IS IT “PURR”FECT? ALMOST.

Super Mario 3D World for Wii U Pros: Incredible level design, fun from start to finish, great multiplayer Cons: Too short, some camera problems The follow up to the popular Wii console, the Wii U, is struggling to gain relevancy in today’s market. Nintendo focused more on the hardcore gaming audience with this system, but

REVENGE BY THE BUCKETFUL

Ryse: Son of Rome for Xbox One Pros: Breathtaking graphics, RPG elements, gruesome execution moves Cons: Linear environments, repetitive Ryse is a game that caused me to go out of my comfort zone. Normally it’s not a title I would have bothered with because of its focus on non-stop action and quick time events, but

“WHACK” IS A MORE FITTING NAME

Knack for PlayStation 4 Pros: Charming graphical style, fun story Cons: Repetitive, linear, boring gameplay When Sony announced their next generation console, the Playstation 4, one of the first titles they showed off for it was a curious little game called Knack. It looked interesting enough, and famous developer Mark Cerny was the director behind

A WHIMSICAL PAPER CRAFT ADVENTURE

Tearaway for PlayStation Vita Pros: Unique graphical style, fun interactivity Cons: Weak enemy encounters, short Sony deserves major kudos for stepping up their game development this last generation. While their many studios have always proven to be extremely capable they’ve devoted more resources into creating new big budget franchises lately than both Microsoft and Nintendo

A POCKET MONSTERS TOUR DE FORCE

Pokémon Y Version for Nintendo 3DS Pros: 3D graphics, several new gameplay elements, deep gameplay, pleasant soundtrack Cons: Framerate issues, fewer new Pokémon than ever before, too easy, somewhat unbalanced The Pokémon franchise is young by the standards of Nintendo’s other series, but it’s second only to Mario in worldwide popularity. The simple prospect of collecting and battling

FINALLY! A DEFINITIVE “HOME” VERSION OF SUPER COBRA’S FORERUNNER!

THE 2012 RELEASE OF “SCRAMBLE” (EXCLUSIVELY FOR ATARI 7800) Pros: Satisfying, intuitively controllable bombing. Reasonably “authentic” graphics, audio, and game play. Cons: Compatible only with the Atari 7800 console (ideally with a pristine 2600 joystick connected). Prefatory Note: This “review” is basically a “heads up” regarding the availability of a noteworthy, relatively recent port of the classic arcade game, “Scramble.”