Fans of Sleeping Dogs have seen a good deal of downloadable content drop since the game’s initial release. Aside one tournament pack, most have been for new outfits, cars, and things like that. Nightmare in North Point, however, marks a brand new mission for Wei Shen, and one that comes with some brand new achievements/trophies as well. But does this dark venture stack up to be worth the high ticket price, or is it this title’s Call of Duty-esque zombie themed cash grab?
United Front Games came to life back in 2007, and since then has only issued a handful of console titles, but known for the widely successful PlayStation 3 exclusives ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting. However, right in the middle of those two, the Canadian developer put together the open-world cop title Sleeping Dogs, which was picked up for distribution through Square-Enix for multiple consoles. The game was met with plenty of praise, but fell victim to the slew of a-list sequels to established franchises being churned out every years, getting lost in the shuffle for many gamers. Was it worth being overlooked in favor of the likes of the next Assassins Creed and Grand Theft Auto entries, or is this a new entry that has the potential to become a strong new gaming series?
Final Exam is a 2.5 dimensional sidescrolling Action title that originally was known as Obscure. The game was developed by Mighty Rocket Studio with a very b-grade Horror film vibe reminiscent of eighties-era Troma films, but without the drug use and gratuitous nudity. This digital title is available for PC and PlayStation 3 first, and then finding a home on the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace, all thanks to the folks at Focus Home Entertainment, a publisher that has been crushing the digital market as of late. But does this new title offer hours of mutant and zombie smashing fun, or is more like a boring grind?
Sumthing Else Music Works and Capcom have put together a twenty-fifth anniversary compilation of various Mega Man tracks performed by a couple video game themed groups that take inspiration, as well as their names from the franchise. MM25: Mega Man Rocks is one of two “soundtracks” to be released for this celebration, which is really surprising since Capcom has canned pretty much all the announced anniversary and follow-up games, such as Mega Man Online, Mega Man Universe, and Mega Man Legends 3 among many others that probably were never announced. But, a compilation of cover songs is better than nothing, right?
Recently, Namco Bandai has placed their beloved Pac-Man character in a brand new cartoon series for Disney XD. The animated adventures this time around have been rather successful, perhaps thanks to it being largely aimed at kids with Pac-Man in the school residings in the town of Pacopolis. Recently the gaming titans issued a brand new game featuring the ghost chomping icon, which shares its name with the early morning cartoon. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures basically picks up where the cartoon leaves off, placing you in an adventure to stop Betrayus yet again in an Action Platformer that spans Pac’s home town, a volcano, and the Netherworld. But does this interactive adaptation lead to an enjoyable experience, or is it just a cheap cash grab?
2011 saw the debut of the educational music-based game Rocksmith. The title was meant to serve as a means to learn guitar, offering the option to buy it packaged with a guitar and the connection chord that allowed the game to read the notes, or just your standard version with the chord separately. Three years later, and Rocksmith 2014 is upon us with more Rock and Metal hits to learn to play. With the title boasting the sixty-day challenge that boasts you can learn how to play a guitar in that amount of time, it becomes an enticing way to get people who never learned guitar but always wanted to (such as myself) a chance to pick up a six-string give it a whirl. But, does this entry make the grade, or is Rocksmith 2014 far less helpful than it claims to be?