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Oct 24, 2014

'Alien: Isolation', the ultimate survival horror game
As a die-hard horror fan, it is not often that a video game will actually creep me out or successfully jump scare the life out of me. The only game in recent memory that was able to achieve that was Resident Evil 2 on the Nintendo 64.

 

Oct 16, 2014

Mordor: One game to rule them all
Playing 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' is like entering The Inn of the Prancing Pony for the first time. There is a hell of a lot going on. So many sights, sounds; yet after your senses have adjusted, it all makes perfect sense.

 

Oct 9, 2014

Marvel Heroes join Disney Infinity
Do you like frost giants? You know, those humungous, icicle-spitting, stalactite-wielding brutes at the command of the evil trickster Loki? Well, you had better because you will be fighting a lot of them in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, the sequel to the exceptional 2013 game.

 

Sept 25, 2014

Forza Horizon 2 can't be beat
Just when you think there is nothing new any developer could add to the racing genre, that everything has been done before, along comes Forza Horizon 2, the most well-rounded racing game ever released.

 

Sept 23, 2014

Layton, Wright crossover, the best of both worlds
Professor Layton. Phoenix Wright. Two of the Nintendo 3DS' most prolific characters are finally teaming up on a case that is as strange and as daunting as anything they have encountered before. Mind-bending puzzles, riddles and dynamic cut-scenes are worked into a grand adventure involving witches, a mysterious village and a young girl, Espella Cantabella, caught in the middle of all the chaos.

 

Sept 15, 2014

X14 Game Previews
Hands-on gaming is what Microsoft's annual X14 event is all about. G4TV had the opportunity to peruse the show floor and here our impressions of some of what we were able to get our hands on.

 

Sept 11, 2014

X14 showcases the future of Xbox One
The annual X14 media showcase at the Uniun Nightclub in downtown Toronto spotlighted not only what the Holiday season holds for Xbox One gamers but the future as well.

 

Sept 5, 2014

'Ultimate Evil' a must-have for Diablo fans
After hours and hours of adventuring and slaying monsters in Diablo: The Ultimate Evil Edition; I finally have completed my personal quest.

 

Jul 7, 2014

'Dark Spark' a downgrade
Since fully taking over the franchise in 2007, Activision has reinvigorated the Transformers game series with 2012's 'Transformers: Fall of Cybertron' being the absolute best Transformers game ever made. Regrettably, 'Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark' is the Gobots of the modern Transformer games.

 

Jun 20, 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect
You would think being a ghost would be cool. Being able to phase through solid objects, spy on people, possess them or poltergeist everyday objects sounds like a whole lotta fun. It would be just not in 'Murdered: Soul Suspect', a highly ambitious game which cannot put the pieces of this murder-mystery together.

 

Jun 10, 2014

Microsoft @ E3 : It is all about the games
No talk about cable television. No talk about social media. No talk about an app for this or an app for that. Microsoft promised a press conference about games and that is what they delivered at E3, the annual video game convention in Los Angeles.

 

Jun 6, 2014

Get a life with 'Tomodachi'
At one time another, all of us would love to escape our complicated or busy lives and be someone else or be somewhere else. Games like The Sims, Second Life, Animal Crossing and Viva Piñata give players the chance to create a digital world where they can reinvent themselves in a place where anything and everything is possible. Tomodachi Life for the 3DS follows in these footsteps utilizing the Mii avatar creation system as the stepping stone.

 

May 23, 2014

Homegrown developer pays tribute to X-Men
When they first put pen to paper, comic book legends John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Terry Austin could not have known what impact their 'Days of Future Past' storyline would have on the X-Men for years to come. Besides their 'Dark Phoenix Saga' (which was utterly eviscerated in 'X-Men: The Last Stand') no other event has shaped the lives of everyone's favourite mutants.

 

May 21, 2014

'New Order', a bloody, better 'Wolfenstein'
Canadian developer Beenox has taken our web-swinging hero in many bold directions. In 'Shattered Dimensions', we were introduced to Spider-Men from four alternate dimensions. In 'Edge of Time', Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man joined forces to prevent Peter Parker's death. Those games expanded the Spider-Man universe and told very distinctive stories. "The Amazing Spider-Man' continued where the film left off taking the characters in a new direction.

 

May 13, 2014

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' spins its web
Canadian developer Beenox has taken our web-swinging hero in many bold directions. In 'Shattered Dimensions', we were introduced to Spider-Men from four alternate dimensions. In 'Edge of Time', Spider-Man 2099 and Spider-Man joined forces to prevent Peter Parker's death. Those games expanded the Spider-Man universe and told very distinctive stories. "The Amazing Spider-Man' continued where the film left off taking the characters in a new direction.

 

May 2, 2014

Mario Golf, a hole-in-one
Whether it be Tiger Woods or John Daly on the box, whacking a white ball around a perfectly manicured lawn hasn't been my style. Over the years, the only exception for me has been Leaderboard Golf and now my obsession with Mario Golf World Tour.

 

Apr 17, 2014

Lego Hobbit, too cluttered
In order to differentiate itself from the other ingenious Lego games, 'Lego The Hobbit' presents some of the most ambitious changes to the Lego game formula we have seen in quite some time. Like a gaggle of dwarves bumbling into Bilbo's home though, some of the variations fit while others eat all the food, drink all the ale and frankly, just get in the way of a good time.

 

Apr 11, 2014

'Rivals' takes 'Kinect Sports' to the next level
The Kinect has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2010. Like all motion sensor systems, it took a while to iron the bugs out. In all its glory, Kinect Sports Rivals represents just how far the technology has come.

 

Apr 4, 2014

G4's Top Ten Captain America Games
Bursting upon the comic book scene a year before the infamous attack on Pearl Harbour, Captain America has become a symbol of hope and freedom since his first appearance on the printed page.

 

Mar 19, 2014

G4's Top Superhero Games
Whether you want to be faster than a speeding bullet or leaping tall buildings in a single bound, the small screen has been the best place for superhero fans to live out their fantasies.

 

Mar 11, 2014

Fans will love 'South Park' game, Mmmkay
The situation is not unexpected. Since its inception, South Park has pushed the boundaries of good taste, humour in very clever ways. It's machine-gun toting religious messiah, S&M loving Village People wannabe, Sexual Harassment Panda and farting Canadians have never been everyone's cup of tea.

 

Mar 4, 2014

'Layton' back on the case
Welcome back the world's greatest detective. No, we are not talking about Batman or Sherlock Holmes but that puzzle solving machine: Professor Layton.

