Last year, we reviewed the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, a great solution for folks that want a better way to interface with the iPad for creative projects. Well, it looks like the bar has been raised once again with the Wacom Creative Stylus 2. Compared to its predecessor, the new Stylus 2 is more comfortable, less expensive (from a market introduction perspective), and more functional. If you’re looking for a great pressure-sensitive stylus, you really can’t go wrong with this choice.
Magic is such a large part of so many cultures and our imaginations that sometimes it’s hard to deny that it might actually exist. When we were kids and first saw Mickey Mouse “borrow” Yen Sid’s hat to perform sorcery, it was a truly magical moment. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a sorcerer? I know that I’d love to be able to command the magical elements of the universe by waving my hands about, causing nature to bend to my will. While I can’t do real magic, Harmonix and Disney Interactive have managed to create something that certainly makes me feel like I do, thanks to the Kinect for the Xbox One or the Xbox 360 consoles. Their recent release, Fantasia: Music Evolved (which they sent us to review) is definitely a magical game that will not only have you waving your hands around and enjoying yourself immensely – it will also have you tapping your toes to they rhythm!
Since the announcement for the debut of the Playstation 4, one of the most hotly anticipated titles has been Driveclub. However, a rash of mis-steps during launch has soured everyone’s opinion of what was purportedly to be one of the best racing experiences ever. I’ll tell you the truth: when I played this at launch I was disappointed. However, in the interest of fairness (and also due to timing), I have held off on my review, waiting for the bulk of the issues to be fixed enough to provide a more complete experience. Now, more than a month later, there are still a few small issues with Driveclub – but overall, it is a much better experience and, in my opinion, worth trying out.
Imagine if you took the mythos from The Legend of Zelda, threw it into a pot, and then amped it up by combining it with essence of Gauntlet; then you reduced it over the fire of action – kaboom! Welcome to Hyrule Warriors, an all-action, all-crazy jamboree that dishes out plenty of enemies for you to dish it out to. Be clear: this game will not really present too much of a challenge to savvy players – but it doesn’t need to because it’s hella fun to win the day by beating the snot out of everyone with a giant sword. Omega Force and Team Ninja have hit one out of the park (many times over) for Zelda fans.
For those of us that used to dump quarters into arcade machines at the mall or the corner store, there are some games that will always stand the test of time. These sorts of games are priceless, and they followed us home from the arcade and hung out with us in our living rooms and family rooms on the early consoles. One of these timeless classics is Gauntlet (1985), which could, within the space of an hour (or less), reinforce and/or erode even the strongest of friendships – and yet, we would go back for more every chance we got. With the “reboot” of Gauntlet, Arrowhead Game Studios seems to be trying to be many things to many people by modifying the original formula – but does this new version retain the same amount of fun as the original?
Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive is a trip and a half. There’s no other way to neatly sum up the game better than that. This Xbox One exclusive is familiar enough in its control scheme to be accessible and fun, while dazzling you with its over-the-top colour palette, engaging characters, fantastically odd story, and its never-ending self-referential humour. If you own an Xbox One, enjoy having irreverent fun, and have a pair of sunglasses handy, grab yourself a copy of this game and make sure that you have plenty of energy drinks on hand so that you can get crazy!
There is nothing quite like piloting a quadricopter. Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0 is a lot of fun to fly – but for a good number of people, it’s hard to justify the purchase, as it is a little expensive. It also makes some people nervous; even though it comes with a protective shell for indoor use, it’s relatively large, making it an intimidating prospect to play with inside one’s house – especially for beginners. Thankfully, Parrot has another option for those people who are jonesing for a chance to play with a remote-controlled helicopter without breaking the bank (or that vase you got as a gift from your aunt Betty): the Rolling Spider.