Archive for July, 2013

  • EarthBound

    Nintendo re-releases quirky cult classic EarthBound for Wii U

    Nintendo has finally released EarthBound, its 1995 Super Nintendo role-playing game, on its Virtual Console download service. The game will run you $10—a lot less than the average cost of cartridge-only copies, which is about $160—and is only available on the Wii U Virtual Console, not the crummy old Wii or 3DS. The game’s subversive […]

  • Russian University Games medalist

    Russia uses ringers to turn the World University Games into one huge game of Tecmo Bowl

    Every Tecmo Super Bowl player has done it on a lark. You play an exhibition game as the NFC All-Stars and saddle the computer with a lousy team, maybe Indianapolis. (The Colts were terrible in the Tecmo era.) Over the course of four lopsided quarters, you unleash a piping hot bowl of whoop-ass on the […]

  • Saints Row: The Third

    Larger Than Life

    For its grand finale, Saints Row: The Third takes a musical cue from Footloose.

  • Victreebel

    For whom the Victreebel tolls: 8 regrettable video game portmanteaus

    When wordplay goes wrong.

  • Ripple Dot Zero

    Trust Falls

    Place your faith in Ripple Dot Zero, and good things will come.

  • Coin pusher

    That gold coin is about to fall off the ledge, we can feel it—and so can millions of other people, apparently

    There is no more baffling piece of technology on the internet than the computer that runs the YouTube related-videos sidebar. And yes, I’m sure it is just a single computer—I think it’s an old Mac IIci. Its standards of relevance are unpredictable and obscure. I don’t remember what I was watching when I noticed the […]

  • Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night

    Castlevania series: The Clock Towers

    The verticality of a recurring Castlevania stage provides the foundation for an intricate kinetic harmony.

  • Night LIghts

    Shed A Little Light

    Night Lights plays with the lies of darkness.

  • Dynasty Warriors 8

    Red Wedding

    In this week’s new releases, some violent wedding crashers take things too far, and we remember departed crime fighters.

  • Time And Eternity

    When Weird Isn’t Enough

    Time And Eternity’s pleasingly bizarre plot can’t make up for lazy game design.

  • BioShock

    A Player Obeys

    The much-derided final act of BioShock actually drives home one of its most important themes.

  • Plunder Mars

    What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor?

    In Plunder Mars, you launch his ass into outer space.

  • Major League Gaming broadcast desk

    This Isn’t SportsCenter

    Sony throws the PlayStation 3 a bone, the Xbox gets a new boss, and professional video game players take one step closer to becoming superstar athletes. Plus: Obsidian dreams of The Ultimate Video Game.