I have never been a huge fan of point and click adventure games. I suppose I just never really tried to get into them whether it be out of stubbornness or having way too many other games to play. However, it seems as though the past few years have brought about a sort of renaissance for adventure games so I figure I may as well try to see what all the fuss is about. The Shivah, a recently released remake of a 2006 adventure game created by Wadjet Eye Games, is my first foray into the genre. I’m pleased to say that my interest in adventure games has increased greatly after playing The Shivah. Continue reading
Few games can capture the thrill of racing at breakneck speeds perfectly. Zooming around a racetrack and timing your movements just right, narrowly missing obstacles in an effort to get faster and better times all while never letting off of the accelerator makes for some truly exciting racing experiences. AiRace Speed for the Nintendo 3DS is such a game, consisting of time trials and endurance races that test your reflexes and your willingness to put the pedal to the metal at the risk of crashing and losing that perfect run.
ATLUS sure does love teasers, huh? The teaser site p-ch.jp has been around for about a month, counting down to November 24th 2013. The site as is is nothing much: A few white boxes on a red background along with the reveal date and several cities in Japan. Curiously, if you click on the boxes an image of Teddie from Persona 4 will pop up with a few different expressions. On top of that, it looks as though there is a link that leads to a livestream for the reveal on Nico Nico. What could the countdown be leading to? My hopes, along with the rest of Persona fans across the globe, is Persona 5. Rumors have pointed out that it could be a direct sequel/continuation of Persona 4, a console version of Persona 4: The Golden, or even a concert tour. Whatever it is, I can “bearly” wait for Sunday to get here.
The iOS App Store is awash with the endless runner genre of games, popularized by titles such as Cannabalt, Jetpack Joyride, and Temple Run. Developer Legacy Games is now throwing their hat in the ring with Tarzan Unleashed, and endless runner featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous vine swinging king of the jungle. While the game doesn’t do too much different in terms of gameplay, it still manages to be a solid game with some personality.
Like Temple Run before it, Tarzan Unleashed has you guiding your character (Tarzan, naturally) through and endless obstacle course collecting power-ups and currency until you fail. Tarzan can move to either the left, right, or center of the screen by swiping in the desired direction, can jump by swiping upwards, and can slide by swiping down, all the while collecting various fruits and avoiding hazards. I really liked the variety in the obstacles, throwing in things such as snakes to hop over, elephants to slide under, and vine swinging segments that slow the action down briefly. While running, you may come upon new ares such as an area set in the treetops or a desert environment populated by zebras and lions. The vibrant colors of the environments, the animated obstacles in your way, and even the inclusion of Johnny Weismuller’s iconic Tarzan yell give the game a personality all its own.
Ubisoft has announced a pretty beefy collectors edition for fans of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. The collectors edition of Splinter Cell Blacklist, due out August 20th, will retail for $169.99. Yeah, that may seem a bit pricey at first, but check out all of the cool stuff included:
The collectors edition of Splinter Cell Blacklist comes chock full of good stuff.
Project X Zone is a crazy crossover title featuring characters from various SEGA, Namco, and Capcom games.
One of the most bizarre crossover combinations I’ve ever seen, Project X Zone, is finally leaving Japan according to Kotaku. The 3DS title, which features characters from various SEGA, Namco, and Capcom games, is a hybrid strategy-RPG/Action game developed by Banpresto and Monolith Soft. Featuring characters from Valkyria Chronicles, Darkstalkers, Tekken, Mega Man X, Street Fighter, and many more, Project X Zone lets you create teams of two to do battle with a variety of crazy moves and combos. Here is the press release from the Kotaku article, from Namco Bandai:
Developed by Banpresto and Monolith Soft, Project X Zone features over 50 characters from 29 historic game franchises by three of Japan’s most prolific video game companies. In Project X Zone players will use a team of two characters known as a Pair Unit to explore the world within the game. An additional character known as a Solo Unit can be combined with the Pair Unit to assist in battles with Solo Attacks as well as augment the attacks available for players to execute. Throughout the game, epic battles are waiting to erupt at a moment’s notice. Players will have to master an array of screen-busting moves including Solo Attacks, Support Attacks, Cross Hits, and Finishing Moves in order to defeat a multitude of foes.
Thanks to this first look from IGN, we finally have confirmation as to what Disney has had planned with their Infinity project. Looking to take a bite out of Activision’s successful Skylanders series, Disney Infinity will use plastic toys that will unlock in-game content such as new playable characters and usable items. The game, which is being developed by Avalanche Studios, will be somewhat similar to Toy Story 3′s Toy Box mode, which gives players an open world to experiment and play around in. By placing purchased characters on the USB-powered Infinity Base, characters and items will be instantly transmitted to the game, while progress and stats will be saved onto the physical toy. The game is planned to launch in June for the Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS, and PC, with the Starter Pack featuring campaigns based off of Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, and The Incredibles as well as related characters, a Play Set and an upgrade token. Beyond the Starter Pack, over 30+ characters from various Disney properties will be sold separately to further enhance the game experience. Disney Infinity will also take advantage of 2 player split-screen co-op as well as 4-player online co-op. While the Skylanders craze hasn’t hit me, Disney Infinity seems to be right up my alley, with a seemingly more ambitious in regards to the open-world and creative tools, as well as recognizable characters from beloved movies and T.V shows.
Disney Infinity will attempt to bring Disney magic to video games like never before.
Image credit: IGN
We’ll keep you posted on any more exciting news regarding Disney Infinity. What do you think about the game? Plan on picking it up? Let us know in the comments!
The Humble Indie Bundle 7 Has Begun; Includes Binding Of Isaac, Snapshot, Dungeon Defenders, And More
The Humble Indie Bundle 7 has another round of great games for a great price and and even greater cause.
With crazy holiday gaming deals coming out every other minute, it’s hard to tell which ones are the best to pick up. Well, the folks running the Humble Bundle seem to have outdone themselves yet again with The Humble Indie Bundle 7, a great collection of independently developed games for an insanely low price. As usual, you can pay what you want to get the basic package of games, this time including The Binding of Isaac with The Wrath of the Lamb DLC, Snapshot, Closure, Shank 2, and the documentary Indie Game: The Movie. But wait, that’s not all! Like with previous bundles, if you happen to be a nice guy/gal and pay more than the current average, you also get Dungeon Defenders with DLC and Legend of Grimrock! On top of all that, you get the soundtracks for the games as well! You can probably expect some more insane deals added on as the bundle progresses. So what are you waiting for? Get to www.humblebundle.com, buy some sweet games, and give to the Child’s Play charity at the same time! Everybody wins!