Plants vs. Zombies Review

Plants vs. Zombies is a 2009 tower defense video game developed and published by PopCap Games, released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Nintendo DS, Android, PlayStation Vita, iOS, OS X, Google Chrome, DSiWare, Bada, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, and BlackBerry Tablet OS. The game involves homeowners who use a variety of different plants to prevent an army of zombies from entering their houses and “eating their brains”. Positives: Tons of replayability Locks of unlockables Great soundtrack Great amount of humor Fun animation style Extensive campaign Gameplay is…

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Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Left 4 Dead 2 is a 2009 survival horror first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation, and released for Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, and Xbox 360.  Serving as the second installment in the Left 4 Dead series, the game follows four Survivors trying to survival in world ravaged by the Infected. Positives: Great sound design Great modes Great game engine Good graphics Fun multiplayer Challenging gameplay Negatives: Lackluster story Lackluster characters Lacks cinematics Highly repetitive gameplay Campaign:  The campaign can be played single-player (played offline with…

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Left 4 Dead Review

Left 4 Dead is a 2008 survival horror first-person shooter video game, developed by Valve South, published by Valve Corporation, and released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and OS X.  Set as the first installment of the Left 4 Dead game series, the game is set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, the game follows four “Survivors” who struggle to survive against hordes of infected. Positives: Great gameplay Fun multiplayer modes Great music/sound design Good graphics Awesome multiplayer Awesome game engine Negatives: Lackluster story Lacks unlockable/hidden content Lackluster characters…

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a 2009 action-adventure superhero video game developed by Rocksteady Studios, published by Eidos Interactive and Warner bros. Interactive Entertainment, and released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, and OS X.  Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, and serving as the first installment in the Batman: Arkham series, the story follows the Joker who instigates an elaborate plot to seize control of Arkham Asylum and traps Batman inside with many of his incarcerated foes. Positives: Great characters Great voice performances Great…

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Metro: Last Light Review

Metro: Last Light is a 2013 post-apocalyptic first-person stealth survival horror video game developed by 4A Games, published by Deep Silver, and released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, OS X, Linux, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.  Sequel to the 2010 Metro 2033, the story follows Artyom, a Ranger living in Moscow’s metro system after a destructive nuclear war, tasked with finding the mysterious Dark Ones while fighting different factions and mutated monsters. Positives: Fast paced combat Great graphics Good voice performances Great score Suspenseful atmosphere Dark tone Great gameplay…

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Borderlands 2 Review

Borderlands 2 is a 2012 action role-playing first-person shooter video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nvidia Shield, Linux, and Microsoft Windows.  It is the second game in the Borderlands series and the sequel to 2009’s Borderlands and follows new Vault Hunters and there efforts to stop Handsome Jack from opening a Vault and releasing the Warrior. Positives: Great humor Challenging gameplay High level of replayability Great score Great co-op Good downloadable…

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Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is a 2013 action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, OS X, and Linus.  Serving as the tenth entry in the Tomb Raider franchise and as a reboot, the game follows an untested and not yet battle-hardened explorer Lara, who must save her friends and escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a malevolent cult. Positives: Good story Good characters Great voice performances Great soundtrack Great graphics Awesome…

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Minecraft: Story Mode Review

Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure video game developed and published by Telltale Games, and released for Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.  Based on the sandbox video game Minecraft, the game centers around a new character, named Jesse, who can be either male or female, as they and their allies attempt to save their world by defeating the Wither Storm. Positives: Terrific characters Great soundtrack Extensive campaign Very compelling story Great voice performances…

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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Review

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is a 2010 basketball video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports, released for Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, OS X, Android, and Windows Phone. Positives: Great soundtrack Fun gameplay Great online multiplayer Challenging AI Negatives: Lacks content Campaign:  The Road Trip campaign is extensive and allows  single player or co-op.  It is what you’d think would be in a basketball game but the various teams do keep the game engaging and not repetitive. (3 out of 5) Gameplay:  The fact…

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Tales From the Borderlands Review

Tales From the Borderlands is a 2014 episodic graphic adventure comedy video game developed and published by Telltale Games, based on the Borderlands series.  The game was released for Android, iOS, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and follows Hyperion employee, Rhys, and a con artist, Fiona, who, along with their friends, search for a Vault Key while dealing with psychos, corporate tyrants, and alien creatures. Positives: Great, well-written characters Well-written, compelling story Great voice performances Terrific soundtrack Great balance of humor and drama Good…

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