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10.12.12

There is an old saying that goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” What many people do not know is this famous quote has been paraphrased.  It originally went “If it ain’t broke, or Double Dragon, don’t fix it.” Okay, maybe it didn’t originally go like that, but it’s too bad, because Double Dragon Neon is a reboot to a franchise that should have been left alone.

10.02.12

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is the video game your grandmother hates. A weird postmodern jumble of gratuitous gore, gaudy colors and vulgar creatures. Here a robot-legged panda will shoot at you with bouncing tic-tac-shaped lasers, as elsewhere a huge Spartan-masked scorpion spews waves of neon-bordered playing cards from its stinger. In this 2D platformer, your victims—98 more abominations like the ones above—must pay the price for having enjoyed humiliating photos of you in the bathtub. Anything goes.

09.30.12

The original Torchlight was a shining beacon in a sea of samey dungeon crawlers for those looking for a suitable Diablo replacement. It provided an alternative to the deeper, darker recesses of Blizzard's triumphant cult classic while still serving up the same addictive looting and monster-crushing goodness we quickly became used to with the various dungeons and catacombs of yesteryear.

09.24.12

Capcom’s “Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection” celebrates the silver anniversary of the successful fighting franchise. Packed with games, DLC, Blu-Rays, and exclusive collectables, the set is impressive but will it please the hardcore “Street Fighter” fanatics? 

09.10.12

There are a number of great beat-em-ups to choose from on Xbox Live Arcade, including X-Men The Arcade Game, The Simpsons Arcade and, of course, the always favorable Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  But folks out there might be seeking something a little more contemporary when it comes to beating people to a pulp, and that's where QOOC Soft's Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior's Rise comes in.  The idea is still the same – beat down a bunch of thugs and be the last man standing – but it takes place inside enclosed 3D arenas, and adds some gameplay gimmicks to be a bit more diversifying.  There's more satisfaction to it than we first expected, but it isn't quite the noble warrior it could've been.

09.02.12

FreQuency and Amplitude, as far as rhythm games go, are close to perfection. While the included soundtracks weren't always slices of heaven, the track-capturing, fast-moving musical roller coaster foreshadowed the eventual success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and a host of me-too releases whose popularity is now certainly waning.

09.01.12

Frenzied fighters comprise a good portion of any retro gramer's library, and for good reason: they're ridiculously fun. From Pocket Fighter to Darkstalkers, these colorful, frenetic brawlers incorporate hilariously varied and random combos, loud artwork, and fluid animations to back it all up. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a blast from the past that follows in the footsteps of these fantastic games -- a Dreamcast/PlayStation release that followed the events of the popular manga. The cult classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary and to commemorate the event Capcom has released an HD version via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Nostalgia can be a powerful factor when influencing our feelings one way or another toward particular releases, but is that enough to propel this bizarre adventure into greatness?

08.23.12

LOS ANGELES -- THQ revealed its new roster as well as new features including the new "Attitude Era" mode of this year's installment of their best-selling WWE wrestling game WWE 13. Among other new features are new entrances and finishers, new customization features, enhanced gameplay and dramatic moments that include the ability to collapse the ring. We talked with THQ Creative Director Corey Ledesma as well as Stone Cold Steve Austin, RAW GM AJ Lee and legendary WWE broadcaster Jim Ross about the new WWE 13 game and features in exclusive video interviews.

08.21.12

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is still to this day one of the most played games played on PC. With the Dawnguard expansion recently hitting Steam shelves, many have already have played 100 plus hours into the 2011 holiday hit. So what’s next for Skyrim? Bethesda recently filed out a trademark called Hearthfire, which could be linked to the Elder Scrol\ franchise.

08.19.12

Last week, I get a chance to get hands on time with easily one of the most anticipated games of the holiday season, Ubisoft’s Assassins’ Creed 3. Instead of being on foot and climbing on rooftops in Boston, I was established in Caribbean on controlling a boat.

08.17.12

Who hasn't fantasized about less-than-likely Sony character crossovers? Who hasn't envisioned a knock-down, drag-out battle to the death between iconic PlayStation mainstays at a time? Those might sound like bizarre gaming fantasies, but at least a few of us have sat and pondered how such a game might pan out.