The Transformers name promises giant robots hitting one another, and the developer, Traveler's Tales, is responsible for the single greatest licensed game in recent memory, Lego Star Wars. With expectations running that high, there's only one way way to approach the title—try to figure out just what the heck went wrong.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence
To every person who went out of their way to say that I must be blind, dumb, or mentally disabled; for every person who decided that I did not know the meaning of the word fun; for every person who tried to convince me that I hate games and was absolutely missing the point of Earth Defense Force 2017… I give you Lost Planet: Extreme Condition.
As I felt the controller rumble and watched as a hundred feet of worm crawled its way out of the ice, bellowing madly and flailing about, I didn't pause to marvel at the fantastic creature design. I just started blasting away without a second thought. At its best moments, Lost Planet creates something really special that only the best arcade games ever managed—an adrenaline-charged state of hyperviolence where pulling a trigger becomes every bit as much a natural process as breathing. It's the kind of game that sucks players into its world from the moment they start playing, and if that world doesn't have a lot of depth, it's pretty and noisy enough that no one will notice any faults until after they're done with it.
When I heard about Rainbow Six Vegas, I was justifiably skeptical. Apparently publishers have decided that console gamers can't handle real simulation and strategy, so games have to be dumbed down to reach the broadest possible audience. Fortunately Rainbow Six Vegas is not the bust that Lockdown was; in some ways, it really pulls the franchise back on track and introduces some decent new mechanics.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
Clive Barker's Jericho can be a tough game to pin down. It's a squad-based shooter, but it's not a tactical action game. It's from Clive Barker, but it's not really scary—just very dark and bloody.