de Blob – Nintendo Wii

[Editor’s Note:   For those that don’t know, I’m on staff performing freelance reviews for a web-based game site. I get titles sent to me on a recurring basis and am charged with playing and reviewing them. The upside is free games and exposure. The downside – no pay and some dreadful games from time to…

Wario Land: Shake It – Nintendo Wii

I grew up among the Greatest Generation of video gamers – those who spent their time in the trenches waging war with antiquated technology like the Atari 2600 – fighting the good fight while trying to peer through the fog of war (represented by a monochromatic mass of pixels) in hopes that something beautiful rested…

Braid – Xbox 360

Braid is the single most important game released this year. Ever since technology caught up with our hobby and evolved it from simple beeps and blips and tests of hand-eye coordination into a medium capable of spinning a decent yarn and taking the player away to awe-inspiring worlds of wonder, the argument of ‘Games as…

NHL 2K9 – Nintendo Wii

With its unique ability to offer players more tactile control over their onscreen avatars, thus further selling the illusion that you’re in the game, the Wii has been a prime destination for sports titles. This is the system that was arguably sold based on the strength of its pack-in Sports-themed minigame compilation – and since…

Pirates vs Ninja Dodgeball – Xbox 360

There’s a great line in Robert Altman’s 1992 Hollywood satire, The Player, where a desperate screenwriter pitches potential projects as mash-ups of established properties, “It’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Psycho”, each more ludicrous than the last. The point being that audiences crave the familiar, rejecting anything new and innovative. The game industry isn’t immune to…

Smash Court Tennis 3 – Xbox 360

For a sport that single-handedly grandfathered the entire video game bloodline following the release of Pong, tennis seems to get short shrift in gaming these days. Sure, there are a smattering of games released each year – usually timed to coincide with Wimbledon – but compared to the vast iterations of baseball, hockey and of…

Hail to the Chimp – Xbox 360

For some, the Washington political scene can be as wild as the Amazon. Conniving snakes slither through the grass, looking to sidle up with equally loathsome lobbyists. Blowhard senator swine curry favor among their constituency while wallowing in the mud with the special interests. And when poor, defenseless votes are spotted in the great, wide…

UEFA Euro 2008 – Xbox 360

Timed to coincide with the real world UEFA EURO 2008 competition in Austria and Switzerland, EA has released their latest entry in the soccer field, UEFA Euro. While EA is also the developer behind the venerable FIFA series, UEFA differs quite a bit and offers up its own compelling sports package even if it seems…

Emergency Mayhem – Nintendo Wii

The old maxim goes – “It’s a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.” And then there are places like Crisis City – the chaotically out-of-control burg at the center of Codemaster’s new Wii release, Emergency Mayhem. The question is – would you want to play there? With a name like…