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Tokyo Game Show impressions

Devil May Cry Screenshot

Tons of news came flooding out of the Tokyo Game Show today. While TGS has been fairly sedate in recent years, it seems jam-packed with all kinds of interesting stuff this time. Here are my highlights of the show.

Plants vs. Zombies Review

More Sunlight!

Plants vs. Zombies Screenshot

HIGH Assembling an impenetrable double row of zombie-shredding Gatling Peas.

LOW Seeing a Balloon Zombie overhead and realizing I lack a countermeasure.

WTF Where did that final boss come from?

Plants vs. Zombies

Game Description: Get ready to soil your plants… with multiplayer action! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Defend yourself with an arsenal of home-guardin’ plants to mulchify zombies before they reach your front door. Enjoy all the fun-dead action of the original hit game, plus lively new features. Get twice the zombie-zapping action with 2-player Versus and Co-op modes. Upgrade and decorate your house in the interactive leaderboard, and check out your friends’ houses, too. Plants vs. Zombies for XBLA is loaded with seven game modes, new rabble-rousing features, and unlimited replayable action… so the fun never dies!

Ivy the Kiwi? Review

Not Quite Cracking

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH An extremely cute main character.

LOW The controls and central mechanic never come together.

WTF The colors make it difficult to see except under optimal conditions.

Ivy the Kiwi?

Game Description: Ivy the Kiwi? is an action/puzzle game created by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, that stars a baby bird as she navigates through a series of 2-D side-view landscapes. Ivy runs back and forth independent of the player and can be guided by the use of vines, which are drawn and controlled using the DS stylus or Wii Remote. The player can use these vines to herd Ivy forward or lift her up stairs, carry her over walls and past spikes or other dangers. Multiple vines can be created at a time and they can be pulled and stretched like a slingshot to propel Ivy skyward to launch her as a projectile to drill through barriers and enemies as the player helps guide her home through 100 challenging stages.

 

Average quality games not fun or interesting?

Halo: Reach Screenshot

I was putting some time into a game I'm going to be reviewing soon, and I got to a point (about halfway) when I just felt no desire at all to keep going. So, instead of suffering through hours of boredom and apathy, I just stopped.

Consoleation: August 2010 NPD results

Madden NFL 11 Screenshot

The results for August are in, and while they seem to have shaken Michael Pachter, I'm here to tell you that there should be no surprise. Microsoft's continued success stems from its revisions of the Xbox 360 hardware—first with the $300 250GB model and now with the 4GB $200 model. These are "new", and combined with recent strong sellers like NCAA Football 11 and Madden NFL 11, the Xbox 360 platform has separated itself from the pack over the course of 2010 so far.

Used games...?

PAX 2010 - The Scoop

Another year, another great PAX. If you've never been to the Penny Arcade Expo, it's debatably the best gathering to celebrate videogames and videogame culture on earth. E3 might win out in terms of sheer size, number of parties, and the incredible quantity of games on display, but PAX has never attempted to be direct competition. Instead, this convention focuses more on the gamers themselves, and in doing so, has become the preeminent place to be a gamer.

Consoleation: The retail front

Metroid: Other M Screenshot

It's not too often that a first-party Nintendo release is disappointing, but Metroid: Other M is one of those rare titles. It's been facing adversity on two fronts. The first problem is that the game strayed from Nintendo's recent trend of releasing first-party titles on Sundays by releasing on a Tuesday. The second problem is that the game has been receiving some criticism from various sources on the internet, ranging from issues with the controls to focusing too much on story to even issues with sexism.

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