 

Feb 24, 2014

New 'Kong' a Classic
As Axl Rose would say...Welcome to the jungle. Be warned. A lot has changed since you were last here. Those sneaky Norse Snomads have invaded and are wreaking havoc over most of Donkey Kong Island and on Donkey Kong's birthday no less.

 

Feb 18, 2014

Titanfall beta impressive
We admit it. Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts had us at giant robots. Put giant robots in anything and you've immediately got our attention.

 

Feb 12, 2014

'Mortal Dictata', perfect end to a Halo saga
It is said that a father will do anything for his daughter. In Mortal Dictata, the third and final chapter in the Kilo-5 Halo trilogy, Staffan Sentzke wants answers and vengeance.

 

Feb 6, 2014

First 'Dead Rising' DLC a flop
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Los Perdidos, 'Operation Broken Eagle' has landed.

 

Jan 15, 2014

New COD DLC showcases horror icon
On January 28th, Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught, the first of four DLC packs will be available for download on Xbox Live simultaneously for Xbox One and Xbox 360.

 

Dec 12, 2013

Something for everyone: Killer Instinct, Zoo Tycoon
Just when you think Nintendo has done everything they could with the world's most popular plumber, Mario has returned in another inventive and flamboyant adventure.

 

Dec 3, 2013

Mario's better than ever
Just when you think Nintendo has done everything they could with the world's most popular plumber, Mario has returned in another inventive and flamboyant adventure.

 

Nov 20, 2013

'Arkham Origins' fun but not ground-breaking
I have failed Gotham City. As cops needed back-up, I swung on by. As innocent citizens pleaded for help, I swung on by. As Anarky planted bombs across the city to further his maniacal agenda, I swung on by. For the first time in the 'Arkham' series, I wasn't much of a hero. It is hard to be when you don't have a Batmobile and spend most of your time swinging around Gotham City trying to get from place to place.

 

Nov 6, 2013

Hands on with Xbox One
At the exclusive Toronto media event Microsoft previewed Xbox One, their next-gen all-in-one entertainment system launching November 22.

 

Nov 4, 2013

True Believers will love 'Lego: Marvel'
Stand tall, True Believers. Your time has come. The Marvel Universe has finally been Legoized. With over 100 playable Marvel characters and all of New York City to explore, 'Lego: Marvel Super Heroes' may be the most in-depth and faithful Marvel game to hit your console since 'Marvel Ultimate Alliance'.

 

Nov 1, 2013

'Pokemon' evolves
Over the last few years Pokemon fans have been a lucky bunch. With each edition new improvements have enhanced the quality of this timeless series. It is then no surprise to fans the latest - 'Pokemon X' and 'Pokemon Y' - represents the most wide-ranging changes yet. Everything from the graphics to the gameplay itself have been completely improved and expanded.

 

Oct 15, 2013

'Scribblenauts' gets super-sized
Maxwell of Scribblenauts fame has always been a superhero. Able to bring to life anything he writes in his magical notebook, Maxwell has saved the day in big and small ways.

 

Oct 4, 2013

'Grand Theft Auto V' blows away the competition
Grand Theft Auto V is here and you know what that means. It is time to casually run over civilians as we race to our destination. It is time to evade airport security and take a jumbo jet out for a joyride. It is time to ignite high speed police chases, capture muggers, shoot aliens, steal a submarine and punch a shark in the face.

 

Oct 2, 2013

Ubisoft mourns Clancy's passing
Tom Clancy, the best-selling author and inspiration for several successful video game franchises, has passed away. He was 66.

 

Sept 19, 2013

'Infinity' one of 2013's best
The Walt Disney Company is home to some of the most iconic characters ever to grace our television or movie screens. 'Disney Infinity' brings all of those timeless characters together in a game that's not only one of the best games of 2013 but one of the best children's games ever developed.

 

Sept 11, 2013

'XCOM' reboot pales in comparison
Except when it comes to RPGs, I have never been a fan of tactical shooters in which you must guide the AI characters as well as your own. I don't mind if they assist me and don't get in my way but I am not into babysitting the tactics of mindless NPCs.

 

Aug 23, 2013

'Brothers', an indie triumph
It takes real creativity to take things we are all familiar with and transform them into something new and different. That's what developers Starbreeze Studios have done with the magical and innovative 'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons'.

 

Aug 7, 2013

Dark sucks
If one had to make a cinematic comparison, 'Dark' is the 'Vampire in Brooklyn' of bloodsucker titles. Just like Eddie Murphy miserably failing at his best Christopher Lee impression, 'Dark' is ruined by its own dreadful production, uninspired level development and ghastly gameplay.

 

Jul 25, 2013

Laval's Journey: Big fun on a small screen
'Lego Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey' is a platformer – sandbox hybrid allowing children to explore Chima when there are breaks in the missions assigned by your father the king or the countless characters they will interact with during their travels.

 

Jul 9, 2013

Deadpool D.O.A.
Deadpool. Like The Punisher, you either like him or you hate him. The disfigured and mentally unstable assassin began as a villain but because of his sense of humour and ability to break the fourth wall with readers, has become an anti-hero of sorts.

 

Jun 10, 2013

'Last of Us' shambles like a zombie
Before I was a gaming journalist, I was a film critic. As such, I found it interesting that every year at Cannes critics would gush over certain films as if they were printed on gold celluloid or something. When those films eventually made their way to mainstream moviegoers though, many had no clue why they got such exemplary press. It is not that the films were awful. It is just they didn't deserve to be glorified like that.

 

Jun 4, 2013

Lighting the 'Fuse' on Co-op Fun
It is time to get the band back together. It is time to round up all of your buddies who are always in the mood for a good, old fashioned, co-op firefight.

 

May 22, 2013

Microsoft reveals next Xbox
Ahead of the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft pulled the curtain back today on their next-gen entertainment system: Xbox One. It is a system Microsoft promises will be the only entertainment system a household will ever need.

 

May 17, 2013

New 'Dead Island' sinks
Forget everything you have learned from 'The Walking Dead', 'Resident Evil', 'Dead Rising' or 'Left 4 Dead'. The most important piece of information is not that you have to shoot zombies in the head or follow through with a double tap. It is not that you should be wary of bathrooms or you should always travel in a group.

 

May 1, 2013

'Injustice' makes heroes of us all
How do you stop the unstoppable? How do you beat the unbeatable? Ask Batman.

