Sony

TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)

Ninja Turtles’ pop culture is inundated with references to Konami’s two arcade games – one aptly named The Arcade Game, the other Turtles in Time. Their appeal survived long enough for toy manufacturer NECA to produce an action figure line based on their sprites. If an arcade still exists, they’re considered incomplete without the duo’s… Continue reading TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan (PS4)

Sony

Overwatch (PS4)

Exuberant and charming, Overwatch’s appearance creates a lure toward its team-based gunplay. Were the timing different, it would appear Blizzard created Overwatch with the intent of murdering Battleborn’s confused aesthetic. In Blizzard’s realm, character quips and attitudes serve as geekdom catharsis. The plucky girl blows her hair out of her eyes. The cybernetic ninja glints… Continue reading Overwatch (PS4)

Sony

Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

Recapping and upgrading the rather mundane Amiga series from which its based, Shadow of the Beast blossoms with an Eastern kung-fu combat aptitude and hard adult fantasy steering the narrative. The exotic world mixes natural and mechanical with foreboding locations. Untranslated dialog leaves vague qualities, relying on animalistic and surreal characters to produce their story… Continue reading Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

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Homefront: The Revolution (PS4)

In Homefront’s alternate reality, North Korea’s corporation Apex (a stand-in for Apple) blanketed America with their technology – tablets, phones, weapons. When North Korea decided to invade, they flipped a kill switch and shut down their products, weapons included. Thus came bankruptcy, recession, and a devastated economy, bundling a collection of contemporary political fears. Homefront’s… Continue reading Homefront: The Revolution (PS4)

Nintendo

Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS)

Power Drift finally finds a Stateside release in this 3D collection, one of Yu Suzuki’s least known works. The surreal kart racer uses an unusual road aesthetic and the pace of Afterburner for an eclectic pole position battle. Alongside Power Drift are nine others (three of which are Fantasy Zone incarnations). Most have been on… Continue reading Sega 3D Classics Collection (3DS)