Saturday, November 12, 2011

Game Review: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (PS3)

Once upon a time, there was an iconic purple dragon that used to bring a smile to both kids and adults all over the world.  What?  No, I'm NOT talking about "Barney".  Seriously? THAT'S your first thought when I mention "purple dragon"? *Sigh* No, the iconic purple dragon I'm talking about is none other than Spyro, the star of more than a dozen video games spanning more than a decade.  It's been a few years since Spyro last appeared on consoles (2008's The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, to be exact), but don't think for a second that means the reptilian rogue's flame has be squelched.  Spyro is back ... and he's brought a few friends.  Welcome to the world Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, a unique new interactive gaming experience from Activision and Toys for Bob.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Game Review: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3)

Back when I was younger, I absolutely LOVED action/adventure flicks ... still do, in fact.  Even today, I count the Indiana Jones trilogy among my favorite flicks.  (Yes, I said "trilogy". Whatever the hell Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, I refuse to count it as an Indiana Jones movie).

Nothing ever struck me with the same fun and excitement as the globe trotting exploits of Professor Jones.  That is until late 2007, when Naughty Dog, a studio best known for games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, decided to dive into the treasure hunting genre with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.  It wasn't long before I started asking "Indiana Who?" and wondering how Naughty Dog could ever top itself.  Then along came Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which not only improved on the single player experience from the first game, but also tossed in a couple of cool new multiplayer features for good measure.  Now Naughty Dog is bringing Nathan Drake back for the trifecta in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, but can lightning really strike three times in a row?