When Geometry Wars first debuted as a mini-game in Project Gotham Racing 2, nobody knew the beast that it would eventually become. Bizarre Creations noticed the popularity of this simple bonus addition and brought a stand-alone version to the Xbox Live Arcade back in November of 2003 titled Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. A sequel was released a few years later, as was the spin-off titled Geometry Wars: Galaxies for the Nintendo DS and even the Wii. For 2014, Sierra Entertainment and Lucid Games brings us the third instalment, Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, which takes the once simple two-dimensional twin-stick shooter in another plain of existence. But does this new entry into what has become a digital gaming franchise line-up to its predecessors, or is it a lifeless carbon copy that doesn’t need to exist?
Hail to the King: Deathbat is a PC title that kind of surprised a lot of music lovers. The reason being? Subscience Studios had entered into a partnership with the Alternative/Hard Rock group Avenged Sevenfold to put out a game based on the Deathbat. The band also acts as the publisher of this title. Released the day before Halloween of 2014, it has quickly become one of the more talked about games available for purchase within the marketplace. But is this really a good game, or is it a better marketing piece that requires users to pay to experience?
Mummies Rising is a first person shooter Action title available as part of the Indie Games push for Xbox Live. This is one of a few other titles released by underground developer Rendercode Games, who are responsible for the titles The Monastery, Avatar Kartin, as well as Hellhounds, which seems to be the same game as Mummies Rising but with demonic dogs instead. But even at one dollar [US currency], is this a game worth laying cash down for, or is is it more of a waste of money than a time killer?
The Chilean developers ACE Team have been hard at work since their recent release Zeno Clash II‘s port to the gaming console world. This time the company looks to expand the average action platforming title into that of a brand new form of side-scrolling fighter. Abyss Odyssey, their fourth official release, explores the regional mythology in a game where you descend into the depths of dreams to stop the evil force that is destroying the world. Atlus Games have picked up this entry, and after looking at what the title has to offer, it’s hard to deny this is right where this sort of venture needs to be. But is this expansive experience worth your time and money, or does this odyssey in no way live up to it’s own title?
Blood of the Werewolf was put together as part of the recent Steam Greenlight program. It was first announced back in March of 2013 as an Action Platforming love letter to the golden days of gaming, a promise that set the gaming community into a frenzy of anticipation. Since then, 55,000 copies have been sold just on PC alone, not taking into account the many popular gaming console digital marketplaces out there. But is this classic Horror tale of love and loss exactly what we all have been waiting for, or does this entry simply abuse the gimmicks that only sell us on the nostalic factor?