Bayonetta 2 Demo ImpressionsWell, it's finally here. The game we've all been waiting for, even since before the Wii U was released, Bayonetta 2, finally has a demo available on the eShop. Chances are, you've already downloaded it and played it for yourself. Heck, I've already played it through twice and plan on doing so a bit more before the game releases a couple weeks from now. But, all of you must be wondering what I think of Platinum Games' latest work, at least from what I can gather from this short snippet of gameplay.Initial impressions are, to put it into a few short words, very positive. The combat is fast and fluid. It uses a simple, two-button combo system, having you chain together kicks and punches to annihilate enemies. After coming off of Hyrule Warriors, the combos have an almost dizzying level of complexity to them. No more weak attacks leading into strong ones, no. You have punches leading into kicks and then back to punches all in one speci
Super Smash Bros. 4 3DS ReviewIt has been over three years since Super Smash Bros. 4 was first announced. One of the few details we had from it's early mentions at E3 2011 was that series would be coming to both Nintendo's Wii U and 3DS. Three years and two E3s later, the hype just kept piling with Sakurai posting screenshots every day and a Smash Bros. Invitational tournament earlier this year.Last weekend, the first version of this majorly anticipated game was released to the Western public, Super Smash Bros. 4 3DS. Even after having spent a significant amount of time with the demo, I was still excited to get my hands on this latest installment. Ever since it first came out on the N64, the Smash Bros. series has always been a landmark release for every Nintendo hardware. If current sales data is anything to go by, the first handheld entry to the series is no exception.For the most part, Smash Bros. 4 3DS delivers. The gameplay is ridiculously fun. There are loads of cha
Hyrule Warriors ReviewDynasty Warriors is a series I've heard wildly differing opinions on over the years. To some, it's an uber-repetitive, mindless button masher. To others, it's a fun modern beat'em-up with a simple surface and a little bit of depth lying beneath to reward those willing to look for it. I was largely content to just let the series slip on by me, never paying it any mind. That all changed during the Nintendo Direct of December 18th, 2013 when Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors, a crossover between Koei's popular hack'n'slash franchise and the Zelda series. Of course, being the huge Zelda fan I am, this crossover seemed like the perfect place to jump in on the Warriors series. So, after having some time with the game, which camp do I fall into in regards to Dynasty Warriors? Do I join the haters in their distaste for the series? Or am I with most Japanese gamers and the illustrious Jim Sterling in loving it?The latter, definitely the latter.
Pokemon Snap Retro ReviewYou know what I just realized. There are a lot of games based around photography. From Beyond Good and Evil to the Fatal Frame series, there seems to be a lot of shutterbugs starring in video games these days. Whether they're photographing ghosts, aliens, or exotic fauna, you can bet none of them have jobs halfway as cool as that of Todd Snap. Who is Todd Snap? He's Professor Oak's crack Pokemon photographer and star of the N64 gem, Pokemon Snap.In case you haven't already guessed, Pokemon Snap is a photography game set on Pokemon Island, where you, as Todd Snap, will, get this, take pictures of Pokemon. It's a research expedition headed by the ever-industrious Professor Oak. From the safety of a specially designed ATV, you will explore the various areas of Pokemon Island looking for the best snapshots of its inhabitants, all the while keeping an eye open for the elusive Mew.To that end, you'll be taken through six stages on-rails, a to