Flashback Review: What’s Old is… Still Kind of Old. Again.

There’s a legitimate argument to be made that rebooting a classic game franchise isn’t the valueless, naked cash grab we have with Hollywood (seriously, Sony Pictures? Spider-Man?). In addition to massive graphics improvement, controls have gotten better in both form factor and performance, sound is immeasurably improved, and you have the internet to explain to… Continue reading

Stealth Bastard Deluxe Game Curious Video: Come On Out

Nothing says, “You’re doing it wrong” quite like a laser. Stealth Bastard Deluxe charms and fries Justin’s pants more than a few times while its mechanics and style manage to stand out just enough in this crowded genre of retro 2d platformers. This video is intended for a mature audience as our commentary is not… Continue reading

Starseed Pilgrim Game Curious Video: Plant or Fall

Exploration, music, and planting blocks on blocks on blocks. If you are lucky you’ll find some keys before you fall into the abyss, as long as “The Nothing” doesn’t get you first. Justin gets lost exploring the world of Droqen’s Starseed Pilgrim, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. This video is intended for a… Continue reading

New Super Mario Bros. U Review: High Fidelity Formula

Ever since the original New Super Mario Bros. was released on the Nintendo DS, the series has been quite popular. A Wii followup added a local multiplayer wrinkle to the familiar side-scrolling madness of Mario and 4 players on-screen at once made it difficult to do anything but laugh. Now in 2012, we have two… Continue reading

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Trailer Renews the Promise

To be blunt, Disney Epic Mickey failed to match its hype, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the gusto shown in the recent announcement of its sequel. The Epic Mickey franchise will not go quietly, and its team seems bound and determined to fulfill on the promises set forth by the… Continue reading

Games of Our Wives: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

My wife’s gaming habits are strange. She likes point and click adventure games like Myst and Monkey Island. But she also likes puzzle games like Zuma and Angry Birds. However, on certain occasions she’ll gravitate towards a game that I had no idea she’d love. When she first played New Super Mario Bros. on the… Continue reading

Gaming Cynic: Video Games are Unrealistic

Gaming Cynic – I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. My usually jovial self will be taking a mental health day. Instead, I’ll be looking at everything in my life through a half empty glass. I’ll get over it, but my pissy mood wants to burn some bridges first. After… Continue reading

Donkey Kong Country Returns is Hardcore

The buzz around Donkey Kong Country Returns is all about its brutal difficulty level. Check out the latest trailer (above), sit back and process the platforming, the mine cart jumps, and the barrel blasting. Then, ask yourself – did Nintendo just out Super Mario the Super Mario Bros games with a Donkey Kong game? Maybe… Continue reading