Author: Ben Textor

Diablo 3 Review (PC) Evil has finally returned…. Should anyone care?

It’s been twelve long years since players were asked to defeat evil in Blizzard’s epic Diablo 2. After the years of clamoring for a third installment, players are once again called to defeat evil in the mysterious world of Sanctuary. Although the excitement for Diablo 3 has seemingly not diminished at all, it has met it’s share of skeptics, many calling the game out on it’s “colorful” visuals and it’s “overly simplified” skill system. Could these issues be enough to stop Diablo 3 from satisfying it’s adoring fans for over a decade as it’s predecessors have?

Jak HD Collection: Review

Naughty Dog has been creating quality games for the better part of it’s existence. With triple-A titles like Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted to it’s name, Naughty Dog has a gained a huge following, and is now a household name to gamers around the world. After four critically acclaimed Crash Bandicoot games for the PSone, and with a new console generation on the horizon, Naughty Dog decided it was time to work on a new, more ambitious title. In late 2001, the Jak and Daxter series was born. Players raved at the large open environment and the familiar, but clean  gameplay. After 10 years, Jak and Daxter (as well as it’s 2 sequels) has been given an HD makeover. With the game industry having transformed the platformer/shooter formula so much, has the Jak series held up well enough for players to care about more than it’s new coat of paint?

inFAMOUS (Retrospective Review)

In 1997, a little game developer called Sucker Punch Productions was founded. However, it wouldn’t be until September 23 of 2002 that they would create their first big hit, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Two sequels later, Sucker Punch decided to take on a drastically different, and much more ambitious title; inFAMOUS. Since then; Sucker Punch has released the sequel, creatively titled inFAMOUS 2. Does the original hold up well enough that players interested in the series should pick it up first?

LittleBigPlanet (Retrospective Review)

In 2007, Media Molecule gave people their first look at LittleBigPlanet, a game that showed as much promise as it did charm. Over the next year, the game was highly anticipated up until launch. People were mesmerized by it’s beautiful graphics and it’s then mind-boggling creation tools. LittleBigPlanet garnered critical acclaim, and for many was the main reason to buy a PS3. Nearly three years and one sequel later, has LittleBigPlanet withstood the test of time?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review (Xbox 360)

Since 1986, Bethesda has been working diligently to make games for people to enjoy. It wasn’t until 1994 however that they released their first real success; The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Since then The Elder Scrolls has gained a huge following and has sold more and more with each of it’s four direct sequels. Following in its predecessors footsteps, Skyrim attempts to be the next big thing. But can it possibly duplicate, or even expand on the sense of awe players experienced in past entries?