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Oh, hello there [test subject’s 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 “kitchen sink” 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, you’ll 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. That’s 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. It’s a bold and frequently beautiful adventure, despite being bogged down by unfortunate technical issues and underwhelming challenges.
TowerFall: Ascension’s 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, it’s more of the same; and that’s 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.
The whole world has Star Wars fever these days, so it makes sense that Zen Studios would release its latest table set in a galaxy far, far away for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2. This latest Star Wars table is themed after the popular Rebels animated series, perfectly capturing the show’s fast-paced action and sense of adventure.
Zen Studios has been on a roll lately, putting out some fantastic virtual pinball tables based on various well-known properties, as well as some completely original concepts. And just in time for Marvel's latest superhero flick, they've got a brand new table based on Avengers: Age of Ultron for Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball 2, across a wide variety of platforms. So now for the big question: Does Zen's latest effort live up to the epic action of Earth's mightiest heroes waging war against a robot army?
Growing crops, raising livestock and racing against the clock to finish all of your chores before the sun goes down. While it may not bear the same name, Story of Seasons is the latest in the long line of life simulation games known as Harvest Moon. But does this latest offering for the 3DS live up to the series’ pedigree?
They say that every great fighter has one final match burning deep in their belly. Then again, they also say that it’s important to know when the time has come for retirement. The third iteration of a fighting game from 2012, it’s time to find out which statement rings true for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
Like many folks who grew up in the 90’s, I found myself glued to the television every afternoon, excitedly watching Dragon Ball Z and wondering how many more episodes would pass before Goku finally stored up enough energy to launch his next big attack. The show sported lots of action, a bit of fluff and an addictive structure that kept me coming back for more. A lot of video games have tried to capture the feel of that classic anime over the years, but none have come as close to nailing the formula as the recently released Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
Every few months, the folks at Zen Studios release a couple new pinball tables for its virtual catalog, treating pinheads on PlayStation, Xbox and mobile devices to new challenges, bumps, twists, turns and flips on carefully crafted fields boasting a wide variety of themes. The latest addition to Zen Pinball 2(PS)/Pinball FX 2(Xbox) is the “Iron and Steel” pack, offering a trek through the wild west and a medieval siege via two brand new tables.
In Hand of Fate, every step of your epic quest is determined by the flip of a card. Cleverly mixing deck-building with a number of other genres, the team at Defiant Development have dealt players a unique and entertaining adventure that will keep you firmly rooted to your spot at the table, eager to find out where the deck will take you next.
With Nintendo's New 3DS set to hit US retailers this Friday, Feb. 13, I finally decided to track down one of these bad boys and give the new piece of hardware a go. So, was it a revolutionary handheld gaming experience or did I walk away underwhelmed?