When I attended the Canadian Videogame Awards back in November, I kept seeing Frima Studio’s Chariot during the nomination announcements for a number of different categories1. I was intrigued by this interesting-looking platformer. Frima was nice enough to send me a copy (PS4) to review, and I can safely say that it deserved every nomination that it received. Smallest Thumbs also joined in on the fun to help me test out the couch-cooperative mode – and she was quite happy about that.
Screamride, by Frontier Developments, must be some sort of preschool for evil geniuses and supervillains. In this construction puzzler for the Xbox One, you are tasked with the creation of mind-bending rides for the purpose of thrilling the riders and destroying property (you have to push the heart rates of the riders to the limit). For many fans of the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, this might be a nice way to change up the formula while maintaining that thrilling feeling of riding a coaster. Unlike its spiritual predecessor, though, there are a number of twists that add a lot of value and fun to the game.
When I read about Evan’s recent foray into the wilds of Toronto to participate in the Evolve event, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on Turtle Rock Studios’ hunt-or-be-hunted game, Evolve. Besides being a tightly-designed (and fun) game, this title managed to do something that most multi-player shooters fail to do: get me to look forward to playing the game with other people.
LEGO Batman is back in his biggest adventure yet in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. In Traveller’s Tales’ most ambitious to date, Batman (and the Justice League along with the Lantern Corps) have to take on Brainiac, attempting to foil his attack on the planet Earth. Familiar controls and characters combine with some new mechanics, suits and schtick to create a great experience. If you don’t care for the LEGO game formula, you probably won’t care for this one, either. However, fans of the series won’t be, and should enjoy this game, even if the focus isn’t entirely on Batman.
Skylanders has been a fan favourite for a number of years. This latest iteration, co-developed by Beenox (Québec City) and California-based Toys For Bob (PS4, Xbox One and Wii U versions; Beenox developed the 3DS version on their own), is a bit of a departure as it seems to be far more interactive than previous versions that I have had the chance to observe. This differentiation is present in more than just the software (the NFC-enabled “Traptanium Portal” is part of the fun as well), and creates an interesting dynamic with the audience – especially the younger crowd. Overall, the game is actually fun and features many hours of entertainment. Of course, to harvest the full potential of this title you may need to reach for your wallet.
Where were you on Monday night? I was downtown on Queen West in a dressed-up loft space above Design Republic trying my hand at Evolve on Xbox One. EB Games and Xbox Canada put together a launch-party-slash-demo of the game, where we could bathe in green LEDs and eat Doritos with Mountain Dew. Sounds like a wicked party, right? As a demo night, things were pretty simple as no devs were onsite to talk about the release. It was more of a barebones, hands-on experience for media and consumers to spend a few rounds in the game before its official launch at midnight. If you’re curious how it came together, the short answer is that the game is good. There’s still a lot we need to see before making more confident and thorough assessments, though, so stay tuned for our complete review.
Aladdin has been out for Disney Infinity 2.0 for a while now, and we have enjoyed his antics for quite some time. He is an agile character, whose long stint as a “street rat” has given him experience with acrobatic moves and skill with a scimitar. Of course, when all else fails, there is always the Genie’s lamp, which holds considerable magical power. Recently, he has finally been joined by his gal, Jasmine, who is the perfect partner-in-crime for the apple of her eye1.