Sunday, April 29, 2012

S&S Mobile Review: Lil Kingdom

Title: Lil Kingdom
Format: Mobile
Release Date: April 23 2012
Publisher: Glu Mobile 
Developer: Glu Mobile 
Price:  Free on Googe Play Store and Apple app store
ESRB Rating:  E

Lil Kingdom is a fun and casual offering from Glu. The all rounded multi-genre mobile games developer hardly disappoints and there is no difference with their latest offering, this time presenting an animated, time consuming outfit accessible to a broad range of player.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

S&S Review: The Walking Dead: The Game

Title:  The Walking Dead: The Game: Episode 1
Format: PS3, PC, Mac, Xbox 360
Release Date: April 24, 2012, April 27(Xbox 360)
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games
Price: $5
ESRB Rating: M

Over the past year or so, The Walking Dead has saturated its brand over hours of TV episodes and online content, capturing the hearts and minds of millions of old and new fans of the universe.  It was only a matter of time before the series manifested itself into a 3D video game, a darn good one at that.

S&S Reviews: Prototype 2

Title: Prototype 2
Format: 360, PS3, PC
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Radical Entertainment
ESRB Rating: M

Prototype 2 is the sequel to the 2009 platinum hit Prototype. With it's smash em' up mentality and bloody fun gameplay, this is a game you should definitely check out.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

S&S Impressions: Dragon's Dogma Demo

Title: Dragon's Dogma
Format: PS3, 360
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher : Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Price: 59.99
ESRB Rating M

Capcom released a demo of its newest IP, Dragon's Dogma, yesterday. After barely being able to tear myself away from the screen, here's my verdict.

Note: After going through the demo once, I highly suggest you turn off everything you can in the Options menu. The screen can get a bit busy sometimes.

Monday, April 23, 2012

S&S Reviews: Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention

Title: Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
Format: PS Vita
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi
Price: 39.99
ESRB Rating: T

Well before Kid Icarus broke the fourth wall with yucks penned by SNL alums, the prinnies of Disgaea "dood"-ed their way through about 1.7 million units of comedy gold. Tactical RPGs, as niche creatures, are like the late night television of video games. Sorry to the fans first person shooters, this genre is truly where the rubber hits the road as far as who is a hardcore gamer. There's character customization, stat bonuses, level bonuses, morphin' monsters, over the top dialogue, and on-card DLC that's paid in full. As a launch window game this isn't a system seller, however, the included features make this iteration a value pack of sorts for any Netherworld virgin.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

S&S Review: The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition

Title: The Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition
Format: Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: Warner Bros Interactive
Developer:  CD Projekt / Metropolis Software House
Price: $59.99
ESRB Rating: M

The Witcher 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed PC game The Witcher, and the new Enhanced Edition brings the sequel over to the consoles.  Xbox fans have another great action RPG to spend countless hours lost in the Witcher's unique universe.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

S&S Indie Review: Spoids

Title: Spoids
Format: XBLA
Release Date: March 19, 2012
Publisher: Airwave Games
Developer: Airwave Games
Price:  240 MS Points
ESRB Rating:  E

Spoids caught me by surprise, going into it, I wasn't expecting much form this indie title.  After spending an immense amount of time with the game, I have to say that its been quite a pleasure to mow down hundreds of spoids.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

S&S Reviews: Xenoblade Chronicles

Title: Xenoblade Chronicles
Format: Nintendo Wii
Release Date: April 6, 2012
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft
Price: 49.99
ESRB Rating: T

Nine months after its launch, Operation Rainfall waters the tree of Pandora's Tower, The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. Finally, the first fruits land in North America with the recent release of Xenoblade Chronicles. Previously known as Monado: Beginning of the World, this game bears the "Xeno" mark as a signature of Tetsuya Takahashi. Gamers don't need to playthrough Xenogears, Xenosaga or even Soma Bringer to appreciate this verse in the Wii's swan song.

PAX East Round-Up

This is going to be a general review of the games I demoed at PAX East. It will also include any information I received about a game from a panel. First up...

Assassin's Creed III

Thursday, April 12, 2012

S&S Reviews: Legend Of Grimrock

Title: Legend of Grimrock
Format: PC, Mac Eventually
Release Date: April 11, 2012
Publisher : Almost Human
Developer: Almost Human
Price: 14.99
ESRB Rating T

Hey there! Have you ever wanted to slowly crawl through a decrepit dungeon while you barely survive from the attacks of angry animals, beastmen, soldiers, and traps in a King's Field/Dungeon Master game? Yeah? Keep reading.

S&S Reviews: Skullgirls

Title: Skullgirls
Format: PSN, XBLA
Release Date: April 10, 2012 PSN April 11, 2012 XBLA
Publisher: Autumn Games / Konami
Developer: Reverge Labs
Price: 15.00
ESRB Rating: T

Fan service consumes fighting games. Each title prioritizes character license and a mangled idea of accessibility over balanced gameplay and fun. We see the same situation as fifteen years ago when Capcom and Neo Geo/SNK dominated aracdes with CP System II and MVS respectively. The genre is saturated not with a variety of IP, but rather iterations of the same game with the same characters. Developers train gamers to expect these iterations so much that when finally Capcom learns to count to three in Street Fighter, the question becomes, "Where is everybody?" Street Fighter III needs two more "strikes" before the classic quality sticks. Away from the arcades, the PS1 and Dreamcast stand out as heralds of a future yet to come. You don't have to huddle in the dimly lit "Aladdin's Castle" to get some Vs. fighting. We don't just get ports of aracde fighters, either. Your favorite retro gaming mag tucks away a blurb about a new game, Guilty Gear. Refugees from the house that built Samurai Showdown lovingly craft something new and fresh and exciting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

S&S Reviews: Tales Of Graces f

Title: Tales of Graces f
Format: PS3
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Tales Studio
Price: 59.99
ESRB Rating: T

RPGs on the console are pretty rare in comparison to the last generation of gaming, so Tales of Graces f is a welcome addition to Sony’s library.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

S&S Guest Review: Plants vs Zombies (Vita)

Plants vs Zombies has been out for some time now on numerous consoles, phones and computers, and now makes its way to the PlayStation Vita. There are no surprises here as it is the same game you may have played multiple times over, but this really isn’t a bad thing.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

S&S Review: Devil May Cry HD Collection

Title: Devil May Cry HD Collection
Format: PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: M

The Devil May Cry series is yet another classic franchise that has gotten the HD reboot, adding to the already extensive list that includes God of War, Ico Collection, Prince of Persia, and Silent Hill.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

S&S Review: Armored Core V

Title: Armored Core V
Format: PS3, 360
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Publisher:  Namco Bandai
Developer: FromSoftware
Price: $59.99
ESRB Rating: T

After 5 years of waiting, AC fans have finally been given another chance to play AC with Armored Core V.  The question is, does it do enough too appease the Armored Core hardcore fans?

Monday, April 2, 2012

S&S Review: Closure

Title: Closure
Format: PSN
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: Eyebrow Interactive
Developer: Eyebrow Interactive
Price: $14.99
ESRB Rating: E

Closure is another PSN exclusive title that is unique in its own way.  Games like Journey and the PixelJunk games have made the PSN the ideal place to find great games at a reduced price.  The indie gaming scene is growing, and only getting better.