Gaming has never been better. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices and the Web all offer unique and innovative gaming experiences. Here, our geekiest gamers review the latest releases, talk trends and — once in a while — even go analog. We are the Button Mashers.
Okami HD is a beautifully rendered argument against the very idea of gaming as mindless violence.
Where other blockbuster games centre around carnage, destruction and personal achievement, Okami HD instead rewards creation and revitalization and selflessness. While the crux of the gameplay involves solving puzzles and fighting monsters, countless hours are also devoted to bringing dead trees back to life, feeding hungry animals and helping restore villagers’ self-esteem.
A vibrant, high-definition re-release of the acclaimed PlayStation 2 and Wii title, Okami HD is set in a fictional world resembling a watercolour painting of classical Japan. The adventure begins when a great evil descends upon Kakimi village and the surrounding land of Nippon. The powerful trees that once warded off bad spirits are left wilted and blackened. The once-lush landscapes are rendered barren and desolate. The people have lost their faith, both in themselves, and in a higher power.
The ancient sun goddess Amaterasu – Ammy for short – is awoken after 100 years of slumber. In the form of a white wolf, she sets about restoring the land. And in completing this quest, the pen – or, more accurately, brush – is mightier than the sword.
You’ll climb the backs of giant ogres, desperately hacking and slashing as they try to wriggle you off. You’ll triumph in the glory of slicing a chimera’s snake-tail from its body and watching it writhe in pain. You’ll gobble down health potions as bandits rain explosive arrows down upon you as wolves nip at legs. You’ll curse your luck as you hide in the shadows of a cave, waiting for the sun to come up and the monsters to go away.
But you won’t fall in love. You won’t make friends. And you won’t find yourself lost in a storybook tale within a rich fantasy universe.
Dragon’s Dogma is an action role-playing game that’s heavy on action, but sadly lacking in role-playing. Fortunately, its riveting combat and challenging gameplay mostly make up for a meatless plot and mindless characters that leave the world ringing hollow.
Round 3 of the Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale has passed us by, and we’re on to the semifinals.
Our Ferocious Four feature Chun Li vs. Ryu (both of Street Fighter) and Scorpion vs. Liu Kang in a Mortal Kombat showdown. There are a few days left in the voting so be sure to check back this Sunday for the finals.
Once we get a final tally of the Ultimate Fighter, we’ll ask you who we failed to enter in our list of 32 fighters.
Canada’s first and up until recently, with the release of Dead or Alive 5, the only Canuck in the big eight fighting game franchises.
We’re running an Ultimate Fighting Game Battle Royale, and we want you to vote. We’ve picked the four most popular characters from eight of the greatest fighting game franchises, and matched them up against each other.
Admittedly, after the U.S. election, there might be voter apathy out there, but this vote is a little more playful and gamer-friendly.
So which game franchises did we draw our fighters from? Darkstalkers, Dead or Alive, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter.
The vote will run for the next five weeks. Each round will start on the Sunday of each week. So bring your gloves, and test your might.
Video games being adapted to the big screen is nothing new. Resident Evil: Retribution just hit theatres five days ago, and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is expected to be out in time for the Halloween-minded crowd.
But Disney has taken video games and their characters one step further in their film Wreck-It Ralph, due out Nov. 2, 2012. Featuring the voice talents of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer, the story focuses around a vintage arcade game’s “bad guy” who wishes to reform his ways after 30 years of being Fix-It Felix’s antagonist.
A humourous self-help group features reprobates from the video game world — M. Bison, Zangief, Dr. Robotnik, Bowser, PacMan ghosts — helping Wreck-It Ralph (Reilly) be okay with his badness. Instead of returning to his game, he joins “Hero’s Duty”. Lynch provides the voice of Sergeant Calhoun, a Commander Shepard-like character (Mass Effect 3) who leads troops into battle.
Expect plenty of humour geared towards gamers, and cameos by Ryu, Sonic the Hedgehog and Q-Bert.
If the Mayans ever predicted a 2012 apocalypse, they were probably referring to the world as seen through the eyes of Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield, protagonists of Capcom’s Resident Evil 6.
Launching for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Nov. 20, 2012, with a PC version to follow, Capcom is promising RE6 will be the series’ “most ambitious, immersive and feature rich title of the series to date and promises to be the dramatic horror experience of the year.”
Gaming has never been better. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices and the web all offer unique and innovative gaming experiences. Here, our geekiest gamers review the latest releases, talk trends and - once in a while - even go analog.