Majin and the Forbidden Kingdom review (X360)

When playing Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom, you can’t help but think this game is different. Not ‘good different’ or ‘bad different’, just different. Maybe ‘Ico different’, for those of us who remember that title for the PS2. Just like Ico, Majin was developed by a Japanese studio and delivers a digital fairytale that might not be ‘hardcore’ enough for some gamers but will enchant others. Continue reading “Majin and the Forbidden Kingdom review (X360)”

Splatterhouse review (X360)

Some of the ‘older’ gamers among us no doubt remember the controversy surrounding the original Mortal Kombat and its fatalities. Deemed ‘not suitable’ by Nintendo, it was toned down for the home version. Years before that, however, Splatterhouse was released in arcades and not much later on console systems, where it was deemed so violent that parental advisory warnings had to be printed on the box. This year brings us a reboot of that title, which also contains its original predecessor as an unlockable feature. And much like the original, this is a game that is about gore, guts and blood. A lot of it. Within a minute of being handed over control of the main character, copious amounts of blood start shooting all over the area you start out in. Continue reading “Splatterhouse review (X360)”

Enslaved – Odyssey to the West Review (X360)

Back in the first few months following the launch of Sony’s PS3, a game called Heavenly Sword caught my attention. Its combination of Hollywood talent, top-notch animation and the action adventure genre has kept it high on my “if I had a PS3”-list for about three years now. So when I found out that Heavenly Sword developer Ninja Theory was developing their next game for Xbox360 as well, I was immediately intrigued. At Gamescom in Cologne, I got a hands-on preview of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and came away thinking this could be a gem in the making. This past Friday saw the release of the game and this is my review of it, having played all the way through the game’s 14 chapters. Continue reading “Enslaved – Odyssey to the West Review (X360)”

Peter Molyneux on Fable 3

Just after he wrapped up his presentation on the upcoming Fable 3, I had the opportunity to have a one on one chat with the man whose games I have been playing and enjoying for over 20 years now. With Peter Molyneux responsible for classics such as Populous, Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White, my mind was buzzing with memories of the many hours spent playing this man’s productions. Trying to keep my excitement in check, we talked a little bit about how gaming has changed in those years and of course zoomed in on Fable 3 in some more detail. Continue reading “Peter Molyneux on Fable 3”

Gamescom 2010 report: 4/4

The final stop on my tour of gamescom 2010 is hall number 9, where developer Bigpoint’s booth was (quite literally) one of the bigger eye-catchers. With loud music, near-constant dance performances and countless giveaways, they drew in the crowds to promote its online title Poisonville. Though I would dare suggest that including Germany’s playmate of the month (Bernadette Kaspar) as a character in the game and having her meet visitors at the booth in Cologne certainly did not hurt them either. I just called it a very good excuse to dust off those old German language skills 😉 Turns out she was very sweet and down-to-earth when talking to her, but if you want to see her as a Grand Theft Auto-esque character then check out the game, which can be played for free starting this month. Continue reading “Gamescom 2010 report: 4/4”