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.

Dec 162012
 

If you have not gotten a chance to dip your toe into the Just Dance gaming world, then Just Dance 4 is the pool for you. This hilariously fun and sweating-inducing dancing game takes challenging your friends to a dance-off to the next level. With over 40 new song tracks, the music is better than ever in Just Dance 4. Artists like Nicki Minaj, One Direction, and Punjabi step into the Just Dance 4 lineup, and there are some exclusive tracks reserved just for the Wii U gaming console including “Ain’t No Other Man” by The Girly Team and “Domino” by Jessie J. The newest version of the Just Dance games offers much more than new music. Spectacular changes in choreography make this dancing game much more challenging than its predecessors.

Just Dance 4 is rated E 10+ for Everyone ages ten and older. The game is not violent but does include some comic mischief that might be above the smaller children. Just Dance 4 offers a range of music including the oldies that everyone loves from the previous Just Dance games. You can rock your heart out to “The Final Countdown” or “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” With everything from top 40 hits to classic dance party songs, Just Dance 4 offers enough variety to please the adults and the children in your group.

Just Dance 4 also offers six rounds of Dance Battle Mode. This means you can challenge your friends to see who wins the dance-off by moving to all new choreography. New steps help to level the playing field, making this one of the best of the Just Dance series for newbies and veterans alike. Far from being less challenging than the previous titles, Just Dance 4 has really stepped it up in the steps department. In the Wii U version, a Puppet-Master mode allows the gamer holding the Wii U GamePad to change dance routines in mid-stride. This move forces the other dancers to get with the new choreography or get out of the game.

The Battle Mode and the Just Sweat It Out modes make Just Dance 4 more than simply a video game. Place the game in your gaming console and you have a fun workout companion that encourages plenty of sweating, dancing, jumping and fun. Just Dance 4’s Just Sweat It Out mode comes with a new calorie counter, live feedback, and even routines that you can personalize for your own fitness goals. Just Dance 4 is the perfect family dance game for adults and for children. The fun and the music will keep you coming back for more!

 

Dec 162012
 

Calling Mickey Mouse back through the mirror to Wasteland is probably the last thing that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit ever wanted to do. The Mad Doctor has returned to Wasteland, and even though he has promised to help clean up the mess caused by recent earthquakes, he seems to be making the mess worse instead. Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit team up once again in this newest adventure in the Disney Epic Mickey franchise;

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Far from being a simple rehashing of the original game, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is actually much more fun to play than the original version. With plenty of action and the inclusion of a second player, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is has succeeded in creating a magical universe that is waiting for you to power it.

Rated E for Everyone, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is an excellent choice in the family gaming genre. This action and adventure game allows for two players to cooperate in the battle against The Mad Doctor and his odd behavior. Mickey Mouse wields his magical paintbrush throughout the game while Oswald has a magical remote control at his disposal. New features include Oswald’s ability to fly by flapping his ears. Some of the features are unlocked only when Mickey and Oswald work together, giving the game a feeling of camaraderie that makes it most fun in cooperative mode.

Fans of the Disney theme park will appreciate the historical characters that pop in and out of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The familiar theme park rides and games are included in the background and add some spectacular eye candy. Some of the 2D levels offer puzzles and games not included in the original version of Disney Epic Mickey, so Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has plenty to offer to the experienced gamer as well as to the newbies. Although anything with Disney in the title seems to be designed for the children, many adults will love the references to forgotten Disney characters.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is family fun at its finest. From epic battles to epic characters, the Disney Epic Mickey franchise is one of those games that keeps you coming back for more. Whether in the single player mode or in cooperative mode, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has plenty to offer to the gamers in your family, regardless of their age or skill level.

Dec 162012
 

Nine games in to the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty:

Black Ops II really hits its stride. Set to release in December of 2012 for the Wii U platform, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is already gathering fans. Published by Activision and created by Treyarch, Call of Duty has some big power behind its name. The game has an updated 3D display option that gives it the awesome look of reality in high definition.

This first-person shooter game is designed to draw you into the game quickly, but offers some new skill-building techniques that were not available in previous versions. Combat Training mode gives new players a chance to gain those skills that will keep them alive when they are thrown into combat with those veteran players. Deathmatches and objective-based modes are also available in this newest version of the game, but once you reach level 10, you are no longer allowed Combat Training. The Combat Training mode will be a definite relief to those players who are completely new to the franchise.

Returning to the Call of Duty franchise are protagonists Alex and David Mason and veteran antagonist Raul Menendez. Players of previous Call of Duty games will be happy to see their favorite characters back for more bloody battles. The game features two story lines that are connected and span over 60 years. The story begins with a Special Forces unit that is led by David Mason that arrives at “The Vault” in 2025. Searching for Raul Menendez, David Mason is given a locket left behind by the villain. Play continues as the story flashes back to Alex Mason, David’s father, who retires from the military and lives in Alaska with a young David. Flashing between the two worlds, the plot allows the player to choose missions that cross the world. From Pakistan to the Cayman Islands, Call of Duty: Black Ops II offers brilliant backgrounds for the extreme action.

This game is definitely designed for the online player battles that have made Call of Duty famous. Gathering your friends for the optional Strike Missions makes the game so filled with variations that there are literally hundreds of hours that can be spent in company of the Masons. The game is intensely violent and as gore-filled as all of the previous eight versions, but Call of Duty: Black Ops II is also extremely plot driven. The game is designed to make a player think and choose rather than just maim and kill, although maiming and killing is encouraged. Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated M for Mature and is definitely a game for the grown-ups in the room. With violence, gore, drug use, strong language, and suggestive themes, this game is not for the faint of heart.

 

Dec 162012
 

Assassin’s Creed III allows you to enter the American Revolution as a Native American assassin trained in the coolest weapons imaginable in the 18th century. From the moment you pick up your tomahawk, the newest game in the Assassin’s Creed family is a dizzying adventure filled with epic battles. This unique and updated version of the much loved video game offers another glimpse into the ancestors that have created the ultimate assassin, Desmond Miles. You will get your chance to pilot either Miles or his Native American and English predecessor, Connor. Connor adds his unique skills to the Assassin’s Creed battlefield, but carries with him the weight of the impending loss of his tribe to either the colonies or the English as they struggle against each other for control of America.

Assassin’s Creed III is rated M for Mature and does possess that intense violence, strong language and sexual content that is found in the previous two games. The game has several new settings that incorporate the wilderness of the American frontier and the bustling city streets of the colonial settlements. Epic battles from the history books come to life when Connor encounters the forces of the Continental Army as it clashes with the British Army. The newest protagonist in the Assassin’s Creed trilogy comes with his own unique skill set that includes the ability to climb trees. Gamers will appreciate the fluidity of Connor’s movements as he scales a cliff or jumps from high tree branches. Moving from the frontier to Boston, Connor is able to summon a handy horse to carry him quickly from one area to the next.

Assassin training allows for stealth kills and hand-to-hand combat within the game. The cities of New York and Boston are extremely lively and filled with residents that create an interesting background. Connor is a skilled hunter and is able to stalk and slaughter small game for use as food, clothing and as trade items. Gathering tools like bows and arrows, hatchets and rifles make the game entertaining. Connor even gets his own ship to pilot. Using cannons on the ship, maritime battles add even another dimension to the already amazing variety in this game. Multiplayer options are available in Assassin’s Creed III, and the gaming is even more fun when played online. The giant variety of challenges presented in Assassin’s Creed III make this newest version of the game a brilliant addition to the trilogy. Veteran fans of the game will appreciate the wider range of skills available to the hero, and new fans will be enthralled with the action.

 

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