Weekly Wrap-Up 6/3/11
E3 is almost upon us, but before we get to one of the biggest industry events in gaming, let's take a look back at highlights from throughout the week. Reviews, top fives, and some E3 predictions round out the past seven days in this edition of GameZone's Weekly Wrap-Up.
Don't call it Minecraft 2D. Terraria is in a league of its own, and this stellar indie game manages to combine solid action-adventure gameplay with sandbox elements to make it feel like a complete package. Check out our in-depth review to see why you should be playing Terraria.
An awesome name isn't the only good thing going for Destructopus. This side-scrolling iPhone game is actually pretty cool overall, allowing players to destroy environments in stylish-looking levels. The game isn't without its flaws, namely repetitive stages and gameplay. But if you have an iPhone and want some quirky fun, you can't go wrong with Destructopus. Check out GameZone's full review for more on the game.
Golden Axe III Review
Sega continues to port classic games to iOS platforms, and while there is certainly a level of retro charm here, is this a bad move on the part of the famed publisher? GameZone delivers the goods on Golden Axe III for the iPhone and tells you whether or not this is the nostalgic trip mobile gamers have been waiting for.
Sega Rally Online Arcade Review
Sega's been talking about it for some time now, and we give you the skinny on Sega Rally Online Arcade, a downloadable racer that adds online features to a classic series. How does the game fare? Does it rely too much on its legacy for its own good? Or is this a great download for racing game fans? Find out in GameZone's Sega Rally Online Arcade review.
Another fitness game hits the Wii, but is it worth buying, especially for gamers who already own fitness games on Nintendo's shiny console? We take a look at Exerbeat and let you know whether this is the next big title for Wii-owning fitness nuts. Check out our review of Exerbeat. Don't worry, you won't break a sweat by giving it a read.
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale Review
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale certainly looked promising in the time leading up to its release. Now that the game has launched, just how does it stack up? GameZone invites you to check out the full review of Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale to see if this title is worth your time, money, and effort.
Red Faction: Armageddon Review
The Red Faction series has slowly gone from an open first-person shooter franchise to a linear third-person action experience. Does this change hinder the latest entry in the series? Or does it make Red Faction: Armageddon both more accessible and enjoyable? Check out our detailed review of the latest entry in the Red Faction series to find out.
Inside a Star-Filled Sky Review
At first glance, Inside a Star-Filled Sky may look like a standard shmup, but once you get into it, you'll discover an intriguing hook. What if you could enter enemies, power-ups, and even yourself and find new levels within? This indie title allows you to do just that. Is this unique element enough to make Inside a Star-Filled Sky a standout shooter? Find out in our in-depth review.
Mighty Fin Review
Games like Convergence and Soul Brother have proven that you can have a stellar gaming experience that doesn't last 40 hours like many of today's mainstream games. Mighty Fin looks to follow that same model. It's not very long, but it is certainly stylish, and its gameplay is most definitely notable. If you game primarily on your iPhone, check out GameZone's review of Mighty Fin and see why you should download this game.
The First Templar Review
The First Templar promised a compelling story, solid gameplay, and enjoyable co-op for two players. Does it deliver on all fronts? Or is this title sorely lacking due to misguided direction? GameZone reviews The First Templar and gives you an in-depth look at this action-adventure title.
Red Faction: Origins Review
THQ partners up with SyFy and delivers a film based on the Red Faction series. How does this unlikely partnership fare? Is Red Faction: Origins a solid science fiction adventure? Or will fans of the series be disappointed by this film adaptation? We take a look at THQ and SyFy's brainchild in our full review of the film.
Sam Hulick: Composer for the Stars
Behind every great is a great soundtrack (most of the time). Making the perfect soundtrack that fits with a game is hard work, especially when you're working with a stellar series such as Mass Effect. GameZone talks to Sam Hulick, composer for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. Check out this exclusive interview to learn about the difficulties, steps, and inspirations of this creative musical mind.
Pirates of the Black Cove Dev Diary #3: Character Profiles
GameZone continues its coverage of Pirates of the Black Cove with the latest in our exclusive Dev Diary series. This time, we give you the facts on the game's characters with detailed profile bios and concise stats. Check out the latest entry of Pirates of the Black Cove Dev Diary to learn more about the colorful cast in this pirate adventure.
Top Five Handhelds of All Time
For years, gamers on the go have relied on portable systems to meet their video game playing needs. However, handheld platforms have proven to be capable gaming machines even when gamers are in the comfort of their own home. Regardless of whether you play video games on handhelds at home or when you're away, everyone has their favorites. Here are GameZone's top five handhelds of all time.
Top Five Gaming Snacks
Chips are too greasy. Pizza is too sloppy. And spaghetti is, well, too formal. When you're taking down baddies or solving puzzles, a good snack is sure to tide you over until dinner. GameZone lists the top five snacks that gamers can indulge in without being hindered during long play sessions.
E3 2011 Anticipation: Kinect and Xbox 360
What does Microsoft have planned for Xbox 360 and Kinect at this year's E3? We're not 100 percent sure, but we can make a few educated guesses, right? Check out GameZone's E3 predictions for Microsoft to see what we think and hope we'll see at this year's big event in Los Angeles.
E3 2011 Anticipation: EA, Capcom, Konami, and Activision
We're really excited to see what the top players of the gaming industry have in store when E3 rolls by next week. GameZone makes predictions for A-list publishers EA, Capcom, Konami, and Activision. We're really hoping for some major reveals, or at the very least, a few impressive trailers for upcoming games.
E3 2011 Anticipation: Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Warner Bros., and Disney
Expect some big surprises from publishers and developers the likes of Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Warner Bros. and Disney. What games, reveals, and footage can we hope to see from these companies? We give you our predictions on what Namco Bandai, Square Enix, Warner Bros., and Disney will bring to the table come E3.
Dead Island 20-Minute Gameplay Trailer
Dead Island looks to provide a visceral first-person survival horror experience when it launches on consoles. Want to see how the game looks in action? Check out this 20-minute video chock full of gameplay footage. What do you think of the game so far?
Tomb Raider Turning Point Debut Trailer
Tomb Raider has been around for a long time. And while it has certainly been a formidable action-adventure franchise, a bit of a change has been necessary for the past couple of years. Check out the game's debut trailer, and see just why we're super excited to see how the game turns out when it launches.
Big in Japan - Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special
GameZone's Richard Eisenbeis continues his look at the storied career of Suda51. In this installment of Big in Japan, Richard showcases Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special for the Super Famicom. Just how awesome is the game, and how does Suda51 manage to put his signature dark humor into a wrestling game? The answer is simple: death everywhere.