Weekly Wrap-Up 5/20/11

Happy Friday, GameZone readers! We really hope none of you are buying into that whole Judgement Day nonsense that's literally causing some individuals to say their farewells to all of their loved ones. Instead, we hope you're looking forward to the weekend, so you can get some good gaming done. That said, let's move on to GameZone's Weekly Wrap-Up!

Yoostar 2 Review

Though it certainly presents a strong premise for the party game crowd, Yoostar 2 ultimately leaves a lot to be desired. The actual movie sections are far too brief, and without much long-lasting appeal, this title definitely seems like the groundwork for something that can be special somewhere down the line. Check out GameZone's full review for a closer look at Yoostar 2, and decide for yourself if this title is worth bringing out at parties.

MX vs. ATV: Alive Review

THQ has begun putting a new hybrid pricing model into practice, and they've started to do so with MX vs. ATV: Alive. The game features plenty of tracks, single-player, and multiplayer, but a lot of its content will be released as DLC at a later date. Despite the fact that this title is missing some of its content, MX vs. ATV: Alive is still a fun racing game that's fast-paced, intuitive, and rewarding. For more on the game, check out our review.

Dash Race Review

Dash Race brings racing to the iPhone, but it does so in a unique manner. By presenting a spin on the standard racing genre, this mobile game certainly deserves some credit for originality. But is this game for everyone? Or should only those gamers with distinct tastes download Dash Race for their iPhone? Check out the full review to find out.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Review

Disney and LEGO team up with Traveller's Tales to bring you the latest game in the charming LEGO franchise. How does LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean fare? And does it carry enough of the charm from the films to provide an experience that's rewarding to both fans of the LEGO games and the Pirates franchise? For a detailed look at LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, check out GameZone's full review.

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword Review

Based on the work of Polish author Henry Seinkiewicz, Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword provides gamers with an enthralling historically themed RPG. It may be a bit complex for gamers who prefer the more traditional RPGs such as Final Fantasy and Persona, but the gameplay in Mount & Blade is solid and enjoyable. Check out GameZone's comprehensive review for more on this compelling RPG.

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury

Though the Bangai-O franchise is fairly obscure, the latest entry in the franchise goes full force and offers a vastly rewarding shooter experience. Bangai-O: Missile Fury is a colorful, complex, and awesome shooter that gamers can easily get lost in. To learn why you should be playing this insanely rewarding game, check out our Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury review.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Movie Review

Unlike its LEGO video game counterpart, the latest Pirates film isn't all that great. Though stubborn loyalists may disagree, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides isn't the best movie in the series, and it doesn't offer anything that we haven't already seen before. If you're wondering whether you should shell out the cash to watch On Stranger Tides now or wait to rent it from Netflix, check out GameZone's in-depth review of the film.

Dead Island Preview

GameZone's Ben PerLee gets some hands-on time with the upcoming first-person zombie-fest Dead Island. So far, the game looks to provide countless thrills for fans of the undead. If you want to know more about this promising game, don't miss out on GameZone's hands-on Dead Island preview.

Resident Evil Needs to Be Scary Again

Remember when Resident Evil used to be scary? Yeah, so do we, and quite frankly, we really miss it. Over the past several years, Capcom has moved away from the survival horror gameplay that put the series on the map and steered toward third-person shooter territory. Check out Resident Evil Needs to Be Scary Again and see just why the folks over at Capcom need to take the series back to its roots.

Taking Off NCsoft's Latest Updates to Aion and City of Heroes

NCsoft is updating Aion and City of Heroes in an attempt to make both titles more playable and reach out to a wider fan base. Do these updates bring enough substantial improvements to make them worth checking out? Read our impressions on both of these games to see if you should be interested in playing Aion and City of Heroes.

Summer Line-Up from NIS

NIS is looking to make this a summer of big releases. GameZone takes a look at five of the company's upcoming titles and gives you the skinny on each. Between the new Cladun title and Cave Story 3D, you can bet we're really looking forward to what NIS has planned for the near future. Summer couldn't come soon enough!

Interview with Derek Paxton and Jon Schafer of Fallen Enchantress

GameZone talks to two of the designers working on Elemental: Fallen Enchantress. What differentiates this title from its predecessor? What features will the game offer? And why should gamers be interested in this upcoming RPG? To read up on Elemental: Fallen Enchantress and get a close glimpse at the behind-the-scenes work involved, check out GameZone's interview with Derek Paxton and Jon Schafer.

Robb Rinard of 2XL Games on Jeremy McGrath's Offroad

2XL Creative Director Robb Rinard discusses the company's upcoming title with GameZone in an exclusive interview. How is this off-road racer, which was just announced a week ago, shaping up? Rinard talks in-depth about the transition to digital downloads, describes Jeremy McGrath's Offroad, and talks about his relationship with the titular racer. Read GameZone's full talk with Robb Rinard to see why racing game fans should be excited for this title.

Flash Game of the Week: Exit Path

There's something incredibly satisfying about punishing 2D platformers. If you love Super Meat Boy and are looking for more tough-as-nails side-scrolling gameplay, be sure to check out Exit Path. You'll love it, you'll hate it, and then you'll love it again. It's just that awesome.

LA Noire Gameplay Footage

With LA Noire launching this week, you can bet we've been enjoying it thoroughly. Check out GameZone's gameplay coverage for a glimpse at the game. In these two videos, we showcase the first case as well as Marriage Made in Heaven. Are you having a blast with the game, too?

Big in Japan - Michigan: Report from Hell

GameZone's Richard Eisenbeis continues to look back at famed director Suda51's career. In this edition of Big in Japan, we explore the world of Michigan: Report from Hell, an older title from Suda51 that offers a compelling gameplay concept, even though it doesn't carry it out very effectively. Still, we can't help but think this game looks awesome!

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