Set in the United States under North Korean occupation, Homefront attempts to differentiate itself from other first person shooters with a unique back-story. You take control of Robert Jacobs, an ex-helicopter pilot, and fight in the American resistance. This grim scenario could have allowed for an incredibly interesting shooter, but instead fails to implement anything we haven’t already seen in the genre.
Historians argue that the ancient city of Troy was destined to fall. Whether or not Helen had eloped with Paris or not, Troy’s detractors would have found some other reason to siege the city. Of course, the Trojan War became famous for the petty reason that started it, but knowing that this great conflict was inevitable adds a certain bit of tragedy to what is otherwise just another war for poets to write about. We like to believe that video games can, and should, deliver stories with depth and layers to it, but to date, these stories have been shallow, simple, and sometimes just plain old nonsensical. Bioware must have realized this when they came up with the story of Dragon Age 2.
Sequels are always put in the unenviable position to deliver the same thing but in a completely different way. The fallback plan to that is to just do the same thing but in a grander way and probably with more flash to it. It’s sad to say that Dead Space 2 decided to go plan B, but at the same time, it’s hard to complain when it does it as well as Dead Space 2 did.
It’s funny. I don’t recall there ever being a sport called Call of Duty. What ESPN is it on? 4? The only way I know it exist is that it’s serialized like Madden. Aren’t sport games the only game franchises that get serialized? I’m really only bringing this up because like any game franchises that gets serialized, each year it gets tougher and tougher to live up to its own name.
Popcorn works great for watching movies. You don’t have to pay attention to it if you want to eat it. It isn’t like a steak where you have to watch where you’re cutting. Unfortunately, popcorn’s not all that easy to eat while you’re playing a video game like Vanquish. I guess that’s why they don’t call them popcorn video games, but if there ever was one, Vanquish would be leading the charge.
It seems like ever since Infinity Ward came out with Call of Duty Modern Warfare the original, everyone and their mama has been trying to get on the contemporary battlefield bandwagon. Even though other firms have been making games based on fictional conflicts these days for years (the Battlefield series chiefly) it wasn’t until Soap and Price came onto the scene that things really started blowing up. [Read more...]
After starting the decade off on a high note our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been in a skid as of late. Not only did his last theatrical release leave many a fan wanting, but the tie-in games for the movies and the original concept video game, “Web of Shadows”, have been less than amazing. So while Sony reboots the film franchise, Beemox has been charged with rebooting the gaming franchise. But is Shattered Dimensions the game us web heads have been waiting for, or is it a tangled web of mediocrity?
A quick riddle to get us on our way. What do you get when you purchase the license to a major sport effectively squashing any and all competition and crank your product out every year? If you guessed Madden NFL 11 you’d be correct. In what has been a long time coming the inevitable has happened – Madden has fallen off its throne and there is no one around to help salvage our NFL season.
Not only was Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands my very first time playing a PoP game, but it was the first time in very long time that I played a platformer that required so much dexterity. To be honest I was turned off to platformers since reviewing some mediocre Sonic games and I wasn’t particularly excited about delving into this one, even though PoP is worlds apart from Sonic.
I’ve been a fan of Rockstar’s games since I got my hands on Grand Theft Auto III. I’ve even beaten a few of them. In fact I had just gotten through Grand Theft Auto IV just a few months back (LttP much, I know). The last thing I wanted to do was invest another large chunk of my time in besting another Rockstar game, and yet it’s funny how our rotation worked out. I got assigned Red Dead Redemption. As you might have guessed, yes this is a Rockstar game. In such an irony of fate I quickly became engrossed often skipping sleep in order to “finish one more mission” that would undoubtedly turn into a few more hours of playtime. Even with that said should you stay past bedtime or lay this one to bed?