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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Bad Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review
Oct29

Bad Cop – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

This is not the Assassin’s Creed for newcomers to start with.  There is no prologue that breaks down how the player is both a pirate ninja and some dude walking around an Abstergo lab, which is itself another mystery.  The Assassin’s Creed’s universe is powered by such a wealth of history and ideas that it’s an understandably tricky problem to deal with.  That Ubisoft didn’t even try though is disconcerting and perhaps arrogant....

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