For an old nostalgic soul like myself, Dusk is great. It’s simple, elegant, and succeeds exactly in what it sets out to do. Gamers who grew up in the HD era with an entirely different set of mechanics and gaming conventions will likely find it archaic, perhaps excruciatingly so. However, for those yearning for their glory days, or those who want to see what gaming used to be like in the early 1990’s, Dusk is certainly for you.
Battlezone: Combat Commander Review
Battlezone: Combat Commander is a fusion of first-person shooter and real-time strategy gameplay. You not only instruct units to create buildings to pump out new vehicles, you're also on the battlefield yourself, piloting those vehicles and directly engaging with the enemies. In fact, the only time you get a traditional real-time strategy view is when you activate the satellite uplink terminal in specific buildings.
Essentially the passion project of one developer (David Szymanski) and his small team of compatriots, Dusk recreates the look, sound and playstyle of classic Build engine games. It would be unfair to say it does so with clinical precision, because that would deny the passion and enthusiasm that is clear in every low-poly frame.
Destiny 2 Review
2014's Destiny was a polarizing product, confused about its own identity and therefore confusing to consumers. Was it a failed MMORPG or a multiplayer shooter with a bolted-on campaign? Was it a Diablo-esque loot collection game? Was it a new genre? Even after the excellent Taken King expansion/reboot, Destiny remained both a disappointment to many and a favorite to many more.
Unfortunately, when all of the issues stack up—the snail's pace gameplay, the graveyard-quiet servers, the small player base, the not-very-good server connections, the flat and lifeless sound design, and the futility of trying to play a squad-based game when most people just want to go for kills—it makes it kind of hard to recommend Verdun on Xbox One.
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour Review
The game is still fantastic and holds up very well thanks to this version of the game, which can be a hard thing to do with classic games in the same genre. It’s unfortunate that World Tour doesn’t stand on its own, but it would be a big lie to say that I didn’t enjoy playing through it.
Even though it is only a spin-off title, hopefully Capcom can use Umbrella Corps as learning material in order to make Resident Evil 7 and all future titles much better. It is uncertain what influence this game will have on the future of the series, but what we do know is that this competitive multiplayer shooter is a colossal waste of time, and a total failure.
Rainbow Six: Siege
Rainbow Six: Siege delivers on what it promised to be: a well-made, multiplayer-focused, team shooter. To criticize it for not having a stronger single player experience is accusing it of a pretense it never made, and consumers will decide whether the product has broad enough appeal to warrant its price. Beyond that, the game would benefit from more visual detail and polish, and a coherent narrative that placed the matches in context or part of an arc and while the levels are well designed and the weapons and toys are satisfying to use, the game wildly and incongruously strays here and there from its realistic roots. A "healing gun?" Really? Right now, Rainbow Six: Siege feels like a framework onto which much more content could be added.
Alien Rage - Unlimited
Aside from some well realized visuals, Alien Rage offers almost nothing new to the genre and is so difficult that even the single player is completely avoidable. There are some things that Alien Rage does right when it comes to the visuals and atmosphere (which are honestly fantastic) but for the things it does right, the gameplay is not one of them and it winds up just being a frustratingly unimpressive experience. There will be a small audience for this game I’m sure but most should just let this game pass them by.
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon was probably more fun to play than Far Cry 3 proper which is a little disappointing for Far Cry 3. The game has only a little holding it back with some cheap cutscenes and short story length but it makes up for it by giving you all of the same things that Far Cry 3 did in an equal and sometimes better package. The references may be lost on some but there are so many throughout the game that everyone should be able to pick something out with no problem, but what’s more important is that the game is just incredibly fun! You don’t need any knowledge of the Far Cry series to jump into Blood Dragon and honestly aside from the title you would never know they were connected. Rarely do I laugh my way through an entire game but even in the intense action scenes Blood Dragon is still throwing humor out every which way. This is a game I cannot recommend enough, especially for fans of 80’s action movies or anyone who just loves great games.
Gotham City Impostors
Gotham City Impostors stands head and shoulders with every other big-box multiplayer shooter out there. It gives players just enough conventional shorthand to get off the ground before expanding into its own vibrant and chaotic mix of gunplay and gadget-assisted shenanigans. It's definitely one of the best games in its field and scope, and a surprisingly great twist on the Batman license.