Developer: Traveller's Tales |
Publisher: Warner Bros Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 06/28/16 |
Once again Lego has produced a fantastic game that is sure to please the Lego and Star Wars fans alike. Travel through space as you play as some of your favorite Star Wars characters, as well as some of the iconic Force Awakens vehicles like the Millennium Falcon and Rey’s Speeder. There were a few moments that I felt as if the story was not moving fast enough. I feel that is because of several reasons.
Rating Summary: This is an action-adventure game based on the characters and events of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Players control Lego-versions of characters as they traverse platform environments, solve puzzles, and battle enemy soldiers and villains. Players use various weapons (e.g., staffs, blaster rifles, light sabers) and special abilities (e.g., force powers) to defeat enemies. In some sequences, players pilot spacecrafts/vehicles and use a crosshair target to fire projectiles (e.g., missiles, lasers) at enemy vehicles and ground targets. Battles are accompanied by frequent laser blasts and large explosions; enemies burst into Lego pieces when defeated. In one scene, a character is briefly seen sitting on a toilet; another sequence depicts mucous dripping from a character's nose. The word “hell” is heard in the dialogue.
Developer: Larian Studios |
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/27/15 |
Get ready for an adventure full of intrigue, murder, battles, fourth wall breaking humor, full voiceovers, lots of loot, and chickens! Larian Studios brings you—-Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition—-a turn-based RPG adventure set in the land of Rivellon.
By Christina Voican - 12/06/15
ESRB Details: Rated for Blood and gore, Violence. This is a role-playing game in which players assume the roles of heroes on a quest to rid the world of evil magic. From a ¾-overhead perspective, players traverse landscapes and engage in turn-based combat to kill humans and fantastical creatures (e.g., orcs, giant insects). Characters use swords, staffs, spears, and magic attacks to kill enemies. Combat is highlighted by frequent screams of pain, impact sounds, and large blood-splatter effects. Some areas depict large pools of blood amid human corpses and dismembered limbs. Tags:
Developer: Vicarious Visions |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 09/20/15 |
Genre: Toys to Life
Activision was the first company to introduce the Toys to Life genre to the world with Skylanders and each year they find a way to reinvent the formula and release a new entry in the popular game. This year, that innovation is vehicles: Land, Air, and Sea. The addition of vehicles may not seem to be huge but it really does add a lot to the game.
Developer: CD Project RED |
Publisher: Warner Bros Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 05/19/15 |
Bandits, and griffins, and witches! OH MY! These are a few foes you will encounter in this epic tale of mystery, adventure, and romance. Geralt of Rivia returns to find his missing protégé while ridding the towns of bandits and scary monsters along the way. WARNING! This review is that of my own opinion and should be noted any previous games involving the title Witcher have not been played; therefore, giving me an unbiased and open opinion.
By Josh Gilmore - 07/21/15
ESRB Details: Rated For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol
This is an open-world role-playing game in which players assume the role of Geralt, a monster hunter in search of a missing woman. Players explore a war-ravaged world while completing quests and killing enemy soldiers and fantastical creatures (e.g., wraiths, harpies, rock beasts). Characters engage in melee-style combat using swords and other bladed weapons, as well as magical attacks (e.g., blasts of fire, stun spells); combat is highlighted by screams of pain and impact sounds. Large blood-splatter effects occur when enemies are slashed, with some attacks resulting in decapitation or dismemberment. Some cutscenes depict slow-motion decapitations and other gore: an autopsy of a torture victim, rooms with several corpses (e.g., hanging from the ceiling, covered in blood on a bed, naked in a tub). During the course of the game, the central character can engage in sexual activity with prostitutes and female companions. These brief sequences depict females' breasts and buttocks—sexual moaning sounds can be heard, though the camera cuts away from explicit sexual acts. The game includes a side quest in which Geralt engages in a drinking game; characters are depicted drunk and/or passed out. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “c*nt” can be heard in the dialogue. Tags:
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal |
Publisher: Ubisoft Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 05/27/14 |
‘Everything is connected...’ In the world of Watch Dogs everything is connected, and impacts different aspects of the game. Playing Watch Dogs, you take the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker turned vigilante after a hitman is sent after him and his loved ones as revenge for one of his attempted hacks, and the only person to survive a devastating car crash caused by the hitman is himself.
