First Impressions: Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!

Ad·ven·ture. Noun. Aimlessly plodding through eventless dungeon after eventless dungeon.

First Impressions is a close look at the crucial first hour spent with a game and its’ ability to draw you in or turn you away. Somewhere between a review and a preview. Ugh, the dirge of licensed titles. History has, unfortunately, shown us that no studio, no creator and no IP is exempt from half-hearted attempts to cash in […]

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Dr. Geek: Getting to Know the Nintendo Wii U

One of the first posts I wrote for CBR addressed the next gen — 8th generation — video game consoles.  At the time, a whole year ago, all we knew for certain was the next gen coming from Nintendo, the Wii U.  Anything on Sony and Microsoft’s updates to their respective PlayStation and Xbox offerings were purely speculative.  Since then, […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 30 – Asphalt 3D – Better than expected?

Dear Journal, Today I played a game that didn’t seem THAT bad but we’ve all heard horrible things about. Asphalt 3D is interesting in that it is actually a 3DS port of a iOS game originally designed for iPhones and the like and used as one of Ubisoft’s launch titles for the 3DS.  I usually try to stay clear of […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 21 – Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion – 90’s kid at heart

Dear Journal, Today I rescued most of Disney’s famous characters from an evil witch. Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion is sort of a sequel to the classic Castle of Illusion game, as well as a sequel to Epic Mickey: Power of Two. Mickey has been called to a castle in order to save Minnie, a castle that is vaguely familiar […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 13 – Brave (NDS) – Gingers are people too!

Dear Journal, Today I learned that gingers are people too, just tiny, pixilated people. So we have a movie-tie-in game for a children’s movie on the DS here. Now, you’re saying to yourself that you shouldn’t expect much from it, after all, that is like the be-all end-all list of bad signs for a game going in. You’d be mostly […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 11 – Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL

Dear Journal, Today I found out that combining a bunch of things you like into one big thing doesn’t always make that big thing a thing you like. Let’s face it, there have been a number of Super Smash Brothers imitations over the years, all with various ways they try to attract gamers into buying in. Cartoon Network: Punch Time […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 10 – The Adventures of TinTin – TinTin is not the dog by the way

Dear Journal, Today I went on an adventure as a reporter who never really seemed to report anything… Odds are if you pay attention to the clearance section of just about any store that sells video games you’ve seen copies of The Adventures of TinTin pop up in its various platforms.  Ultimately the game is a platformer with a few […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 9 – Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir – Who you gonna’ call?

Dear Journal, Today I fought evil spirits with a camera. Spirit Camera is a game that could really only exist on the 3DS. Making use of the 3D camera, Spirit Camera is an Augmented Reality game that has you interacting with an AR book (The Cursed Memoir) and fighting spirits in the comfort of your own home. Though interesting, the […]

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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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