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E3 is a bit like a tornado. It destroys lives, wrecks homes, and there’s a cacophony of information passing by at all times that you can’t possibly soak it all in. You just stick your head in the center of it, look for as long as you can and take in whatever info flew by your eyes in the last five seconds. Thanks to that chaos, many things happen that can’t be covered in time. Sure you heard about the Wii U, BioShock Infinite, and PS Vita, but missed some of the little things. Think of this feature as a chance to catch up, to stop and smell the videogame news roses. Take a whiff…
Fans of original platform games have a couple diverse options in this week's iPad gaming roundup, as we're spotlighting Bumpy Road – an endearing game about elderly nostalgia and wacky roads – and Storm in a Teacup, in which a floating teacup helps you evade hazards and accumulate sugar cubes. Beyond that, we're also checking out the first episode of Telltale Games' mature-rated adventure game, Hector: Badge of Carnage, as well as Candy Train, a cute, simple, and free rotating tile game pulled from the PopCap archives...
We’re all adults here, right? What? We’re not? Well the gamerlings amongst us will one day grow up to be adult gamers, and one day you snot-nosed brats will understand the pain of us geezers, so this will serve as a manifesto for all gamers everywhere, since we all eventually join the creak-kneed club, and dammit if we aren’t cranky as hell about the immaturity still festering in our favorite artistic/entertainment medium. And developers have no excuse, because they’re all adults. Well, in theory at least. So here are the things we adults want to see in our games, because we’re actually not the boob-ogling, guffawing at exploding heads man/woman-babies the industry seems to think we are.
That’s why we want to see…
Hunters: Episode One opens with a quote from snooty old Thomas Jefferson about how money, not morality, is the foundation of all civilizations. It's a move straight out of the Call Of Duty or even Metal Gear Solid play book, and while it might make you roll your eyes, it should also make you realize that Hunters aspires to greatness on par with those other series. Obviously, this being an iOS game, it won't be as visually complex or eye-straining, but there's enough depth to warrant a look. Plus, it's free - so what do you have to lose? Surely you have zero dollars to burn...
If you haven't played Game Dev Story, take a second and go download it right now. We mean NOW. It was easily one of the best iPhone titles of last year, and we highly recommend it. Luckily for us, developer Kairosoft is back with another game in the same style: Hot Springs Story, which has you managing your own Japanese hot springs while you strive to become the best in the luxury resort business. Time to heat up the baths...
Since we enjoyed sharing our personal favorite games of 2010, we thought it was only appropriate to share the games that most let us down last year, the games that most drew our vitriolic ire. These aren't objectively the worst games of 2010 - they are the ones that most rubbed us the wrong way. There are even fantastic games on this list, but if everyone loved the same things, we wouldn't all be unique slowflakes in the great blizzard of life, now would we...
From the name alone you can probably guess that Hybrid 2: Saga of Nostalgia is a sweeping JRPG style epic, complete with a nonsensical plot and annoying characters. But what you probably didn’t guess is that it’s also a fast-paced side-scrolling action game. Think of it as Final Fantasy meets Streets of Rage with a dash of Bleach (the anime, not the chemical)...
Sometimes you just want to stab things in the stomach with a blade the size of a surfboard. Thankfully, Hero of Sparta II lets you do just that. It’s what would happen if the film 300 were turned into a video game. A good video game, that is. Which means it plays a lot like a touch screen God of War...