Mario Kart 8 feels like a re-definition for the series, without straying from its roots. The gameplay is fantastic, the visual presentation is stunning, and the social features will keep players coming back for more. The Wii U has a killer addition to its line-up that could easily drive sales of the console. Now that's something worthy of a victory lap.
Does Watch Dogs live up to the hype? It depends on how hyped up you were. For me, the game wasn't a disappointment at all. It's a fun, addictive game that will offer hours upon hours of playing time. The hacking aspect is the shining light of the game, and is done very well. With that said, I didn't feel like it was breaking much new ground in terms of gameplay or story. Watch Dogs is worth the investment, but don't expect something that reinvents the wheel.
The familiar mechanics and themes of the game, combined with a better looking quality from its 90's installments, makes Tesla Effect a game fans will be happy to play. Hopefully, the humor and fun atmosphere of the game will spark interest for newcomers to the series looking for an adventure.
The New Order took me about 16 hours to beat on its normal difficulty setting, and I could see myself revisiting it in the future on a harder setting for a fun challenge -- but probably not for a while. It was a fun and bloody ride while it lasted, but it lacks anything special in terms of gameplay to make me want to dive right back in.
Although some players may grow to hate and fear it, 1001 Spikes is a wonderful throwback to an era when platformers didn't need lavish graphics or huge technical feats to impress. The 8-bit presentation hits the spot, and the gameplay is challenging, but not impossible. It truly is a blast from the past, even if that blast stings a little.
Kirby platformers haven't evolved much over the years, but that's never kept these games from being a heck of a good time. Triple Deluxe delivers everything that's made the series so good, but it adds some nuances such as stereoscopic 3D environments, new abilities, and more content than ever. The game is deliciously colorful and blissfully loud — it's the sort of thing that's so crazy and exaggerated that it'll send you into total sensory overload. More than anything, though, Triple Deluxe is just an immensely satisfying game that's a ton of fun to play from start to finish.
Don't think of Ultra Street Fighter IV as "just another add-on." Ono and his team have put delicate work into this final expansion, with new characters that fit right in, balancing that truly makes sense, YouTube uploading and plenty of fun fighting options to choose from. Enjoy the brawl.
In the end, Valiant Hearts: The Great War was an enjoyable experience with a satisfying story. The game doesn't include the years when the United States joined World War I, but at the end of the game there's an opening to include that story for a possible sequel.