Video games from movies are typically awful pieces of meta content designed to squeeze a few extra dollars out of an unsuspecting audience. But just uttering that sentence is now weird to me as the games development industry has continually proven to be a risky business filled with exploding budgets and sales shortfalls. When it comes to movies I'm not usually this pessimistic but I've sat through enough of these horrible abominations that I'm starting to think someone owes me something entertaining for ponying up $60 every time.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a sexist neon monstrosity with sensibilities set firmly in the 1980's and that's fine by me. This first person shooter acts as a standalone expansion to Far Cry 3 and takes place in the alternate "future" of 2007. You play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt a cybernetic soldier working for the US Army. Nuclear war has broken out between the Soviet Union and The United States and Rex has been shipped out to a remote island in the Pacific to investigate the existence of an advanced bio weapon that could be used end the war. Your buddy Spider, another cybernetically modified soldier, has come along to watch your back on what is going to be a deadly mission.
In order to follow the Defiance science fiction series on television or play its video game companion, a persistent multiplayer role-playing title, you have to understand a few things. Probably the most important fact is that by the time you join the story many significant events have already come to pass. The Earth we know now has completely changed. In Defiance's timeline the year 2013 marks the arrival of the Voltans and their many giant Ark ships. The ships acted as multi-species lifeboats for the aliens from the dying Voltanis star system. 5000 years ago their binary star pair started to destabilize, an event that would force the exodus of every sentient race within the solar system.
Gears of War has been the fallback epic for Xbox gamers for some time now. Admittedly when you ask someone what game most reminds them of the Microsoft console what do they say? 8 times out of 10 you'll hear "Halo" but for a good number of fans Gears of War is their goto series. There's a simple reason GoW is as popular as it is and that's its ensemble cast of action hero characters. Gears of War: Judgement takes place in the months following the end of the Pendulum Wars and Emergence Day. During the Pendulum Wars COG soldiers were actively engaged in a fight against soldiers of the UIR. The COG came out victorious after nearly 8 decades of battle but humanity was ill-prepared for the rise of the Locusts on Emergence Day.
NetherRealm Studios has been to this dance before, they're well versed in the world of "Kombat" and now they've got a license to misbehave. Injustice: Gods Among Us takes some of our favorite DC superheroes and supervillains, throws them into an alternate reality where Superman's a giant douche and pits them in a fight to the death for the fate of two worlds. "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!". If that sounds like a lot to put on one's plate remind yourself that this is all just a video game that's in-turn based on an comic book. This isn't just any alternate timeline though, in this story things went so "Bat-shit" crazy that Superman punched Lois Lane into space with his unborn child in her womb...allegedly.
Dust rolls through the wide alley-ways off a paved square in Old Town Ontario. A setting sun glances off the agave fields casting a yellow tinge across the buildings as a group of standard fare geeks carrying spandex leggings, leather boots and Lucha máscaras passes by. This is the team of Drinkbox Studios and they're hot off the release of their second game series for the PSN. The romantic scene above never actually happened, but to play Drinkbox's latest game entitled Guacamelee you'd believe most of the group was deeply steeped in Mexican culture and the Lucha Libre lore for the better part of their lives.
Last time we joined Luigi and his Poltergust 5000 was way back as a launch title for the GameCube. Two console generations later, we now have the Wii U, the 3DS, and finally, a new Luigi’s Mansion title. In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi is no longer chasing after Mario, but now trying to find the scattered Dark Moon shards. Together, these shards form the Dark Moon, which had been keeping the various ghosts of Evershade Valley peaceful. The shattered shards have spread to 5 mansions, expanding Luigi’s quest into a much larger journey than before. When all the ghosts are bagged do these mansions provide as much fun and excitement as the original game?
For nearly two decades Ken Levine has been taking us to wonderful places we'd rather not go. As the writer and director for such game series as System Shock, BioShock and Thief he has crafted beautiful utopias that ultimately peal away to reveal what we hate most about our very human nature. When we first visited 1960's Rapture in BioShock (2007) the underwater city impressed us with fantastic technology and brightly lit neon signs, but something evil and sinister brewed within its depths. Eventually when it came time to revamp the BioShock universe the team at Irrational Games decided it was due for a change of scenery. Instead of descending to oceanic depths we'd soon be soaring to monumental heights in their new game titled BioShock Infinite.
You really have to hand it to Sony Computer Entertainment's Santa Monica Studio as they've internally developed the core God of War series since 2002 without much outside influence. Kratos of Sparta has been balancing the will of the gods since he took a blood oath to Ares in the midst of a grand battle. Kratos' oath bound him to the literal God of War and forced the Spartan warrior into service for the gods. Considering Kratos freed himself from the bond and killed Ares in Sony's God of War (2005), much of the proceeding games released take place during his ten years of serving as an errand boy for the Olympians. God of War: Ascension follows this storyline but shows what happened immediately after Kratos was bonded and the consequences of renouncing his blood oath to Ares.