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Mars Matrix
Mars Matrix
3 used & new from $92.88

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Many Reasons the Dreamcast Stays Connected to My Television, November 26, 2014
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This review is from: Mars Matrix (Video Game)
Not only is Mars Matrix one of the best vertical scrolling STGs on the Dreamcast, it's one of the best on any system. As someone who likes a healthy challenge, even I struggled to make it through this game until I practiced and got used to the game's systems and how it's supposed to be played.

IMO, Mars Matrix surpasses both Gigawing and Gigawing 2, the two other STGs Takumi created for the Dreamcast. It's a more polished game with better gameplay systems.

As for how this game holds up, I think it does incredibly well. Of course it's a vertical scrolling STG and thus isn't going to offer the cutting edge even when it originally released, but it does look great for the genre it's in.

If you're looking for an excellent STG to add to your Dreamcast collection, Mars Matrix is one of the rare STGs that never released for any other game consoles and should be a great addition to your library. It may not be cheap, but it is worth every penny if you love the genre.

Xbox 360 4GB
Xbox 360 4GB
Offered by TECHarvard (Choose Two-Day Shipping for Delivery before Xmas!)
Price: $173.80
216 used & new from $131.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the Definitive Version, November 21, 2014
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This review is from: Xbox 360 4GB (Video Game)
The Xbox 360 E model is small, reliable, and it looks great. Sporting a 4GB hard drive, you'll definitely want to upgrade, but that can be done on the cheap with third party options. It's also the quietest Xbox 360 available, stays relatively cool even when running games from disc, and seems like a console that'll last you for a very long time.

Escape Dead Island - Xbox 360
Escape Dead Island - Xbox 360
Price: $29.99
32 used & new from $17.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I expected a cash-in but instead was pleasantly surprised, November 19, 2014
Pretty underrated game. Gameplay is more action adventure, story is better than previous Dead Island's, and graphics resemble the game XIII on the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube. It's a bit rough in areas, not the prettiest game you'll ever play, but it's got a really stylized comic book look, fun gameplay, the story is interesting since it's more psychological, albeit a bit cheesy, and it's got a bit of a Metroidvania thing going on with its implementation of exploration and revisiting areas once you have the right tools.

If you can still enjoy older games during the PS2/Xbox/Gamecube era, I think you'll really enjoy this. It's not perfect, but it's a really enjoyable budget title. The controls and graphics all harken back to that generation. But if you want something cutting edge, Escape Dead Island doesn't offer that.
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DriveClub (PlayStation 4)
DriveClub (PlayStation 4)
Price: $34.99
56 used & new from $30.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I rented, November 13, 2014
DriveClub had potential to be a fun racing game. I enjoyed Evolution's Motorstorm and Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, so I wanted to check this game out despite the pretty poor reviews. While the graphics are stunning, and the lighting is some of the best I've seen in a game, the driving doesn't feel satisfying at all.

First and foremost, this isn't a sim racer, so I won't judge it as such, but it also doesn't feel enjoyable like arcade racers. It's a mix of a little bit of sim and a little bit of arcade without dedicating itself to either style and it ends up feeling flat and unsatisfying because of that.

Secondly, this game has so many issues with its netcode. I'm shocked that this game still hasn't been fixed yet. I was going to wait longer to buy it in hopes that it would be fixed, but I saw it at Family Video to rent and decided that I'd give it a go, and it's still not fixed.

Lastly, the A.I. is laughably bad and unacceptable for a 2014 racing game. The cars have a path like old racing games, so it never feels like you're racing an intelligent opponent.

DriveClub should've been delayed a few more months to iron out the kinks, but it wasn't and we're a month after its launch and it's still broken.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Price: $44.99
90 used & new from $39.77

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo is back and better than ever, November 13, 2014
This is without a doubt one of the absolute best values in gaming. You get 4 of the greatest games ever, 3 of them remastered in 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, 1 of them receiving a brand new graphical overhaul via the Anniversary treatment, in addition to over 100 multiplayer and co-op maps all with their original multiplayer intact, all running on their own engines.

All of the games look great, play wonderfully, and continue to be 4 of the best sci-fi first-person shooters that money can buy.

While I had issues with the game yesterday, I did get into a bunch of games tonight, so the servers seem to be improving.

Thank you Microsoft and 343 for this wonderful celebration of one of gaming's greatest franchises.

Knack (PlayStation 4)
Knack (PlayStation 4)
Price: $29.99
114 used & new from $19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Offering for PS4 Owners Looking for a Throwback, November 11, 2014
This review is from: Knack (PlayStation 4) (Video Game)
Knack may not be the greatest game ever, it may be repetitive, and the Knack character may not be the most memorable mascot, but what Knack does offer is a fun, albeit slightly above average, beat 'em up/platforming romp that both young kids and adults who grew up with games like this can enjoy.

I recently played through Knack for a third time and my kid enjoyed watching the cutscenes. That said, the gameplay can be very challenging for young kids, but it can be pretty rewarding for us grown ups. :)

Knack is a weird game. It's nothing special and yet solid and enjoyable. Definitely worth picking up on the cheap. I overpaid for it, IMO, but I've still enjoyed my time with it despite its issues.

