Tag Archives: PS3

Review: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Months back, when I was looking at the holiday gaming calendar one of the titles I was looking forward to the most was Uncharted 3. I had such a great time with the last iteration (other than the ending), that I was hoping the third game would recapture that magic. Unfortunately, in most ways it feels like the magic was nowhere to be found. While Uncharted 3 isn’t the worst game you’ll play this year (that award is all but locked up by Duke Nukem), it is a strong contender for my biggest disappointment. […]

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: Dark Souls

In my review of The Witcher 2, I talked about how challenging the game is relative to most other single player games on the market. However, the difficulty of From Software’s Dark Souls makes The Witcher 2 look like child’s play in comparison. You can spend a couple of hours trying to beat one section of one level, and at times the game is so trying it will almost break your will. But if you persevere, it will all pay off with the euphoria of victory. If you’re the type of gamer who’s easily frustrated and despises a challenge, you will hate Dark Souls, I can assure you. But if you thrive on being pushed to your limit, you will have a blast playing what’s best described as Battletoads for a new generation. […]

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: 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: Shadows of the Damned

Much of the marketing campaign for Grasshopper Manufacture’s Shadows of the Damned has focused on the three names that come up first in the credits: Suda 51, Shinji Mikami, and Akira Yamaoka. While it’s impossible to know the extent of their contributions, there are clear influences in Shadows of the Damned. Mikami brings with him many of the core gameplay elements that powered one of the best titles of the last console generation, Resident Evil 4. Yamaoka, of Silent Hill fame, creates an eclectic and impressive score that’s sure to be one of the better video game soundtracks of the year. And what’s celebrated video game auteur Suda 51’s contribution? Dick jokes. Lots and lots of dick jokes. […]

Review: Duke Nukem Forever

With its notoriously long development time, my expectations for Duke Nukem Forever weren’t very high to begin with. But now I regret that I may have given 3D Realms (and Gearbox) too much credit. Duke Nukem Forever is simply atrocious. It is filled with uninspired levels, plagued by technical issues, and worst of all, spends large stretches of the game on mind-numbing platforming and vehicle sequences. Top it off with humor that tries too hard and fails spectacularly, and the only award this game will contend for is “worst FPS of the decade.” […]

Review: inFamous 2

On paper, Sucker Punch’s inFamous 2 seems like a great concept. It places you in the role of a super hero, and you have the freedom inherent to an open world. While the core combat and movement mechanics are fairly entertaining, the game as a whole is simply too generic. The characters are uninteresting, the storyline is forgettable, and most importantly, the missions are extremely repetitive. Add in some puzzling design decisions, and you’re left with an experience that’s difficult to recommend. […]

Review: L.A. Noire

Team Bondi’s L.A. Noire is an ambitious game that tries to be both an adventure game and an open world game. Had the developers focused solely on the adventure aspect, L.A. Noire might’ve been a stellar game. But due to a lack of focused gameplay, it ends up disappointing and decidedly mediocre. […]