Archive for November, 2011

Review: Go Vacation

As the Wii rapidly nears the end of its life cycle, one would think it should be expected to finish strong with some memorable licenses or at least new installments of familiar ones. Well, there’s a little of that, but mostly a lot more of what the Wii has become famous for over the past few years: minigames with waggle in mind. Go Vacation falls into this category, and with lofty aspirations to turn the whole of your living room into that of the quintessential family vacation. It’s a family-friendly idea on an even family-friendlier console, but one that falls victim to most of the pitfalls beleaguering most minigame collections. You might actually need a vacation from Go Vacation, after it’s all said and done.

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Review: Daytona USA

Daytona USA is a classic arcade racer with a bit of a difficult history. Though it ruled the arcades with an iron fist, its ports have never quite cut the mustard. Nearly twenty years later following a tumultuous release history, Sega has finally brought AM2’s original arcade smash Daytona USA to the Xbox Live Arcade (and PSN) after successfully reviving several other beloved Dreamcast releases. At an affordable price and featuring upscaled HD graphics, it’s finally the update fans deserve and have been more than patient for. Rolling Start!

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Review: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, at first glance, seems just like the type of peripheral-based title designed to draw Hamiltons out of parents’ pockets and refill them with action figures and useless game-based swag. The starter package is about $69.99 MSRP and includes three starter figures, the game, a USB pedestal you’ll hook up to your console (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, or PC), and a host of other niceties. It seems that most pricey peripherals are doomed to fail. Just look at the Power Glove. Judging this book by its cover, it’s easy to adopt an overly negative stance to both the game and the idea in general. But when you look past the gimmickry and the collectible nature of the game, there’s actually a surprisingly entertaining, kid-friendly adventure at the core. It may not be the Spyro you remember from your youth, but it’s a colorful step in the right direction for a revival of the series, and one you’ll find yourself putting more time into than you might have intended.

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