“At a passing glance, Capybara Games’ recent handheld addition to the storied Might & Magic series, Clash of Heroes, was easily mistakable for yet another generic RPG. Then, like many others who were similarly duped yet still picked the game up out of curiosity, it absolutely floored me with its absurdly captivating and deep puzzle gameplay that was hiding just beneath the surface. There’s no mistaking it the second time around: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes HD, the upcoming enhanced version coming to PSN and XBLA is something you don’t want to miss.”
“The month of March is so jam-packed with hotly anticipated downloadable games that it was a real challenge to decide which games to highlight this time around. While there are quite a few other excellent games worth checking out that didn’t make it onto our list, this month’s gaming download picks cover some diverse ground. Fire up your high-speed internet connections and get ready for sports enthusiast blobs, rampaging hotrods, magic doodles, and murder mysteries.”
“You tend to expect a certain measure of violence, blood, and evisceration out of a game with a name like Shank. Considering Klei Entertainment’s upcoming 2D side-scrolling brawler is heavily inspired by the demented works of several film legends known for their gritty vision, the explosive gore fest and comic brutality Shank offered up during my demo of the latest build at PAX East didn’t disappoint. Indeed, it was hard to conceal my man-glee after shoving a grenade into a guy’s mouth and watching his head erupt in a cartoonish spray of fine red mist.”
“The downloadable gaming delights just keep coming, and February has a glut of new affordably priced games that are absolutely worth your time. This month’s top downloadable games list is packed with action. Grab onto your seats, as we go toe-to-toe with hovering space tanks, heavy metal monsters, firepower-packing towers, and musical block puzzles.”
“With the glut of pre-holiday retail releases finally beginning to subside and pocketbooks slowly recovering from their recently empty, threadbare state caused by the big annual splurge of massive gift purchasing, it’s a perfect time to get caught up on some of this month’s top digital game downloads. Your wallet will thank you. We get a little zany this month with a fun medley packed with marching muscle heads, rocket-propelled pixel men, turn-based RPG adventure, and warring puzzle nations.”
Check out the full installment of my column here at What They Play
Now that the Feb. 2010 issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine is finally out, I supposed I can talk a bit about my new steady gig. I started doing some sporadic freelance work for PTOM last year with a few reviews and a feature that I was particularly excited about. After a brief lull for an issue or two, I’m happy to be back in the game. Not only that, I’m super stoked to be heading up the PlayStation Network Games section with a two-page spread of downloadable game reviews each month starting with the latest issue. My first installment tackles Braid, Star Trek: D-A-C, Peggle, Gravity Crash, Military Madness: Nectaris, and more. Stay tuned, because we’ve got some great stuff coming up in upcoming issues. Thanks!
“The holiday season is a time for cheer and happiness for many, but it’s also a crazy time to be venturing out into the wintry bustle of last-minute shopping madness. Thankfully, there are a lot of affordable, excellent downloadable games to be had without ever leaving the warmth of your roaring hearth fire and the company of your loved ones. Grab a steaming cup of hot cocoa and settle in for this month’s download picks. We’ve got a great mix for you: musical black holes, intrepid subterranean explorers, a bookish worm, and restless alien monsters – a little something for everybody.”
Check out the full article here at What They Play.
“With all the LocoRoco sleeping peacefully under a starry night sky, no one is awake enough to notice the sneaky BuiBui crawling around in the bush nearby. With the pull of a single lever, the mischievous fellow dumps the whole lot into the spooky BuiBui underworld where the naughty critters have constructed an elaborate series of obstacle courses designed to test your hopping, rolling, and eating abilities. Picking from one of many colorful LocoRoco, you’ll help them oblige their captors by attempting to plow through 16 wild, nighttime levels of world-turning, platforming action as fast as possible.”
Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.
“Giant robots are cool. But giant robots from 1985 that shoot homing lasers from their eyes and transform into jet fighters are infinitely cooler. Thexder Neo slaps a fresh coat of paint on an antiquated PC shooter from days long past and proves a few moments of fun can still be squeezed from this stone.”
This uber-short review was originally meant for print, but you can read it in its full two-paragraph glory over here at GamesRadar.