Developer: Lionhead Studios |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/21/08 |
Peter Molyneux promised a lot with the original Fable. When it finally released, what we got was a great game, but it fell short of delivering on most of the promises. With Fable 2, we are pleased to report that most of what was promised is in the game and works extremely well.
By Ryan Schaefer - 11/26/08
ESRB Details: - Blood, Language, Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol, Violence -
Fable II is a role-playing adventure game in which players assume the role of a 10-year old orphan who grows into adulthood amidst the fantasy world setting of Albion. Players engage in a variety of quests to gain experience and skills with which to 'level up' their customized character. Quest objectives sometimes involve using magic and hand-to-hand combat to defeat various creatures and enemy soldiers. Blood spray is depicted when enemies are slashed or injured during combat. Players can also gains 'points' and positive statistics for choosing good deeds over bad ones (e.g., 'Good points,' 'Renown points,' and a 'Good Reputation') or based on the way they communicate with other characters: Lewd gestures/language such as hip thrusts and raising of the middle finger generate negative responses; flirting and blowing a kiss can garner positive responses from characters. With enough positive affinity, players can engage in sexual relations with males, females, or groups of characters. Players are rewarded for having multiple relations, and can choose to have unprotected sex, although sexual acts are never shown. Several characters are depicted drunk during cutscenes, while players can also consume beer and wine from various taverns. A screen-blurring effect connotes a character's drunken state. Tags:
Developer: Epic Games |
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 11/07/08 |
Epic’s lead designer, Cliff Bleszinski, made some pretty bold claims at GDC earlier this year about the then upcoming title Gears of War 2. He stated that the game would be bigger, better and more badass than the original. So was he right? Or was he just playing company hype man?
By Ryan Schaefer - 11/26/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language Tags:
Developer: Harmonix |
Publisher: Activision Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 10/26/08 |
Guitar Hero World Tour is Activision’s attempt to counter the changes that Rock Band brought to the music genre. Instead of only including guitar and bass gameplay, players will now be able to form a complete band and sing, play drums, rock out on guitar, and strum away on the bass. To further distinguish themselves from the competition, Developer Neversoft has updated the visuals, added a touch sensor to the bottom of the fret bar, on the guitar, and created their own drum kit with an extra note. With all the changes made, does Guitar Hero World Tour have what it takes to beat out Rock Band 2?
By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/22/08
ESRB Details: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes
Guitar Hero World Tour is a title that is safe and fun for the whole family. That being said, you may want to monitor some of the lyrics to see if they are appropriate for your family. As a whole, you will be hard pressed to find a game that can be enjoyed by all ages. If your family enjoys music, Guitar Hero World Tour is an excellent purchase. I still recommend you use older instruments until the problems with the current ones are resolved. These instruments can be purchased from other music games and are sometimes even available used at retailers like Gamestop. Tags:
Developer: Bethesda |
Publisher: Bethesda Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/28/08 |
I have fond memories of the Fallout franchise. When Interplay released the original Fallout, fans fell in love with the post-apocalyptic environments and the quest to save all of your fellow survivors in Vault 101. The franchise continued with the release of Fallout 2 before faltering with console iterations that never had the quality or care of the original PC and Mac titles. Interplay held on to the rights to the franchise for many, many years before finally reaching an agreement for Bethesda to create all single player versions of the franchise—with Interplay retaining the rights to any future MMO based on the Fallout universe. Years have passed, technologies have changed, and at last Fallout has returned. Was Bethesda able to retain the former glory of the Fallout franchise?
By Kaleb Rutherford - 11/13/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
Fallout 3 is Rated M and earns this rating for some overly violent deaths, bleak subject matter, and extremely strong language. While I greatly enjoyed Fallout 3, this title is not one for younger audiences. I would strongly advice all parents to keep players under 18 from playing this title. Only mature audiences should be exposed to this subject matter. Even then, I would have preferred to have some type of language filter to limit the profanity in the game. If you are old enough to overlook this subject matter, Fallout 3 provides an incredible experience. It just is a shame that they didn’t include a PG13 version of the title. Tags:
Developer: EA Redwood Shores |
Publisher: Electronic Arts Players: 1 Player Game |
Release Date: 10/20/08 |
Genre: Survival Horror
While EA may be best known for their sports lineup, it is important to remember that they are one of the few in the industry that can take a chance on a new, unproven IP. With their latest game, Dead Space, EA has done just that and they came up with a winner.
