Game-A-Week: Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing

Title: Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing (PC)

The Gist: Ever play Mario Kart? It’s difficult not to play this as a Mario Kart game with every Nintendo character replaced with someone from a Sonic or Sega game. It does however have some things that set it apart from its Nintendo counterpart and in some ways feels like an improvement.

Pros: What this game does best is accept being a copy of Mario Kart and then add things that Mario Kart doesn’t have. There’s standard racing, battles and time trials as well as missions which basically have your racer complete a task such as catching up with a specific racer. The 2/3/4 player split screen co-op is actually a lot better than I imagined; whilst standard racing and battles are very Mario Kart like they’ve introduced elimination (after a certain amount of time the person in the last position of the race is eliminated), capture the chao (flag) and one of my favorite modes called Collect the Emeralds where you and fellow players grab and hold onto as many emeralds as you can…the cool bit being that you can shoot your opponents and cause their emeralds to fly free for the taking; the more emeralds you have and the longer you have them contributes to an overall score. Continue reading

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Game-A-Week: Crazy Taxi

Title: Crazy Taxi (Steam’s PC Port)

The Gist: Taxi! Yo can I get a taxi here? One that’s Crazzzzzzzzzy, jumps off ramps! One that’ll drive so close to oncoming traffic that my breakfast breaks the sound barrier on its way out the car! Eww!…too far! >.< But you get the idea. Crazy Taxi’s a game where you literally just drive a taxi around a sandbox city picking up passengers looking for a good time (no not like that, you’ve been playing too much GTA). Performing stunts such as almost crashing into cars whilst trying to reach your destination in the quickest time possible earns you bonus fare, the games fast paced and full of loud cheesy music that’ll keep the hyperactive part of your gaming brain entertained. Continue reading

Game-A-Week: Sonic Adventure DX (Directors Cut)

Title: Sonic Adventure DX (Directors Cut)

The Gist: Tails has had enough and decides to take a chaos emerald for himself…the power he gains makes him Sonic’s most dangerous adversary…alright that’s a lie I’m afraid it’s the same old plot of Robotnik’s going to destroy the world…Sonic has to save it. Bet you’d have enjoyed my story more! Lets start over…

Dr. Eggman (the evil artist formally known as Dr. Robotnik) has come across a strange being known as Chaos and discovered that feeding him chaos emeralds will help him transform into a super-being that he can use to crush the world so that he can create his own. Sonic goes in search of emeralds hoping to prevent Dr. Eggman’s plans from becoming a reality. Continue reading

Game-A-Week: Duke Nukem – Manhattan Project

Title: Duke Nukem – Manhattan Project

The Gist: It’s Duke Nukem, old school game character who kicks ass and chews bubblegum, nuff said. This game is a homage to the original Duke Nukem games prior to the famous Duke Nukem 3D but utilises a modern graphics engine that lets you play in a 3D environment but restricts you to playing in 2D side-scroller fashion, this just means that you’ll get better closeups at times and you’re able to turn corners somewhat. You’ll find yourself searching for key cards in order to finish levels, kill various enemies and as always rescue big-boobed women from capture. Continue reading

Game-A-Week: Homefront

Title: Homefront

The Gist: The year is 2027 and a chain of events has led to Korea’s two halves reuniting as the Greater Korean Republic that goes on to invade America. You take on the role of a resistance fighter and use guerrilla warfare in order to take back your homeland.

Pros: The story for this game goes a step beyond the typical baddies invade/protect home scenario. Penned by the author of Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now the story unfolds as you deal with escalating combat situations and really makes you feel like you’re a part of that story. There’s a large range of weaponry to pick from, occasionally you’ll get the option to pick between sniper rifles/rifles and light machine guns but you’ll often be dependant on picking up enemy weapons and munitions in order to survive which gives the game a strong sense of realism. Continue reading

Game-A-Week: Steel Storm: Burning Retribution

Title: Steel Storm: Burning Retribution

The Gist: Steel Storm: Burning Retribution is a modern imitation of classic top down shooters which has you fight against constant hordes of enemies using a variety of weaponry you pick up as you play through the game. I’m playing the game via LAN Co-op and hope to double the carnage! Continue reading

Game-A-Week: Pokemon Trading Card Game Online (Open Beta)

Title: Pokemon Trading Card Game Online (Open Beta)

The Gist: Did you ever collect Pokemon cards or play The Pokemon Trading Card game for the Gameboy? This is literally just a web version of that game involving numerous decks from the Pokemon Trading Card Game series with a splash of social connectivity and a dose of free-to-play. The game is currently in the open beta stage but it’s fairly complete and allows you to get a feel for what the final game should offer players. You initially receive three decks, one fire, one water and one grass each containing 60 cards that you can use to play the game. You get an additional card unlocked for each of those three decks for the first 12 matches won. Continue reading