If you’re aching for more cooperative zombie pummeling action, the Dead Island series has you covered. The first game might not have lived up to many fans’ expectations after seeing that heart-wrenching trailer, but it was still an incredibly fun post-apocalyptic RPG. Riptide promises more of what we loved about the first game, along with tweaks to the multiplayer and new features like a new playable character, dynamic weather system, flooding, and Left 4 Dead style crescendo moments.
What do TJ and I think about the next entry in the Dead Island series? Read on and find out!
Zombies are big right now. Much like a real zombie apocalypse scenario, there’s no escaping them. They’ve shambled onto pretty much every facet of entertainment, and one of the brands that’s leading the undead hordes is The Walking Dead. So far, TWD has seen quite a bit of success in its transition from comics to television and video games, the latter of which has been led by Telltale Games’ amazing episodic adventure series and even a surprisingly great Facebook game based on the series.
Next up is The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, a prequel to to the TV series that follows brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon. It’s had an alarmingly rocky marketing campaign, and with the comics, TV series, and games having set the bar so high, many fans are wondering if this is going to be a solid entry in the franchise or an obvious cash-in. TJ and I ask ourselves this very question, and others, in our premature evaluation of the game, which you can read after the jump.
Today we’re doing something we haven’t done before in our Premature Evaluation series by analyzing a mode within a game. Unless you count the horrors of futuristic warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn’t a horror game. I prefer Treyarch’s half of the Call of Duty series for a number of reasons, the biggest being the fantastic Zombies modes. In World At War, it was a neat little bonus, something to keep you entertained after you finished the main story. Then Black Ops came along and nearly turned it into its own game — something I really think they should consider doing — and with Black Ops II, Treyarch is proving once again they aren’t out of ideas.
Head past the break for TJ and my evaluation of the mode, if you dare. READ MORE
For the first time in the series’ history, Silent Hill is diving pyramid head first into the world of multiplayer gaming with the PS Vita exclusive Book of Memories. This is a serious gamble since this multiplayer isn’t just tacked on, it’s actually a main focus of the game. This means if the multiplayer sucks, then the main selling point is gone. It was originally planned to release near Downpour and the HD Collection in March, but Konami pulled it from the schedule at the very last second to the end of May. This could be a good thing because at the very least it’s getting some extra time for added spit and polish. Read on to find out what TJ and I think of this ambitious game’s chances of success.
It finally happened. Resident Evil 6 was announced last month, sending fans of the series in a frenzy. Some are against it, saying it still isn’t true to the series’ survival horror roots, while others praise the long awaited return of zombies. Capcom has said the upcoming game will have a bigger focus on horror, while also telling us they’re focusing more on action so they can try and get some of Call of Duty’s tens of millions of fans. That last part is particularly terrifying for most fans of the franchise, but whether it means old school Resident Evil has gone the way of the Dodo is something we won’t know until the game releases this November.
So where do TJ and I fall in all this? Do we think this game will rock, and everyone who says otherwise can go suck a long, veiny zombie arm? What? You thought I was going to say something else? Get your mind out of the gutter and read on for our thoughts on whether or not we think this is going to be the Resident Evil fans have been asking for. READ MORE
First announced back in 2007, Dead Island’s unique take on the all too familiar scenario of us versus hordes zombie made it instantly stand out. Then, suddenly, the game went quiet, and we didn’t hear from it again for a couple of years. It even made our list of the most anticipated horror games that needed to see the light of day. On a side note, from the 17 games on that list, Dead Island is the only game that’s since shown up, if you don’t count a third Resident Evil: Outbreak game (Operation Raccoon City sort of counts).
Now that we know a lot about the game it’s time we take a look at it and decide whether or not this game is going to be the mind-blowing open-world zombie game it’s jaw-dropping trailer made it out to be. How will Dead Island perform during our premature evaluation? Let’s find out. READ MORE
Last month was all about Silent Hill: Downpour, but now that Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City has finally been unveiled, it’d be remiss of us to not talk about whether we think it’s going to fail horribly or not. The good thing TJ and I seem to be in agreement that the game definitely won’t be Capcom’s next Bionic Commando, Lost Planet 2 or Dark Void.
Operation Raccoon City is a game we’ve been expecting for some time now. In a way it’s a followup to the short-lived Outbreak spinoff series but it also marks a return to what made Resident Evil great in the first place. Zombies, and lots of ‘em. It will still be more action centric than the original games (think every game before Raccoon City was obliterated taking our precious undead with it). Head past the jump to join in on this roller-coaster ride of personal opinion and premature judgement. READ MORE
Welcome to our brand spanking new series euphemistically titled Premature Evaluation where TJ and I will do what juvenile man-children do best and judge harshly from the relative safety of our cheeto-stained bean bags. Essentially, this series is all about recently revealed games we don’t know too much about. Here no game is safe as we’ll be looking at titles that resemble the mushy leakage excreted by a sick dog’s bum as well as beautiful, potentially life-changing games no one would dare utter a negative comment about. This is all about judging a book by its cover, or more specifically, a game by its trailer or assorted screenshots.
The first game we’re taking a look at is the exciting new take on Konami’s long-standing survival horror series, the upcoming Silent Hill: Downpour. This game’s been known to us for some time and we’re not necessarily lacking on details regarding the game’s story and gameplay but that certainly won’t keep us from judging it until we feel we’ve successfully completed our duty of tearing it apart while we listened to the chorus of its screams. Or, there’s always the chance we could both think this game will rock and have little bad to say of it. Either could happen, and that’s what makes this series so damn exciting. READ MORE