CastleStorm takes the tower defence genre and adds elements of physics destruction, real-time strategy and role-playing games, making for a very interesting mix that works quite well. It is a casual yet complex game experience that is delightful to play, alone or with a friend, something that this tower defence hater truly enjoyed
Race the Sun is a fun endless runner of sorts that I can see making its way to other platforms in the future. It is looking for votes to get Greenlit on Steam, and I'd recommend promoting it. The price is slightly high at $10 right now, but it is DRM-free and available for PC, Mac, and Linux users.
With reasons to replay levels once again after you’ve acquired new skills and new challenges, and the addition of Steam achievements, there is some decent replayability once you’ve completed the main campaign. With the two DLC’s included you’ll get more than twenty or so hours of playtime too. While I’ve never been the biggest Castlevania fan and passed on Lords of Shadow when it originally released on consoles, I’m quite glad I got to play this PC version, with a controller nonetheless, as I quite enjoyed the story and characters. I am now excited for the sequel to arrive. I recommend Lords of Shadow, even at the full $29.99 asking price, but if it’s ever on the popular Steam sales for cheaper, make sure you pick it up so you can experience a Belmont’s adventure as this is the version to play.
Just Dance 2014 is about the about as good as it gets when it comes to a virtual dancing simulation game for your Wii U. With over 48 tracks available at launch and the possibility of more DLC to come, it is perfect for those tweens, teens and adults looking for a fun social game to play.
With solid visuals, twitch gameplay, and a strange and mesmerizing addictiveness to it, you really can't go wrong by spending time with this game, especially during those times when you need a break from COD, BF4, Killzone, or whatever other mainstream title you may play on your brand new PS4.
In the end, Deadfall Adventures is a fun romp in a B-movie sort of way. I like to compare it to a poor-man's Indiana Jones movie that you might see late at night on cable. Much like the "Temple of Doom", Deadfall Adventures is enjoyable but in the end has a few too many issues. Do not get me wrong it is a good game, just don't go in expecting a high production value or something that will blow your socks off.
At the end of the day I find myself mixed in regards to my impressions of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. There are some enjoyable events to play, but there are also some that can just be forgotten about, and the control's inconsistency really caught me off guard. Overall my thoughts were leaning to be more negative than positive, but then I watched my kids play and the smiles on their faces said a lot. Sure, they still had some issues with the gameplay now and then, but they were enamoured by the visuals and being able to play with the mascot characters they have gotten to know over the years is something they fully enjoyed. With this in mind, I think I am safe to say that this is not the best game out there, but it is far from the worst, and it can provide kids with some definite fun over the winter months for sure.
If you own Madden 25 on current generation systems, you could wait until next year but that could also be a mistake as Madden 25 on the Xbox One feels like a considerable leap over the current generation game. It may be the biggest leap we have seen in the franchise yet.
Even if this game was a fraction of its baffling $59.99 price tag, I would not recommend it for anyone. The Fighter Within has only one good thing going for it and that is you can burn a few calories after a fight or two. Otherwise, do yourself a favour, avoid this game as it's awful.
As a whole you can't go wrong by including Killzone: Shadow Fall as part of your next gen PS4 package. It might be lacking in true next generation gameplay mechanics but it really shines when it comes to the new generation of graphics. Sony and Guerilla Games will surely continue to develop the franchise and I can honestly say without hesitation that the path they're on is the right one.
At the end of day Powerstar Golf isn't a must own game, but it does stand as a downloadable title that Xbox One owners may want to seriously look at as it offers up a nice change of pace from the big budget launch games during the winter gaming season.
I truly enjoyed my experience with The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and consider this a must buy for any Zelda fan or 3DS owner. It brings some interesting, perhaps not always welcome, changes to the traditional gameplay, but the new 2D wall walking mechanic offers a refreshing twist on the puzzles that Zelda games are well known for. Despite lacking the challenge of other titles in the series, fans will appreciate the nostalgic music and graphics, and enjoy playing through the new dungeons and boss battles that can be easily tackled on the go. This is a fantastic game, nearly perfect, taking it’s place as one of the greatest in the franchise, and it is no doubt one of the best handheld games ever made.
Fans of the Killer Instinct franchise need not worry, this is a great game to launch with the Xbox One. I wanted to give it a higher score but releasing the game with a limited roster and some minor technical issues held it back a bit. I'm also not fully "on-board" with their pricing model, but they do have two good packages to choose from that unlocks all the characters. Don't get me wrong; if you enjoy fighting games this is definitely something to check out.
Dead Rising 3 is not a game that takes itself too seriously and it is all about having a great time; and a great time you will have. Out of all the launch games that I have been playing I have the most difficulty putting this one down and there is something to be said about that.