Ninja Gaiden Has Official Entered Free Fall With Yaiba
Apr01

Ninja Gaiden Has Official Entered Free Fall With Yaiba

With a little more restraint and the most meager considerations for taste, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z might have fallen on the right side of several descriptors.  Instead, it’s more crass than irreverent; more messy than free-wheeling; more puerile than candid.  Team Ninja’s latest effort in the series tilts more towards tedious hack-and-slash boredom than its hoped for destiny of Ninja Gaiden refresh. The truth is that the series has been...

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Good Cop – Super Mario 3D World Review
Nov29

Good Cop – Super Mario 3D World Review

Boy did the Wii U need this Mario game.  Struggling with a negligible install base, Nintendo has been tacitly trying to prove the Wii U’s relevance even before the console launched. With the two new guys in town, that task seemed more difficult than ever. 3D World is just what the doctor Mario ordered.  In a time where the AAA 3D platformer has become an endangered species, Nintendo reminds us that they’re still setting the bar in...

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Bad Cop – Super Mario World 3D Review
Nov29

Bad Cop – Super Mario World 3D Review

Super Mario 3D World is a great example of a high quality Nintendo first party game, precisely what true believers point to when making their case for the Wii U.  But it also represents a reality of diminishing returns. 3D world leans too heavily on leveraging its proud history for inside jokes – so much of the witty gameplay twists are lost on those not thoroughly steeped in previous Mario games.  Every time cat suit Mario scampers...

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Good Cop – Call of Duty Ghosts Review
Nov06

Good Cop – Call of Duty Ghosts Review

Ghost’s campaign dispenses with the formalities that previous iterations have sometimes entertained.  There is no real buildup to the ass-kicking – Hesh and Logan drop in as (former) brothers (now the dynamic duo) to save America from…South America.  The two have an uber-badass dad who happens to also be the local military commander and a dog smarter than Peabody.  How about that for exposition? The plot is a calculated tee-up for the...

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Bad Cop – Call of Duty: Ghosts Review
Nov06

Bad Cop – Call of Duty: Ghosts Review

20 years from now, when Call of Duty is a faint memory, their community will (try their best to) reflect.  They will say: “Remember CoD BO2?”  “Oh yeah, that was the one with those crazy flashbacks.”  “Remember World at War?” “Ah, the original Zombies mode.” “Remember the original Modern Warfare?”  “Who could forget the dawn of tea-bagging???” What will they say of Ghosts?  Will they remember that the usually robust community was...

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