 

Apr 26, 2013

Luigi scares up some 3DS fun
Poor Luigi. Mario's twin rarely has the spotlight all to himself. Overshadowed by his older, perpetually princess losing brother on the 3DS, Luigi is always the faithful sidekick, always the back-up, always the companion...until now.

 

Apr 11, 2013

BioShock Infinite makes gaming real
One thing we have learned from 'BioShock Infinite' is the world above the clouds is just as screwed up as the world under the water.

 

Mar 28, 2013

LEGO evolution continues with 'City'
'LEGO City Undercover' is a massive playground where everything and anything is possible. In LEGO City, there are all sorts of vehicles to control, people to meet and places to explore.

 

Mar 22, 2013

'Tomb Raider' reboot a modern classic
If you didn't realize it before, when an evil islander spits at captured Lara Croft: "Don't you f-----g move!" you know something is very different about the latest instalment in the 'Tomb Raider' franchise.

 

Mar 6, 2013

Become a predator in 'Crysis 3'
They say the suit makes the man. Never has this been truer than in 'Crysis 3'. The cybernetic nanosuit is the star of the game giving the player all manner of super powers and wicked abilities which can be triggered with the touch a button.

 

Feb 20, 2013

Hitman collection a great value
After being left out in the cold for so long, Agent 47 fans have been spoiled as of late.

 

Jan 23, 2013

Wii U: ESPN trounces Game Party
Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U, is one of the very pleasant surprises this holiday season. And with any new console comes a library of launch titles aimed at satisfying everyone from your Aunt Mildred to your brother Michael who spent 4 fours along on creating his Mii. In the second in a series of articles, we play through the Wii U launch library and give you our take on the good and the bad.

 

Jan 15, 2013

G4 Canada's 2012 Game of the Year Awards
It was made even more clear in 2012 that although there will always be a place in gamers' hearts for big-budget and action-heavy releases, indie downloadable games are a force to be reckoned with. Nintendo managed to get the jump on Microsoft and Sony by releasing its next-generation Wii U console late in the year, although the proverbial jury is still out on what kind of long-term effect it will have on the world of gaming in the coming years.

 

Dec 17, 2012

Wii U: The pen is mightier than the Rabbid
Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U, is one of the very pleasant surprises this holiday season. And with any new console comes a library of launch titles aimed at satisfying everyone from your Aunt Mildred to your brother Michael who spent 4 fours along on creating his Mii. In the second in a series of articles, we play through the Wii U launch library and give you our take on the good and the bad.

 

Dec 12, 2012

Far Cry 3 inspired by Heart of Darkness
As critics, we are besieged by all sorts of material every year. All manner of shooters, role-playing games, puzzlers, race games and rhythm releases come across our desks. With so much to weed through to find those rare gems, when something different, something unusual appears, it is like a breath of fresh air.

 

Dec 4, 2012

Wii U: Ninjas slay walking dead
Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U, is one of the very pleasant surprises this holiday season. And with any new console comes a library of launch titles aimed at satisfying everyone from your Aunt Mildred to your brother Michael who spent 4 fours along on creating his Mii. In the first in a series of articles, we play through the Wii U launch library and give you our take on the good and the bad.

 

Nov 28, 2012

Batman beats Hobbits
Star Wars. Harry Potter. Batman. Indiana Jones. Four of the greatest motion picture sagas of all time. It was only a matter of time before Lord of the Rings got bricked.

 

Nov 16, 2012

WWE 13 puts series back on track
It is no secret that I was not too impressed with WWE 12. Last year, developers Yuke's changed the combat system making it far less complicated to pull off moves, which in turn made the long-time wrestling franchise accessible to more fans.

 

Nov 8, 2012

'Avengers' assemble on Kinect
Until the Secret Invasion storyline in Marvel Comics, the alien Skulls were pretty much a joke in the Marvel Universe. The shape-changing aliens were more of an annoyance to super groups like the Fantastic Four and The Avengers except when they tricked out some of their race like The Super Skrull, who had all of the combined powers of the Fantastic Four.

 

Nov 2, 2012

007 Legends doesn't play fair
I remember the first 007 film I ever saw in a movie theatre. It was 'For Your Eyes Only' and from that point on, I became a life-long James Bond fan.

 

Oct 25, 2012

Wii U dominates Nintendo's Holiday Showcase
At Nintendo's annual holiday showcase, the word on everyone's lips and minds was the Wii U. Nintendo's successor to the popular Wii due in stores on November 18th ruled the floor and conversation at the media event held at the Fifth Grill in downtown Toronto.

 

Oct 17, 2012

Pokémon returns better than ever
When I first heard that the creative forces behind the Pokémon series were, for the first time ever, producing direct sequels, I was very skeptical.

 

Oct 1, 2012

Fractured Soul, Fire Pro lead DLC releases
Fractured Soul is to the Nintendo 3DS as Portal was to the Xbox or PlayStation. Available from the 3Shop for just $11.99, Fractured Soul is definitely in the running for the most original puzzle game of the year.

 

Sept 14, 2012

'Fall of Cybertron' outstanding in every way
Watching the Transformers series, every die-hard fan knows how the mechanized warriors arrived on their adopted home: Earth. What we don't know is the history of their home world. Courtesy of Activision and the exceptional work of High Noon Studios, we now have some understanding of how Cybertron was left a smoldering husk.

 

Aug 17, 2012

Square Enix scores with 'Sleeping Dogs'
When 'Echo Beach' from Martha and the Muffins came on the car radio, I knew 'Sleeping Dogs' was something really special.

 

Aug 2, 2012

'Heroes' enhances tried, true formula
'Heroes of Ruin' is definitely nothing new. A multiplayer dungeon crawler with boss battles at the end of each level is not a visionary idea. Yet, 'Heroes of Ruin' demonstrates that familiar concepts done exceptionally well can still capture the interest of gamers.

 

July 19, 2012

'Spider-Man' is 'Amazing'
At the conclusion of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' movie, Peter Parker assures Captain George Stacy (Denis Leary) that he will stay away from his daughter Gwen but we all know that ain't gonna happen.

 

July 4, 2012

Pokemon Conquest: Gotta invade them all!
The Pokemon franchise has spun off into more directions than the octopus ride at your local fairground. There have been dungeon crawlers, race games, puzzle games and even a typing game. 'Pokemon Conquest' - the latest in the Pokemon sequels - is the most challenging and the most noteworthy of them all.

