Tag Archives: Happy Canaries

Review: Batman: Arkham City

In 2009, London developer Rocksteady Studios took the gaming world by storm with the surprisingly good Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was perhaps the first good Batman game ever, and certainly one of the few superhero video game adaptations worth playing. The bar was raised for the eventual sequel, and once again Rocksteady has managed to impress. Batman: Arkham City is better than its predecessor in nearly every way. […]

Review: Gears of War 3

Epic’s Gears of War 3 kicks off “bro” shooter season in a strong way. The core mechanics have not changed very much since the original 2006 release, and that’s both a good and a bad thing. While it’s not a revolutionary title by any means, it is an unequivocal improvement to the formula. I personally enjoyed my time through the game, and I feel that there’s enough to give the game a shot. But if you’re tired of the genre, then Gears of War 3 is not going to convince you to give it another try. […]

Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is an admirable prequel to Ion Storm’s critically-acclaimed Deus Ex. It’s been eleven years since the original, and eight since the last entry, the uneven Invisible War. Of course, Ion Storm has come and gone, and Warren Spector now makes games for Disney. But even though Human Revolution was crafted by Eidos Montreal, it retains the spirit of shooters of a bygone era. Though it’s not a complete and utter success, there’s more than enough here to make it a title to recommend. […]

Review: Dungeons of Dredmor

Dungeons of Dredmor is a “roguelike” turn-based dungeon crawler from indie developer Gaslamp Games. It features interesting character development and no frills monster crushing/loot collecting, while maintaining a light sense of humor. There are some uneven qualities to the game, such as the repetition as you progress further and further in the dungeon, but there’s enough value to meet the $5 asking price. While it won’t blow anyone away, it should provide some fun on a lazy afternoon. […]

Review: Ms. Splosion Man

In 2009, developer Twisted Pixel released the platformer Splosion Man as part of Microsoft’s “Summer of Arcade” promotion on Xbox Live. This time around their sequel, Ms. Splosion Man, debuts one week before the Summer of Arcade. While it is deceptively – and for some, frustratingly – difficult, it certainly evokes the charm of platforming games of yesteryear. It’s not a can’t-miss title by any means, but it certainly provides a solid amount of enjoyment at a generously low price point. […]

Review: Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is a cheesy and simplistic B-quality budget title that’s surprisingly fun to play. Sure, you’re just killing giant bugs, lots and lots of giant bugs, but somehow it manages to entertain. Featuring co-op gameplay, four different classes, a host of weapons, and three difficulty levels, it has the potential to keep you busy for a while. As long as you go in with the right mindset, you’ll get solid value out of your $40. […]

Review: Puzzle Agent 2

The Puzzle Agent series is Telltale Game’s response to Level 5’s highly popular Professor Layton games. With Puzzle Agent 2, Telltale has generally improved on their formula, though there are a few aspects of the game that feel a little stale. Overall, though, they’ve crafted an enjoyable puzzle game, but it’s not going to make a convert out of someone who doesn’t like puzzle games in the first place. […]