Imagination is a powerful thing and, for the titular child at the heart of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, it serves as both a blessing and a curse. Ethan's imagination provides him with freedom while simultaneously alienating him from his own family. Itís an unspeakable horror that holds him captive as well as a hero intent on rescuing him. It provides both salvation and damnation and, for the player, it serves as the foundation for one hell of a narrative journey.
Godzilla is the kind of property that seems like it would transition perfectly into video games. You've got giant monsters, military forces storming the scene, buildings in need of smashing and more. Unfortunately, the king of all monsters will have to keep defending his title on the silver screen, because his latest console outing has proven to be another major letdown.
With Marvelís Ant-Man set to hit the silver screen this weekend, you better believe that Zen Pinball 2/Pinball FX2 has a brand new table themed after the pint-sized hero ready to roll on pretty much every platform known to man.
In PlanetSide 2, players take on the role of a single cog in a massive, complex war machine. And once you put in the time to become familiar with all of those various machinations and understand how they make that engine run, youíre rewarded with an exciting, genuinely satisfying shooting experience.
Who would win in a fight, Goku or Naruto? For fans of manga and anime, these are the kinds of conversations that pop up on a regular basis, usually destined to reside forever in the realm of speculation. Now, thanks to the recent launch of J-Stars Victory VS + for PlayStation platforms, the answers to those ďwhat ifĒ scenarios can finally be explored.
Whispering Willows is packed with the makings of a campfire ghost stories. Thereís a haunted mansion, a kidnapped father, a worried daughter, secrets around every corner and spirits aplenty. A Kickstarter success and previously launched through Steam and Ouya, folks in the mood for a light, creepy adventure can now head into Willows Mansion on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
It's common practice for game franchises to be driven into the ground with endless sequels. Batman: Arkham is fortunately the exception, with Arkham Knight ending the series on a high note.
If youíve grown tired of dark RPGs with brooding characters, menacing monsters and a plot thick with copious details, then Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven may be the change of pace youíve been looking for. Itís a lighthearted, colorful SRPG romp from the folks at Marvelous Inc. and, while it suffers from a handful of drawbacks, Maiden Heaven proves to be a charming, fun distraction for the Nintendo 3DS.
Oh, hello there [test subjectís name], welcome to the Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device, better known as the Portal pinball table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2. Testing will begin soon, designed to gauge your reflexes, index finger dexterity, sense of humor and tolerance for pain.
Taking a sort of ďkitchen sinkĒ approach to DLC, Bungie's latest expansion for Destiny, House of Wolves, offers a little bit more of pretty much everything the first-person shooter already has to offer. But even with a bunch of new gear, new missions and new modes, is that enough to warrant a return trip to this solar system torn by war?
Floating out in the unforgiving vastness of space, your objective in Lost Orbit is simple: Return home. To do that, youíll need to blast through the galaxy at break-neck speeds, dodging cosmic debris and all sorts of other obstacles on a quest for salvation.
The world is full of stories. Sometimes those tales coalesce, forming something wholly new and full of wonder. Thatís the case with Toren, the first game from Brazilian indie developer Swordtales, which combines many familiar bits of folklore into a new legend built on a foundation of growth and transformation. Itís a bold and frequently beautiful adventure, despite being bogged down by unfortunate technical issues and underwhelming challenges.
TowerFall: Ascensionís first big batch of DLC, Dark World finally launched an assault on the arrow-flinging arena combat game this week, bringing with it more characters, new levels and power-ups, as well as a fresh cooperative experience for up to four players. In short, itís more of the same; and thatís a very, very good thing.
The city is being destroyed by giant, grotesque monsters and you are humanity's last line of defense. Zipping around the city like a medieval Spider-Man, you and your comrades must fight back against unfathomable odds and an enemy that cannot be reasoned with. Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for the 3DS is an intriguing game of David vs. Goliath that sometimes soars and sometimes crashes into the side of a building.
Just in time to coincide with the North America launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Netmarble's latest free-to-play mobile game, Marvel Future Fight, is all about putting together a team of various heroes and villains from the legendary comic book universe, and then using them to beat the stuffing out of lots and lots of bad guys.