October 28, 2010

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Super Scribblenauts, DS
5th Cell, Oct. 12
Plaid Werewolf. Flaming Grizzly bear. Murderous Purple Zeppelin. Itchy Fat Blue Whale. Frightened Bookcase. These and many more ill-thought-out abominations can be brought to horrible life in Super Scribblenauts.

Castle Ravenloft
Wizards of the Coast, September
By Glenn "I6" Given production@hippopress.com

Put down the controllers and grab your icosahedron; Castle Ravenloft brings Dungeons & Dragons to the moderately more accessible realm of high-end board gaming.

Civilization 5, PC
Firaxis Games, September 21
By Glenn "Pact of Secrecy against..." Given production@hippopress.com

Who stole my Abraham Lincoln? For the past 19 years ol “4-score” has been micro- managing cities and driving tank rushes deep into the hearts of my enemies.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (PSN/XBLA)
Ubisoft Montreal, Aug. 10 (PSN) & 25 (XBLA) 2010
By Glenn "The Clash at Demonhead" Given production@hippopress.com

Bryan Lee O’Malley, Canadian alterna-cartoonist, part-time rocker, completes the circle by allowing his retro videogame-obssessed character Scott Pilgrim to translate from pen to pixel in the retro beat-’em-up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. A perfect reminder of why kids these days have it easy what with their fancy three-dimensional polygons and their Master Chiefawhoosits holding their teeney little baby hands through.

Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty (PC/Mac)
Blizzard Entertainment, July 27
By Glenn "9 pylon" Given production@hippopress.com

Blizzard takes a step back from its Massive Multi-player Money-Printing Machine and travels a hojillion years into the future with Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, a worthy sequel to quintessential real-time strategy game Starcraft.

Puzzle Quest 2 (360/DS/iStuffs/PC)
Infinite Interactive
By Glenn "Flameblade" Given production@hippopress.com

Line up gems to bring down hit points in Puzzle Quest 2, the amplified sequel to the darling hybrid puzzle/RPG breakthrough Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.

Deathspank, (360/PS3)
Hothead Games, July 13 (360) & July 14 (PS3), 2010
By Glenn "The Artifact" Given production@hippopress.com

Ron Gilbert (Maniac Mansion) teams with Voodoo Vince designer Clayton Kauzlaric on Deathspank, a head-shakingly silly action-RPG about a mighty warrior and his purple thong underwear.

Transformers: War for Cybertron (PC/PS3/360)
High Moon Studios, June 2010
By Glenn "Unicron" Given production@hippopress.com

On a distant planet made of explosions and things going whir-ka-chow-kow-cheee and turning into hover cars or something, giant screeching robots fight even gianter screechier robots for control of robot souls, maybe?

Red Dead Redemption (PS3/360)
Rockstar San Diego/Rock Star North, May 18
By Glenn "Ornery Cuss" Given production@hippopress.com

In 1911 New Austin, the fictional amalgam of the Southwestern American states, former outlaw John Marsten is drafted back into a life of bloody frontier violence. Set to track, capture and/or kill his former gang mates by government agents Marsten must give the daily dose of Vitamin Lead to rustlers, bandits and outlaws in Red Dead Redemption, a third-person sandbox-style Western that has made me hate bears more than any other creature on earth.

Super Street Fighter 4 (360/PS3)
Capcom, April 27
By Glenn "Corkscrew Cross" Given production@hippopress.com

Capcom punishes small TVs with a screen-busting roster of fighters in Super Street Fighter 4, its price-slashed upgrade of the 2008 flaming fisticuff engine.

Torchlight  (PC)
Oct. 27 download; Jan. 5 retail, Runic Games

By Glenn "Giant Catfish" Given production@hippopress.com

Click-click-click on the dwarven wight and watch your screen go kablooey with fun in Torchlight, a click-and-slash dungeon crawl in the vein of Gauntlet and Diablo.

2009 in video games
What a surprise, everything got louder and shinier

By Glenn "Fat Princess" Given production@hippopress.com

Wii/DS
It was a plateau year at best for Nintendo. With their traditional reliance on franchise titles and a shotgun spread of mediocre games aimed at the “casual gamer,” Nintendo fared well but failed critically. When it comes to the big N, there is really only one standout new title for the Wii: New Super Mario Brothers Wii. With four-player co-op platforming gameplay and the ability to basically have the title play itself, NSMBW is another coat of turtle wax on the classic roadster of gaming. The downloadable WiiWare service offered more original nibblings with Lost Winds: Winter of Melodias, a sequel full of clever Wiimote wind-whipping platforming. The year’s surprise came from on-rails shooter Dead Space Extraction, a prequel to 2008’s excellent cross-platform sci-fi survival horror Dead Space

GTA Chinatown Wars, DS
Rockstar North/Rockstar Leeds, March 20, M

By Glenn "Cluckin Bell" Given production@hippopress.com
A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, but mostly drug-running, city-spanning mayhem that fits in your pocket.


Reviews (for the most part) by Glenn Given production@hippopress.com