It has been a long time coming, but South Park: The Stick of Truth has totally been worth the wait. With a visual style that looks exactly like an episode of the show, fantastic voice work and music, and an over-the-top brand of humor that will shock and offend you, but mostly just make you laugh, it is a dream come true-type of game for South Park fans. The actual RPG gameplay isn't perfect, but it never gets in the way of the story or the humor, which are the more important parts of this adventure. See our full South Park: The Stick of Truth review for all of the details.
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Well look at that. Turning Plants vs. Zombies into a multiplayer shooter wasn't as dumb of an idea as everyone thought when it was first announced. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is surprisingly competent as a TPS, but also manages to retain the humor and personality of the PvZ franchise to create an online multiplayer game that doesn't have to be all serious and "hardcore" like a lot of the other offerings on Xbox Live. Our full review of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, including comparisons between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of the game, is at the link below.
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It wasn't a very good sign for the new Thief game that the only thing I could think about while playing it was how much more enjoyable Dishonored was and how much better it did pretty much everything. Thief does get one thing just about perfect - stealing everything in sight and sneaking away on silent cat feet is a blast - but falters in so many fundamental areas that it is hard to fully enjoy. Our full Thief review has more.
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The first Lords of Shadow put its own distinct twist on Castlevania and created a series that should have been able to stand on its own. That didn't happen, though, and whether through meddling from Konami or lack of confidence in its own vision, Mercury Steam's subsequent entries - Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2 - ended up being muddled messes of trying to mix the new style of Lords of Shadow with the tried and true Castlevania formula that just didn't really work right in the end. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 isn't what Lords of Shadow fans wanted, nor is it what Castlevania die-hards really wanted it to be either. See our full review for more.
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Oh Double Helix. If I had known you had great games like Killer Instinct and Strider in you I would have followed you a lot more closely before. But now Amazon has bought you up so who knows what you'll end up doing in the future. All I can do for now is shout from the rooftops how fantastic your Strider update is and tell people they should play it on Xbox One and / or Xbox 360.
If you're looking for a new Metroidvania-style 2D action platformer, the new Strider is worth a look. Our full review has all of the details.
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The giant bugs and invading aliens in their cool looking silver ships are back in Earth Defense Force 2025, and it is up to you go kill them all. The EDF series has never been known for particularly good presentation or even especially good gameplay, but its full commitment to b-movie sci-fi tropes and the sheer joy of killing lots of giant enemies has won it a lot of fans. Earth Defense Force 2025 follows that same formula, which means it isn't a great game by any means, but you'll still have a lot of fun playing it. Our full review has all of the details.
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After four games of developer Eutechnyx's (now ETX Racing) brand of NASCAR racing, we're noticing some patterns. The on-track gameplay keeps making minor improvements, but is still flawed, and the features list keeps inching toward maybe half of what EA's NASCAR games offered a decade ago. The foundation is clearly there in these games for them to be good, but it just hasn't happened yet. NASCAR '14 isn't a bad game, but it isn't the step forward the series needed to take, either. Check out our review for more.
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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition brings the free-to-play multiplayer WWII tank shooter to XBLA and it is a welcome shot of fresh air to the increasingly stagnant online shooter genre that dominates Xbox Live. The pacing, progression, and even how you advance from match to match are totally unlike anything else on X360. Don't let the free-to-play label scare you away, either, as it is handled incredibly well in World of Tanks. We have all of the details here in our full review.
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It was a pleasant surprise when Ubisoft announced it was bringing Rayman Legends to Xbox One and PS4, but we weren't sure how they could really improve it from the past-gen versions. Rayman Legends was one of our absolute favorite games of 2013, after all, and we considered it darn near perfect. How does the Xbox One version stack up? See our updated Rayman Legends review with info on the Xbox One version at the link.
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"The LEGO Movie" is a smash success in theaters and Traveller's Tales videogame version is just as funny and charming on Xbox 360. The LEGO Movie Videogame plays great, is hilariously funny, and looks and sounds just like the movie, but its biggest accomplishment is that it is one of the best truly kid-friendly LEGO games to come out in quite a while. That doesn't mean adults won't have a great time with it, but kids should be able to play through without any trouble as well, something we haven't said about many LEGO games lately. See our full review for more on The LEGO Movie Videogame.
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