A delightful tribute to the side-scrollers of yore

July 11, 2014

Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight not only looks and feels like a lost gem from gaming’s past, it hybridizes classic gameplay mechanics from Capcom hits while injecting a modern risk/reward system.

EA Sports Makes a Solid First Strike in the Octagon

June 27, 2014

It’s clear that EA’s “UFC” team bleeds martial arts. Everything about its new title — from the integration of UFC-branded videos to a roster including everyone from Jon “Bones” Jones to Ronda Rousey — has been painstakingly shaped into one of the most realistic depictions of the sport to date.

Of massacres and mead

June 20, 2014

Stoic’s “The Banner Saga” is a turn-based tactical role-playing game rooted in choice and consequence. The Kickstarter title from ex-BioWare developers blends beautiful graphics and a haunting score by Austin Wintory.

A solid debut for a promising new series

May 30, 2014

Ubisoft introduced players to “Watch Dogs” with an exciting gameplay demo that stole the show at E3 in 2012. Since then, a six-month delay and rumors of a visual downgrade have caused fans’ faith in the promising new IP to waver.

A new order following the old rules

May 23, 2014

Twenty-two years after its smashing debut, and the godfather of first-person shooters is still piling up Nazi corpses. Over this impressive span, the “Wolfenstein” franchise has experienced highs — namely “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” and “Enemy Territory”

There’s more to this side-scrolling shooter than meets the eye

May 16, 2014

“Super Time Force” isn’t the game I thought it was. A quick glance at its insane onscreen action calls to mind classic bullet-hell shooters like “Contra” or “Metal Slug,” but spend more than five minutes playing it and a different picture emerges.