Sunset Overdrive Day One Edition - Xbox One
Sunset Overdrive Day One Edition - Xbox One
Offered by NextGenStore
Price: $49.49
64 used & new from $29.99

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Open World Game to Date, October 29, 2014
Sunset Overdrive comes from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games, known best for their work on blockbuster franchises like Spyro on the Playstation, Ratchet & Clank on the Playstation 2 and Playstation 3, and Resistance on the Playstation 3. While they did develop a multiplatform game called Fuse, which frankly didn't do very well, Insomniac Games is back to prove their worth with Sunset Overdrive, and that's exactly what they do.

Sunset Overdrive is an open world game at heart, so there's a little bit of Crackdown, a little bit of Infamous, etc., but Sunset Overdrive is still very much its own beast. Sunset Overdrive combines the graphical style of Crackdown, the action of Crackdown and Infamous, then adds in world traversal akin to the "extreme sports" games from prior console generations like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Jet Set Radio. Make no mistake, this is an open world action game first and foremost, but it has a dense city that is almost like a jungle gym just to have fun in when you are wall-running, grinding on rails, flipping around poles, bouncing on cars, vents and other objects, to traverse this large and colorful sandbox.

In addition to the fun gameplay and world, there's a humorous and enjoyable story. The story is fun and fitting of the setting.

There's also co-op included but I've yet to play it so I'll hold off on that for the moment.

As an owner of the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U, Sunset Overdrive is my favorite exclusive game of 2014 right alongside Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U. While some games are hyped to the moon and don't deliver, these two games prove that fun trumps everything in the end. Oh, and it's nice to have games that are colorful again.

PS: There are profanity and gore filters if you want to censor it for someone who is of a younger age.

Xbox 360 Black Play and Charge Kit
Xbox 360 Black Play and Charge Kit
Price: $14.99
73 used & new from $0.62

1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away, October 25, 2014
This is a truly terrible accessory. I put 8-10 hours into the battery and it has already stopped charging. I originally thought it was the cable, but it was not. I thought, "Hey, this is an official product and should be better than the poorly made batteries from China," but it is not.

Even when it did work, it was pretty wacky in how it charged. It would show one bar charged, then 3 bars 2 minutes later, then 4 bars 2 minutes after that, like it was fully charged in a matter of minutes.

You've been warned.

Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack - Xbox One
Killer Instinct Combo Breaker Pack - Xbox One
Price: $19.99
24 used & new from $14.99

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Physical Release of This Awesome Game, September 24, 2014
As a sucker for physical media, I was really, realllly hoping that Killer Instinct would one day be released on disc, and that day is finally here!

First and foremost, this is just the Combo Breaker Pack as it states on the box, so you won't be getting the extra costumes, KI Classic, etc. with this. I kinda wish they would've put KI Classic on the disc and charged $10 more, but that ship has sailed.

What is here, however, is the great Killer Instinct reboot from Xbox One's launch in 2013. You'll receive all of the content that the Combo Breaker Pack would net you if you were to purchase it digitally, but now you get to have it on a disc for those of us who like to collect games or just have physical media. Since I own every Killer Instinct on physical media, I was happy to buy this one (purchased from Best Buy).

If you already have the game digitally, don't care about having it on a disc, and don't care for having TJ Combo in the Season 1 game, then you should probably pass on this. Now if you haven't played this game yet, what in the world are you waiting for? This is one of the better fighters out there. It's $20. Just do it. And if you like it a lot, Season Two can be played digitally on the Xbox One, or you could wait for it to get a physical release.

Anyways, this game is fantastic, and I wholeheartedly recommend playing it.

Risen 3: Titan Lords - PlayStation 3
Risen 3: Titan Lords - PlayStation 3
Offered by G.T.C._E-town
Price: $24.89
39 used & new from $23.50

14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Risen Yet; Pay No Mind to the Naysayers, August 13, 2014
Risen 3: Titan Lords is the latest release in the Risen series developed by Piranha Bytes, a spiritual successor to their Gothic series of games. Risen and Risen 2 were both enjoyable RPG offerings, both packed with a ton of content and a lot of depth for RPG purists to sink their teeth into, and Risen 3: Titan Lords is no different.

Actually, this game is everything that Risen is all about, so fans of both Risen and Gothic should be pleased, but now it's even better because the combat is vastly superior to the other two, now offering a roll mechanic which means you no longer have to stand around in combat and wait for the enemy to attack you. The combat is more fluid and makes for a better gameplay experience.

As for graphics, it's not going to blow your socks off. This is a small studio that makes these games, so they don't have an EA or Bethesda budget to work with. These are dated graphics, but they also look very nice at times. The most important aspect in Risen games is the attention to detail. While Piranha Bytes doesn't have the big studio or big budget to make graphics like the big boys and girls of the gaming world, they do create hand-crafted worlds chock full of little details, and nothing is essentially copy & pasted. It's all designed with love by the small team, allowing for worlds that feel alive, full of ambient and immersive settings.

If you need cutting edge graphics, can't deal with rough edges, then this game is NOT for you. However, if you are a person who enjoys games for depth, immersion, role-play mechanics, etc., then this IS a game for you.

Like I said, it's rough around the edges, but a 5/5 means "I Love It," and that's exactly how I feel about Risen 3: Titan Lords. Shallow people who only play it for 20 minutes and go, "OMG, crap graphics," simply won't get it, but those of us who aren't knee-jerk people who can appreciate more to our games, certainly will.

Disclosure: Xbox 360 version played; may have small differences on other platforms.
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