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FIFA 15 Review

FIFA 15 Review

Yearly sports games are often criticized for either over-compensating changes or not changing enough (besides rosters). FIFA 15 is guilty of neither. Major problems that have plagued the franchise for years finally see their end as the game makes a major move toward realism. Animations Animations have been a growing part of the FIFA series. They are the source of great looks and awful frustrations. FIFA 14 had the most animations of all the games when it came out. When you would press a command button, it resulted … [Read more...]

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition Review

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition

With all due respect to the decades-old Star Wars and Indiana Jones, the Lord of the Rings series represents the best franchise entertainment Hollywood can provide. Set to conclude its second trilogy in just over a month, the franchise's latest Blu-ray entry is The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition, a must-own set for fans of The Hobbit films. Not only is it a great product, as we'll spell out in this The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition review, but it's also a perfect primer for December's … [Read more...]

Skylanders Trap Team Review

Skylanders Trap Team screen

My kids and I have adored the Skylanders franchise since it first launched, as have millions of other families. Swap Force was a wild hit in our house, so Skylanders Trap Team was atop the kids' must-play list. I purposefully held this Skylanders Trap Team review to give the kids ample time to play the game and provide their impressions too. After all, Skylanders Trap Team, like all of the games in the series, is fun for parents but will really take off or flop based on the kids' experience. As a parent, I look for a … [Read more...]

Help Wanted: Video Game Reviewers and Writers

PS4 vs. Xbox One

The holiday-timed rush of video game releases is nearing, and for the first time in years, we're asking for your help. The PS4 and Xbox One will pop with new releases in the next two months, while the Wii U, PS3 and Xbox 360 will each see their own game releases as well. Frankly, it's just too much for us to cover with our existing resources. That's why we're issuing this Help Wanted: video game reviewers and writers alert. There's a lot of video game content to monitor and post, from breaking news and game reviews … [Read more...]

Sunset Overdrive Review

Sunset Overdrive screen

A quick Sunset Overdrive review shows several elements pointing in the Xbox One's political favor. For instance, Sunset Overdrive was developed by Insomniac Games, whose history of first-party exclusives falls in Sony's camp and makes this Xbox One-exclusive shooter a shot across the PS4 maker's bow. Insomniac's game is also hitting around the Xbox One's first anniversary, making it a high-profile release for a console that needs some positive attention right about now. But is that attention warranted? We're gamers, … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray

Much to my daughter's delight, the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray has finally arrived. Some Disney princesses have more class, some are better singers, and others have grander clothes. But no princess better captures the youthful naivete of little wanna-be princesses than Aurora, better known in most circles as Sleeping Beauty. Plus, she wears pink. Disney's marketing department is generally on its game, and the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray is no different. The movie may be called "Sleeping … [Read more...]

Destiny Review (Xbox One)

Destiny screenshot

It's unfair to judge a game's ability to live up to the hype, so I'll go to great lengths in this Destiny review to not fall into that trap. Destiny is Bungie's first non-Halo game since the launch of the first Xbox. It's a new franchise Activision committed to supporting well into the next decade. And it's Bungie's first multiplatform title since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Expectations were predictably sky high. But let's put those aside for a moment and judge the game based on its merits alone. Destiny is fun but … [Read more...]

The Walking Dead Pinball Review

The Walking Dead Pinball

It would seem unfair to say a The Walking Dead Pinball review could only come from fans of the TV show. Yet considering everyone seems to be a fan to begin with, that doesn't exactly put limitations on things. The Walking Dead has taken American zombie lovers by storm, but seeing a pinball table based on the show is still a bit surprising. Luckily, the team at Zen Studios knows what it's doing and has crafted one of its finest tables to date. The Walking Dead Pinball table has the unique distinction of having … [Read more...]

Contrast Game Review

Contrast Game

It's tempting for a Contrast game review to focus on shadows as a gameplay mechanic, but the references throughout the puzzle platformer go far deeper than that. From its plot and characters to its level design, Contrast uses the difference between light and shadow -- and between upstanding and shadowy people -- to immerse players in a story unlike any platformer to date. That its gameplay is so original would be mere gravy if it weren't such an asset to the finished product. Contrast was one of the first indie games … [Read more...]

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Review

Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition

Zombie slaying comes in many forms, though largely tied to guns and melee combat. One of the most uniquely gratifying methods didn't really come into its own until Dead Rising 3: death by automobile. Careening through the streets smashing into the undead was one of the most visceral, enjoyable and novel gifts Dead Rising 3 gave to Xbox One owners. And it was one of the reasons I was most excited to test Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition. Cruising around town careening into zombies is one of the most enjoyable parts of … [Read more...]