August 2011

While the industry divides the year into quarters, we realize that there are really three parts to the year: the barren (maybe not this year?) early months, the gimmicky, convention-filled summer and the action-packed holiday season. This time, we look at the biggest surprises of May through August.

Justin Last: Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Movie tie-in games usually exhibit the bare minimum of effort, and rely on the success of the film to put games in people’s hands. Transformers: Dark of the Moon certainly won’t have been hurt by the success of the film, but it is an entertaining game in its own right. Adding a stage in between robot mode and vehicle mode improves the flow of the game, and playing as a different character in each stage creates a great variety of gameplay styles. READ MORE

Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by many, the original Deus Ex was a truly groundbreaking title that helped establish that choice matters in games. Eleven years and one underwhelming sequel later, we have Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a prequel to the original title that hopes to bring back the Deus Ex name in a big way. READ MORE

Namco Bandai’s Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions is one of those carts you get near the beginning of a system’s life span: a compilation of various tech demos and experiments the company made to prepare for developing games for it, polished up and thrown out into the world. And in that context, the game’s successful.


This week, we’re looking at anticipated titles from Denki and Cipher Prime.

Quarrel Deluxe (Universal): We’ve been looking forward to playing Denki’s Quarrel since we tested the 360 version out at E3. This iOS version is the first to release, and it is what we thought it’d be. Players attack and seize territory by making words in a formula best-described as Risk-meets-Scrabble. READ MORE

We have a double-dose of trailers this weekend! This one features four minutes of gameplay from Bethesda’s upcoming post-apocalyptic shooter, RAGE. Want to know more? Check out our preview.