Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)

Formerly known as True Crime: Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs was abandoned by Activision in 2011 for not living up to their standards for the open world genre. In a market dominated by titles like GTA, they felt there was not enough room for success with the United Front Games title that combined driving and gunplay with the hand to hand combat you would expect from an action title set in Hong Kong. Square Enix subsequently picked up the game and renamed it, and now that it’s ready for release we’re about to see who was right. Sleeping Dogs is available for X360, PS3 and PCs – we tested the X360 version. Continue reading “Sleeping Dogs Review (X360)”

Inversion Review (X360)

With new entries in the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty series not coming until later this year, Inversion’s release is well-timed. The game resembles Gears of War in more ways than one, but also introduces gravity manipulation as an important gameplay element. It sounds good in theory, but is it enough to lure in the shooter fan looking for a mid-summer diversion? Continue reading “Inversion Review (X360)”

Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)

Dragon’s Dogma looks like it’s over almost as soon as you start it. Following a short tutorial, your village is attacked by a dragon who promptly rips out your heart (still beating, Temple of Doom-style) and then flies off. That would be enough to stop most would-be adventurers, but you survive and proceed on your quest for vengeance. In addition, you are now treated as a savior by “Pawns” who are willing to follow you and aid you in your quest. It’s a novel twist on the RPG genre and Capcom’s latest take on a genre that recently saw gems such as Dark Souls and Skyrim. How does Dragon’s Dogma fare among titles like that? Continue reading “Dragon’s Dogma Review (X360)”

The Witcher 2 – Assassin of Kings (PC)

Though it never cultivated the same amount of buzz or fandom as the Dragon Age or Elder Scrolls series, 2007’s The Witcher received critical acclaim and is still one of the better PC fantasy RPGs around. It centers around Geralt and his extraordinary abilities as a witcher, slaying monsters and other high profile targets while traveling through a fantasy realm. So when CD Projekt announced a sequel, fans everywhere watched its development anxiously to see how it would measure up to the original. Cut to 2011, and fans got their answer. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is not only better than the original, it rivals some of the best in the genre… Continue reading “The Witcher 2 – Assassin of Kings (PC)”

Crysis 2 Review (PC)

Who remembers the first Crysis? Sure… a lot of us do, but what comes to mind? For me, and a lot of others, it’s the fact that it was gorgeous but brought nearly every PC to its knees with its system requirements for the ‘high’ and ‘ultra’ settings. Underneath all the graphical splendor, the gameplay experience wasn’t quite as overwhelming despite being solid and very entertaining. I chalked it down to the storyline (or player experience) not being as immersive as, for instance, Half-Life 2’s was. Crysis often felt like completing a shootout in one location only to travel to another and repeat the process all over again, feeling removed from the experience in between. Continue reading “Crysis 2 Review (PC)”