By Davis Wiitala - 06/08/14
ESRB Details: This is third-person shooter/action game in which players assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a hacker trying to find an evil mastermind. Players use pistols, machine guns, assault rifles, and explosives to kill various human enemies (e.g., criminals, police officers). When close to an enemy, players are able to shoot them in the head or knock them out with a black jack. Players have the ability to kill captives after (mostly) off-screen interrogations. Cutscenes depict further instances of violence (e.g., a man stabbed in the neck and shot multiple times). Combat is highlighted by cries of pain, blood-splatter effects, and realistic gunfire. The game includes several depictions of topless female characters. One prolonged scene depicts a topless women standing in a bedroom; another sequence depicts close-ups of topless women sitting down. The game also includes a few instances of sexual activity, including an obscured depiction of masturbation; a woman performing fellatio on a man; and a man thrusting against a woman from behind—camera angles obscure the sex act and no nudity is shown. During the course of the game, the central character is sometimes consumes large amounts of alcohol (the screen turns blurry); one sequence depicts characters using needles to inject themselves with drugs. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” can be heard in the dialogue. Tags:
Developer: Telltale Games |
Publisher: Telltale Games Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 04/08/14 |
Episode 3 of The Wolf Among Us begins right where Episode 2 left off. I don’t want to spoil anything but Bigby is not very happy and is rushing to try and get the killer, from the first two games, before they gets away. As this is a story in the middle of the planned storyline, it wouldn’t make much sense if things went well. You won’t realize until the very end just how bad things are going for Bigby.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 04/13/14
ESRB Details: Rated for: Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, and Use of Tobacco. Tags:
Developer: Sony |
Publisher: Sony Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 11/15/13 |
The goblins have begun to attack human cities and settlements to steal sunstones and relics used to power the city and its devices. In their path destruction is seen. But these aren’t any ordinary goblins. No, instead of simple bows, clubs, and swords, these goblins have use of tanks, guns, and more powerful weapons than their human counterparts. Where did these goblins get their weapons and why are they attacking humans? This is the question asked as we open up into the new action platformer, Knack, for the PlayStation 4. Who can stop these goblins?
By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/21/13
ESRB Details: Rated for Fantasy Violence.
Rating Summary: This is an action-adventure game in which players help a small hero, composed of ancient relics, protect mankind from an invading goblin army. Players use punches, jumping attacks, and various super moves (e.g., storm attack, shockwave, blast) to defeat human soldiers and fantasy creatures (e.g., giant bugs, goblins, robots). As player progress through the game, Knack can grow in size to battle larger enemies including tanks, mechanized battle suits, and attack planes. The somewhat frenetic combat is accompanied by impact sounds and mild explosions. Tags:
Developer: Compulsion Games |
Publisher: Compulsion Games Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 11/15/13 |
One of the first games I booted up on my shiny, new PlayStation 4 was the Puzzle title Contrast. This was one of two free games Sony gave away as part of their “Instant Game Collection” for PlayStation Plus. Since every launch PS4 comes with a free month of the service, there is no reason to not give Contrast a try.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/18/13
ESRB Details: Rated for Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, & Use of Tobacco. Tags:
Developer: Vicarious Visions |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 04/26/17 |
Lets be honest here. When I heard that Vicarious Visions was at the helm of the next Skylanders game, I felt like this would be the time the series turned into a cash grab with a quick and cheap update to the title, more toys, and no focus on the actual game. While we definitely have a lot of new toys, calling Skylanders Swap Force anything but a well executed sequel is not fair.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 10/25/13
ESRB Details: This is an action platformer in which players assume the role of whimsical creatures that must stop an evil villain's plans. Players complete various puzzles, traverse platforms, and use elemental attacks (e.g., Magic, Water, Fire) to defeat enemy trolls and robots in a fantasy setting. Some characters use “cartoony” tools/weapons (e.g., giant hammers, blasters, bombs) against enemies, resulting in small explosions and comical yelps; enemies generally disappear amid colorful puffs of smoke when defeated. During some sequences, players can mount turrets and blast projectiles at flying vehicles/machines. Tags:
Developer: EA Tiburon |
Publisher: EA Sports Players: 1 to 2 Player Game |
Release Date: 08/27/13 |
This year marks the twenty-fifth year of Madden Football. Twenty-five years, spanning a multitude of console and PC generations that is nearly as old as I am. Madden NFL 25 sports a new name, celebrating the achievement of twenty-five years, a brand new interface, new rosters, an all-new graphics engine, and new controls to close out the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 generation of consoles on the eve of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 releasing.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 10/11/13
ESRB Details: This is a football simulation game in which players can select teams from real NFL rosters, create and run plays, arrange playbooks, improve skills, and create/manage a franchise. Football games are presented with extensive player statistics and commentary from professional broadcasters. Tags: