Dec 162012

The zombie apocalypse is here, and you are one of the few survivors left to battle the zombie horde. The crumbling city of London is wrapped in an eery fog and filled with flesh-eating zombies that crave fresh victims. From the chiming of Big Ben to the creepy silence of the city’s underground, London is no longer that picturesque city in the postcards. The secret society that is known as the Ravens of Dee work to gather the remaining survivors, and combat the zombie plague. A four hundred year old prophecy of death is fulfilled in 2012 and only the Ravens of Dee led by “The Prepper” have the knowledge to combat this terrible fate.

As a first person shooter game, ZombiU is one of those fantasies that cause you to shiver in your chair, makes your heart pound like a jackhammer, and forces you to look over your shoulder for zombies when you walk in the dark to your car. Left with just a “bug-out bag,” you have to keep your character alive while those vicious hordes of rotting humans search for living flesh to feast upon. Everything you need to fight the zombies is in your bag, but stopping to take a look inside makes you extremely vulnerable to attack. A single bite from a zombie can send your character to oblivion and will place you inside an entirely new character. This means that you lose your “bug-out bag” unless you have the guts to retrieve it from your previous character who is now a zombie. A shot of Virucide can spare the recently dead, but supplies are tough to come by in this game.

Created by Ubisoft Montpellier and originally formatted as Zombi, ZombiU is definitely a step up in the world of zombie shooter games. Rated M for Mature audiences, ZombiU has all of the blood and gore that you have come to expect from horror and survival games. Intense violence and strong language make this game one for the grownups in the room. If the walking dead are not enough to keep you playing, ZombiU also has some exceptional graphics and unexpected twists that will definitely add to the excitement. The layout is beautiful with London covered in a thick fog. Zombies seem to appear out of nowhere and attack so suddenly that the game becomes a rollercoaster of fear. Fighting to catch your breath, you can hear the zombie footsteps approaching your position. The streets of London look like war ravaged and the underground is filled with dark shadows waiting to drag you to your death. Hiding is not an option in ZombiU.

Dec 162012

Catering to the fighting game crowd, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U offers all of the bone crunching action that this title has become famous for with new characters, backgrounds and arenas. Start your journey in the Fight Lab where Violet is busy creating the perfect version of the “Combot.” With more attention paid to the plot than in previous Tekken Tournaments, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U offers fans more insight into the battle zone than ever before. Follow Violet and the Combot through the testing phase, and into the final battle against Jin in his dreaded Devil Form.

Fans of the Tekken Tag Tournament series of games will definitely appreciate the sheer volume of characters available in this game. Including 41 of the original playable characters in the arcade version gives this newest Tekken adventure the feel of a crowded amphitheater filled with deadly combatants armed and ready for battle. Arcade version is probably the most enjoyable portion of the game with plenty of updated character designs. Veteran players will love seeing the return of Michelle Chang, Armor King II, Nina Williams and Raven. Unlike previous versions of the game, now you will hear the native voices and languages of characters like Leo speaking German.

Rated E 10+ for Everyone ages 10 and older, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U offers an excellent mix of adventure and old-style brawling that has not been seen since Mortal Combat hit the arcades. The amazing variety of characters means that you will not get bored with your battles, and the online options allow for play against newbies and veterans alike. Moving from the battlefield to the laboratory, the storyline in Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U makes the characters much more believable. Everyone’s favorite Tag Team Play allows you to select characters and change them at any time during the fight. This means that you are able to rest a character to rebuild life while continuing the battle with another character.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U is primarily a tag-team battle game, so fans of the complicated story lines offered in other genres will probably feel like something is lacking. Veterans of the Tekken franchise will love the fact that you finally get some background on the important characters. Although there is plenty of violence, Tekken does deserve that E 10+ rating because there is very little gore. The Wii U edition of the game does not force you to get the Online Pass for game play, so this version of the game offers all of the action without any added purchases.

Dec 162012

There is never enough Sonic to go around. Since its release back in 1991, that familiar blue hedgehog has been speeding his way around the world and into our homes. From classic Sega games to the new Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition, Sonic is one of the most beloved of all video game characters. Now, Sonic’s racing series has a spectacular surprise for classic Sonic fans with the reintroduction of Metal Sonic. From speedy chases to surprising new characters, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition is definitely living up to the “bonus” in its title.

Sonic the Hedgehog is not the only character that you can pilot in this challenging racing game. In single player or multi-player modes, players are able to take control of 20 of the legendary All-Star racers including Doctor Eggman, Amy Rose, Shadow the Hedgehog, Metal Sonic, and MeeMee from Super Monkey Ball. Each character has its own vehicle. The vehicles are uniquely designed to transform as the race courses transform, changing from a car to a speedboat to an airplane in a furious flash. Each vehicle requires different skills to master, making the Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition one of the more difficult of the Sonic games.

With internal designs specific to the Wii U platform, the Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition offers some unique “Wii U” only items. There are included minigames plus the ability to create an adventure with up to five players through the Wii U Gamepad. The evolving nature of the game gives it some new excitement that has been lacking in a few of the previous Sonic releases. Over 15 race courses create a game that gives you plenty of playtime with a single player adventure mode that allows the unlocking of even more characters. Pick up a few stars along the way or show off your tricks, and you can fill your “All-Star” meter. Use the full meter to allow you to perform that “All-Star” maneuver at any point during the game.

The Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition is rated E 10+ for Everyone ages 10 and older. This game appeals to the lovers of racing games and the classic Sega game fans. Sonic is the perfect distraction after a hard day at school for the kids or a hard day at work for the parents. The sheer, joyful speed that comes with all of the Sonic racing games is refined in the Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition to create a fantastic adventure that everyone in your home will enjoy, no matter what their age.

Dec 162012

Collecting Starites has never been so much fun. The newest version of the Scribblenauts franchise, Scribblenauts Unlimited offers all of the game play that you have come to expect from this challenging puzzle game with a brand new open world for exploring. Begin the game as Maxwell, the well-known protagonist in the Scribblenauts series. Your mission is to solve puzzles, create objects and collect Starites. Scribblenauts Unlimited fills the holes in Maxwell’s back story by sharing the tale of his parents, his twin sister Lilly, and his magical (and extremely important) notebook. Fans of the Scribblenaut series will be happy to finally understand the origin of Maxwell’s 41 siblings. Aside from telling the story of Maxwell, Scribblenauts Unlimited offers the open world exploration that gamers have been craving from the puzzle genre.

The new Object Creator and Object Library allow players to create almost any object that can be imagined. Filled with hints and a fun Merit Board, Scribblenauts Unlimited is perfect for those players new to the Scribblenaut universe as well as returning gamers. Store your personal objects in Maxwell’s magical backpack or leave them in the Object Library for future use. This means that you do less scrambling for new objects and more exploring than in previous Scribblenauts games. Created by Warner Bros., the game is classified in the puzzle and action game genre. The two-player mode is cooperative, making this a great game for families with children who love to play together. Solving puzzles and exploring new worlds, including “cell” levels that are completely self-contained make the newest Scribblenauts game a bit more complicated than the previous versions. This change does create a longer game play than in previous Scribblenauts versions, so parents will be pleased.

Another fun item added to Scribblenauts Unlimited is the inclusion of cameos from Legend of Zelda and Mario Brothers. Gamers of all ages will appreciate the humor and the skill required to complete the new puzzle stages. Online sharing offers players a chance to pass equipment to friends across the Scribblenauts universe, allowing you to save your best equipment and share it with other players. Scribblenauts Universe is rated E 10+ for Everyone ages ten and over. The game is definitely on the short list to become a family favorite and has enough action and adventure to interest adults and older children as well as the preteens. Scribblenauts Unlimited is one of those very few games than can be described as “wholesome family fun for all ages” with a straight face. This newest version of the Scribblenauts adventure is everything you expected from Warner Bros.

Dec 162012

Do not buy Rayman Legends! This game is so addictive that there should be some sort of inoculation that you must get before purchasing the game. From hilariously quirky worlds to heart pounding action, Rayman Legends offers everything you could ever want in a video game plus some surreal backgrounds that make you stop, back up, and look again as you play. Literally jumping into the action makes Rayman Legends one of those games that sucks you into the gaming world and keeps you there effortlessly. This game is fun for the entire family, even the adults, and it is the perfect game to play with groups of friends and family. Up to five players can wander the Rayman Legends universe, and the movement in the game is seamless.

Veterans to the Rayman world will recognize Rayman, Globox, and the rest of the Teensies as soon as the game begins. Improved graphics and surreal 3D boss battles make Rayman Legends the stuff of legends in the gaming world. Enter the enchanted forest and discover a strange tent that is filled with extremely odd paintings. Once you take a closer look at the paintings, you are sucked into strange worlds filled with rocket-tossing enemies and lost Lums. Although there are no vampires or ghouls in the Rayman Legends world, there are plenty of battles to be fought. This game lets you jump, punch, swing, kick, and slap your way from world to world while collecting points in the form of Teensies. A new character named Barbara adds some quirky style to the Rayman world in this newest version of the game.

The world of Rayman Legends is both familiar and strange to the returning players of this title. With new music and scenery, it is good to see that the strangeness that makes Rayman games so much fun is still alive in this installment. Veteran players will not be at all surprised that the music is as freakishly catchy in this game as in the past versions. Underwater scenes, forests, and even some spooky medieval themes create a whole new ambiance in Rayman Legends that you will definitely appreciate. Step back through the paintings to gather your wits, and then return to the game to rescue or release more trapped Teensies. From the silliness to the amazing adventure, Rayman Legends is one of those games that you never truly finish playing. Rated RP for Rating Pending, this game is likely to be a hit with all of the gamers in your family, regardless of their age. Rayman Legends is dangerously fun!


Dec 162012

The Raving Rabbids video game series is hilariously fun to play. These giant and really crazy rabbits head into a theme park where they begin taking over the entire park. Rated E for Everyone, those insane rabbits are so much fun to watch that it is even worth losing the challenges to see their reactions. From shrieking screams to crossed eyes, losing the battle is rewarded with bunny antics that will make you laugh until your sides ache. The theme park is filled with rides, restaurants, and games overrun by rabbits that are not bright enough to operate the controls, but are just crazy enough to try.

The Raving Rabbids video game series is a spinoff of the Rayman games. Lovers of surreal video games will be familiar with the eerie backgrounds and ever-changing hilarity of the Rayman style. Rabbids Land offers all of the adventure and silliness of this beloved series of games with new twists that are built to include up to four players at a time. The sheer lunacy of the theme park invasion will have you jumping and screaming at those nutty rabbits while you try to escape the big boss encounters. The Wii U component allows you to play the entire game on the GamePad rather than on the television if you prefer this mode.

Rabbids Land is one of those games that is both hilarious and exciting. This makes the game an uncommon treasure in the gaming world. Rated E for Everyone, Rabbids Land does not have the spooky feel of the Rayman series, making it perfect for the younger children in the family as well as the adults who appreciate clean fun. Without any real violence, the Rabbids Land game is perfect for adventuring through a rainy afternoon. Watching those insane bunnies stomp their way through the theme park is hilarious, but just wait until they get to the restaurants! From the Tunnel of Love to the Princess Castle, no theme park area or ride is safe from the antics. The Haunted House and the roller coaster turn the tables on the bunnies, making the park one of the best innovations in the Rabbid gaming world.

Fans of the Raving Rabbids games will appreciate the updated graphics and the new control system in the Wii U version of the game. This version is much more fun to play with a larger group of people, and it offers some unique challenges in the puzzle mode. Rabbids Land is more than an updated version of the old Raving Rabbids games, so veteran players will be as delighted with the game as the new fans.

Dec 162012

Who has not imagined visiting a theme park based on their favorite video game? Picture that theme park filled with rides, games, and your favorite Nintendo characters. Now picture the game in your hand as you are leaving the store. Nintendo Land is the theme park that you have always imagined. The Nintendo Land game is like walking through the theme park and getting a chance to try each game with an “all access” free pass. This game is designed entirely to showcase the amazing game play that is available on the Wii U, and it definitely hits its mark.

With 12 minigames included in this game pack, Nintendo Land is filled with fun and surprises. Set in a carnival atmosphere, the game begins with the virtual theme plaza and allows you to walk through the park with your Mii character. Fans of the Nintendo game franchises will get a chance to hang out with all of their favorite Nintendo characters, and will get a taste of those classic games. Nintendo Land is divided into three styles of gaming that include solo play, team attractions and competitive attractions. Within these three styles are the actual minigames that are available for play. Among the minigames are Metroid Blast, Mario Chase, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, Animal Crossing, and even Yoshi’s Fruit Cart. If those were not enough to get your attention, PikMin Adventure and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion are also included in Nintendo Land. To top off the fun, Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest is a challenging addition to the Nintendo Land universe and allows for five person play. Gamers who live for the Legend of Zelda will love this mini version of the game, making Nintendo Land well worth its price.

Rated E for Everyone, Nintendo Land is in the party game genre. This means that the fun can begin with just one person and include up to five people. Using the Wii Nunchucks and the Wii U Gamepad, players will appreciate the cooperative modes and will love the competitive modes. Multi-player modes do require the purchase of Wii accessories like the extra Wii Nunchucks. Nintendo Land is colorful, bright, and filled with classic Nintendo characters. The lively music and exciting game play make this game one of the best options for families with children of varied ages. Even adults will enjoy the trip back into Nintendo classics like Metroid. Five person play means that there is room for the entire family in Nintendo Land. The game offers wholesome family fun with enough variety to make it entertaining for everyone in the family.

Dec 162012

In the genre that includes action and adventure games, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is going to be difficult to beat. With his lightening fast reflexes and talent for causing pain to his enemies, Ryu Hyabusa makes other action heroes scramble for their utility belts. Building on the two previous Ninja Gaiden games, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge offers all of the blood, gore, action, and combat that you expect from the franchise with more depth to the characters than ever before. Gain some insight into Ryu Hyabusa’s humanity while you marvel at his swordsmanship. Unlike the previous games in this series, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge gives you more actual story to accompany the action.

Taking place in London, Ryu Hyabusa travels to the Prime Minister’s home where he is cursed with the violent “Grip of Death.” Feeding on the deaths of his enemies, the curse will kill Ryu if he does not comply with its directive. The action is intense and bloody as Ryu moves from London to the Rub’ al Khali desert where he faces the “Regent of the Mask.” Big boss battles and plenty of suspense make Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge the best of the Ninja Gaiden games so far. This version has updated graphics that bring you so close to the gore that you can hear the blood drip from the tip of Ryu’s sword.

Rated M for Mature, this game is not for the kids in the family. Even adults will be surprised at the sheer quantity and quality of the blood and gore in this new adventure. From severed heads to disemboweled torsos, there is nothing left to the imagination when it comes to gory battle scenes. Ryu Hyabusa is an action hero for the veteran gamer and for newbies to this franchise because of his extreme skill with his weapons. Fighting against his enemies, Ryu makes you look good on those controls. With additional options for the Wii U Gamepad, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is well worth its price tag.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a single player game that offers multiplayer options in its online version. Since Ryu is a solitary man, this makes sense as far as game play. Depending on your tolerance for hack and slash gore, you will appreciate the upgraded graphics and improved sound in this newest version of the game. Although reviews of its first release were mixed, the Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge version for Wii U promises to be a spectacular experience in action and adventure gaming that fans of the franchise will not want to miss.

Dec 162012

Inspired by the “Secret Invasion” storyline, the Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth video game is a spectacular addition to the Marvel universe and to your gaming collection. Rated Teen for older children, this games offers everything you have come to love from the Marvel gaming collections plus a huge lineup of characters that are unique in their super powers and their talents. Included in the list are Doctor Doom, Black Widow, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Spider-man, and even Magneto. Each character offers four super powers with new attack modes and challenging velocity boosts, frenzies, and breakers.

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth takes place across many exciting backgrounds from sprawling city landscapes to tree lined residential areas. The backdrops are new and exciting, making this game one of the more entertaining of the Marvel superhero titles. Battling to save the world from veteran enemies is not the only option in Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth. You can even settle those arguments regarding which Marvel character is the strongest when you battle hero against hero in Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth. Do you think that the Hulk can take down Captain America? You can find out in this Avenger’s game!

The premise of the story pits the Marvel Avengers against alien enemies called the Skrulls. Each superhero offers his or her own unique advantages in the battle against evil. You take control of your favorite character, and you have the option of using several modes of game play. Work against the AI to save the Earth, or battle it out in cooperative play with your friends. When you are tired of working together, step into the Battle Mode to play hero against hero. Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth is an excellent addition to any superhero loving gamer’s collection. Classic heroes like Captain America and Hulk will appeal to the veteran Marvel gamer in your home while also creating new fans in your family.

Whether you love the cooperative play, the challenges, the tournament play, or the arcade mode, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth offers enough options that everyone will be entertained. The huge variety of characters available for game play make this one of the biggest games in the Marvel universe in terms of sheer choices to be made. From Thor to Iron Man, every classic Marvel hero that you can imagine is ready to battle the forces of evil in Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth. Take control of your favorite hero or villain and get to work saving the planet from evil! Once again, Marvel games create good, clean fun for the family.

Dec 162012

Madden NFL 13 is the newest venture in football gaming by Electronic Arts. The much anticipated Infinity Engine gives this updated version of the classic Madden football game a feel like no other gaming experience on the market today. With five different modes of play plus the return of voicing by Phil Simms and Jim Nantz, Madden NFL 13 is the Madden football game that football fanatics have been begging for all year long.

Madden NFL 13 offers game play that includes the new pass-ready systems that improve passing play action. This completely redesigned pass gives gamers the feel of controlling all of the passing action without the delays that obstruct realism in the game. New in-game transitions and a live ticker during game play make the Madden NFL 13 game look like more like a Sunday afternoon at the stadium than a Wii U experience. Available on a variety of platforms, Madden NFL 13 also has a social application for Facebook.

Included in the game is Madden Crossfire. This mode allows players to compete against each other in a turn-based game. Working entirely on the offensive side of the action, you do not have spend any time running your defense. This mode is a blast, and it brings competitive team sports right into your living room. Switch to the Free to Play mode and you can start with a fully designed NFL team. Make your plays and win some games, and you can gather coins for use in the NFL Auction House. Purchase your favorite players, and design the team of your dreams for your next game. The Auction House allows you to build your team by either selling or buying players, and it gives you the chance to increase your team management skills.

Scoring comes up on your live ticker while commentators in the 3D announcer’s booth call the plays. Football action is so real that you can feel the impacts and hear the bones crunching. The inclusion of real NFL teams makes the Madden NFL 13 experience one that is as unforgettable as it is realistic. Hardcore football fans will appreciate the gaming improvements in this latest version of the Madden NFL franchise. While game play is best in the multiplayer mode, there are excellent options for team building and management in single player mode as well. Madden NFL 13 is rated E for Everyone, but is probably a little complicated for the younger children. Adults will have a spectacular time designing their perfect NFL teams while competing against each other on the journey to become the best in Madden NFL 13.

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