I accidentally watched the Tekken movie

I turned on the TV this morning and apparently I had stumbled onto the Tekkenmovie. A handsome Asian guy was running parkour style through what looked like a Chinese favela policed by cyber soldiers.  Based, vaguely, on the game Tekken many of the characters from the classic fighting series chow up, including Yoshimitsu. The film is set in a super-crowded future controlled by corporations and centers around Jin Kazama, a street rat from the poverty center on the city,... Read more

Tower Defense, The Apocalypse, and YOU!

Tower defense games are games in which you have a limited amount or resources available to build towers to defend your safe space from waves of enemies. Each wave defeated gives way to a stronger wave and loot you can use to build more or upgrade existing towers. [Like real life, except with do-overs!] I like to say things like, “I’m not obsessed with [thing I spend time that should be allotted to other things... Read more

[PAX East] Remember Me might have been unforgettable because it left behind evidence.

Remember Me has been sneaking around in the background of the gaming world for some time now. Its quite didn’t go unnoticed though, as the wait to play at PAX East was 2 hours long at all times. This single-player, action-adventure game stars Nilin, a memory hunter in Neo-Paris in 2084, trying to remember her way back to who she was and why a corporation would go to such great lengths to erase her mind. From the demo... Read more

[PAX East] Deus Ex: Human Revolution DIRECTOR’S CUT! (WiiU)

Deus Ex is back again, but mostly the same. However this director’s cut has some noticeable differences… Not because it’s the director’s cut and it comes with two additional missions though, that I wouldn’t say was all that noticeable. Square Enix is re-releasing Deus Ex on the WiiU and I have to say the experience was markedly different. I’m not yet adjusted to the WiiU controller so I won’t blame that initial awkwardness on the... Read more

[PAX East] Heroes Needed for Post-Apocalypse Rebuild: Neverwinter

I am not a PC gamer; however, I loved playing Perfect World’s Neverwinter. I’m such a brat when it comes to all the menus and keyboard shortcuts. League of Legends was too confusing for me and that game is fairly straightforward (once I couldn’t figure out why none of my powers were working… I accidentally opened a chat and was spamming it with QWER). Neverwinter though, I just got it. You mover with WASD and... Read more

[PAX East ’13] The Last of Us Features Happy Bricks and Echolocation.

I played The Last of Us demo at PAX East and felt all the feelings. Happy for a sweet band of misfits sticking together to make their way in this harsh new world. Confused by the MC Escher reminiscent environment that I couldn’t navigate because I could get lost in a cul-de-sac. Scared—no terrified—by the Clickers, cauliflower-faced creatures who use echolocation to ferret out their prey. Proud when I figured out how to distract them and escape.... Read more

In Halo 4’s Flood mode you don’t just kill your enemy, you infect them

Halo 4, like many Halo games before it, is filled with multiplayer modes and options. Recently I was looking for some online fun for one… I’ll wait for the giggles to calm down. I discovered the War Games mode Flood. Within this War Games simulation, the deadly parasite has returned—a group of Spartans have been transformed into incredibly fast and deadly Flood combat forms. As the Flood, players are forced to destroy uninfected Spartans, converting... Read more

The Land of The Video Game Apocalypse

Video games and the apocalypse go hand in hand. Player One is always that one guy with shit to do and an appointment on Tuesday trying to make his (or her) way through this mess and help all these people out—how’d they survive before Player One came along? But, we keep coming back to these needy people in their dangerous world because of some romanticism that we can hack it, fix it, or beat it... Read more

What if you worked at Death Inc. and it was your job to start the apocalypse?

The first thing I thought of when I saw Ambient Studios announce Death Inc. a PC (and MAC) game coming out this summer was that is reminds me of Black & White (Lionhead Studios). No, I do not think it looks like a knock off. I think it embodies the same brilliance and unique balance that makes the player not the hero or the villain but the story itself. Black & White, a game that is anything but, is one of my... Read more

Review: Hawken: Genesis (Archaia)

Hawken: Genesis (Archaia)answers the question “What’s my motivation?” for payers of Hawken the game. Hawken by Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment is part Total Recall, in that it’s set in a ruined dystopian planet; part my desperate hopes for what Pacific Rim will be, a ridiculous mecha battle royal; and part Gundam where everyone is fighting for or against a team but no one is really right. But then Hawken: Genesis adds in a heaping helping... Read more

Zombie Dash (Android)

I didn’t have much hope when I downloaded Zombie Dash by Italy Games. It’s hard to find a good app game that isn’t just like some other app game. There’s only so much you can do on a touch screen and with the short attention span mobile games require. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised with the high-speed, side-scroller. Read more

The Last of Us Comic by Dark Horse

Dark Horse announced that they will be releasing the obligatory pre-release comic for the upcoming video game The Last of Us. Naughty Dog, who brought us the Uncharted series, is known for not only innovative gameplay but also captivating storytelling. The demo of the Last of Us that was shown at PAX this fall gave us a glimpse of what promises to be an expansive world in terms of scenery and characters. Even the NPCs clearly had motives aside from being violent obstacles. Dark Horse is the perfect publisher for the comic book team-up with Naughty Dog as they're the publisher known for stories. Their lineup is not the normal superhero fare, featuring the likes of Tom Morello's post-apocalyptic Orchid, the Mass Effect comics, and Umbrella Academy. There is no form to adhere to just a story to tell and a trained eye fro ensuring quality in the medium it's told in. I'm so excited for Ellie's back story and this new, influential character. Read more

PAX 2012 | The Last of US Live Demo

Naughty Dog has set a high bar for themselves with the Uncharted series and if PAX Prime 2012 is any indication, that bar has been met with The Last of Us. I went into the demo with Kae from Fuck Yeah! The Last of Us (and Fuck Yeah! Uncharted) and our expectations were high. Before the demo even began Naughty Dog started off on the right foot. The inside of the viewing room looked like the long abandoned bathroom that Joel and Ellie make their way through in the demo. Read more

PAX 2012 | 3 Reasons FIREFALL is best consumed outside of the game

At PAX Prime 2012 I was able to spend time and have a great conversation with David, a Lead Desiginer at Red 5 Studios. Please understand, nothing bad has ever come from the level of enthusiasm, sincerity and thoughtfulness David showed. Firefall is a game created by people who love games and quality and science fiction and stories and badassary. I watched the trailer and was slack-jawed in awe of this amazing story and design. These characters were compelling and this story was engaging. I saw designs that surpassed my science fiction, dystopian dreams. I read comics with narrative and dialogue that had me smiling to myself in public because that shit was AMAZING! Unfortunately, I can’t say all of those loved and amazing things make it into the Firefall game. Firefall the universe and idea are expansive, exciting and brilliant while Firefall the game promises something far different. Read more