EGMi Review: GoldenEye 007

I’ll admit it: I was a GoldenEye crack addict back when the original came out for N64. I spent a good chunk of my high school and college years playing through the campaign over and over again and blowing the hell out of buds in split-screen multiplayer. So in tackling GoldenEye 007, I was both excited to check it out and reserved about whether it was going to be any good compared to its predecessor – a game that dished out massive levels of fun for me over the years. You can read all about my thoughts on how it came out in a recent digital issue of EGMi here. If you want the short version: it’s good. Damn good. That is all.

Free Bytes: Super Crate Box


“Feel like getting lots of work done this afternoon? Forget that. Pay attention and get ready to kiss the rest of your day’s productivity goodbye, because once this week’s freebie sinks its jaws into you, you’ll have to gnaw your own limbs off to escape. Today, sweet blissful doom comes in three delicious words: Super Crate Box. Play it. Fear it. Love it. Obey.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Free Bytes: Sheriff Sam


“In the dusty plains and sweltering heat of the Wild West, a man does not readily part ways with his trusty steed, particularly when four-legged transportation can make all the difference between life and death. Keeping one’s ride in good working order is important, but when a horse hurts a leg, getting it up and running again isn’t as easy as changing a spare tire. When his horse Argo gets hurt in the middle of the desert, Sheriff Sam has to man up and defend his pal with a six-shooter in hand until help arrives. Unfortunately for them, it seems every critter in the galaxy and beyond has suddenly developed a taste for horse meat.”

Check out the full column here at IGN.

Review: Deathsmiles


“There’s no doubt that Deathsmiles is bound to garner some attention for its clearly underage witchy schoolgirl protagonists who must battle through evil hordes and demonic forces in provocative attire. However, this gothic-themed Lolita shooter isn’t haphazardly slapped together by just anyone. It’s a finely honed bullet-hell shoot-’em-up crafted by Cave–the Japanese developer responsible for a remarkable number of insane arcade shooter games in the east. As such, the game is less about catering to pervy-minded gamers who get cheap thrills from a few up-skirt shots and more about delivering a seriously palm-sweat-inducing ride through a deadly hailstorm of insurmountable bullet fire. It’s a bit of a rare treat for stateside gamers to get a shot at surviving the psychotic deluge dished out by Cave games, short of importing them at a high price. Games like Deathsmiles make it well worth the wait because the glut of play modes, crazy gameplay, and over-the-top boss battles draw you into a twitch-laden vortex from which it’s brutally hard to escape. And you won’t want to escape.”

Check out the full review here at GameSpot.

Flash Game Freebie: Death vs. Monstars


“We’re pretty much immediately inclined to give a thumbs-up recommendation to any game that lets you play as death incarnate AND spray a continuous fountain of explosive bullets from your backside. Death vs. Monstars is a special blend of frenetic arena shooter that looks overly simple at first but grows quirkier and freakishly more addictive with each new stage. It’s challenging to stave off the potent desire to earn cash needed to upgrade your small stream of bullets into a Niagara Falls of pain and suffering for your monster opponents.”

Check out the full article here at GamesRadar.

Feature: 10 of the most extreme controllers EVER!


“Gaming hardware creators have to stop playing it safe. So many of the common, mainstream videogame controllers released over the years are just watered-down, vanilla versions of the supreme greatness they really could be. They don’t inflict pain, get you high, cause intense public shame, stimulate your erogenous zones, or let you get your freak on in other ways. Fortunately, we found some that do. Welcome to the seedy underbelly of videogame controllers. Check your inhibitions at the door and brace yourself for some of the weirdest, most extreme and craziest gaming controllers and accessories around.”

Check out the full article here at GamesRadar.

Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex


“As a consolation prize for their patience, Nintendo enthusiasts finally get a shot to dig into the tense, gritty firefights and grippingly poignant present-day conflict found in the original game with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reflex Edition. The two year old, dialed down graphics are certainly not as sexy on the Wii, and there are some other subtle blemishes that appear on this port. Nonetheless, it’s a game you’re going to absolutely want to pick up, especially if you don’t have a chance to play it on another console.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: Ion Assault

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“We feel bad for all the people who will probably take one look at Ion Assault and write it off as yet another generic arena space shooter. They’ll be missing out on what’s probably one of the coolest mechanics we’ve seen in the genre. Harnessing power from the latent energy fields around your ship, you’ll launch bombardments of charged ions at foes until they overheat, reach critical mass, and burst like big space pimples. And yes, this is every bit as satisfying as it sounds.”

Check out the full review here at GamesRadar.

Review: Madballs in Bebo: Invasion

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“Back in the mid-80s, someone thought it would be a great idea to create a series of toys that looked like a cross between baseballs and shrunken heads that looked like they’d been violently mauled by a rabid animal or a runaway semi-truck. Madballs were gross. Kids loved them. But a Madball-themed XBLA shooter released about 25 years after the fact just seems inherently wrong. Defying all logic, this old school-inspired abomination is actually so very right.”

Check out the full review here at GamesRadar.

Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces – Hands-On Preview

Skycrawlers1--article_image“Imagine living in a society so accustomed to war that its citizens simply can’t cope with not killing each other en-masse for any extended period of time. Unsettled by lasting peace, the restless populace in The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces craves constant bloodshed, smoldering wreckage, and destruction. Hopping into the cockpit for a test-run of Project Aces’ upcoming anime aerial combat sim, we gave the people what they asked for.”

Check out the full story here.