Review: The Cabin in the Woods (Spoiler-Free)

by on April 16, 2012 >> MoviesReviews

The Cabin in the Woods is one of those films that is best viewed with as little prior knowledge as possible.  I was careful to avoid reading too much about it but unfortunately I wasn’t able to avoid the barrage of trailers and tv commercials, and some of them give away a little too much about the premise. But even with a surprise or two spoiled, this brilliant and highly-entertaining film is an early contender for my top 10 of the year. Click through to find out why.

Review: Sine Mora

by on March 25, 2012 >> ReviewsXbox

Bullet Hell is a scary place. The entire genre of the bullet hell shooter can be intimidating even to the experienced gamer. Some people shy away from it because the difficulty factor is so high. Sine Mora invites you into Bullet Hell with a diesel punk style, anthropomorphized characters and a fully realized world with a story about rebels taking on an evil empire. Sure it’s not totally original but it’s beautiful to look at, fun to play and features some interesting twists on the Bullet Hell sub-genre of shooters. Click to read the full review.

Review: Journey

by on March 13, 2012 >> PS3Reviews

ThatGameCompany has this perfect formula for bringing out emotions with a simple story, music and natural game play mechanics. Their latest title, Journey is one of the best gaming experiences I’ve had so far this year and as much as I liked their previous efforts I think it’s their best title to date. Journey is a short platforming adventure title with beautiful design, great controls and style all its own. Playing it is easily one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. Read on about this wonderful PSN title.

Matt’s Review: Mass Effect 3

by on March 13, 2012 >> PCPS3ReviewsXbox

I love RPGs, I love third-person shooters, and I really love sci-fi, so as you might expect, the Mass Effect series has been one of my favorite things ever since it debuted in 2007. The feeling of choice and consequence is second to none, and the huge cast of both lovable and hateable characters make the universe really come to life. Mass Effect was hands down my favorite game of 2007, and likewise Mass Effect 2 in 2010. It goes without saying that I expected Mass Effect 3 to take the title for 2012, but things aren’t so clear cut this time around.

Keep reading for the full review.

Kent’s Review: Mass Effect 3

by on March 12, 2012 >> PCPS3ReviewsXbox

It’s late, I’m still reeling over what I just saw and I can’t really wrap my head around it. Frankly I don’t think I could ever wrap my head around the Mass Effect game experience. Bioware has done something extraordinary which is make me care about characters to the point that I am frustrated knowing that this is probably the last adventure I’ll have with the crew of the Normandy. Mass Effect is a franchise that truly has been building on the successes and failures of previous titles to bring a full story to the audience with choices that span years of gameplay. It’s a cohesive tale and while it has technical trip ups, it is one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. Read on for more.

Review: Street Fighter X Tekken

by on March 11, 2012 >> PS3PSVITAReviewsXbox

Two of the biggest fighting game franchises of all time are going head to head in a 2 on 2 tag team battle to decide once and for all who is the best fighter in the world. What brought these two franchises together? Well a box from outer space code named Pandora has landed on Earth and now the Shadowloo Organization lead by M. Bison and the Mishima Zaibatsu Company are after it. This of course leads to encounters of the best fighters from both franchises trying to control whatever power this Pandora’s Box has to offer. Not an overly interesting story, and honestly it doesn’t really matter what the story is because as with all fighting games it really is all about the combat. Read on to see why this game is so close to being great, but falls just short of legendary.

Review: SSX (2012)

by on March 1, 2012 >> PS3ReviewsVideosXbox

It’s strange that SSX hasn’t had a single game out on a current gen HD system. There was a game on the Wii that featured a bit of a “greatest hits” feel but lacked polish of previous titles. Now SSX, previously known as Deadly Descents is out and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Does it retain that over the top, grabbing giant air, spinning the board around, music pumping, RUN DMC blasting nature? Yes. But it also lacks a lot of the style, creativity and unique characters that made it such a great franchise in the past. Click for the full review and over an hour of gameplay footage.

Review: Super Stardust Delta

by on February 27, 2012 >> PSVITAReviews

I love twin stick shooters and as much as I suck at them I love bullet hell game and when those ideas are combined I’m like a pig in shit. Super Stardust Delta does this beautifully with one of the best on the go gaming experiences I’ve had in months. The idea blends asteroids with a twin stick shooter and then putting it all orbiting a planet and throw in big epic boss fights and bonus modes for good measure. One big part of the PSVita marketing campaign has been that there’s finally a system for FPS games on the go. Well there aren’t any FPS titles out for the VITA but this is a great excuse to show off those dual analog sticks. Read on for the full review.

Review: Goon

by on February 25, 2012 >> MoviesReviews

I hate puns when it comes to movie reviews but Goon really is Rocky meets hockey with a comedy edge. Sean William Scott stars as the dimwitted but totally lovable Doug Glatt, a bounce at a night club who one night at a hockey game gets into a fight with a player. Soon he’s recruited into the local minor team league and before he knows it he’s an enforcer. The movie has an incredibly fast pace as Doug shoots right up into the farms, the league below the NHL. Here Doug is tasked with protecting an underachieving young hockey start up named Xavier Laflamme. After getting a massive hit that took him out of the game for a while Laflamme has lost his edge, his courage and is now a coward out on the ice. It’s up to Doug to set Laflamme straight and protect him. Read on for the full review.

Review: ModNation Racers – Road Trip

by on February 25, 2012 >> PSVITAReviews

I was hyped for the original ModNation Racers title on PS3. I got the demo, made tracks, uploaded them, played them with friends, spent hours doing split screen kart racing on my couch and then online racing. When I heard the franchise was moving to PSP I was shocked that they managed to get in all the features of the full title in a half decade old hand held. Now ModNation Racers: Road Trip is a PSVita launch title and I couldn’t be more disappointed by it’s lack of features, clunky menus, long load times and in game slow down. This is not the game this Franchise deserves. Read on to feel my disappointment.

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