A hybrid first-person shooter & tower defense game with a smattering of RPG flavor, Sanctum 2 follows up its popular predecessor with more strategic options and fast paced action than before. The game pits players against waves of marauding alien invaders in a stylized sci-fi universe, though there are plenty of tough towers and armaments to keep the enemy at bay. The love that developer Coffee Stain Studios has for the genres that influenced Sanctum 2 is evident from the get-go, as players are able to play as one of four classic FPS archetypes with unique weapons and abilities. Whether
A lot of pressure has been on The Behemoth to follow up the resounding success of their 2008 2D brawler Castle Crashers. Hopeful fans and detractors can rest easy; BattleBlock Theater is a robust platforming experience overflowing with content that was well worth the wait. Shipwrecked on an island, imprisoned by evil cats, and forced to fight for your freedom in deadly stage performances, BBT’s premise is as wonderfully mad and charming as you’d expect from The Behemoth. The game’s narrator makes witty meta-references throughout each level and during over-the-top cut scenes, breaking up the rampant toilet humor rather nicely.
Don’t dismiss Terraria as nothing more than a glorified 2D Minecraft clone- there’s actually lots of fun to be had. Developed by Re-Logic and Engine Software, this port of the 2011 best-selling Steam game combines the exploration, crafting, and terraforming aspects of the aforementioned blockbuster building title with classic RPG and platforming elements to create a charming and addictive sandbox experience. Terraria boasts a wide array of enemies and boss battles that encourages players to keep crafting better weapons and armor, and plenty of hidden magical items strewn high above and far below the surface world to warrant hours of
Darkstalkers Resurrection is one of the best values available for fighting fans on any console right now, and really should not be missed. Old school arcade junkies will love the enhanced graphics and options of both Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Darkstalkers 3, and can rest easy that the original charm of each title has been retained. Younger fans of the fighting genre will love the original characters and deep lore, and will enjoy the challenge of going up against those who have played these titles for nearly two decades.
Bringing together the gritty violence of summer blockbuster films with the frantic strategy of online multiplayer gaming, The Showdown Effect is Arrowhead Game Studios’ 2.5D love letter to the brutal death matches action fans love to indulge in. Using everything from combat knives and baseball bats to automatic rifles and rocket launchers, The Showdown Effect pits up to 8 players against each other or teams of over-the-top characters in detailed multi-tiered environments. It is in these various levels and modes that you quickly learn dodging, diving, and devastation are the ultimate keys to survival. Adding even more replay value to
I didn’t expect it to be so soon into 2013, but Antichamber has already reset the bar for the indie gaming experience. Dropped into a world reminiscent of a lovechild between Portal and echochrome, Antichamber pulls back all the modern “bigger is better” gaming conventions in lieu of a psychological series of discoveries. With little more instruction than use WASD for movement and jump with the spacebar, players are left to their own devices to solve puzzles in an initially monochromatic labyrinth that will have them questioning their environment and core gaming instincts. Once you start traversing Antichamber’s corridors, you
The third in a series of four planned downloadable content packs for Gearbox Software’s roleplaying shooter Borderlands 2, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt brings back some familiar faces from the main campaign and introduces a few new ones for hours of fps fodder. Coming off of the highly energetic Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage DLC, Hammerlock’s Hunt unfortunately feels like a step back for the series in terms of writing and ambiance. The new continent of Aegrus is as sickly and troubled as its derivative namesake, but there are some strong points that will make more than completionists and Season
A wordsmith’s dream come true, Scribblenauts Unlimited is an action puzzle game fueled by the wild imagination of those who play it. As the plucky protagonist Maxwell in this game by 5th Cell and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, players are tasked with saving their sister from being turned to stone by helping others and earning the Starite pieces needed to break her curse. Helping those around you is as simple as writing words in Maxwell’s magical notebook and watching them come to life as actual in-game objects that interact with you, each other, and the environment around you. Aside from
It usually takes a title of incredible quality to make any kind of lasting impression on gamers this late in the year, and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 certainly has the potential to do just so. Set on a beautifully lush tropical island, this ambitious open-world first person shooter sees players saving their friends from a group of tweaked out pirates and human traffickers who kidnapped them during an ideal vacation gone very wrong. In addition to your friends, Far Cry 3 will also take whatever spare time you have hostage within the massive world as its sandbox-style gameplay and role-playing
Even as a fan of Gearbox Software’s role-playing shooter Borderlands 2, I was initially dreading what I might encounter in the game’s second DLC release: Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage. Those veteran Vault Hunters who played the Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot DLC for the first Borderlands game might still be having nightmares just thinking about the insane marathon sessions of horde mode-style arena combat we were forced to endure for pitiful rewards, but thankfully that’s been toned down and fine-tuned here in favor of more story-driven fare. Suffice it to say, Mr. Torgue is much more capable of entertaining you
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