Fighter jets are cool. This is pretty much the thesis statement of Access Games’ Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+, a Nintendo 3DS game that conspires to get you into cool looking jets and doing bad-ass stuff as quickly as possible. This is a portable distillation of the stalwart aerial dogfighting franchise, but how much of the arcade thrills can one have on a five inch screen?
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.
More often than not, I play video games to relax. I’m not sure why, but given the choice between something new and something I have played a dozen times, I’ll usually choose the latter. I’ll played through Fallout: New Vegas five times (there’s literally nothing new left for me to find in that game) – but I keep going back to it. Games take the place of Reality TV for me, when I need something unchallenging, something that seems familiar even when I’ve never seen it before. Even though it’s a brand new title to me, Youzu Games’ League of Angels – Fire Raiders for iOS devices immediately falls into my category of “comfort games”. Although it seems like there are a lot of complicated elements and plenty to learn, the game almost plays itself on your behalf. Some people might want a lot more control and strategy than this title gives them – but I dug it, and the hours disappeared the first time I played it.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask already has a firmly established place in gaming canon. It’s the twisted spin-off to the seminal Ocarina of Time, it’s drenched in dread and foreboding, and it’s got a killer Groundhog Day-style hook where you have have 3 days to save the world from the moon crashing to earth, but get to reset the clock as often as you like. I knew all of this without having ever played the game, so I was excited to give the 3DS re-release a shot and see for myself what this was all about.
When I was a kid, one of my favourite movies was Tron. It was so different from anything that was out there – and yet, there was something very familiar about it. Of course, shortly after I saw the film, I would play Tron: Deadly Discs and Tron Maze-a-Tron on my Intellivision at home, reliving the exploits of my electronic hero. Fast forward to the future, when Tron: Legacy hit the scene. I was pretty excited about it, and enjoyed the movie a lot (a lot more than most of my friends, anyway). So, it was a pleasant surprise when Disney Infinity included some Tron-based Power Discs. Now, in an interesting move, characters from Tron are available to play in Disney infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes – but they aren’t your typical Disney Infinity figures. In fact, they aren’t physical figures at all – they are completely DLC for iOS.
I’m not going to go much into the story of The Walking Dead, we all know the premise from the hit TV show based on the graphic novels, and the main character of this story is familiar if you played the previous season of the TellTale Games series. The Walking Dead: Season 2 (played on the Playstation Vita) follows the journey of Clementine, a young girl who has managed to outlive many of the adults she has encountered to become a weary (but hardened) survivor in the post-apocalyptic landscape where humanity has been decimated by a
zombie, er “walker” outbreak.
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.