Sony

Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (PS4)

Few will likely recall 2008’s Kung Fu Panda video game, a shiny contemporary beat-em-up which, in the licensed game’s final suffocating gasp on home consoles, left the derided genre on a positive note. Fewer still will recall Kung Fu Panda 2, a wonky not-so-better-with-Kinect-thing which extinguished any positive energy gained from the first. Now Kung… Continue reading Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends (PS4)

Nintendo

The Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

These penguins don’t deserve their Cheesy Dibbles. Give the orange-dusted snack treats to the Happy Feet crew instead. Australian studio Torus Games, sometimes dependable with licensed properties (even great in their Game Boy Advance days) slip up here, striking the Dreamworks’ Madagascar spin-off property with an unstable, chunky stealth fiasco. Stealth makes sense – the… Continue reading The Penguins of Madagascar (Wii U)

Microsoft

Blue Estate (Xbox One)

If conservative website Breibart and the development team of Hatred made a videogame together, it would resemble Blue Estate. To play Blue Estate is to step into a bizarro, hyper-conservative, right wing universe where guns are the only conversation starter and characters are stereotypes questionable even for the 1930s. Blue Estate laughs as the scenario… Continue reading Blue Estate (Xbox One)

Sony

Guns, Gore, and Cannoli (PS4)

Guns, Gore & Cannolis need a different lead. Vinny Cannoli is too crude in his ambition as mob enforcer. Cannoli’s grating stereotype is of limited appeal, even when dressed in the context of the mid-1920s. Underneath Canoli’s salacious exterior sits a videogame proud of its prohibition era aesthetic. The America around Cannoli is a walk… Continue reading Guns, Gore, and Cannoli (PS4)

Mobile

TMNT: Portal Power (iOS)

Nickelodeon’s 2010 Ninja Turtles series bridged the heated nostalgia for the late ’80s/early ’90s cartoon and a contemporary animation of these rather asinine-in-concept heroes. Portal Power goes so far as to twist the existence of the Turtles into their cornball late generation toy forms. They don skater gear, knight suits, space suits, samurai; a chunk… Continue reading TMNT: Portal Power (iOS)