Orgarhythm is the kind of game that happens once in a blue moon: a quirky amalgamation of genres that winds up being more compelling than confusing. Check out this trippy rhythm-strategy PS Vita game inside…
Still chewing your way through a stack of games from last year? Good, because the next few weeks are pretty light for new game releases. The last day of the month will deliver a couple huge franchise entries and a promising new IP, but until then, the field's pretty barren, with only a few notable releases coloring the rest of the month's gray days. Look within to pick your targets (or just decide whether you want to save your money for the broader releases February has to offer)...
The greatest games you probably didn’t play this year. From beautifully old-school side-scrollers and puzzle adventures to a shooter with roughly 9,000 “boner” jokes, these poorly selling, poorly marketed underdogs deserve (and need) your attention…
Game: FlickPig | Platform: iOS | Publisher: Prope | Developer: Prope | Price: £0.69/$0.99
Sonic man Yuji Naka's game studio Prope has been releasing some
decent stuff on iPhone, but this is one of his best yet. FlickPig sees
you controlling three little piggy banks running along straight tracks,
trying to get back their stolen money. Flick the pigs between lanes to
avoid obstacles and collect pick-ups. It sounds easy but definitely isn't, and it's cuter than any button we've ever seen.
internet speeds and digital storage gets cheaper and cheaper every
year, downloadable games get closer and closer to matching the
experiences provided by their retail counterparts. They also offer the
chance for smaller development teams to experiment or stray off the
beaten path; we doubt that EA would ever publish a game featuring a dead
fetus is a power-up. They draw the line at killing unbaptized babies in
hell thank you very much. And hey, there’s no better way to detox from a
100 hour Skyrim binge than with a quick, fun 5 hour game. In
anticipation of our year end Platinum Chalice awards, we’ve compiled a
list of our favorite 2011 downloadable titles across all platforms to
help you separate the w00t from the chaff...
December may offer the true
climax of the holiday season, but in terms of new game releases, it's very much
the calm after the storm. Most of the giant blockbusters of the season made
their way out between September and November, but the final month of 2011 isn't
barren by any means: big releases like Mario Kart 7 and Star Wars: The Old
Republic lead the pack, while system-specific versions of some notable recent
titles also find their way to store shelves. But if you read this over and
don't see anything on the horizon that works you into a tizzy, surely November's overstuffed
lineup holds a few leftover options to consider...
Arcade games died out because there's no point going to arcades to play
the best games – you can play the best games in your own home. We're
completely spoiled in that respect. But that wasn't the case in the
1980s. When Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum ruled the home computing roost,
going to the arcade to play games was a genuine, eye-widening treat.
Nothing emphasised the quality gap like OutRun - Sega's beautiful
journey that is, incredibly, 25 years old this year.
There are some
undeniable badasses in the world, kicking butt in the baddest and assest of
ways. Take Final Fantasy X's Auron, for example: a smooth-talking,
shades-wearing, longcoat-rocking snarker who can wield a huge sword with his
one good arm. He is a badass, and nobody can deny it. With that perfect
storm of cool, he has nothing to worry about. Other characters aren't
quite so fortunate. They might not have the stylish clothes, the husky voice or
tough, asskicking grit of a badass, lacking even the basic swagger found in an
Auron, a Master Chief or even a Kratos. With poor dress sense, bad attitudes
and physical imperfections, these characters are doomed to a life without
badassery ... or are they?
Perhaps not. There are
some characters who struggle through their myriad flaws to become something
more, something better. Something truly badass. They don't look like they should
be, but they most certainly are...
July is a bit dry in terms of new-stuff quantity, but we’re really looking forward to the majority of its releases. We have a healthy amount of oddball gems, sequels and re-releases to look forward to. It’s as much a month to experiment on weird stuff as it is to catch up on stuff you may have missed a year (or five) ago. What’s particularly exciting is that we’re seeing a solid number of awesome-looking downloadable games. If you’d rather not spend $60 on bananas-bullshit like Catherine (which we’re way into, by the way), put that money toward a few XBLA games instead. You’ve got slimmer pickin’s than usual, but them pickin’s look good...
Despite that exclamation point, Orcs Must Die! is fairly unassuming. Developed by Robot Entertainment, who you may remember for its work on Halo Wars, it was tucked away in the corner of the LA Convention Center’s South Hall, its existence easily dwarfed in the shadow of Activision’s monolithic real estate. Orcs is set up like a tower defense title, but only at first - as you play, it mixes in third-person action until the screen is filled with cartoon gore...