I think it really says something about the maturity and freestanding quality of the medium that there can be a game that derives so much entertainment purely from self-reflexivity. That videogames provide such fertile ground for multi-dimensional satire (no pun intended) is as sure a sign as any of the creative health of the art form.
According to at least one source, the Nintendo Wii has already surpassed the XBox 360 in worldwide sales, despite the 360's early launch. Not only is the Wii a really fast-selling console, it's the fastest selling console ever.
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
This morning I awoke to my Wii's disc tray pulsing with that seductive blue glow that implies internet activity is going on. I was curious as to what might be updating. Most recently that glow brought news of a Wii system update. (Incidentally, the new Wii store shopping experience is an improvement for Virtual Console perusal.)
Inspired by a visual trick from The Thousand Year Door, the developers of Super Paper Mario asked a simple question: what would classic Mario levels look like expanded one dimension into the background? So yes, the entire game is based on a gimmick, but in its defence, the gimmick is an extremely good one. Oh, and there’s some RPG and platforming stuff tossed in there as well to keep things from getting dull.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Cartoon Violence, Cartoon Mischief
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition features all the same content from the GameCube and Playstation 2 versions along with a specially redesigned control scheme that takes advantage of the Wii's unique motion-sensing controller. While this new iteration has nothing new in the way of added content or graphical upgrades, the Wii-enabled improvements to the aiming and knifing controls add freshness to the experience as well as a more streamlined and intuitive way to play.
According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
While thoroughly engaging and lore-filled, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is not the "tight and classy" Wii primer that Gene Park implies. Poor presentation and technical flaws mar this latest addition to the Zelda family.