 

June 26, 2012

'Batman 2', best LEGO game ever
Holy Catfish, Batman. Think you know the LEGO video games? You ain't seen nothing yet. 'LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes' will change everything you thought you knew about the series.

 

June 7, 2012

Max brings the Payne
Eleven years ago, Max Payne burst upon the scene both guns blazing and the alcoholic, pain pill-popping anti-hero is still as angry as ever.

 

May 25, 2012

'Mario Tennis' holds court on the 3DS
Forget about Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez or Sidney Crosby. Those superstar sports athletes have nothing on Mario and his pals. Over the years, they have mastered every sport imaginable, including both summer and winter Olympic events and they don't have multi-million dollar contracts to show for it.

 

May 18, 2012

'Prototype 2' unleashes more guilty pleasures
The original 'Prototype' in 2009 was and remains one of my guiltiest gaming pleasures. Canada's own Radical Entertainment and Activision skilfully re-engineered the 'Spider-Man: Web of Shadows' engine and created a brand new story and experience. And what an engrossing experience it was.

 

May 10, 2012

Ubisoft making new 'Avengers' game
Ubisoft has announced a deal with Marvel Entertainment to create a motion-based video 'Avengers' video game.

 

Apr 24, 2012

'Spirit Camera' scares up some fun
Eat your heart out Ghostbusters. The handheld Nintendo 3DS can do everything your proton packs can do and more. Tecmo Koei's 'Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir' puts the power of busting those wayward spirits in the hands of everyday gamers.

 

Apr 17, 2012

The Force is not with 'Kinect: Star Wars'
It used to be waving an imaginary lightsaber around your living room and showing off your best Jedi moves could result in you becoming a reluctant YouTube star. With the invention of the Xbox Kinect, Star Wars geeks (such as myself) have a license to wail and thrash about like the dweebs we are without fear of reprisal.

 

Apr 5, 2012

'Kid Icarus', another solid 3DS entry
Although Pit has been a part of the Nintendo family for 19 years or more, Nintendo hasn't really shone the spotlight on him fully until now. The wise-cracking angel defending mankind against the evil Madusa and her minions finally has the chance to shine in the best Nintendo 3DS game released to date.

 

Mar 26, 2012

Time to Party with Mario
We missed you 'Mario Party'. It has been a few years since Nintendo's ultimate party game made its debut on the Wii and in that time the market has been flooded with all manner of multiplayer party titles. Based on the strength of its characters and mini-games, 'Mario Party 9' is marked improvement over its predecessor.

 

Mar 13, 2012

I Am Alive, a frustrating journey
'I Am Alive' has everything going for it. It has an involving and oftentimes poignant post-apocalyptic storyline. It has a unique look courtesy of its uncomplicated colour palate and gritty graphics. It has a different style of gameplay that might attract a certain type of gamer.

 

Mar 9, 2012

WrestleFest piledrives your iDevice
In the wrestling world, retirement is rarely for life. Even at the hands of a "commissioner", "general manager" or the result of a special match stipulation, wrestlers find a way of making their way back into fold…one way or another.

 

Feb 28, 2012

'The Darkness' returns
Jackie Estacado, the man with those zany demon arms is not a happy camper. Not one little bit. The anti-hero of 'The Darkness' has moved up in the world since 2007. The gangland hitman is now the boss of the Franchetti crime family. This alone has pasted a big, fat target on his back.

 

Feb 9, 2012

'Avengers' game coming to Facebook
The Avengers are assembling on Facebook. Coinciding with the blockbuster movie swinging into theatres this summer, the Disney Interactive Media Group is releasing 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance' as a Facebook application-game in Q1 of this year.

 

Feb 3, 2012

Sword-swinging Sakura a great value
A princess is missing and everyone's favourite mustached plumber is not coming to the rescue? It's the truth, gentle readers.

 

Jan 31, 2012

G4 Canada's 2011 Game of the Year Awards
2011 was a stellar year for the video game industry. While the quantity dropped slightly due to projects being delayed or bumped, the quality of the material released into the marketplace was amazing. With so many fantastic games, it has been very difficult to narrow the field down to the best of the best but we have here at G4.

 

Jan 27, 2012

Zen Pinball brings back classic gaming
I may be dating myself a little here but I can remember when arcades had nothing but pinball machines in them. Until Asteriods and Pong arrived to signal a gaming revolution, everyone wanted to be a pinball wizard. Just ask Roger Harry Daltrey and The Who.

 

Jan 18, 2012

Fossil Fighters: Champions expands the adventure
As tall as a building and as small as a mouse, dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes. Is it any wonder generations of children cannot get enough of them?

 

Dec 22, 2011

Mario Kart 7 takes the checkered flag
Rev up those engines. Mario, his Nintendo pals and their driving machines are back and this time they are racing on the 3DS.

 

Dec 19, 2011

WWE '12 brings change to franchise
Just as Rey Mysterio Jr. has masks, the THQ WWE video game franchise has had as many identities. There has been 'No Mercy', 'WrestleMania 21', 'WWE Raw', 'Legends of WrestleMania' and 'WWE All-Stars'. The most familiar and enduring franchise though was 'Smackdown Versus Raw', the greatest bunch of wrestling games ever made. Period.

 

Dec 14, 2011

Mario makes his 3DS debut
While visiting the official Nintendo Store in New York City recently, I had a discussion with one of employees there. Both fans and gaming geeks, we talked about all things Nintendo at the checkout line as the rest of the world just faded away.

 

Dec 8, 2011

'MW3' right on target
Every year fully-loaded blockbuster action movies invade Big Screens every summer with their high-octane excitement. A few short months later, Activision's Call of Duty franchise arrives on the small screen with the same bluster and fury. There is really nothing separating the two anymore. They pretty much go hand-in-hand.

 

Dec 1, 2011

'Skylanders' soars
2011 has been a turbulent year in gaming. Releases have been delayed due to economics and some anticipated titles have not lived up to expectations. With the exception of Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's 3DS, sales have been disappointing and will probably end the year on a flat note.

 

Nov 25, 2011

Kids collectable games: Gotta catch 'em both
Due to its inventiveness and just all around coolness, I voted 'Invizimals' for the PSP, the best kids game of 2010 right here on G4.

 

Nov 16, 2011

'Kinect Sports' returns for Season 2
After a successful 2010, 'Kinect Sports' is back for 'Season 2' bringing six new sports to the mix. Picking up right where it left off, 'Kinect Sports Season 2' offers more controller free fun with a more diverse range of activities to choose from.

