Review

Donkey Kong Country Returns review

It’s been 14 long years since the last DKC sidescrolling platformer on a console. Those of us who were fortunate enough to enjoy gaming during Rare’s heyday witnessed their successful resurrection of a dwindling franchise, breathing new life into the Donkey Kong series. Retro Studios, a second-party developer that achieved uncannily similar success with their modern take on the Metroid...

Awkward title, great game…and DS auto pilot!

It looks like a modest little puzzle game. It waits for you, secretly chuckling. You have no idea how much fun you’re about to have. When you start Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem, it immediately hits you with classic  first-party Nintendo polish and charm: Great music, crisp animation, perfect play mechanics and Donkey Kong acting like a complete jerk. As you play, the game’s ins...

Rock Band 3 angers and amazes fans, respects the Wii, and tries to teach me keyboard

Want to see the whiniest place on the internet? Drop by the Rock Band forums this week to witness the shrill cry of outraged fans discovering their favorite game’s become an entirely new beast. Comfort zones have been shattered. The familiar’s been bulldozed. Cash no longer exists, everything’s restructured and (shock) playing a real keyboard is haaaaaarrrrrrrrrd. I’m siding with the optim...

Unwound Future astounds and delivers

The credits roll, you watch the epilogue, then you close your DS and stare into space for a moment, your head swimming with thoughts of loved ones, partings, and things you’d do differently in life if you had a second chance. All you can say is, “Wow.” Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is that kind of game—A surprising, emotion-grabbing, one-hundred-percent satisfying work of wonder....