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.
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.
The apocalypse is most definitely not a picnic. Most of the people you know and loved have been wiped off the face of the earth after a biological weapon attack. The city is desolate. As you walk around, you hear echoes and noises and sounds of distant gunfire.
There’s a time for complex, Ken Levine-esque, layered storytelling. But sometimes, you just want to dive into a game, not worry too much about the plot, and just have some fun.
Whatever else you might feel about the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games, you have to admit that they look really cool. The China chapter featured gorgeous, paintbrush-like graphics, and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India has a quiet beauty of its own. Colorful patterns and intricate textures abound.
Minecraft, by any definition of the term, is an absolute phenomenon. The easy barrier for entry, the unlimited possibilities and the unspeakable joy of building and sharing a universe with your friends makes it an absolute must-play. Some gaming experts theorize that massively multiplayer experiences like Minecraft, which don’t require a great deal of gaming skill or knowledge of lore to start playing, will become the norm.
There are times when you want a complex narrative, thoughtful, emotionally affecting and decision-driven gameplay. And there are times when you want to completely wreck your environment and cackle in glee as one ridiculously awesome stunt after another succeeds (or fails),
Dragon Quest Heroes: The World’s Tree Woe and the Blight Below is an interesting game. At once, it offers you the relentless pleasure of slaughtering Blue Slimes (cute-looking killer blobs, for those of you who are new to the franchise)
In a few weeks, the (arguably) biggest movie franchise on the planet returns to movie screens. There are several reasons why Star Wars is such an iconic pop-culture mainstay.
Fallout 4 is a rare, rare thing. It’s one of those games that sucks you into such a complex world with a smorgasbord of quests and interesting characters that you can’t help but think “How did they ever manage to put all of this into one game?!” wandering around a post-apocalyptic wasteland has never been more fun.
You’re hitting the high notes. You’re getting there, to that crucial, victorious crescendo that ties the entire song together. You pause. The instruments stop. The crowd looks on, wild with expectation. And then, it begins – the pulse-pounding guitar solo that elevates the song to another level. The audience loses their collective minds. You’ve got them in the palm of your hand.
One of the most annoying aspects of modern game plotlines is how little you as a player can do to influence the overall outcome. Other than a select few games, like the ones that Telltale so expertly crafts, the player is basically just a cog in the overall machine.
If you’re interesting in playing old games, you’ll be faced with a dilemma. Unless you want to head over to eBay and pay lots of money for a good copy of the original game, your only other option is pirating ROMs of the game.
There are more Street Fighter games than there are memes about Justin Bieber. OK, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. You get the point. For every Street Fighter game release, there are several others padded with prefixes like Super, Hyper, Remix and Ultra. Ultra Street Fighter IV, which promised a whole host of goodies, was shown to screaming gamers at the Sony conference in February. And for hadouken-blasting PS4 owners everywhere, it has finally arrived.
Batman is a complicated guy. Several times over Batman’s storied history, writers have talked about the emotional and psychological toll his actions have. Is Batman the cause of all of the problems that Gotham currently faces?
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There’s something about a perfect heist that is viscerally satisfying. Some of the greatest films of our time are heist stories – Reservoir Dogs, Heat, and The Usual Suspects. Maybe it’s the thrill of casting off the shackles of society and organized behavior.
Magicka 2 had one of the most hilarious announcement trailers for a game in recent history. It featured an out of work wizard committing blunder after blunder until he saw an ad where wizards were being hired.
Destiny was supposed to be the greatest thing to happen to shooters since sliced bread. It wasn’t. The game featured a notoriously weak story and several critical gameplay bugs, including a loot system that would make Scrooge McDuck wince.
A large portion of the horror genre is based on shock value. Where jump scares don’t work, horror stories often go to the weirdness well, mining terror out of sheer grotesqueness and/or gore. Occasionally, these efforts work spectacularly and deliver a setting or a character which is truly memorable.