Articles in Reviews
We’ll be the first to admit that we were extremely disappointed by last year’s Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, which felt like a real misstep for the franchise. But then earlier this year the HD Trilogy came along, to remind us of exactly why we fell in love with R&C in the first place. So can Ratchet & Clank: QForce also rekindle our fondness for the series, or is it another All 4 One?
Marvel Pinball tables have typically been about heroes versus villains; good against evil. The Civil War story arc throws that out the window and pits superheroes Captain America and Iron Man against each other in a heated battle over the introduction of the Superhuman Registration Act. This time around, it’s not about what mission to complete but more so about whose side you’re on…
Portal 2 was one of the best games of 2011, and improved on the original in pretty much every way. Six months later, the Peer Review DLC somehow made it even better. And now, the game’s set for another revolution with In Motion; developed by Sixense, this new DLC adds more levels to the game, which make use of the PlayStation Move motion controller; but does it work?
Developed by Climax and Sony’s XDev studio, Smart As is a brand new puzzle game, most easily described as the Vita’s answer to Nintendo’s Brain Age series. Don’t hold that against it though, because Smart As is far more than a lazy clone of a six year old game. The title uses all the console’s features to create an experience that is only possible on Vita; but is it worth buying?
Putting a monkey in a ball and rolling it across narrow, precarious platforms is a pretty cruel idea for a game, but gamers have struggled to resist Super Monkey Ball’s irresistible charms since it arrived way back in 2001.
In March, Journey saw thatgamecompany’s three-game deal with Sony come to an exceptional end; today, Sony makes way for a brand new three-game contract with another talented indie developer, Giant Sparrow. So the obvious question is; does the studio’s first game, The Unfinished Swan, have what it takes to compete with the best of the PlayStation Network?
The Lyon-based Arkane Studios has previously worked on BioShock 2, and its new game, Dishonored, has more than a little in common with that series. From the first-person view to the supernatural powers and stylised visuals, many aspects of Dishonored feel familiar, so have we seen it all before, or does it have enough fresh ideas to stand on its own?
Isometric shooters are easily found on PSN and you may be thinking, “do we really need another top-down shooter?” and well, the answer is yes.
Developer 11 bit studios manages to turn the tower defense genre on its head with Anomaly: Warzone Earth, a game commonly described as ‘tower offence’ and ‘reverse tower defence’.
Peripheral veteran Mad Catz has been making inroads into game publishing since last year when they signed a deal with Harmonix to acquire the rights for Rock Band 3. Now they’ve taken the next step by bringing Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII to the market.
Over the recent years, Zen Studios has developed some of the best original pinball tables the videogame world has seen. Zen Pinball introduced gamers to unique creations such as Tesla and V12 as well as partnered tables for beloved franchises including Street Fighter and Ninja Gaiden Sigma. It wasn’t until 2010’s Marvel Pinball that we received a flurry of superhero based tables that heavily incorporated storytelling and fully animated characters and voice acting into the mix, surpassing its predecessor it almost every manner. Determined to outdo itself once again, Zen Studios has unleashed Zen Pinball 2 unto the masses with a completely overhauled user interface and improved visuals and physics. Is this the definite version of the game or has the studio launched its final ball?
Lights, Camera, Party brings the Move enabled party game genre back to PSN in an attempt to get families of up to eight moving and competing again. With 50 minigames, four modes of play, and some pretty outrageous moments, the Funzini family asks us if we’re ready to waggle, spin, and Move. Is it the family game you expected it to be?
There are games that are made for purely entertainment purposes, and then there are games that go beyond entertainment and reach a level of expression rarely seen in this industry. We Are Minority’s Papo and Yo is the latter. On the outside, Papo and Yo appears to be a simple puzzler involving a young boy and a menacing pink monster that eats frogs, but once you pick up the controller you’ll soon see that beyond its facade is a story about alcoholism and abuse.
Darksiders II opens with Death charging up a frozen keep on Despair, his fearsome steed, hacking the few enemies brave enough to get in his way. The next stage sees him running up and across walls, clinging to pillars, shimmying at speed across hand holds and taking out ice skeletons with ferocious combos. A boss battle soon follows, which is surprisingly more intense than what you’d normally expect at this early stage.
Sound Shapes is a visceral side-scrolling platforming game combining a classic graphical appeal with the sounds of some of the most talented beat-making musicians. The result is one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences on the Vita. Read the PS3 Attitude review to find out what was the most frustrating mode in Sound Shapes?
Many industry professionals have said that Dyad is a tricky game to describe, before simply going on to quote the developer’s description. On the contrary, I happen to think it’s easy to describe Dyad. The only problem is, will my description be easy to follow?
UnoTelly UnoDNS products is a VPN service that allows your PS3 to pretend to be in a different country to the one it is really in.
On a PS3 if you try to use the US TV services, such as VUDU or Hulu while logged in to your US account, you’ll be faced with a message explaining that you’re not allowed to see that content. This is where UnoTelly comes into play. So, is it any good and how does it work? And what else do you need to consider?
In November, the Ratchet & Clank series will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Sony has released The Ratchet & Clank Trilogy, which is now available in Europe and features HD versions of the three original PS2 games on one Blu-Ray disc. But with four games in the franchise already available on PS3, is it worth going back to see where it all started?
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad fills a niche in console rally racing with superstar associations. What with the premature passing of Colin McRae in 2007 and the DiRT series having gone down a more destructive path for Showdown, it looks like Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad doesn’t have much competition.
Rainbow Moon is a PSN-exclusive retro RPG from German developer SideQuest Studios, the creators of tough-as-nails shoot ‘em up Söldner-X. Sticking with their hardcore roots, the studio’s latest release is about as deep as RPGs can get, boasting a complex battle system, tons of quests to complete, and a huge world to explore; but is Rainbow Moon a world worth exploring?