Video Games

Updates and coverage about video games

Video Game Review: ‘Mega Man: Legacy Collection’ (Nintendo 3DS)

I am terrible at Mega Man games. Back in the ’80s, I used to play Mega Man II at my friend’s house, and despite numerous attempts, I could never get very far. But don’t get me wrong: I can do old-school difficult games. Just not Mega Man, unfortunately. I am forced to confront old-school Mega Man again with […]

Video Game Review: ‘Bravely Second: End Layer’ (Nintendo 3DS)

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That motto clearly applies to Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to the hit 2012 RPG Bravely Default, available on the portable Nintendo 3DS. Usually, video game sequels attempt to top themselves, but when your source material is as exquisite as Bravely Default, there’s no need. Consistency looks […]
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Video Game Review: ‘Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge’ (Wii U and 3DS)

Mini-Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a treat for Nintendo fans who have been slavishly collecting their toys-to-life amiibo figures. Technically, the game is free to download on both the Wii U and 3DS, but to play the game, you need to own at least one amiibo, and ideally, the following 10 amiibo: Bowser, Bowser […]
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Video Game Review: ‘Star Fox Guard’ (Wii U)

Nintendo couldn’t have bundled a more different game with its 3D shooter Star Fox Zero. This charming tower defense game does have lasers and characters from the Star Fox series — namely Slippy Toad and his uncle Grippy Toad — but that’s where the similarities end. In Star Fox Guard, you use the Wii U […]

Video Game Review: ‘Miitomo’ (Mobile)

Nintendo’s first smartphone app is pretty underwhelming. While cute and polished, Miitomo is mostly for kids or those few adults who like their social networks to be very, very tame. Miitomo encourages you to share innocent life details with your friends, and for you to learn those same kinds of details from your friends in […]

Video Game Review: ‘Hyrule Warriors Legends’ (3DS)

It’s hard to believe that Nintendo could pack in a whole Wii U disc’s worth of Hyrule Warriors content plus DLC into its tiny 3DS handheld system. But that’s exactly what they did with Hyrule Warriors Legends — and shockingly, it runs smoother than its console counterpart. Legends, like Hyrule Warriors, contains the same hack-and-slash […]

Video Game Review: ‘Final Fantasy Explorers’ (3DS)

The concept sounds great: Final Fantasy meets Monster Hunter. Yet, as your progress through Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Explorers for the Nintendo 3DS, the joy of combat, item collecting and equipment upgrading quickly becomes stale and routine. Explorers has all of the long-running RPG series’ trademarks, including Moogles, Chocobos and familiar enemies and summons, but […]
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Movie Review: Whatever Works

The negative attitude towards people and the belief in uncontrolled luck centre stage in this film are not a far-fetch from Woody Allen’s own views on life. Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) is a crotchety hater of humankind that lives in selective isolation after a failed suicide attempt followed by a divorce from a picture-perfect wife […]

Wii Review: Warioland: Shake It!

Wario, Mario’s rude and brightly attired doppelganger, has forged an eclectic resume of video game appearances. While he’s a staple in the Mario sports spinoffs and has successfully kicked off a bizarre new genre of games with the quirky Warioware titles, his roots lie in the 2D platforms of the early 90’s. For those who […]

Video Game Review: ‘Spore’ (PC)

Leading up to its release, Spore was the object of many impossible expectations, and understandably so: the game’s scope is unabashedly ambitious, purporting to allow players to create and guide a new species through billions of years of evolution as it changes from a tiny single celled organism into a space-faring empire. Most video game […]

Bionic Commando Rearmed (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Just like movie remakes, modern incarnations of classic video games are hit-and-miss as far as quality goes, with some of them being loving tributes to milestone titles while others are quick cash-ins on well known names. Nostalgic gamers who abused their thumbs in the eighties playing Bionic Commando on the original Nintendo Entertainment System will […]