 

Nov 9, 2011

PowerUp Heroes saves the day
What kid (or kid at heart) doesn't want to be a superhero? Ubisoft has made that dream a reality with PowerUp Heroes, a game that is firmly in the running for the best children's game of the year.

 

Nov 1, 2011

Spider-Man game all webbed up
Usually we gamers complain about not having enough storyline. How we are sometimes gunning down targets, raiding bases, recovering items with little or no direction concerning our motivation for doing so. 'Spider-Man: Edge of Time' has the opposite problem. Although it has a good story, there is just so much of it that it detracts from the overall feel.

 

Oct 24, 2011

'X-Men: Destiny' for true fans only
The brainchild of comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 'The X-Men' have been the cornerstone of the Marvel universe since 1963. Although they have split off into different groups and their membership has changed over the years from the bestial berserker Wolverine to the shaggy egghead Beast, the misfit mutants have endured even the loss of their beloved mentor: Professor Charles Xavier.

 

Oct 14, 2011

New DS titles: One winner, one loser
Looking to capitalize on the success the Pokémon franchise has had, would be copycats still surface from time to time. If you've played the best of the best, it is hard to accept any substitutes, particularly when they are just shadows of the original.

 

Oct 7, 2011

Gunstringer one of the best Kinect games
'The Gunstringer' is a character you won't soon forget. The distinctive anti-hero of the Xbox 360 Kinect game of the same name is an undead cowboy who in the best spaghetti western tradition is seeking vengeance on the dastardly varmints who done wronged him.

 

Sept 26, 2011

'Gears 3', the perfect package
'Gears of War 3' is that game or at least as close as you can possible come.

 

Sept 14, 2011

'Star Fox' still a classic on 3DS
Air combat games? I've never been a big fan, mostly because the controls drive me insane and I don't want to be staring at triangles, circles on a tiny radar screen for hours and hours.

 

Aug 23, 2011

Secure your home with Rogers
With the new 'Smart Home Monitoring' service, Ontario homeowners can truly be the masters of their own domain.

 

Aug 12, 2011

'Defense Force', a great summer find
Once recognized as a leading "survival horror" series, the F.E.A.R. franchise has shifted towards your more traditional fire-person shooter experience with each subsequent instalment.

 

July 28, 2011

Out of the Box: 'Block' beats the blockbusters
Once recognized as a leading "survival horror" series, the F.E.A.R. franchise has shifted towards your more traditional fire-person shooter experience with each subsequent instalment.

 

July 20, 2011

F.E.A.R. 3, few scares but lots of fun
Once recognized as a leading "survival horror" series, the F.E.A.R. franchise has shifted towards your more traditional fire-person shooter experience with each subsequent instalment.

 

June 27, 2011

'Zelda' reborn on the 3DS
What can be said that hasn't been said about 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time'?

 

July 4, 2011

Alice in Blunderland
In the year 2000, 'American McGee's Alice' and its alternate continuation of the classic Lewis Carroll story, advanced the art of storytelling, design and graphics on the PC. Through Alice's twisted mind, Wonderland became a grotesquely enthralling and strangely alluring setting to explore.

 

June 14, 2011

'L.A. Noire', an authentic tribute
Seedy villains feeding like rats on the life blood of the city. Flawed heroes haunted by tragedy. Femme fatales who are just as dangerous as they are beautiful. With all of its elements of mystery, intrigue and betrayal, film noir is one of the most celebrated and enduring storytelling genres.

 

June 2, 2011

'Panda 2', flawed but fun
Po, the kung fu fighting panda, is back to boot some more bad guy butt in 'Kung Fu Panda 2'.

 

May 27, 2011

Shiver me timbers! Lego 'Pirates' is a treasure
It happened to Indiana Jones. It happened to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker too. It even happened to little Harry Potter. Sooner or later, you just knew Jack Sparrow would be next.

 

May 17, 2011

Portal 2 a beguiling masterpiece
From being on display at DigiPen's career fair to being published by Valve Software, 'Portal' and its developers for that matter, have come a long, long way. The little game that impressed Valve so much they hired the game's development team, has matured into a sequel that's so more than just a curious add-on to the Orange Box.

 

May 5, 2011

3D Ghost Recon shoots from the hip
The Ghosts are back. America's elite Special Forces unit is badder but not exactly bigger than ever in 'Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow

 

Apr 25, 2011

Recycled 'Rayman' looking his age
Spring has definitely sprung and for many of us that means getting off the couch and getting back into shape. Namco is taking that notion one step further by combining both body and brain exercise.

 

Apr 13, 2011

'Body and Brain', Kinect software reviews
Spring has definitely sprung and for many of us that means getting off the couch and getting back into shape. Namco is taking that notion one step further by combining both body and brain exercise.

 

Apr 8, 2011

Producer lifts veil on 'Gears of War 3'
The upcoming 'Gears of War 3' is not just a great game. According to executive producer Rod Fergusson, it is "super, super awesome".

 

Apr 1, 2011

WWE goes over the top with All-Stars
Playing 'WWE All-Stars' is like watching a match between John Cena and Cody Rhodes: you are either going to really like it or really hate it.

 

March 25, 2011

3DS: The future of gaming
Playing through a multitude of games every single year, journalists and gamers really appreciate when something is done right. So many games are rushed to market so often that when a developer doesn't cut corners and creates a mountain of work for themselves with the goal of producing something newer and something better, you have to give credit where credit is due.

 

March 14, 2011

Robooted 'Pokemon' the best of all
Playing through a multitude of games every single year, journalists and gamers really appreciate when something is done right. So many games are rushed to market so often that when a developer doesn't cut corners and creates a mountain of work for themselves with the goal of producing something newer and something better, you have to give credit where credit is due.

 

March 4, 2011

'Marvel Vs. Capcom 3' kicks butt
How do you get the attention of someone like me who would normally pass on the latest button-mashing combat fighting game? How about pitting an eclectic roster of Marvel superheroes and villains against a menagerie of video game superstars?

 

Feb 17, 2011

'Amazing Race' game fun for fans
'What's the next best thing to watching 'The Amazing Race'? How about playing 'The Amazing Race'?

 

Feb 11, 2011

'Bionic Commando' sequel a decent upgrade
'Bionic Commando', even the title brings back memories of crowded arcades and all of those hypnotic electronic sights and sounds. Released in arcades in 1987 and originally envisioned as a sequel to the original 'Commando', 'Bionic Commando' was what would have happened if the best characteristics of Inspector Gadget and Rambo were cloned into one cigar-chomping, trigger-happy special agent-quasi mercenary who shoots and asks questions later.

