Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Review)

There is no doubt that when it comes to movie, TV show or comic book video game adaptations there have been more misses than hits, so naturally when a game based on the Walking Dead franchise was announced many kept their hopes low, especially since it was going to be an episodic point-and-click adventure. On the other hand, the studio responsible for the title’s development was Telltale Games, and if there is one thing that these guys have shown us is that they know how to create great games while fully respecting their source material. Fortunately, from the very first episode, the game proved more than worthy of Telltale’s reputation.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection (Review)

Not many mecha games make it outside Japan, but Hideo Kojima’s (of the Metal Gear series) Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: the 2nd runner, which were released in 2001 and 2003 respectively for Playstation 2, are two of the few exceptions. After Konami’s recent releases of the Silent Hill and Metal Gear HD collections the time has come for the ZOE franchise to come to the PS3. This new collection is naturally smaller, considering that there were only two ZOE games released – not counting the Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars, which was released for the Game Boy Advance and cannot be included for obvious reasons.

To The Moon (Review)

To The Moon cover art
Among the large number of indie titles that have been published the last couple of years there have been a few special games which provide a genuinely captivating experience. To the Moon is without a doubt one of those cases; created mostly by one person, game designer and composer Kan Gao, the game is the first title to be published by Gao’s indie development team, Freebird Games.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lucius (Review)

Lucius is a horror/adventure game by new Finnish developer ‘Shiver Games’. The game features a young boy, who also happens to be the son of Lucifer, and is evidently inspired by ‘The Omen’ trilogy (or quadrilogy if you really want to include the fourth part); of course the game creators clearly acknowledge that, as Lucius pays homage to the classic evil/demonic child horror movies. Additionally, they have decided to give the title a rather original twist, giving the player the chance to play as the murdering 6 year old.

Deponia [Review]

Deponia is the latest title to come from German developer Daedalic Entertainment, a company who has given us some of the best classic adventure games of the past few years. Following a more or less similar style to the company’s previous titles, Deponia is a solid game with a rather original premise which is executed quite well.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (Review)

Sherlock Holmes is perhaps one of the most recognizable literature characters, and undoubtedly no other genre suits Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character more than adventure games. Thus, it is no surprise that The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is the eighth installment of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series by Frogwares.

Resonance (Review)

It took quite some time, a lot of devotion and a kickstarter campaign to make Resonance a reality, but this is not the only reason this indie game is a pretty unique case. Resonance is a 3rd person point-and-click adventure game in its purest form. Above all, the game is an homage to the classic adventure games of the 90s.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Review)

With every comic book movie release there comes the necessary game tie-in. For this new Spider-Man game Activision relies once more on Beenox, the developer studio behind ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions ‘and ‘Spider-Man: Edge of Time’. The game’s story is not the usual re-telling of the movie’s events but rather a continuation of the movie, picking off after the movie has ended. Even though there aren’t that many spoilers, it’s better to play the game after watching the movie since a few key plot points are (unavoidably) revealed.

Silent Hill: Downpour (Review)

According to Konami, 2012 is going to be a good year for Silent Hill fans. With Silent Hill: Downpour, the Silent Hill HD collection and Silent Hill: Book of memories, all being released this year, things are looking quite promising.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Overlooked games that are worth a second chance

With releases like Portal 2, Batman Arkham City, L.A. Noire, Deus Ex Human Revolution, and of course The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 2011 has been without a doubt a “full” year.  The hype created by all these releases, combined with the limited budget of the average gamer, caused some less known (but equally good) games to be overlooked.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Review)

After the unexpected success of the first Alan Wake, developer Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake’s American Nightmare as a standalone title in early 2012. It’s important to clarify from the beginning that American Nightmare is more of a spin-off than a direct sequel to the original game; this becomes more apparent when one notices the limited size (1.33 GB) of the title. The player once more assumes the role of Alan Wake, only this time there is a change of scenery as the game takes place in the Arizona desert, having Alan as the main protagonist of a ‘Night Springs’ episode ,the Twilight Zone-type TV series originally introduced in the first game.

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