|Television's in the middle of a golden age; what about video games?|
Always one who's suspicious of seeing movie tie-ins before reading the source material, I JUST started reading The Hunger Games last night, giving in to my friend's pleas to give it a try. I suspect I'll see the film when I comes out on the Blu-Rays.
We know the book and the film have destroyed sales lists, but what about the iOS game, The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire? Is it worth playing?
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Nostalgia is something that seems to strike gamers often. If filmmakers are dead set on remaking classic films with new technology and appealing to newer audiences with bigger, sexier, and louder spectacles, then gamers are certain not above embracing older games either remade, remastered, or simply rescued from the bin of obscurity. Fondly recalled experiences with video games drive the industry in some aspects, and, sometimes, I think nostalgia for other forms of entertainment drive the interest in newer products.
Roaming the aisles of video game stores has the potential to bring out one's inner child at all times. Consider the number of Mario, Zelda, and Sonic games on the market; any adult who played those games as kids can't help but want to play a little bit of the new product, if only to feel like a little kid again. Granted, as gamers, we usually feel like little kids getting to play make-believe in a pixilated world, regardless of the types of games we play.
As good as my memories of old television series, books, and even some previous generation video games are, looking at those products now I see flaws, issues with writings, presentation problems, and more than a few cringe-inducing moments. Sometimes an advertisement can really make you question your inner child, and what the wisdom of following such a thing is.
Enter Lollipop Chainsaw.
I have to admit that I wan't looking forward to Sine Mora for a couple of reasons. First, I'm not a big fan of Grasshopper Manufacture, who co-developed with Digital Reality. I've always thought that the developer made interesting games, but interesting doesn't necessarily mean "good." A game can have the weirdest, most unique story around, but if the gameplay mechanics don't hold my interest or work properly, I'm not interested.
While I certainly still wish for more evenly distributed releases, however, I can't deny how nice it can be to hit a dry spell from time to time.
The first quarter of the year is usually pretty slow. A decent surge occurs through the spring and, come summer, we're faced with that infamous gaming drought.
My usual argument is that those slow seasons would be the perfect time for some of the AAA titles usually reserved for the winter rush to pop up, giving gamers something meaty to snack on while they wait for the usual holiday madhouse of mega releases. But I've been singing a different tune these past few months.More >>
|Cueto and the Reds crew.|
Sony and the minds behind MLB 12: The Show want you to buy the game's PS3 and PS Vita editions, touting their unmatched, super-realistic presentations, mechanics and controls. Both editions, we can say, will juice your baseball fanaticism (Reds, Reds, Reds) well before Opening Day.
Which should you buy? It's a tough call. That's why we're reviewing both editions, starting with the Vita. This one, with its line drive towards reality, has gotten me so worked up, I thought it best to recap a blood-boiling battle between the Reds and the Cubs. It was ugly, ugly, ugly ....