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The original de Blob was enough of a hit on the Wii that it has now officially jumped to Xbox 360, PS3, and DS (although that will be a different review). So now we have that weird scenario where players new to a game’s world must be able to grasp what’s going on, while at the same time those who played the first game need enough new toys to not feel like they’re playing the same game all over again. It seems clear that de Blob 2, afraid of scaring off the new players, hasn’t gone far enough to evolve its formula...
Is the Dead Island sequel a zombie worth killing? Find out in our review...
The latest installment in the Dead or Alive franchise makes its way back onto consoles and looks better than before. Is it still as challenging as you remember it? You bet!
As a lifelong Capcom fan, I’ve been a bit worried about the vibrancy of my favourite Japanese third-party of late. This generation’s first Devil May Cry outing was fairly fun, but saw the series starting to look more than a bit creaky by the time it arrived. Lost Planet 2 had its moments, but was ultimately a bit of a mess. And although great, Resident Evil 5 certainly lacked the spark of its groundbreaking predecessor.
So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I fired up Dead Rising 2, the sequel to Capcom’s promising-but-flawed early Xbox 360 game. Would it fix the problems of the 2006 original? Would Canadian sports game dev Blue Castle be a good fit for a bonkers zombie massacre? Would the four year-old concept still be fun at this stage? Yes, yes, and yes, are the answers, with a few noteworthy caveats. Click on for the full, gore-filled picture.
For most gamers, Dead Rising has always been a love it or hate it franchise. The first game gave players a volatile mix of creative zombie slaying with a very strict time table for objectives. Last year’s sequel softened the series up a little and added a ton of fun new ways to kill zombies, but still had its fair share of annoying foibles that made the game more hardcore or frustrating depending on your disposition. Now the devs behind Dead Rising 2 have updated the sequel, with new modes, new weapons, new challenges, and a familiar face in the lead. While it doesn’t leave behind all the problematic points of the original version, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is the closest the franchise has come to fulfilling the potential of its premise...
Dead Space is the ultimate jigsaw of gaming’s greatest hits, shamelessly stealing features from a decade of classic action games and mixing them together in one giblet-filled melting pot of horror.