“Some people like their racing games drenched in cold, hard realism. Me? I’d rather spend my time blasting around the track at absurd speed and pulling off crazy tricks than grinding gears, spinning out on straight-aways, and smashing into guardrails. TrackMania 2: Canyon’s accessibility and addictive arcade racing is a perfect change of pace from the flashy rigidness of the genre’s hardcore simulation leanings. Ridiculous track designs and straightforward stunt racing is the norm on these wild, dusty tracks, but modern polish and saucy new moves make this killer ride a real tour de force.”
“As I thunder along a windy mountainside, barreling full-bore towards a cathartic rendezvous with the failing castle gates of my latest mortal enemy, the thrill of rounding the home stretch and plowing through a few gimpy barricades spurs my profane battle cries. I smash my rotund stone form into the critically wounded doorway, shattering it with a rumble. My doomed foe waiting inside emits a high-pitched squeal of terror right before I squash him, and the resulting “phhhhhttt” sound makes me chuckle. Almost every victory in Rock of Ages ends this way, but I haven’t tired of the spectacle; getting there is where all the fun and challenge is at.”
“For days on end, I’ve been staring at the blue hued corridors of maze-like compounds filled with ugly neon soldiers trying to kill each other. My eyes are starting to hurt, but it’s hard to look away. Every click of the mouse sends my brain swirling with the strategic outcomes that could unfold. Will my grenade take down that sniper or will he have disappeared long before it ignites? Will another foe turn the corner and run head-long into the blast? I have no clue. Each turn you take in Frozen Synapse is a calculated gamble, which makes the constant cycle of second guesses, tactical sneakiness, and erupting chaos in this turn-based shooter intensely absorbing.”
I’ve been a big fan of indie gaming web show Bytejacker for a long time now. It’s great to see other folks supporting coverage of the indie gaming world. Do you know what else is great? A free indie game about an indie gaming web show that covers free indie games. Even better? I wrote that shit up in my goddamn freeware indie gaming column. BOOM! Mind=blown.
Check out my write-up of Bitejacker (the GAME) here at IGN.
Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of fishing games, but Radical Fishing is definitely more my speed. Missile launchers, chainsaws, and gatling guns make the sport a lot more enjoyable. This crazy fishing game has a lot of quirky charm, and it’s bloody enough to dial up the absurdity meter to epic porportions. You can check out my full write-up of this free game in this week’s edition of my Free Bytes column over here at IGN.
I know what you’re thinking: “Zombies? BooooorrRRRRIIINNnnng.” Not so! I’ve played tons of zombies games, and believe me, like all of the rest of you, there was a time when I had a hard on for killing those god damn brain eating bastards. That excitement for undead re-deading has waned over time as zombie games have deluged the market, but I have to say I was genuinely thrilled once I booted up Dead Nation and starting killing away. This top-down zombie shooter has some real charm (and giant exploding zombies that spew filthy nasty everywhere). Sure, it seems like it riffs off Left 4 Dead a little too much in the zombie department, but it’s damn fun to cut the head off a dozen zombies in one fell swoop with the hot sexy bladezooka. Or whatever the hell it’s called. That what I call it. Hot and sexy. So yeah, here’s my full review over at GamesRadar if you feel like getting the full skinny.
I hate doing chores, but failing to get stuff done spurs the wife to increase her volume levels in a not-so-happy way. So I do them. But this pretty rad little iPhone app takes some of the sting out of the grueling tedium that is washing dishes, taking the dog out to pee every 5 minutes, and taking out the garbage/recycling etc. Epic Win lets you earn XP for tackling crappy tasks, and level-ing up your little adventurer dude quickly becomes an addictive incentive to muscle through some lame daily tasks. I had fun with this app. You should check it out…and my review, which can be found at GamesRadar over here.