Category Archives: Stars

July 2, 2014

Pullblox World

It’s more Pullblox, albeit on Wii U. The perfect game to enjoy in short bursts when watching TV.

★★★★☆

May 31, 2014

Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8 is just as good as all the reviews make it out to be. The driving feels sublime, the balance seems good, and the colourful graphics help the game feel vibrant and alive. Not to mention the framerate—it is hard to explain just how big of a difference a solid 60 FPS makes.

The famous Nintendo polish is in full effect here.

★★★★★

March 21, 2014

The Last of Us: Left Behind

The problem with Left Behind is that it is hard to discuss without spoiling much of what makes it special. Suffice it to say that for me, it was in many ways even more enjoyable than the original campaign. Brilliant.

★★★★★

January 10, 2014

Hotline Miami

Everyone keeps on telling me how Hotline Miami’s aesthetics and music are brilliant. For me, though, that’s not a major attraction. It’s the fact that the game is a perfect example of something that is mechanically extremely simple yet full of depth. Easy to pick up and play, difficult to master. In that sense, it feels like an 8- or 16-bit title.

Absolutely sublime.

★★★★★

Captain Phillips

Well acted, but I couldn’t help but feel that the ending was drawn out to the point that all sense of tension and suspense died out.

★★★☆☆

September 9, 2013

Rayman Legends

I have a confession to make.

I’ve never liked the way 2D Mario games play. I hate the speed, the inertia and—gasp!—the jumping. Everything feels just slightly off.

Even though I may be in the minority, I am certainly not alone. Michel Ancel doesn’t care for the franchise, either:

“I will tell you something terrible — I don’t really enjoy playing Mario games,” he confessed. “I don’t like gliding, I don’t like its inertia, and I don’t like not being able to give some slaps! It’s a fabulous series, and I understand that people love it, but it’s not my cup of tea.

Rayman Origins was the perfect platformer for me. The gameplay was simply sublime. It’s hard to explain why it felt just right, but it did. The gorgeous graphics and catchy soundtrack didn’t hurt, either.

Rayman Legends builds on top of what made Origins so great and, in many respects, manages to be even better. It looks, sounds and plays beautifully, and even has some classic levels from Origins included in the package. There’s a lot of content, and most of it is infinitely replayable—just like its predecessor.

I haven’t experienced such childlike joy playing a video game in ages. Legends might very well be the best platformer I’ve ever played.

★★★★★