Cars 2

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 9th, 2011


Movie-based games (particularly ones based on animated films) can be hit-and-miss. One of the greatest hits came in the form of Toy Story 3 by Avalanche Software. It was plain to see that they worked very closely with Pixar to create a game that gave the same feeling as the movie. The same can be said for Cars 2, which is a great kart-style racing game starring everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic cars; this title is something the whole family can enjoy.

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean

By Jorge Figueiredo - May 24th, 2011


Sometimes I think that the LEGO franchise has a license to print money; any video game adaptation (that bears the LEGO name) of a film will always do well. The formula is essentially the same for each game: stick to the major plot, ensure that the character design reflects that of the movie and capture the charm. Though it seems like this system could become repetitive, each game manages to be entertaining. The latest in the LEGO lineup, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Disney Interactive Studios), is just as addictive and fun as the games that came before (and certainly far more engaging than the middle two films).

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Plants vs. Zombies DS

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 26th, 2011


Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games is arguably one of the most successful of all tower defense games in existence. With easy-to-grasp game-play and an entertaining theme (c’mon, who doesn’t like zombies), it is not a stretch to see why it is so popular. This newest edition, for the Nintendo DS, marks the first version that I have actually tried. While I don’t normally jump on bandwagons, you’ll probably see me surfing on top of the roof of this one waving a giant PvZ pennant; this game is awesome!

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Pokémon Black/Pokémon White

By Erika Szabo - March 26th, 2011


Since the start of the Pokémon franchise back in 1996, video game producer Game Freaks have gone out of their way to make a truly ambitious series. What started as a redefining RPG about monsters trained to fight alongside trainer “Red” has since swelled into a gargantuan project in which almost 650 pokemon are now in existence. It’s hard to imagine being able to keep up with the ever-growing Pokédex, but if you’re committed, it’s a task worth taking – for some, that is.

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Christmas Ideas
Toy Story 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 5th, 2010


Woody, Buzz, and the whole gang come alive in this Disney Interactive title developed by Avalanche Software; Toy Story 3 is a larger-than-life action/adventure platformer that does far more than tip its cap at the film of the same name. The game focuses on the story of the toys in their latest adventure: Andy has grown up and is going off to college, leaving the toys to try and get him to play with them just one more time. Of course, things are never that easy, and our intrepid little friends ride a veritable roller-coaster of adventure before the tale reaches its conclusion.

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Budding Artist?
Art Academy

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 25th, 2010


The DS family is fantastic for artistic expression; with two screens of decent size (even more decent if you own an XL), the tinyish wonder allows for some interesting creations with the right tools. A few neat programs have been created (both official consumer products and some fantastic homebrew fare), but those who may have found these titles lacking will be most pleased with Headstrong Games’ Art Academy for the DS family.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 24th, 2010

I love the smell of napalm in the morning; and the afternoon, really.

Treyarch’s latest venture, Call of Duty: Black Ops, has a lot to offer any fan of the franchise, as well as those that may have never played it. FPS are a tough road for a developer, because creating something that tops all of the others that came before is a challenge-and-a-half. However, I think that this latest COD is a great addition to the collection; and if you are new to FPS, I think it’s a great FPS to cut your teeth on, because there is so much to do.

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