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Counterspy Review

Counterspy LogoThere was a game a few years back that released on Xbox Live Arcade that I absolutely loved. It was a 2D, Metroid style shooter called Shadow Complex. You navigated around a map moving on a two-dimensional plane inside a governmental base taking out enemy soldiers, mechs and aircraft. It played incredibly well, with solid shooting mechanics in both two and three dimensions. It looked great and the map had more secrets than any politician on the planet. It’s been almost six years and still we haven’t gotten a sequel to that game.

Well, fast forward to now and a company called Dynamighty is giving me the next best thing; a two dimensional stealth shooter where you play as a spy and carry out missions against two world superpowers in an effort to stop them from blowing each other up. The story involves mutual assured destruction, secret plans for sending atomic weapons to the moon and spies. That’s all you really need to have a great story, right? Let me just tell you. It is. The story isn’t the real reason you come to this game, though. It’s the stealthy goodness and the shooting. Maybe I should tell you what game I’m talking about. It’s called Counterspy and it’s great. (Full disclosure: I got this game for free thanks to PlayStation Plus.)

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Grim Fandango Remastered Review (Vita)

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A couple of weeks ago, the only thing I knew about Grim Fandango was ‘Casablanca meets the Mexican Day of the Dead’. This classic 90’s point-and-click adventure has been remastered for the PS4 and Vita and I can’t wait to tell you how much fun I had with it!

What You Need To Know

In Grim Fandango you play as a Manny, a travel agent for the Department of Death who’s job is to escort recently departed souls from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead and decide which mode of transportation they have earned for their journey to the Ninth Underworld. Travel packages range from wandering through the Land of the Dead on foot to a ticket on the Number Nine, a train that takes you from the D.O.D. to the Ninth Underworld in a matter of minutes, the better your life, the better your package. After a string of awful clients, Manny discovers a terrible plot when he comes across Meche, a woman who lived a life full of charity and good deeds who’s only available package was to walk alone. The game follows Manny’s journey to find Meche and figure out what’s happening to all the tickets for the Number Nine. Read more…

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary Review

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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When I think Nippon Ichi Software, I think tactical RPGs with exploding penguins. I really like games that are released by Nippon Ichi Software because of the funny stories and memorable cast of unique characters. When I heard about htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary I was curious as it was not Nippon Ichi Software’s usual style of game.

What You Need To Know

2015-02-21-150715htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary is a 2d side-scroller that uses touch controls on the Playstation Vita. The touch screen on the front is used to control Lumen, the green firefly, and touch pad on the back controls Umbra, the red firefly, to help guide Mion through a maze of ruins. Lumen casts a constant light on the world that is used to guide Mion through several environments and tell her when to interact with levers that have various effects such as lowering bridges or turning fans on or off. Umbra lives in Mion’s shadow and is capable of travel through the shadows of the environment to interact with switches that Mion cannot reach or stun small enemies that are in pursuit. There is an option to turn off the touch controls and use the left stick to move Lumen or Umbra while using triangle to switch between the two and X to select items in the world. Read more…

Rock ‘n’ Racing Off Road Review (Wii U)

February 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Rock n Racing LogoThere was a time in my youth where I was sort of obsessed with a game called Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off-Road. I mostly played it on the NES and occasionally would be able to play with four players of the game thanks to the NES Four Score. Seeing those little trucks running around tracks called Nuevos Grande, Sidewinder or Fandango while collecting bags of money or nitro was a lot of fun. If I saw it in the arcade you could be my money was spent on it. I loved the game. I loved the tight feel of the controls and how the trucks would respond exactly to what I was doing.

A few weeks ago I heard of a game coming to Wii U called Rock ‘n’ Racing Off Road. The screenshots of the game looked exactly like I remembered Super Off-Road to be. The tracks were lined with the same red and white barriers. The dirt and layouts of the track reminded me of those days in my youth of playing that game. I was interested and I kept up with the screenshots and the game play footage of the game.

What You Need to Know

Rock ‘n’ Racing Off Road is a game for up to four players where you control an off road racing vehicle through a series of races competing for points. Finish the circuit with the most points and the next series of races is unlocked. Each track takes place in a different part of the world and all the races are accompanied by a nice rock ‘n roll soundtrack.

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Gunman Clive 2 Review

February 5, 2015 Leave a comment

packshotImagine you’re the new sheriff in town and suddenly a group of bandits show up. It would be your moral duty to protect the citizens from this danger, that is until the bandit leader shows up in his mech and burns everything down. Thats pretty much how Gunman Clive 2 starts, the only difference is that I have no idea if Clive is the sheriff or just a local hero.

What You Need To Know

screenshot2Much like the first game, Gunman Clive 2 is a side scrolling action platformer. You have your selection of three characters from the start and an unlockable fourth. Much like Super Mario Bros. 2 each character plays differently and that can cause you to rethink the way you approach enemies and obstacles. You will go to several unique locations in order to stop the bandit leader. Unlike the first game this is no longer just a brown color pallet but it still uses two buttons and, yes, there is a duck.

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Citizens of Earth Review (3DS)

CoE LogoGood morning Mister Vice President, how did you sleep? What’s that, you had a nightmare about a cyborg barista…? You say he really tried to grind you into a double-shot espresso?!  No… I don’t think you’re crazy, I just think you need to lay off the Special Blend for a few days.

What You Need to Know

Citizens of Earth is an JRPG in the same vein of classics like Earthbound and Pokémon where you will traverse many environments recruiting and leveling party members as you fight your way through the story. You start the game as the newly elected Vice President of Earth waking up in your mom’s house the morning after the election. After walking out the front door, it is made apparent that something is wrong as your yard is flooded with violent protesters who start attacking. As the V.P. of Earth, it would be damaging to your political appearance to physically assault the citizens (no matter how justified it may be in self-defense) so your only solution is to recruit you mother and brother to do your dirty work as you sit back and delegate actions ‘Pokémon style’. After your first few minutes in the game, it is made clear that there’s more than just angry protesters on the loose and as the new V.P., it’s your duty to put an end to it. Read more…

Nihilumbra Review (Vita)

January 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Nihilumbra Review

I have played a lot of platforming games over the years and most of them have been happy stories involving saving princesses or a magical land of some type. When I heard there was a platformer that was about saving yourself from a void of darkness I couldn’t say no to that. What I expected and what I experienced were two different things and I was not disappointed when I started playing Nihilumbra.

What You Need To Know

2015-01-23-181728Nihilumbra is puzzle platformer that tells the story about Born, a piece of the void that broke free. Born’s story is a struggle to remain free while avoiding the dark fate of the void. The main goal for Born is to escape from the void and avoid monsters it places in the way. Born isn’t capable of much from the start other than moving left, right, and jumping. Born will explore several unique environments and each environment will have a power to obtain that is related to that environment. The powers Born will find come in the form of colors that are used to paint the environment and changing the properties of the painted area. Read more…

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