 

Jan 25, 2011

'Breach', good value and good fun
I know what you are thinking, bub. Why does the world need another military multiplayer? The answer is simple. You cannot get the kind of fun 'Breach' dishes out for under twenty-five bucks anywhere, anyhow.

 

Jan 18, 2011

G4 Canada's 2010 Game of the Year Awards
Another year has come and gone and it is time for us to look back at the year that was. Some familiar faces returned and some exciting new ones graced us with their presence. 2010 was a year of unexpected successes and unpredictable flat-out failures. From the best to the worst, we submit our picks for your approval, amusement and a few cheap laughs.

 

Dec 20, 2010

Arcade originals return
Donkey Kong and Pac-Man, they are legend. After making their debuts 30 years ago, the two video game icons are still going strong. Over the years, they have appeared everywhere and been turned into everything from breakfast cereals, toys, Saturday morning cartoon characters and even car air fresheners. They have been there and done that but no matter where their respective brands take them, it is the games that keep their legends truly alive.

 

Dec 6, 2010

'Black Ops' eclipsed by 'Modern Warfare'
Like a vigilant, hardened soldier, the 'Call of Duty' franchise has marched ahead heedless of the perils in its way. Each installment has been better than the last, for the most part.

 

Nov 25, 2010

007 games, two of the year's best
The latest news is that 'Bond 23' could be hitting theatres in November, 2012, with or without series star Daniel Craig. 007 fans need not hold their collective breathes though. With its rousing 'Blood Stone' and 'GoldenEye' releases, Activision has given them genuine Bond experiences that will keep those martinis shaken and not stirred for some time to come.

 

Nov 12, 2010

'Smackdown Vs. Raw 2011', nothing but a jobber
You don't mess with perfection and you don't fix what ain't broke. Such simple advice yet sometimes, people still don't heed it. They tinker, tinker and tinker some more until something that was once great becomes a mangled mess.

 

Nov 10, 2010

'Enslaved' to platforming
'Enslaved: Odyssey to the West' has perhaps the best opening level of any video game, ever made. As the agile, burly Monkey, you are an inmate aboard a crippled prison ship that's about to crash into what was once New York City. The Big Apple is now the Big Jungle due to a nightmare scenario reminiscent of 'Terminator'. The machines have risen and the human race is now obsolete.

 

Oct 27, 2010

New 'Guitar Hero' out of tune
Polish those picks, tighten those strings and have plenty of Epsom salts and warm water to soak your hands in. Another installment in the 'Guitar Hero' franchise has arrived with all of the fiery finger fretting we have come to enjoy from the rhythm game series.

 

Oct 21, 2010

'Guardian' a good sign for 'Pokemon Ranger'
Forget the original saying, "Gotta catch and release them all!" should be the new Pokemon catchphrase. The venerable children's video game series with its precocious children, wonderfully unusual creatures, fanciful storylines and sometimes totally confusing translated dialogue has returned with another entry in the 'Pokemon Ranger' franchise.

 

Oct 6, 2010

Four Spider-Men are better than one
One giant lizard called the Zillo Beast. A teenage Boba Fett. Cad Bane, a merciless bounty hunter. A new season of the outstanding "Stars: Clone Wars" series is upon us and if it is anything like the last, fans are in for some galactic twists and turns.

 

Sept 24, 2010

The Force is with 'Clone Wars Adventures'
One giant lizard called the Zillo Beast. A teenage Boba Fett. Cad Bane, a merciless bounty hunter. A new season of the outstanding "Stars: Clone Wars" series is upon us and if it is anything like the last, fans are in for some galactic twists and turns.

 

Sept 13, 2010

'Mafia 2' whacks the competition
Despite the ups and downs of this gaming year, two things are abundantly clear: 2010 is the year of sandbox game and the year in which plot really does matter.

 

Sept 2, 2010

'Clash' just crap
Putting 'Clash of the Titans' in your video game console is like agreeing to participate a staring contest against Medusa.

 

Aug 20, 2010

X'10 Canada thrills gamers
Christmas came early for Toronto media outlets. At X'10 Canada, held at the Fifth Social and Supper Club in downtown Toronto, Microsoft Canada previewed its diverse catalogue of holiday releases. G4TV was there to take in all the sights and sounds.

 

Aug 11, 2010

Raven bounces back with 'Singularity'
Last year, Raven Software tried their hand at the classic videogame series 'Wolfenstein' with very mixed results. Giving the impression of a rushed production job, the final product had little shock and awe value.

 

July 23, 2010

'Crackdown' sequel, one big yawn
After weeding out all the Pacific City gang leaders in the original 'Crackdown' and dispensing with their corpses in some very satisfying and creative ways that The Punisher himself would be proud of, it seems our fair metropolis has fallen from grace once again. Day or night, the city is in desperate need of our help. Zombie-like monsters or mutant Freaks come out at night and run amok destroying property and some people here and there. More bothersome than dangerous, one of the game's most fulfilling moments is driving through the city streets at night and ploughing through dozens of Freaks.

 

July 8, 2010

'Cybertron' transforms franchise
Spider-Man. Shrek. The X-Men. The Marvel heroes in 'Ultimate Alliance'. It may have not always been the case - Anyone remember some of those 'Spider-Man' movie games? - but you can now add 'Transformers' to the list of ready-made franchises that Activision has improved upon and strengthened through gaming.

 

June 28, 2010

'Mario Galaxy 2' surpasses original
It seems that nothing changes much in Mario's world. Princess Peach had to get kidnapped once again and her abductor, Bowser, is still the contemptible and unbearable jerk he always has been. Mario, himself, isn't content to having one galaxy to himself, so he had to go explore another in search of Peach and we are so very glad that he did.

 

June 4, 2010

'Alan Wake' takes TV to another level
Although the first season of 'Heroes' was darn close, nothing has ever topped 'Twin Peaks' or 'The X-Files' as two of my favourite television shows of all time, that is, if you discount 'Big Brother', 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race'.

 

May 14, 2010

'Splinter Cell' changes for the better
I don't know about you but one of my guilty gaming pleasures began with 'Goldeneye' way back in 1997. That is the first game I recall to ever include a silenced weapon. To be able to sneak up on an opponent and pop them without any of their buddies knowing was and still is pure satisfaction for me. It has never, ever lost its charm.

