Reviews

SWORD OF MY MOUTH: A POST-RAPTURE GRAPHIC NOVEL Review

In an age where fundamentalist religious groups shape nations and dictate international politics, intelligent and artistic explorations of faith—by atheists and believers alike—are of paramount importance. A standalone sequel to Jim Munroe’s 2007 graphic novel, Therefore Repent!, Sword of My Mouth is one such exploration. The comic picks up where its prequel left off, examining…

THEREFORE, REPENT! Review

Therefore, Repent! has a concept like none other. In it, the Rapture has occurred and those left back on Earth must pick up the pieces and try to come to terms with a new reality where, it seems, the Bible’s Book of Revelations is coming to life all around them. Oh yeah, and ordinary people…

X’ED OUT: VOLUME 1 Review

Doug wakes up to find his long-dead cat, Inky, beckoning to a hole that has appeared in the wall of his room. He follows him through the opening and finds himself in a strange world populated by lizard businessmen, cyclopean street vendors and windows that provide views into his most painful memories. X’ed Out begins…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Predators and Prey Review

There’s an old saying: Too many cooks spoil the broth. Generally speaking, it means that an excess of helpers, regardless of their intentions, tend to mess things up. That old saying speaks volumes about Buffy Summers’ new predicament in Predators and Prey. That is, if by “cooks” you mean “vampire slayers” and by “broth” you…

Life Sucks Review

We have all had dead-end jobs but most of us have not had undead jobs. That is why Dave’s life sucks. He is a vampire with a day job, well, a night job if you want to get technical about it. Refusing to kill people, Dave finds his food through an ethical but unsatisfying connection…

Vanquish (PS3) Review

Postmodern Cool After playing Vanquish, it’s easy to imagine game creator/director Shinji Mikami skating and, while peacefully gliding across the ice, having a simple, inspired thought: what the sensation of skating needs to make it complete is bullets. And robotic bodysuits. Perhaps it’s a testament to his unique vision that he’s not wrong. Just like…

Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den DLC (PS3) Review

Bioshock 2’s downloadable content this past year has been focused entirely on the multiplayer mode. While a fun diversion, the atmospheric single-player story and environments are what most people come down to Rapture for, and thankfully this has been addressed with Minerva’s Den: a stand-alone, single-player chapter written and designed by 2K’s Steve Gaynor. The…

Hawx 2 (XBOX 360) Review

Soaring through the air at 500 km/h while a pack of Russian insurgents tries their best to send you hurtling towards the ground with their heat seeking missiles sounds like a tense but fun concept. Tom Clancey’s HAWX 2 tries to deliver the excitement of aerial combat, but can’t really seem to get off the…

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (PS3) Review

DeathSpank is only a couple of months old, so when faced with DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, I’m tempted to hit copy/paste and recycle my original review from July. Most of what I said then still applies now, and if you liked the first game, you’ll probably like the second, because it’s essentially more of the…

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (XBOX 360) Review

Ever since Castlevania 64, 3D has been a dirty word for the Castlevania franchise.  3D integration has long been an issue with Castlevania, which has struggled in updating exploration, combat and modern graphics, instead opting to repeat the 2D finesse of Symphony of the Night. However MercurySteam’s collaboration with Kojima Productions has finally produced a great 3D-installment in…

R.U.S.E (PS3) Review

Fight The Good Fight It’s a pity that Eugen Systems didn’t have slightly more confidence in their game. It’s a small thing, but taking the title of their game and pointlessly making it an acronym can immediately set off warning signs with jaded or sceptical gamers. This is compounded by the fact that said game…

Civilization V (PC) Review

Civilization from the mind of Sid Meier has been with us since the early days of PC gaming. Released in 1991 the game was a critical and commercial success. Few other games of the time could consume countless hours and reward players for such absorption. Every move you made helped your empire to grow and…

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS) Review

After the success of the first two Professor Layton releases on the Nintendo DS, it should come as no surprise to see Nintendo localising the third.  Professor Layton and the Unwound Future continues to engage players, taking fans on an adventure through time in one of his most exciting quests so far. Its blend of mystery storytelling and…

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP) Review

When Kingdom Hearts 2 was released in 2005, word immediately broke out about its successor, Kingdom Hearts 3. An impressive cutscene following the final battle convinced fans that the third game, in what was assumed would be a trilogy, wouldn’t be far behind.  However, fans worldwide were disappointed to learn this cutscene was part of a prequel…

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (PS3) Review

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is the best Marvel team-up this side of the Avengers. Activision’s new superhero title opts for four Spider Men instead of the usual one, and the designers have wisely used the premise as a steppingstone into a wonderfully diverse visual universe. To elaborate, the developers have managed to create a game with…

Blacklight: Tango Down (XBOX 360) Review

At a time when the market is saturated with military-themed first person shooters, Blacklight: Tango Down entered the online arena hoping to corner a new niche – the budget-conscious hardcore shooter fan. Boasting a 70 level ranking system, an option-rich weapon customization system and a unique NAV system, Blacklight has plenty of new features to…

Alpha Protocol (PS3) Review

Tactical Espionage Role-Playing Action Making choices is fun but, for this reviewer at least, making choices regarding dragons and mages (or aliens and robots) is not much fun. Alpha Protocol, the latest title from Obsidian Entertainment— and touted as the “first ever espionage RPG”— , is designed for people like myself — those that love…

Persona 3 Portable (PSP) Review

There’s a reason high school and demons often find themselves intermeshed in fiction: Being a teenager can be hellish. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to countless anime series, it’s a rich vein to mine, but one that’s seldom touched by video games. Because of this Persona 3 Portable feels fresh even though it’s a rerelease…

Valkyria Chronicles 2 (PSP) Review

It’s ironic that tactical roleplaying games tend to have the most involved plots. Games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre sport long, convoluted epics, when, really, it’s a genre that requires the least amount of narrative backbone.

No More Heroes 2 – Desperate Struggle Review

Looking for a game where bloody assassin massacres and cutesy kitten playtime are equal priorities? No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is one of the biggest, and strangest, releases for the Nintendo Wii in the first quarter of 2010. Its predecessor No More Heroes won critical acclaim back in 2008 for its adult themes and…