Sony

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4)

PopCap was once a studio of creative faces. Bookworm featured a nerdy worm in a handful of different word games. Astropop had spaceships. Feeding Frenzy was fishy, Zuma froggy. They even had a tank in the awesome war satire Heavy Weapon. Their games decorated Wal-Mart’s PC section. In some cases, they WERE Wal-Mart’s PC section.… Continue reading Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (PS4)

Sony

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4)

If 1998’s Guilty Gear had a fetish for panty shots, it would be equivalent to Nitroplus Blasterz. That’s the original Guilty Gear by the way, a game nearing drinking age. Time has left Guilty Gear plodding and lacking in the technical sophistication of its awkwardly named sequels. A lack of technical sophistication is why comparison… Continue reading Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4)

Sony

Saturday Morning RPG (PS4)

This sloppy indie charmer from Mighty Rabbit Studios hits on tiring 1980s nostalgia, split into episodes for the sake of the Saturday morning aesthetic. Each episode bloats with references to ’80s era properties. There’s hardly an original idea in the mix. Back to the Future, GI Joe, Tron, The Wizard, Power Glove; those are from… Continue reading Saturday Morning RPG (PS4)

Nintendo

Rodea: The Sky Soldier (Wii)

Despite immediate indifference to a world populated with pitchy-voiced anime characters, Rodea’s Pinocchio story (a robot comes to understand the realities of being human) is surrounded by everything lovely. Elegant, Rodea’s world is freeing despite linear and guided pathways. The sense of freedom provided by the unorthodox motion control set-up gifts the Yuji Naka-born sky… Continue reading Rodea: The Sky Soldier (Wii)

Sony

Street Fighter V (PS4)

Street Fighter is old. During its existence as a series, fighting turned from bar room brawls to a spectator sport. Oddly, Street Fighter gained spectators too. The series has been rebooted, reset, re-released, and remade. There have been lunchboxes, pachinko machines, movies, and books. Prequels and sequels. One-offs and three-offs. Characters died. Then, were resurrected.… Continue reading Street Fighter V (PS4)

Nintendo

Project X-Zone 2 (3DS)

Few will finish Project X-Zone 2. There’s little reason to. At a bloated 45 or 50 some hours, its redundancies grow tiresome. This tri-publisher cross-over shows no pacing discipline. Neither did the first X-Zone – that was 70 hours. These games are enamored with themselves. Even shy of the halfway mark though, there’s enough to… Continue reading Project X-Zone 2 (3DS)