By Ryan Schaefer - 10/30/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Dead Space certainly earns it’s M rating from the ESRB. There’s blood by the bucket load throughout the game and you’ll spend a large majority of your time ripping enemies apart piece by piece with the guns in the game and when they’re crawling towards you on the ground you can lift Isaac’s big, bad boot and brutally stomp the remaining life out of them. While stomping the head off of an enemy is quite satisfying, it is not suitable content for younger players. Tags:
Developer: Third Wave Games |
Publisher: Ubisoft Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 10/01/08 |
Upon seeing a screenshot of War World, I must say I was pretty darn impressed. “This is an arcade game?” I thought to myself, because this mech combat title is probably one of the best looking games on the XBLA, and could even pass for an original Xbox title. But a warning for anyone that dare purchase it, War World will rear its ugly head as not quite a game, but rather a hollow husk of one. A pretty husk yes, but a vacuous one none the less. It is as if the developers attempted to squeeze a mech game designed for consoles into the arcade, and it’s pretty obvious that a new strategy is needed for putting the genre on the service properly, rather than just including the bare minimum.
By Mark Melnychuk - 10/30/08
ESRB Details: As I’ve already stated in the review there isn’t really an audience that War World can possibly appeal to, unless you’re the parent of a youngster with an insatiable love of robots. War World is a family friendly title with little violence beyond exploding mechs. Anyone looking for a promising mech game, or a decent Arcade experience should avoid it entirely. I wholeheartedly agree with the rating that War World has received based on my status as a longtime mech fan, and discerning XBLA shopper that believes in getting his money’s worth. Tags:
Developer: 3D Realms |
Publisher: 3D Realms Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 09/24/08 |
“A babe, a stogie, and a bottle of jack. That’s what I need right now.” With lines like that it’s easy to laugh at the sheer absurdity of misogynic alien executioner Duke Nukem, but at the same time it’s just so darn hard not to love him. Duke Nukem 3D is the latest in the line of old school PC shooters that have found their way onto the Xbox Live Arcade, and as everyone knows, a once great franchise doesn’t always equal success when ported over to a whole new platform. But luckily 3D Realms (the original developer of Duke Nukem 3D) has done a commendable job of transferring such a beloved FPS without trying to make too many enhancements. This act of preservation does keep the core experience of the game endearing, but in other ways causes a few limitations that keep the latest iteration of the Duke a few pieces of bubblegum short of perfection.
By Mark Melnychuk - 10/16/08
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Strong Sexual Content, Violence Tags:
Developer: Harmonix |
Publisher: MTV Games Players: 1 to 8 Player Game |
Release Date: 09/14/08 |
After playing last year's mega-hit Rock Band, the entire CVGames staff fell in love with the addictive gameplay. In fact, we loved it so much, Rock Band was honored as the Best Game of 2007 in our yearly Bernie Gaming Awards. We were able to look past any nagging issues the game had due to the incredibly rich and dynamic experience of playing together as a band. Sure, these are plastic instruments--but the experience made you feel like a real rock star!! Just when you thought the Rock Band experience couldn't get better, along comes Rock Band 2. Once again, Harmonix has reinvented Rock Band into one of the greatest multiplayer experiences to date.
By Kaleb Rutherford - 10/08/08
ESRB Details: Rock Band 2 is a music and rhythm simulation game in which players can perform songs along with on-screen avatars. Some song lyrics contain mild language ('a*s' and 'damn') as well as references to violence (e.g., 'I'm gonna pull the trigger and blow them all away.'). Some song lyrics also contain sexual innuendo (e.g., 'she spent her twenties between the sheets') and references to drugs and alcohol (e.g., '…you think I get high' and '…I was drunk.') Players can customize various aspects of the avatars' appearances; the names and descriptions of some available outfits are playfully suggestive. Other outfits reveal small amounts of cleavage and male buttocks. Tags:
Developer: Large Animal |
Publisher: D3 Players: 1+ Player Game |
Release Date: 09/10/08 |
As Microsoft winds down their Summer of Arcade we’re left wondering what new releases are on the horizon between now and the holiday rush. Typically, this is a down time for new releases, with the Xbox Live crew basically cleaning out the closets and releasing the junk titles in order to make space for the big names coming down the pipe. Thankfully however, RocketBowl stands out from the clutter, offering us a fun and refreshing take on traditionally bowling.