 

Apr 29, 2010

'Calling' pays tribute to J-horror
Although it has faded from the mainstream consciousness, horror fans know that J-horror or the Japanese horror genre is still alive and well. Pillaging the genre for remakes like 'The Ring', 'One Missed Call' and 'The Grudge', Hollywood has had their fun and moved on as they always do but the scene itself is as chilling and inventive as it always has been.

 

Apr 20, 2010

'Dragon' goes up in flames
Think about it. If you had any pet in the world, a dragon would be a wicked choice. You would have your own portable flame thrower whenever you needed that kind of thing. You would have your own air transportation and not to mention a really, really intimidating bodyguard. For adolescent Viking misfit, Hiccup, in 'How to Train Your Dragon', his forbidden dragon pal 'Toothless' is all of those things and much more.

 

Apr 6, 2010

'Red Steel 2', a sharper blade
In 2006, Ubisoft's original 'Red Steel' was one of the launch titles for the Wii. While some thought the title was weighed down by some pesky bugs, it was two notches above "Okay" for me. The virtual sword fights and gun battles went well hand-in-hand and made full use of the innovative Wiimote working with the Nunchuck controller.

 

Mar 26, 2010

Microsoft Launches Game Room
Good games never die, they just get reloaded. The good peeps at Microsoft have once again dug into the musty video game vault and rescued some of the coolest, nerdiest, most addictive games with their new Game Room addition to Xbox Live.

 

Mar 22, 2010

'Endless Ocean' sequel has endless possibilities
Popping 'Endless Ocean: Blue World' into your Wii is like when you take off on that runway and heading off on a well deserved vacation. Your mind is at peace and ready to absorb new experiences. 'Endless Ocean' is a different headspace than most gamers might be used to but it is a welcome one.

 

Mar 15, 2010

'Alice', a gaming 'Wonderland'
Falling down the rabbit hole isn't nearly as fun as it looks for gamers, depending which console or system you are talking about. While the DS/DSi version of the 'Alice in Wonderland' game by Disney Interactive Studios mirrors Tim Burton's movie when it comes to its originality and distinctive attitude, the Wii game is about as appealing as the prospect of flossing the Jabberwocky's teeth.

 

Mar 3, 2010

'Dante's Inferno' raises hell
'God of War'. 'God of War'. I am tired of the comparisons to 'God of War'. Don't get me wrong. I am a big fan of Kratos and his ancient misadventures as much as the next guy but 'Dante's Inferno' is not 'God of War Jr.', as some have described it. To refer to it as such is an insult to the outstanding work developer Visceral Games put into the title.

 

Feb 23, 2010

'Bayonetta' is wickedly wicked
Not since Lara Croft or Samus Aran has there been a cooler female character to play than Bayonetta, the gun-toting, demon summoning, wickedly wicked witch from the game of the same name. Calm, cool and collected at all times as her, you don't feel guilty at all about chugging and clobbering through Heaven's militia as there seems to be very little separating them from their rivals down South. Bayonetta is all about that grey region between love and hate, good and evil, PC and Macintosh.

 

Feb 11, 2010

No glory for 'Heracles'
When one thinks of the exploits of mythological hero Heracles ('Hercules'), visions of larger-than-life adventures and daring feats of valor come to mind. Heroic exploits featuring damsels in distress, monstrous baddies and exotic locales.

 

Feb 2, 2010

'Serious' action on XBLA
Some things simply get better with age, especially smart-mouthed, trigger happy, die-hard mercenaries like Sam "Serious" Stone.

 

Jan 19, 2010

'Tag Force 4' the ultimate 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' game
The original 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' TV Series ended years ago with our hero Yugi Mutou figuring out the secret of all those Egyptian God cards and saving the world from imminent disaster, once again. But, as everyone knows, the real star of the series was Seto Kaiba.

 

Jan 12, 2010

G4 Canada's 2009 Game of the Year Awards
When gamers look back and think of 2009, one word will come to mind: mediocrity. Many of the highly-anticipated titles just didn't live up to the hype and left many gamers wanting more. Short single player campaigns and reduced features were the norm as cutbacks and a volatile economy were the boss battles everyone had to fight. Still, there were those developers, publishers who weathered the storm and put out some of their best work to date. Below are our choices for the best and worst of 2009.

 

Dec 24, 2009

New 'COD' blows us away
Playing through 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' I made a conscious decision NOT to shoot anybody. That's right, I didn't pull the trigger once…until I had no choice when a SWAT team arrived to thwart our escape. During the controversial level, you join a group of terrorists targeting an airport. As they walk through the terminal, they callously shoot any traveler they come across. Soon, the screams of the dying and injured echo all around you as those who are lucky to be alive try to find somewhere to hide as they crawl along leaving a trail of their own blood behind.

 

Dec 22, 2009

'Avatar' a titanic letdown
The more and more I see of James Cameron's 'Avatar', the less and less I want to check it out. From the trailers, it looks like a mash-up of other films like 'Star Wars', 'Lord of the Rings' and maybe a smattering of 'Robotech. It doesn't help that the Na'vi aliens look like blue versions of Jar Jar Binks to me. Ugh.

 

Dec 1, 2009

'DJ Hero' is up to scratch
DJing. I have friends who do it. I enjoy watching them do it but I still don't understand the allure, myself. Maybe it is because I am an old school rocker/metalhead who believes the best musical era was the sixties. Maybe it is because I hate dancing, dance clubs and anything associated with moving my two feet in any kind of rhythm, unless I am stomping and stomping hard.

 

Nov 17, 2009

New WWE game best yet
Almost every year since they began work on the 'Smackdown vs Raw' franchise way back in 2000, developers Yuke's have outdone themselves with each new release.

 

Oct 30, 2009

'Halo: ODST' doesn't measure up
Occurring at the same time as the fateful events of 'Halo 2', 'Halo ODST', features a fresh cast of playable characters. Yes, that's “characters”, plural. As you fight to take back what little is left of the African city of New Mombasa from the Covenant, you will bounce between several members of a tough as nails ODST (Orbital Drop Shock Trooper) squad.

 

Oct 22, 2009

'Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2' fails to impress
Woody and the gang are back not just at the theatre but on your smaller screen at home too. It has been approximately nine or ten years since there was a 'Toy Story' game and if you were going to put one together, the Wii would indeed be the best format for it.

