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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

In older days, Batman wasn't always the grim and brooding vigilante that most of us have become familiar with. Unlike the violent and occasionally demented protagonist that we've seen in Batman: Arkham Asylum -- and by greater extension, Batman Begin...

Sonic Adventure

When it comes to video games, regret and hindsight are two of the most frequent feelings we have when it comes to old technology. If only we had known how hard they would be to find in 2010, most of us would have kept our Super Nintendo systems and S...

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions made a lot of promises that I wasn’t sure it was going to keep. Four unique worlds, four different styles of gameplay, and four unique versions of Spider-Man sounded like an incredibly ambitious house of cards. Other ...

The history of Metroid

Developed by Nintendo R&D1 alongside Kid Icarus, Metroid hit the Nintendo Entertainment System very early in the console's lifecycle, amidst the likes of other born-to-be classics such as Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda, and Mike's Tyson's Punch-Out...

Shank

Games like Shank don't come around often enough. Sometimes, violence for the pure sake of violence makes a great way to pass an afternoon, and Klei Entertainment's Shank will easily burn a few hours off an idle day. As a pure hack-and-slash experienc...

Monday Night Combat

Sure, Monday Night Combat rips a lot of ideas straight out of Team Fortress 2's playbook -- incredibly varied classes, frantic multiplayer action, and addictive team based tactical skirmishes -- but that's not really a problem when the resulting chao...

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Looking back, I'm not really sure what I expected from Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. Online multiplayer has been uncharted territory for the series so far, especially since the "Metroidvania" gameplay is so well ingrained as a single-player device...

Synology DiskStation DS710+ NAS device

Most of the time, a good network-attached storage (NAS) device isn't always a pretty one. File storage isn't a beauty contest, and if it were, the first place crown would usually go to the hefty, less-attractive contestants that emphasized reliabilit...

Hydro Thunder Hurricane

Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a perfect throwback to the "high production" arcade games of yesteryear: the expensive looking, incredibly noisy machines that cost upwards of a dollar to play. Back then, expensive arcade system boards could produce slick...

Young Thor

Frima Studio's development experience has revolved around a lot of kid-friendly titles (think Nickelodeon), and Young Thor definitely feels like one.

Blacklight: Tango Down

Some pretty divisive reviews about Blacklight: Tango Down have been posted since its release. Some gaming critics think it's a great effort from Zombie Studios, while others are calling it "frustrating" and "pretty damn miserable." I've been fluctuat...

LIMBO

There are a lot of words I can use to describe PlayDead Studios' LIMBO - genius, eerie, and haunting, for instance — but the more I think about this incredibly crafted game, the more I realise that all those words simply don’t do enough to describe t...

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition is a textbook example of how publishers can pull old titles from their catalogues and make them relevant again. LucasArts has been doing this for a while now, giving Tell Tale Games the creative license to take franchi...

N3II: Ninety-Nine Nights

For all the genius that's been achieved in the hack-and-slash genre with games like Bayonetta, No More Heroes, and Devil May Cry, I'm always baffled to see games like Ninety-Nine Nights II. While other titles in this increasingly crowded category man...

Puzzle Quest 2

It's no secret that the first Puzzle Quest was a huge hit amongst iPhone users as well as more traditional gamers, but the overall package was actually a bit of a mess.

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