E10+ - Everyone 10+

10.15.12

No matter your age and no matter your gender take a moment to think back to your childhood toys. Remember that one teddy bear that you had? Some of you may even have had more than one. Now imagine that same cute and cuddly teddy bear as a homicidal murder weapon wielding manic whose goal is to dismember every other living creature in sight! That in a nut shell is “Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise”. “Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise” is the downloadable sequel to 2010’s “Naughty Bear”. “Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise” takes the best parts of its predecessor and adds a ton of new features. Do these new features make the game worth downloading? Let’s take a stab at it in our review. 

08.13.12

I wanted to review Dust: An Elysian Tail because it looked beautiful. That and because, being part of XBLA's Summer of Arcade, the game had a chance at joining the revered company of titles like Braid, LIMBO, and Bastion.

06.30.12

The legacy of Tomba! is a small yet important one.  The game (and its following sequel) were made by a team known as Whoopee Camp, inspired by classic side-scrolling games of old and eager to make their own.  The original came out on the original PlayStation way back in 1998, followed by a sequel over a year later, and though they were well critically received, they weren’t the best sellers Sony was hoping for.  Sadly, Whoopee Camp was no more after the second game came out, but their story lives on there, thanks to the thoughtful gaming crew at MonkeyPaw Games.

06.22.12

Travellers Tales has been producing a whole bunch of Lego games over the years, and while some folks think they’ve been droning on, there has been some significant progress.  Levels have gotten bigger, gameplay ideas have expanded a little bit and, most importantly, you can play split-screen co-op, which means you don’t have to stay on the same screen.  And with Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, the company’s latest effort, it expands even further – into a whole freakin’ city.  If that’s not something to get excited over, we’re not sure what is.

06.18.12

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is set to unleash fear on villains starting tomorrow across a multitude of platforms.  Obviously, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are prime choices, but by no means should you discount the handheld versions, mainly PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.  WB Games invited us to check out a demo of the upcoming 3DS game, and we came away pretty happy with the results.

06.12.12

Last year’s DiRT 3, I think, was the pinnacle for Codemasters’ long-running rally racing series, as it simply got everything just right.  The feel of the cars, the variety of the tracks, the sheer thrill of flying off a jump and landing for a first place finish…everything just clicked.  So with that, the team was probably wondering…”So what next?”  We get that answer today with the release of DiRT Showdown, a not-so-routine sequel where you’re taking part in a racing festival, competing in fun – and quite destructive – racing events.

06.01.12

Remember last year when Techland and Deep Silver introduced the racing game Nail’d?  It actually provided a fresh new take on the ATV racing scene, thanks to its heavily vertical (yet still surprisingly cramped) level design and its non-stop speed.  Well, Ubisoft apparently liked it as well, as it’s commissioned the game’s developer, Techland, to do it all over again for Mad Riders, which hit Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network this week.  And while some of the game’s flaws still remain intact, it remains a fun racer – especially if you’ve got online friends looking to join you.

05.31.12

When I first played Gravity Rush last year at E3, I saw how it stood out in the PlayStation Vita line-up at the time, with its exquisite art style and its innovative gameplay style.  But then I thought…”What if they ‘gimmick’ this and make it more about the features of the game than the game itself?”  And doubt began to sank in.  But, as I usually get these days with game developers, Sony Japan Studio pulled a 180 on me and actually made Gravity Rush one of the more entertaining Vita efforts to date.  Gotta love surprises.

05.31.12

The last time that the DC Comics characters made a respectable appearance in a fighting game, it was in the crossover title Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, which wasn't half bad but ended up being somewhat mixed reviews due to its Teen-rated nature.  However, since Mortal Kombat has gone on to bloody success returning to its roots, why can't DC Comics get its own fighting love?  It's doing just that, as Ed Boon and his team at Netherrealm Studios have announced Injustice: Gods Among Us, a new fighting game with plenty of comic book love.

05.30.12

When it comes to games made specifically for the PlayStation Move, Sony could’ve done better.  Some of the lamer party and dancing efforts are easily forgettable; Kung Fu Rider stunk worse than a slice of Gouda cheese left in an unplugged fridge for a week; and Medieval Moves was too jittery for its own good.  But now, two years after its initial announcement, we have a game that actually makes the PlayStation Move look likable, even though using it actually reveals a pretty big weakness.

05.30.12

Earlier this month, we reported on the story that 2K Sports was looking to launch its latest basketball sim, NBA 2K13, sometime in early October, and would have the game ready to hit the floor of E3 next week.  Today, 2K Sports confirmed the story, stating that its championship series would indeed be heading back to stores to once again dominate the paint.