Content about Arcade

10.18.12

After being released this September, the 3D 'endless runner' Bust-N-Rush by Techtonic Games has undergone a few changes since we last took a look at it.

A price drop of 75% is now in effect, bringing the price from $19.99 to $4.99. To take advantage of this you can head over to the Techtonic Games website to pick up a truly fun and addictive game, or at the very least try out their new demo. Bust-N-Rush was worth the money at $19.99, and at $4.99 it's a steal.

10.17.12

 

When I was initially introduced to Fractured Soul I was extremely excited. Not because of the exciting platforming, or the nostalgic difficulty akin to that of the NES, but because for once I found a title on the 3DS Store that actually brought something new to the table. The innovation behind Fractured Soul’s gameplay enticed the Mega Man/Mario junkie inside of me to climb out and play a game that lovingly marries puzzling, platforming and shooting elements into a fantastic (and cheap!) experience.

10.15.12

A blinding blue blur, collecting tons of rings, spouting witty catch phrases, and defeating Dr. Eggman (or Dr. Robotnic depending on the version) are all things you think of when you hear the name Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is one of the most recognizable faces of the console generation in the 90’s. The franchise has spawned everything from cartoons to comic books. It has also spawned a list of atrocities sequels and spin off games. “Sonic Adventure 2 HD” is a reminder of when Sonic stopped being about speed, and stopped being fun. 

10.12.12

There is an old saying that goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” What many people do not know is this famous quote has been paraphrased.  It originally went “If it ain’t broke, or Double Dragon, don’t fix it.” Okay, maybe it didn’t originally go like that, but it’s too bad, because Double Dragon Neon is a reboot to a franchise that should have been left alone.

10.04.12

Rovio has returned to once again dominate your mobile screens with the newest follow up to the “Angry Birds” franchise. With a new focus and new gameplay mechanics, does “Bad Piggies” measure up to “Angry Birds”? Let’s find out as we review "Bad Piggies" on the iPhone. 

09.24.12

Capcom’s “Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection” celebrates the silver anniversary of the successful fighting franchise. Packed with games, DLC, Blu-Rays, and exclusive collectables, the set is impressive but will it please the hardcore “Street Fighter” fanatics? 

08.13.12

If there’s one thing I take pride in, it’s my music collection. Over 1600 songs on the iPod, and that doesn’t even include the large amount of playlists I’ve generated on Spotify. So any game that makes use of the music library stored on your computer, much like my beloved Audiosurf, is doing something right. And much like Audiosurf, Symphony combines stunning visuals, addictive gameplay, and the music you love into an all-around fantastic game.

07.18.12

In the late '90s, gamers normally far too uncoordinated or scared to try skating themselves, were enraptured by Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Players could take control of Tony Hawk and several other popular skaters, then take them through a handful of 90’s teen inspired maps.

07.01.12

A couple of months ago, an event took place in Colorado called Pinball Showdown, allowing pinball fans and makers of all ages to get together and celebrate the arcade format the only way they know how – through a celebration of flippers.  Various manufacturers attended the event, including Gary Stern, of Stern Pinball fame.  He was there to show off the company’s latest accomplishment for arcades, a pinball featuring the appearance and music of popular rock band AC/DC.

06.18.12

Early this year, Bioware’s Mass Effect saga came to five year run. Rest aside the ending; the series is one of the most complete trilogies in video game history. There are two aspects that Mass Effect nails perfectly. The series was first to interweave choices all the way through the third and final installment captivating fans from start to finish. However, you can’t tell a great story if you forget to create the atmosphere for your game to breath in. The music in the game really doses shape Commander Shepard with it having one of the best scores in gaming, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?

05.29.12

If there’s one company that knows how to show appreciation for its classics, it’s Sega.  Over the years, they’ve re-released a number of their Genesis and arcade hits as digital downloads, and includes them in such compilations as Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection as well.  So it should be no surprise that it continues to beef up its Sega Vintage Collection, this time with a trio of games that, while not exactly fitting together in a theme, provide entertainment for old-school gamers and newcomers everywhere.

05.22.12

I love Dragon’s Lair.  I’ve been an avid fan since I was a kid way back in 1983, and have collected a number of goods over the years, including a lunchbox (yes, really) and a poster autographed by Don Bluth and his team.  And I can play the original game backwards and forwards, and even name all the enemies that appear in it, from the Giddy Goons to the Lizard King.  So, yeah, when I was handed a code to check out Dragon’s Lair on Xbox Live Arcade, I was eager to give it a try and see if it held up as well as other versions of the game, like the ones for Wii (as part of the Dragon’s Lair Trilogy) and PlayStation 3.  But this time…something just doesn’t feel right.

05.21.12

With The Amazing Spider-Man set to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in a matter of weeks, Activision will be introducing the best of both worlds when it comes to the web slinger’s gaming adventures.  On the one hand, the development team at Beenox is handling the game, and you already know about the work they did on Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time.  On the other, they’re going with the open level design that worked so well in previous Spider-Man games before that.  You can’t lose.

05.20.12

We love it when old-school games get a re-release, for a number of reasons.  The sheer joy that the games themselves bring, the fact that we don’t need to hook up an old-school console (from a dusty closet) and a blown-out cartridge to play them, the fact we don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars for the original game and instead invest just a few bucks to relive them…and the list goes on.  Sega has been well known as a company that loves their classic library, and over the next couple of weeks, they’ll prove it with five upcoming release packs for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.

05.09.12

The IOS market has been around for roughly six years and has helped revolutionize everything tech related from movies, music and games. It has given artist and developers a new platform to communicate and speak directly to audience and that’s exactly what Aoineko Studios is doing.

05.04.12

It's funny how the "little guy" can suddenly be propelled forward by the right project.  For the longest time, the team at Arkedo has been producing memorable platforming adventures for the Xbox Live indie games channel, including such titles as Jump! among others.  Featuring 8-bit style graphics, these guys have definitely felt an influence in classic gaming.  But now they've moved into the big time, as Sega is teaming up with them to produce the upcoming side scrolling action game Hell Yeah!, due for release this summer.

04.24.12

There are some genres where the Xbox 360 doesn’t quite match the PlayStation 3.  In this particular case, it’s brutal action.  Sure, it’s got Gears of War 3, but the console is sorely lacking a competitor that can keep up with Sony’s own God of War franchise.  Sure, Dante’s Inferno came pretty damn close, but the religious overtones stopped hardcore gamers from fully enjoying that one.  Now Climax Studios gives the genre a try with a digital downloadable title called Bloodforge, and while there’s plenty to hack and slash, there’s very little purpose to keep you from doing it for hours on end.

04.23.12

With its first three House of the Dead games, Sega pretty much kept to form, putting two unlikely heroes together to save the world from a zombie apocalypse.  Sure, the third game – which arrived on PlayStation Network a while back – introduced some awesome shotguns, but the status quo of “shoot everything that moves” remained intact.  So would the same go for House of the Dead 4?  Well, sort of.

04.18.12

Tower strategy games aren’t usually my thing.  There, I’ll say it.  I’m more of a hands-on sort of guy, taking command of a unit and delivering damage rather than issuing a command for someone to do it in a turn-based approach.  However, some people really get into this genre, so, for the sake of argument, I thought I’d give Anomaly: Warzone Earth from 11 Bit Studios a fair shot, especially considering the game fared rather well on the iOS market before transitioning to Xbox Live Arcade.  And you know what?  While my general feeling about the genre remains about the same, this game made me want to play longer than I anticipated.