When Donkey Kong Country Returns was released on the Wii in 2010, it was hailed as one of the best 2D platforming games of the generation. It’s now been ported to the 3DS, and that praise still rings true.
There's an unwritten rule when reviewing anything. It's the ol' “never compare apples with oranges” yarn. You've probably heard it a few times. There are even some commentators that are so adamant, that even the slightest transgression, results in eternal excommunication. I'm exaggerating – of course - but sometimes on those rare occasions when it's nearly impossible to find a coherent opening paragraph, you just have to slide the dunce cap onto your noggin, and plough into it, at full-speed on the“full-retard” setting.
When Dragon's Dogma was released about a year ago, it was to rather mixed reviews. Some loved the breadth and scope of the game, while others found it overly ambitious and eventually frustrating.
There’s a lot to be said about games these days. They’re massive, cost more to make than a presidential not-a-compound and require more input than a feedback form at the post office. But sometimes, the smaller game on the opposite end of the spectrum can be just as effective. Super Little Acorns 3D is one such game.
Sometimes, mobile games make it huge. The fact that you can get Angry Birds beanies is proof of that if nothing else is. Apparently, Kung Fu Rabbit was so successful on the mobile platform, they decided to make it suitable for HD TVs and bring it to your Wii U.
On the surface, Blood Dragon should have been an impossible game reserved for the fevered minds of dedicated modders. It’s ludicrous, brash, unrelenting and unapologetic in its approach to crafting a standalone adventure that pays tribute to the B-grade films of yesteryear. It’s also the most fun that I’ve had all month.
I have to be honest. I'm a little bit ambivalent when it comes to Star Trek. I’ve enjoyed Gene Rodenberry’s past tales of intergalactic diplomacy, and I even quite liked J.J Abrams’ reboot, but I’m hardly what you’d consider a “Trekkie”. I’m not big on licenced games that try cash in on people’s established love either, so I was expecting this new game based on Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek continuity to not be very good. It has exceeded my expectations…by being far worse than I had ever anticipated.
Meet Chase McCain. This small, yellow cop lives to fight crime. Sadly he has more charm than brains, which forced him to leave Lego City after his last big case. Now he is back, looking for forgiveness and to work out how the villainous Rex Fury got out of prison. Now, with Lego City suffering its worst crime wave ever, it is up to Chase to get to the bottom of the case, with the help of his one-liners and his useless sidekick, Honey.
One of my all time favourite games was the BMX part of California Games, yes I’m that old. But ever since then I’ve not been able to find a good BMX or Motocross game and so when Motocross Madness arrived for review I started to get excited again.
The SteelSeries Apex [Raw] is the Apex’s less flashy baby brother, but don’t count it out. It’s one smooth sun of a gun with lots to offer. It’s the more affordable version of the Apex, and yes, yes it does make a huge difference in gameplay.
There’s no denying that those extras for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 are a tad pricy. A season pass is going to cost you a pretty penny, so it better be worth it. Revolution was the first map pack released for the game, but it wasn’t exactly the best example of DLC, appealing to hardcore fans only in the long run. Uprising follows in those footsteps with an approach that only hits some of the necessary targets.
NetherRealm successfully rebooted Mortal Kombat, returning the series to its roots and making the hyper-violent fighter relevant again. It’s now taking on the DC licence for a second time, trying to atone for its sins with the frankly awful Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Injustice: Gods Among Us does away with Mortal Kombat’s baggage and with it the gratuitous violence, focusing instead on just the heroes and villains from the comic books. It’s a better game for it.
If you've ever visited friends or family in Cape Town, there are probably a whole list of things the locals will try to get you to do. From cage diving, to hiking up Skeleton Gorge to even spending a lazy afternoon in Kirstenbosch Gardens. Now, if your friends (or foes) are true Capetonians, they'll insist you buy a gatsby and with a full belly, make your way to Green Point for some “Putt Putt” (mini Golf).
The Razer Naga Hex was specifically designed for MOBA and Action-RPG games, but has the right functionality for MMO’s too. It’s best suited for MOBA games like Dota 2 and League of Legends, but if you’re going to use it for anything else, you’ll have to get used to it.
Nintendo, it can be reasonably argued, has become a little stagnant and predictable with its first party games; hedging its bets on a handful of successful franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Pokémon and of course, a barrage of Mario games. In the past few years, we’ve seen so much of the moustachioed plumber that even I’ve grown tired of him.