Black Rock Shooter – Review

May 10, 2013

Guiding the titular heroine through the compact levels, blasting enemies, is breezy and immediate. The mission structure is a good fit for portable gaming.

Corpse Party – Review

January 20, 2012

This absorbing horror play about Japanese students trapped in a creepy interdimensional school is more affecting than games with ten times the resources.

Ys I & II Chronicles – Review

July 22, 2011

The Ys games released in 2010 were excellent, and this third trip, while not as impressive as its predecessors, adheres to those same high standards.

Ys Seven – Review

October 20, 2010

No one is likely to be blown away by the story of two adventurers looking for… adventure, nor by the slowly unraveling plot and dialogue.

ModNation Racers – Review

June 1, 2010

ModNation Racers could have succumbed to the same pitfalls as LittleBigPlanet, but it steers deftly around them. The core kart racing is breezy and satisfying.

Lunar – Silver Star Harmony – Review

April 1, 2010

Resurrecting an 18-year-old Sega CD title with great music, snappy writing, and memorable characters and quests, all wrapped in a sterling updated presentation.

Tekken 6 – Review

February 1, 2010

Here you’ll battle huge robots, humanoid creatures with detachable heads and chainsaw arms, vampires, and pandas in far-out locales.

Secret Agent Clank – Review

September 1, 2008

Since Ratchet of Ratchet and Clank got his own game with Deadlocked, it was time for his robotic sidekick Clank. Thing is, these two fare much better together.

Dead Head Fred – Review

March 1, 2008

A PI is beheaded by the corrupt public figure he was digging up too much dirt on. He’s put back together by a mad scientist who gives him interchangeable heads.

Jeanne D’Arc – Review

October 19, 2007

Jeanne D’Arc, a strategy RPG based (loosely) on the historical exploits of the title character, may be the most accessible game in the entire genre.

Parappa the Rappa – Review

September 28, 2007

Back in the day, it was hard to resist the childlike drawing and animation, the happy tunes, and characters like a Rasta frog and a karate-teaching onion.

Metal Slug Anthology – Review

July 21, 2007

The complete series on one disc. There aren’t many more satisfying 2D action games than the Metal Slug series. A non-stop blast-a-thon with a sense of humor.

Activision Hits Remixed – Review

March 17, 2007

All the favorites from the ol’ Atari days you remember (Pitfall, Ice Hockey), or don’t (Megamania), as well as some that are better forgotten (Oink!).

Pirates! – Review

March 16, 2007

It’s easy to pick up and play. You don’t have to invest much time or effort to jump into swashbuckling or rudimentary sneaking missions.

WTF – Review

February 16, 2007

WTF never comes close to reaching the heights of its inspiration, simply because, despite all of the inspired weirdness on display, it’s just not fun to play.

Gun – Showdown – Review

January 5, 2007

Simply, you’re a cowboy in the Wild West, and you get to participate in all of the GTA-like exploration, violence, and horse riding that goes along with it.

Loco Roco – Review

December 22, 2006

Players become so committed to guiding little yellow blobs from point A to point B that they sacrifice their body (and pride) to ensure completion.

Killzone – Liberation – Review

November 10, 2006

From its “working title” to its by-the-book FPS gameplay to its drab, washed-out battleground environments, Killzone feels like an incomplete brainstorm.

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