Sunday, September 26, 2010

'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' - Review

I'm a 'Tomb Raider' fan and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  I absolutely loved the first game when I played it on my Playstaion fourteen years ago.  The combination of 3D platforming, puzzles, and acrobatic gun fights were, at least to me, totally unique at the time.  Despite my love of the first game, I never played another until 'Tomb Raider: Legend' on the 360.  This absence from the series was due entirely to a RPG/FPS/PC gaming phase I went through.  I inexplicably completely abandoned console gaming for years.  When I heard about a coop 'Tomb Raider' game I was really excited, but then the excitement faded when I heard it had an isometric, fixed camera angle.  I wasn't entirely sure it would have the same charm I loved about the previous installments.

Friday, September 24, 2010

'Saw' - Review

Why yes... I would like to play a game.  'Saw' began life as a short film by Australian director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell as a pitch for a full length feature film.  Since 2004 a movie bearing the 'Saw' name has graced theaters every October.  In the movies the Jigsaw Killer attempts to make people appreciate life by trapping them in various devices.  The devices are meant to offer the victims a choice; a horribly gruesome death or, should they be willing to make a sacrifice, life.  Naturally, the dark atmosphere and shock horror nature of the movies would translate perfectly into a video game, right?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'Dark Void' - Review

When I was younger I saw a movie that made me love jetpacks, 'The Rocketeer.'  I don't really recall much of the movie, as it's been at least seventeen years since I've seen it, but the imagery stuck with me.  While there were video games based on the movie, they were mediocre at best.  Finally, after 19 years, a game comes out that feels like it would fit being called 'The Rocketeer.'