Posts Tagged ‘Xbox Live Arcade’


Portal: Still Alive Review

October 27, 2008

My review of the Xbox Live Arcade’s latest, Portal: Still Alive, has been posted on Talk Xbox. Below, as always, you’ll find a short excerpt of the review as well as links to the full review.

“Last year, gamers were treated to a bit of a surprise hit in the form of Portal, one of the five games bundled in the Orange Box. It won many awards and mountains of praise for its relatively simplistic but amazingly deep puzzle gameplay and pitch black humor. It was challenging, addictive, repeatedly hilarious and most of all, incredibly fun. Well, Xbox 360 owning Portal fans have much to rejoice about now that Portal: Still Alive has made its way to the Xbox Live Arcade. Including everything that made the stellar original shine and more is always a good way to go when it comes to re-releases, but for those who have already experienced Portal when it was part of the Orange Box, is it worth 1200 Microsoft points? Well, there’s only one way to find out…”

Justin McBride – Talk Xbox

Full Review


Mega Man 9 Review Up

October 16, 2008

What you’ll see below is a short excerpt of my review of Mega Man 9, one of the best next generation revivals of a classic series seen to date.

“Nostalgia is a funny thing. In this day and age, numerous games receive bonus points because of that very phenomenon. The mere feeling of nostalgia is enough for many gamers to justify a purchase promising classic gameplay of games past. Enter Mega Man 9, a next generation revival of a classic series that gained both a legion of loyal fans and notoriety on the NES for its incredibly tough but entertaining gameplay. With this new title, composed of an entirely new set of levels, bosses and modes, the side scrolling shooter/2D platformer gameplay has remained largely the same.”

Justin McBride – Talk Xbox

Full Review


Writing for Suite 101

September 24, 2008

A new freelancing opportunity has crossed my desk and, of course, I jumped on it. I am now a contributor to Suite 101, an online magazine of sorts. Of course, I’ll primarily be covering my chosen niche (video games) but I plan to branch out into other areas with future articles such as music reviews and the like.

My first article, a review of Castle Crashers, has gone live on the site so check it out when you have the time. It’s a bit of a new reviewing format for me so it’s not just walls of text. It’s walls of text with bolded subheadings. Neat!

So, check out the site and let me know what you think. For now, Freelancer away!

(Just imagine I took off and flew away)


Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 Review

September 16, 2008


A long while has passed since the humble arcade beginnings of the Commando series. Back in those days, shoot em ups were all the rage in arcades and this title is content to stay true to its origins. Unfortunately, this makes for a game that feels like it’s stuck in the past; a decent game nonetheless, but one that pushes no envelopes.

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