Fans of the fearsome foursome individually known as Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, not to be confused with their Renaissance namesakes, should be pleased by the resurgence of interest in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise of late. Not only is there a new movie on the horizon (‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, a series reboot expected to hit theaters in August of 2014), but game developer Red Fly Studio, in league with publisher Activision, recently released a brand new game featuring the heroes in a half shell that generations of kids (and adults) have grown to love over the last three decades. Like the movie, however, the game has suffered no shortage of issues. Whereas the film has been held up, pushed back, renamed (at least twice), and lambasted, the video game at least made it through production with seemingly little trouble. But the downloadable game for Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network has had its fair share of issues since release. [click to continue…]
When you think Warcraft the first thing that comes to mind are the brilliant strategy games or maybe the extremely popular MMO World of Warcraft. Instead of giving us Warcraft 4 or yet another WoW expansion, Blizzard decided to turn the beloved franchise into a turn-based card game. As crazy and odd as it sounds, my initial impressions after the announcement of the title was that it was going to be a shameless cash grab by making a half-assed card game and typing Warcraft on it. Once I got around to playing it, however, I realized that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is far from what I originally thought, and is actually an extremely fun game full of strategy and replay-ability. [click to continue…]
Many games reach high, but few succeed in creating a great experience for the player. Many try to perfectly combine all the elements to create a perfect game or make one particular element stand out. Many fail, but Splinter Cell: Blacklist does not. It combines exciting gameplay and fun multiplayer in order to create a must buy game.
The game is not meant to tell a story as some past titles in this series have done, with Splinter Cell: Conviction being the most prominent among them. The story is simple – Sam Fisher is tasked by the president to take down a terrorist group, called the Engineers, in order to prevent a series of escalating attacks, called the Blacklist. The team, the newly established Fourth Echelon, includes Grim returning from previous games, Charlie being on the support side, Briggs as the second splinter cell and Andriy Kobin as the arms dealer eternally stuck in a cell. That’s all you need to know. [click to continue…]
IN 2012 TELLTALE GAMES finally delivered on the promise of its pedigree. After a number stumbles, outright failures, and some moderate-yet-underwhelming successes, the company delivered The Walking Dead, a runaway success and testament to the skill and talent merely hinted at since its founders left LucasArts. Garnering praise from the gaming public and critics alike, it became the game of 2012, and arguably set a new standard in interactive storytelling. Telltale is now seeking to build on the success of The Walking Dead with The Wolf Among Us – another graphic adventure based on another much-beloved comic book franchise. [click to continue…]
Battlefield 4 Lead Producer Patrick Bach is preparing for the launch of the game across many platforms, and for a new generation of consoles. Yet when he looks back to a few years ago, he sees the error in the ways of many that abandoned or neglected PC development to focus on consoles, thinking gaming on PC was dying. He also feels that PC gaming has never been stronger, as he mentioned in an interview on GamesIndustry International. [click to continue…]