Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Challenge rooms are one of gaming’s most untapped wells of endless entertainment. Usually set in a collection of rooms, these arenas stretch the main mechanics in a way that didn’t fit into the normal campaign, allowing for a healthy mix of skill improvement and challenge. Batman: Arkham City and Dishonored are a few examples that showcase this extra mode beautifully and have been given long legs because of that. El Diablo’s Domain aspires to achieve the same score-heavy chasing of the previously mentioned games and apply it to the sublime Guacamelee!, one of PSN’s best titles. Satan’s wealth of gauntlets for Juan and Tostada pushes the game’s difficulty to its limit, but provides an addictive level of challenge, making it the perfect way to add-on to an already complete package.
Summer is a beautiful time. Birds are flying through the air. Bees are scaring the crap out of children and me. The heat gets so intense even as a man you have to pull out the old Daisy Dukes and wear them to the mall. It’s great. But your computer doesn’t want to get forgotten in all of this, so it asks Steam to keep you in. Steam agrees and puts everything on sale for a ridiculously cheap price. Continue reading
Platforms: PS3, Playstation Vita, PC
Release Date: October 23, 2012 (PC); June 25, 2013 (PS3, Playstation Vita)
I’ve got a dog mask covered in blood, a room littered with mangled corpses, and I still need to pick up my phone to answer to some more mysterious phone calls about murder. No, this isn’t Michael Vick’s latest twisted fantasy/scandal, it’s obviously a possible scene from Hotline Miami, a PC indie game that has finally arrived on the Playstation Vita and Playstation 3. Sony’s newfound indie push has brought us some great games like Guacamelee!, but titles like the 1980s-inspired Hotline Miami showcase the true innovation behind these smaller developers. Hotline Miami is a demented, wholly unique title that fits perfectly on the Vita (works great on the PS3 as well) and will find a way to get its hooks into you.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Stuck in a near development limbo and hailing from the prestigious Bioshock franchise, there was both fear and cautious optimism surrounding Bioshock Infinite. It always looked stunning, but the long period of silence and lack of actual gameplay footage was quite disturbing. After multiple delays, we finally get the finished version of Bioshock Infinite to judge and see if the long development cycle actually paid off. Somehow, it totally did, combining an extremely engrossing world, tactical shooting combat, and an unforgettable story all within a game with an increasingly grim outlook.