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.
Bioshock Infinite has received it’s first piece of story DLC after the game’s initial release in April. The twisted ending of Bioshock Infinite opened up a lot of doors but also closed just as many. The trailer revealed familiar characters in a familiar setting in a combination that shouldn’t happen.
Disney is reaching deep into its vault for this one. It’ s not a movie but a video game. Not just any video game but arguably the best Disney game of the 16-bit era. Released in 1990 on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive), Castle of Illusion was a simple but challenging platformer. It had innovative level design and platforming mechanics and the some of the most memorable music on the Genesis. 23 years later Mickey revisits the castle once more. Will his adventure be just as enjoyable as his first?
There seems to be a bit of retro reviving happening in gaming. Sega has been re-releasing old Dreamcast games on PSN and XBLA while WayForward has been re-imagining old classics for the new generation.
It’s no secret that the Tony Hawk’s series has fallen from grace over the years. Depending who you ask the series started to decline at a couple of different points. Some people thought after THPS 2, while some thought after Underground and for me was after Underground 2. The only thing that saved American Wasteland for me was the online play and I thought Project 8 dismal. After the failed attempt with the skateboard peripheral after Tony Hawk: Ride Activision announced at last year’s E3 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD a re-imaging of the first two games. Tony Hawk’s arcade-like skateboarding series has bailed long ago but is THPS HD a clean landing?
Earlier last month, I reviewed the open beta for Gotham City Impostors. For those unfamiliar Gotham City Impostors is a downloadable game developed by Monolith. Civilians dress up and model themselves after Batman and the Joker. These two factions decide to take matters into their own hands and shoot it out. The game has a similar feel to Team Fortress 2 as it has a dark sense of humour as well. Is Gotham City Impostors a competent shooter or is it a poor imitation?
It’s been a while since I reviewed something that’s actually out… The first Trine was released in 2009 developed by Frozenbyte. Trine was an innovative puzzle platformer where you switch between three characters with different skills to traverse and solve puzzles. Trine had excellent design, visuals and gameplay and was generally well received. The sequel was released December last year and does Trine 2 still have the magic?
In the past year or so console games have begun to include one time use “Online Pass” codes to be able to play online multiplayer. Users who buy games that use Online Passes new will receive a piece of paper with a download code to unlock multiplayer for free. Those who buy the game used have to go on the console’s respective networks to download the Pass for $10. While this tactic of battling used game sales makes sense Online Passes have issues.