Halloween is right around the corner so now is as good as time as any to talk about a horror game (not a fun and cheery game that I was initially planning to this week…). Instead of talking about more recent popular horror games like Slender, Five Nights at Freddie’s or Outlast, let’s look at an older game with a little more involved gameplay. Limbo was originally released in 2010 for XBLA and praised for its art direction and gameplay. While it isn’t necessarily a horror game it does have a frightening tone.
The popular Nickelodeon show Legend of Korra, the sequel series to Avatar the Last Air Bender is finally getting a game. As a licensed game it has to face the stigma of being a licensed game plus try to live up to the series. Is Legend of Korra worthy of living up to the show?
It has been four years since the first game of the Castlevania Reboot was released. After a 3DS tie-in bridging the two games, we finally get answers to the first game’s final scenes. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow received lots of mixed opinions. There was little doubt in my mind that Lords of Shadow 2 would be mixed as well. Does the Lords of Shadows series still have any fangs?
Last week the Definitive Edition of Sleeping Dogs were released on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. I think now is as good as time as any to talk about this somewhat overlooked sandbox game which can cheaply be found on last generation consoles.
It’s hard to believe that Bayonetta 2 is right around the corner. A lot of buzz was generated around this sequel when it was first announced. Even if you didn’t play it or had issues with the character herself you knew what this game was and now it’s a Wii U exclusive. I have to applaud Nintendo for helping to get this game developed.
It’s funny that my only experience with Bayonetta is with the demo of the first game and my second experience is with the demo of the sequel.
The demo is short but straight to the point. After a short tutorial you’re killing angels on fighter jets, a train moving on a collapsing bridge and flying in the sky above skyscrapers. The combat controls feel great and the animations are fluid and awesome.
I’ve been playing a bunch of triple A action games in the past few months and Bayonetta 2 is better than most if not all of them. Bayonetta is strong, fast and completely in control. You never feel that the controls betray you and you know the reason why you got hit. The dodging gives you enough invincibility so you can attack as hard as you want with only your reactions to blame if you missed a dodge. Most importantly this game has a lot of style. Hitting enemies with giant high heeled feet and fists of hair is incredibly satisfying.
Bayonetta 2 looks to be a fantastic action game that stands out from all the hard core violent action games that surround it, hopefully the story won’t be so cheesy. This is a big win for Wii U owners and it’s another game to add to the short list of must haves on the console.
Originally I wanted to write about Muramasa The Demon’s Blade/Rebirth, a beautiful looking Vanillaware game. Then I started to realize how little there was to say about Muramasa. So I’ve shifted my focus to the first Vanillaware game I’ve played and my personal favorite: Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2 and available as a PS2 Classic on PSN.
It still isn’t Persona 5 but we are getting the next but not the last Persona spin-off. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the fighting a squeal to the popular JRPG franchise. It continues the stories from Persona 3 and 4 and with the game remaining true to the character’s skills, Persona and abilities. Is Persona 4 Arena worthy for a second round?
Recently Game Grumps has done a hilarious series on Trauma Center: Second Opinion. It’s a game about surgery that breaks into medical bizarreness. A port of the original DS game Trauma Center: Under the Knife, the Wii brings us Trauma Center: Second Opinion expanding and improving on the innovative gameplay of the original.
There have been a few Zelda spin-offs in the past but none have been this appealing. Hyrule Warriors is the most recent franchise that is adopting the mayhem driven gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. Bringing in several characters from the history of Zelda, they are looking better than ever. Is this team-up something Legendary or does it suffer the same criticisms as Dynasty Warriors always does.
PixelJunk is a series of small downloadable games that focuses on a single mechanic and build around that. Their best game in the series also happens to be their first. PixelJunk Racers isn’t so much a racing game but as it is a remote controlled race track in video game form.