Reviewed on Xbox One
Reviewed on Xbox One
Plants vs. Zombies sets itself apart from other multiplayer third-person shooters. Firefights can still be fast and furious, with good shooting mechanics and class-based combat between 24 players, but thanks to its zany character classes and silly sound effects, it’s actually laugh-out-loud funny. It’s a good game that spits bright green peas in the face of today’s brown-and-grey shooters.
Reviewed on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Every guard you come across in a stealth game is a sort of puzzle. How do I get past this guy without being spotted? Or do I put an arrow through his face? That’s the kind of thing Thief does well, using nice-looking shadows and scenarios with multiple paths to make us think before we steal. Everything else, from a clunky story and flat characters to a frustrating mess of a central map made me wish that this Thief reboot hadn’t bothered trying to connect those scenarios with fiction at all.
Reviewed on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
In Earth Defense Force 2025, you have to make sacrifices to have fun. For example: if you're willing to give up a decent frame rate, you get to explode dozens of bugs with a massive airstrike, all while blasting at the gooey pile of limbs and abdomens with an electric sniper rifle. It runs badly, and some of its mission design is tedious, but that constant over-the-top destruction and co-op with distinct classes make it hard to stay mad at.
Reviewed on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Strider Hiryu has always seemed like the Boba Fett of the Capcom universe - iconic looks, massively popular with fans, yet has never really had a chance to fully deliver on his enormous potential. Double Helix’s 2014 reboot of the flashy platform series fleshes out the 1989 coin-op original and gives it a light Metroidvania-esque layer of exploration. While its slightly unbalanced design holds it back from being a genuine classic, it nonetheless does enough right to put a swagger back in Strider’s step for the first time in decades.
Reviewed on Wii U
Over 100 Kongs died to bring you this review. But it was not in vain, because beating Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze earned me some serious platformer bragging rights. This is a tough platformer, seemingly intentionally designed to make you go ape at times. Some stages quickly pulled the ground out from under me, others challenged me to make precise jumps using springboards, vines, and other kooky contraptions to move forward.