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A Decade of Defense Grid

A Decade of Defense Grid

December 8th, 2008 was the launch date for Defense Grid: The Awakening. Ten years ago, it took the Tower Defense genre and gave it the treatment of a high-production value game. It’s seen a sequel, several expansions, and even a board game. It’s a game that I spent hundreds of hours playing, and continue to play to this day. To celebrate the game’s Anniversary, I sat down with Jeff Pobst, founder and CEO of Hidden Path Entertainment to chat about […]

“The Quiet Man” Review

“The Quiet Man” Review

The Quiet Man was an interesting little title that was shown at Square Enix’s E3 showcase.  I’m all about interesting.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of good things to say about the game at all.

“Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee” Review

“Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee” Review

The announcement of Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee resulted in a mixed bag of emotions. There are Pokémon fans who hate Pokémon Go, Pokémon fans who hate the nostalgia trip of the original 151 Pokémon and would rather have a completely new and core Pokémon experience, and Pokémon fans who seemingly outgrew the formula and are upset to see what’s essentially “baby’s first RPG” made even more simple. Here’s the funny thing — it doesn’t matter what side […]

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars” DLC Review

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: Turf Wars” DLC Review

After starting off the DLC series with Black Cat, Marvel’s Spider-Man is back with part two of The City that Never Sleeps with Turf Wars, featuring Hammerhead. While The Heist had its highlights, it was too intimate of a setting and I had hoped we’d see a much larger expansion of the storyline. Not so much, unfortunately. What’s It About Turf Wars picks up shortly after the events of The Heist. I wasn’t incredibly clear on how far after, but […]

“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

“The Jackbox Party Pack 5” Review

Another year, another Jackbox Party Pack.  Since its initial release in 2013, the Jackbox Party Pack has been a delight especially when you reach that point in a party where it’s largely over, but the people still at the house are sobering up or are close to considering leaving after finishing the last of your spiked punch. The fifth Party Pack continues that tradition, and it’s definitely the most fun its been in a while, primarily because of two games. […]

“Tetris Effect” Review

“Tetris Effect” Review

Tetris is a game that has seen releases on just about every platform with a CPU, and some without one, too. It’s a perfect example of a simple concept that is approachable and intuitive to learn but is incredibly addicting and challenging at a higher level. Tetris Effect takes the tried and true block clearing concept pioneered by Alexei Pajitnov and extends it to its natural conclusion. The result is a game that is in my opinion, the definitive version […]

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

“GRIP: Combat Racing” Review

Gamers of a certain vintage will remember a futuristic racing game released by Psygnosis in the late 90’s. No, not that one. I’m referring to Rollcage, the game that came after Wipeout, but just didn’t gain the same level of success. Rollcage had a fun concept where you had cars that could drive in either orientation. They were also able to drive up walls and on the ceilings of tunnels. Add in a healthy dose of speed and weapon power-ups […]

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist” DLC Review

“Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist” DLC Review

The amazing Marvel’s Spider-Man game released its first batch of DLC with The Heist, part of a three-part series called The City that Never Sleeps. The DLC series will take Web Head deeper into the mob organizations within the city. Getting things started? Peter’s dangerous ex-flame: Black Cat. What’s It About Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, made her presence felt in the main storyline through hidden cat icons, but she makes her full debut in The Heist. She’s stolen her suit […]

“Castlevania: Requiem” Review

“Castlevania: Requiem” Review

The Castlevania series is well loved by gamers. The last iteration of the series, Lords of Shadow 2, though, was not very well received and has left a bad taste in many gamers’ mouths. There is one sure fix for this, re-release Symphony of the Night. Castlevania: Requiem does exactly this but also includes Rondo of Blood for good measure. It’s a compilation that’s a safe bet, and an easy way to get two of the best Castlevania games on […]

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

“Valkyria Chronicles 4” Review

  Japan has produced some of the most inventive games ever developed for the medium, and in the process have also created entire genres that previously didn’t exist. Their devotion to whimsy and the melodramatic has produced everything from adorable shooters like Fantasy Zone, to action dating sims about steam powered robots like Sakura Wars. It seems that the inventiveness of Japan’s developers knows no bounds. But considering Japan’s history, it is perhaps understandable that they have tended to shy […]

“Super Mario Party” Review

“Super Mario Party” Review

The Mario Party series is one I have mixed thoughts about. It’s the very definition of what trolling is, and it’s a game that promotes it. I personally hate trolling and while Super Mario Party has its fair share of that, it also provides that familiar breath of fresh air that longtime fans of the series have been longing for since the Wii era–thus making it one of the best entries in the series in a long time.

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