“Rocketing through the stars in a hi-tech spacecraft is almost always 400 percent more awesome when you can transform mid-flight into a giant ass-kicking robot and unleash hell on the nearest swarm of enemy starfighters. Strike Suit Zero expertly channels the spirit of Robotech and its fellow mecha-minded ilk to make you feel like one bad mofo at moments, but I like the way it makes you work for it first.”
“‘Epic’ feels too inadequate a word to describe the massive space battles that pulse like lifeblood through the heart of Sins of a Solar Empire. Panning the camera around for an intimate view of the mayhem yields breathtaking scenes of destruction as huge fleets of lumbering star cruisers clash amidst thunderous barrages of laser fire and concussive missile bursts. It’s these highly strategic, explosive encounters that make all the planning that goes into expanding your galactic empire so worthwhile. Rather than overhauling what already works, Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion continues to refine and expand the core formula established back in 2008, offering just enough new factions, ships, and extra content to entice us back into the fray with weapons systems at the ready.”
“A journey to the seemingly barren red wastes of Mars to recover a missing research probe becomes a fascinating crash-course in the realm of alien botany in Waking Mars. Instead of intense laser battles and intergalactic conflict, Tiger Style Games’ inventive sci-fi adventure uses thought-provoking exploration and creative problem solving to draw you into its story-driven depths.”
“As its name implies, Infinite Space is a vast and expansive sci-fi RPG that will send you rocketing into the furthest reaches of space to show scores of intergalactic baddies who’s boss. Getting caught up in an armed struggle between warring planetary factions has its exciting moments. It’s also a real struggle to enjoy at times, due to a number of substantial gameplay design issues that will gradually erode your enthusiasm until you’re left wondering if the many frustrating hours you’ve sunk into the quest were a fair trade-off for the limited fun it yielded.”
“It seems rather fitting that the end of the long-running Star Ocean series would come around full circle to revisit where the series first began–with the degradation of our beloved homeworld and with humanity teetering on the brink of annihilation. As far as prequels go, Star Ocean: The Last Hope gets a lot of things right in terms of gameplay, even if it falters in other areas. PlayStation 3 owners had to wait an extra year to get a crack at saving the galaxy one last time, and while the few extras and tweaks found in the exclusive international edition may seem a meager reward for your patience, they do make it the more enticing version to own.”
“Like brightly hued boxes full of enticing candy bits, color-matching puzzle games come in all manner of different shapes and sizes. Though it seems rare to stumble upon new variations that are particularly original, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a puzzle game where the pieces I’m trying to match roll around willy-nilly in every direction – as if they loathe the thought of being combined in the first place. Temperamental space marbles are not the only thing that makes QuantZ so unique.”
“While some of the DLC expansions are far more successful than others, Bethesda has at least done an impressive job of keeping up a fair amount of variety in each excursion. In some ways Mothership Zeta is wildly different from the downloadable vignettes that have come before it. The blend of old-school sci-fi flair, X-files creepiness, and subtle humor it features makes the trip a memorable one, even if you’re bound to encounter intermittent moments of repetition and boredom along the way. Is it the best of the bunch? Not hardly. But dismantling giant death rays, brawling with alien-human hybrids, and chatting up cowboys and samurai is worth the hassle of being probed and prodded.”
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