned out they really weren’t. Whenever you thought the survivors had a situation under control, a new threat or some more zombies showed up to prove you wrong. The latest game in Telltale Games’ series of games based on The Walking Dead franchise is equally unpredictable. Considering the fact that this is a season finale, you might be expecting a crescendo to all the frantic action that the four previous games in Season 2 have built up. But you would be wrong. The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode 5 – No Going Back is low on the action, and focuses more on building tension through dialogues and storytelling. The zombies, which have been the ever-present sword that hangs perilously over the survivors’ heads, don’t make too much of an...

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Hall of Fame Status? Check out This BioShock Infinite Review

When we last visited the world of BioShock, we were treated to an underwater city with a mysterious past and an eerie sense of foreboding. This was a city of hushes and whispers, where demons lurked in the shadows and artifacts spoke of great inventions and terrible tragedies. Bioshock Series Takes A Turn to the Skies, will we miss Rapture?  Rapture wasn’t just a city, it was a character. And the new game in the series, BioShock infinite, aims to literally turn the game on its head by taking the action to the skies. Yes, this time the game is set in a floating city among the clouds. And since this is BioShock, you know there is going to be a twist to the story. And yet, when the said twist does occur, you are completely shocked. That is the power of BioShock Infinite – a game that has all the...

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Uncharted 4 A Thief's End Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Uncharted series of games have always been about scale – the scope of the stories is epic, the visuals are beautiful and the landscapes you journey through are vast and diverse. When you consider the sheer amount of crazy, over-the-top, spectacular set pieces that the game has delivered over its three previous iterations, it is hard to imagine how things could get better. And yet, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End manages to do just that. It ups the ante for everything you’ve come to expect from an Uncharted game and grounds it with a moving, impactful story about grief, betrayal and redemption. In many ways, A Thief’s End is the most personal journey Nathan Drake and his companions have been through. In previous games, Naughty Dog had us explore several different parts of the globe, such The Amazon rainforest (El Dorado) and the Himalayas (Cintamani Stone). In this game, we...

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Hyrule Warriors Legends Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Intro:

Let’s face it – executing a perfect superhero landing onto a field of battle and mowing down thousands of enemies, dozens with every attack, is a lot of fun. And when you get to execute said carnage with some of your favorite characters?

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The Walking Dead Survival instinct Game Review

The Intro: Robert Kirkman’s ‘The Walking Dead Series' of graphic novels are a tour-de-force of storytelling via sequential art. The stark black artwork brings out emotions better than most full-color big budget comics. The characters are amazing, the atmosphere is suitably depressing and no one is safe. If you look at it, Kirkman’s work almost begs for a videogame tie-in. That being said, other than some exceptional games such as Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, video games based on comic franchises generally aren’t that great. The Walking Dead: Survival instinct is, sadly, one of these mediocre games. The Story: The Walking Dead has become a hugely popular TV show in today’s time. With the voice acting talent of the entire cast of that show available to the developers, they really should have done better. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is a prequel of sorts which tells the story of one of...

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - Nintendo 3DS Review

A good co-op puzzler is a hard thing to pull off. You need a balance of inventive mechanics, clever level design and clear advantages to playing with a group of friends instead of alone. But, fun as those things are, they aren’t the most important part of a good co-op puzzle game. I will admit, the game doesn't have any puzzles as hard as the Mirror Room from Majora's Mask. No, the most fun part of these games is the failures. The hilarious sight of you and your friends trying to figure things out and goofing up and dying or sending someone else to their doom in ever more inventive ways. Really, the best co-op games are as much fun to fail at as they are when you’re succeeding. And this central concept, more than anything else that The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes does, is what makes it such...

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