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.
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.
To me, Geometry Wars has always been the embodiment of old-timey gaming values. Back in the olden days of gaming there were no checkpoints, nor were there difficulty levels – there was just…the game. Anyone who ever poured quarters into PAC-MAN ot Galaxian knows what I’m talking about – games in which the first few waves seem almost too simple, and are later replaced by insanity. Your reflexes have to be able to keep up – or its back to square one. Those were the halcyon days where timing and wits were your only resources – and Lucid Games returns once again to these values in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for next-gen (and last-gen) consoles. While there are a few more twists, the essence of the game is still the same – and it is still hella fun.
The latest survival horror game to hit current generation consoles is directed by none other than the original creator of the Resident Evil series, Shinji Mikami, considered by many to be the father of the survival horror game genre. With his name attached there is a lot of hype and high expectations around this game since the last title in this genre he was involved with was the critically acclaimed and fan favourite, Resident Evil 4, which was released just under a decade ago. With a new studio and team, Tango Gameworks, can Shinji create another horror masterpiece in The Evil Within? We were sent a PS4 copy to determine the answer to this question.
Tinkerbell, the fairy, has been around for as long as Disney has existed. Indeed, she has been a part of the Disney title sequences for quite a spell, and she has been enjoying something of a revival very recently thanks to her starring role in a number of new films. Now, this feisty fairy joins the ranks of the other characters in Disney Infinity 2.0; and let me tell you, this Disney Original character is nothing to sneeze at.
For many, downloadable content is the bee’s knees. Whether adding weapons, expanding environments, fleshing out a new story, or introducing new characters, DLC is a great way to squeeze a little more value out of a franchise – for both developers and players. Over the last few years, Ubisoft has been releasing some great DLC to accompany their flagship titles. These additional adventures extend the life of the core games in very entertaining ways. DLC like Freedom Cry (Assassin’s Creed IV) and The Tyranny of King Washington (Assassin’s Creed III) are each very compelling and entertaining (I highly recommend both of them) – and Bad Blood, the most recent story DLC for Watch_Dogs, is right up there.