Backlog Quest: Day 26 – Rango – Don’t stop now, this is bat country!

Dear Journal, Today I was taken completely by surprise when I played a really good movie tie-in game. Rango takes places after the events of the movie with the same name, where the wandering chameleon turned town sheriff must investigate some very strange happenings.  Ultimately, Rango saves the town of Dirt and possibly the world from strange alien creatures in […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 25 – Driver: Renegade – Serious road rage

Dear Journal, Today I really let loose with the road rage. Driver: Renegade was released about the same time as Driver: San Francisco but it is not the mobile release equivalent.  Rather, the game takes place between the events of Driver and Driver 2, where John Tanner free from the restraints of being a cop, finds work cleaning up New […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 24 – Goldeneye 007 Reloaded – Reviewed not stirred

Dear Journal, Today I played a game, named after an old game, but really a remake of a remake. Confused?  You’re not the only one.  When Activision first announced that they were going to be bringing Goldeneye back fans went crazy with excitement. When they announced that the remake was going to be on the Wii and that it would […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 23 – Dreamworks Superstar Kartz – Mario Kart it is not

Dear Journal, Today a donkey beat me in a go-kart race. Dreamworks Superstar Kartz is yet another imitator in a long line of Mario Kart imitations.  Like the countless other kart racers before it, Superstar Kartz fails to ever really capture the same charm and all around fun gameplay as the Italian plumber-starring original. Relying heavily on the cast of […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 20 – Zoo Resort – Run a zoo by taking photos?

Dear Journal, Today I inherited a zoo and took a bunch of photos. Zoo Resort screams shovelware.  Developed for the 3DS by Ubisoft, the game’s whole premise basically surrounds taking photos of the animals in your pretend zoo.  Not only does the premise not sound all that impressive, but the fact that the game came out almost immediately after the […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 19 – Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers – Bob Uecker not included

Dear Journal, Today I took on some bullies and reclaimed baseball for the kids of my town. Backyard Sports as a series is built on taking popular sports and turning them into fairly simple but fun, family friendly kids games.  Sandlot Sluggers is no different, taking baseball and putting it back into your backyard (or the neighborhood park, vacant lot, […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 18 – Pilotwings Resort

Dear Journal, Today I visited the weirdest resort ever, where I was forced to perform complex maneuvers in various aircraft rather than just relax. Seriously, what kind of resort gives you a jetpack and has you on a timed course with only a couple of minutes training? All joking aside, Pilotwings Resort marks a return to one of Nintendo’s classic […]

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Review: Theatrhythm – Up jumped the boogie? To the theatrhythm of the boogie, the beat?

There’s not a gamer in the world who doesn’t know what “Final Fantasy” is.  There’s the long-time fans who’ve played through every single game — including the misnumbered ones.  There’s the fans who have their absolute favorite and swear by it — “Final Fantasy VII” is usually the one considered to be the Holy Grail of the franchise.  There’s even […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 14 – Tron: Evolution – Off the Grid, Yo!

Dear Journal, Today I was an acrobatic computer program fighting to preserve a digital world. Tron: Legacy was a bit of a disappointment theatrically.  It looked great but the story was lacking and most of the film’s principal actors appeared to be bored (or indifferent).  So imagine the surprise I felt when Tron: Evolution turned out to in some ways […]

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Backlog Quest: Day 13 – The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Dear Journal, Today my companions and I set forth on an epic quest to rid the north of an enemy that sought to make war against the people of Middle Earth. I had heard some not-so-good things about Lord of the Rings: War in the North when it first launched, but a few updates later and I really can’t see […]

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