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…

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…

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…

The Dog Island – Nintendo Wii

Ever since Nintendo took the “virtual pet” craze to the next level by offering up actual digital dogs in their hit DS release(s), Nintendogs, game developers have mined this niche looking to excavate the next hit animal avatar. So, in the years since, casual gamers have been granted a vast menagerie of pretend pets in…

Emergency Heroes – Nintendo Wii

One of the chief criticisms lobbed at the Wii’s current software catalog is that there are too many copycat titles. The immediate system selling success of Wii Sports opened the floodgate to a virtual Olympics of sports game compilations. Soon after, Wario Ware: Smooth Moves ushered in a glut of gimmicky mini game compendiums. And…

Mario Kart – Nintendo Wii

Nintendo is the Walt Disney of video game development. By that statement, I don’t mean to echo the tired complaints of “kiddie aesthetics” that too often get lobbed their way. Instead, this is high praise for the big N, which like the House of the Mouse, has perfected the art of finely crafted family entertainment….

E3 2008 – The Top 5 Things I Learned from the Xbox 360 Press Conference

The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. This is the annual conference where video game developers, publishers and press converge to present the hot new titles they’ve got cooking – with the focus on those games prepped to hit during the lucrative holiday buying season. As with last year, I plan to offer…