 

Oct 7, 2009

Leave 'Mania!' in the toy box
Woody and the gang are back not just at the theatre but on your smaller screen at home too. It has been approximately nine or ten years since there was a 'Toy Story' game and if you were going to put one together, the Wii would indeed be the best format for it.

 

Sept 18, 2009

'Wolfenstein' plays like a relic
'Wolfenstein', the sequel of sorts to 'Return to Castle Wolfenstein', is not as clever or as revolutionary but if you like shooting people in the head, chest or groin with all manner of lethal firearms or reducing them to mere dust particles by a disintegration beam, this is the game for you.

 

Sept 11, 2009

More mischief and mayhem in 'Watchmen' sequel
Poor Nite Owl and Rorschach. No matter how many times they save the world, it always manages to get messed up again. It never just stays saved. No sooner then have they trashed Underboss and his gregarious gang of goons in part one of 'Watchmen: The End Is Nigh' than another baddie has come to stir up more trouble.

 

Aug 28, 2009

New 'Layton' a puzzle paradise
'Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box' is the follow-up to last year's smash hit on the DS: 'Professor Layton and the Curious Village'. Shades of Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Diabolical Box' has Professor Layton confronting the strange death of his mentor. Clues at the scene persuade The Professor and Luke to take a trip on the Molentary Express (a “cruise ship on rails”, so we are told numerous times). While aboard, our heroes are on the lookout for the Elysian Box of the title, a mysterious contraption that, according to legend, kills anyone who opens it.

 

Aug 21, 2009

Disney unveils Holiday fun
No matter who is on your gift list this fall or winter, Disney Interactive Studios has got you covered. At their holiday show held at the Royal Ontario Museum, Disney gave journalists, moms, dads and kids of all ages a sneak peak at what the house of mouse has in store for gamers.

 

Aug 14, 2009

Ubisoft reshells the Turtles
Since their first appearance in comic book form in 1984, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello have become pop culture mainstays leaping off the black and white pages into television shows, movies and video games. Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, like 'Transformers' and 'G.I. Joe', the crime-fighting are seemingly here to stay, in one form or another.

 

Aug 7, 2009

Like the movie, 'G-Force' a treat for kids
“Since God created man, and man created the Transformers, the Transformers are like a gift from God,” Elias told Randal in Kevin Smith's 'Clerks 2'. Now, I am not sure I follow that logic just like I don't understand half the things Bumblebee always says but you just know that Michael Bay is happy that he hooked his wagon to that film franchise and not something like 'Speed Racer'.

 

July 24, 2009

'Revenge of the Fallen' for Gobots?
“Since God created man, and man created the Transformers, the Transformers are like a gift from God,” Elias told Randal in Kevin Smith's 'Clerks 2'. Now, I am not sure I follow that logic just like I don't understand half the things Bumblebee always says but you just know that Michael Bay is happy that he hooked his wagon to that film franchise and not something like 'Speed Racer'.

 

July 8, 2009

'Fight Night' back in the ring
Developed by Electronic Arts Canada, 'Fight Night: Round 4' is a noticeable improvement over the other installments.
Of all the upgrades, it is the new physics based gameplay engine that ranks 'Round 4' as the undisputed champion. When you are in the ring, everything about the experience feels natural and unrefined. Erroneously throwing an indiscriminate barrage of missed punches at your opponent does nothing but sap your strength, weaken your blows and your ability to defend yourself. 'Fight Night' requires you to pick your spots so that you can make each punch really count. There are moments where the haymakers fly fast and furious but for the most part, it is a game of precision and timing.

 

July 3, 2009

[Prototype]: A great guilty pleasure
The unapologetic anti-hero of Activision's '[Prototype]', the merciless Mercer is at the centre of a whirlwind government conspiracy involving the military, a lethal virus, a genetics company and lots and lots of snarling beasties.

 

June 26, 2009

Nintendo brings E3 to Toronto
For those who couldn't make it down to E3 earlier this month or for those who did and just wanted to hack around some more, Nintendo Canada brought all of its E3 goodness to Toronto. Journalists were able give many of Nintendo's upcoming releases a test run and here were the highlights.

 

June 19, 2009

The nuts and bolts of 'Terminator Salvation'
Sheesh. Can't the Connor family do anything right? Despite their best efforts, the future they have dreaded has to come to pass. Blowing up Arnold Schwarzenegger with a pipe bomb and crushing him in a hydraulic press did nothing. Pushing Robert Patrick into a vat of molten steel didn't prevent the future apocalypse and neither did sticking a hydrogen fuel cell into Kristanna Loken's mouth and blowing her to smithereens. Looking back, maybe we should have called on Master Chief, Dr. Gordon Freeman or Samus Aran to clean up this mess instead.

 

June 12, 2009

'UFC: 2009', almost 'Undisputed'
It was only a short time ago that ultimate fighting or mixed martial arts competitions were banned in many places throughout the world mainly because of the unfettered brutality of the combat itself. Commonly accepted now by most mainstream audiences in North America, ultimate fighting has traveled a long and hard road to be recognized alongside boxing or other martial arts events.

 

June 2, 2009

New 'Punch-Out!' a knock out
A recent study suggests that these days more people are playing video games than going to the movies. The report conducted by the NPD Group states that in the past six months 64 percent of Americans have played a video game and consumers spend one-third of their entertainment dollars on video games while only 53 percent have gone to see a movie.

 

May 15, 2009

'Wolverine' a cut above
The Canadian superhero has finally broken away from the X-Men and come into his own with a blockbuster movie and videogame. Although he oftentimes struggles to cage the raging beast inside him, Wolverine has unshackled the full fury of his savage nature when the circumstances are that dire. In 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' the game, the brutality that is part of the persona is on full display.

 

May 6, 2009

Xbox Live Canada the testing ground for '1 vs 100'
Ever think you can do better than those poor slobs and clods you see blowing bonehead questions on TV game shows? Well, Microsoft is asking Canadian gamers to put their money where their mouths are. On Friday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. PST, the exclusive beta test of '1 vs. 100' begins on Xbox Live with the first ever "episode" of the massively multiplayer online game.

 

April 30, 2009

'Guitar Hero: Metallica', the ultimate shredder
With 'Guitar Hero: Metallica', Activision and Neversoft have cranked their amps way beyond eleven. Fans of the fret butchering rhythm game franchise have been taken to the limit before. 'Psychobilly Freakout', 'Jordan', 'Through the Fire and Flames' are just a few of the ditties that have ruthlessly advanced the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome in an entire generation of gamers.

 

April 23, 2009

'Monsters vs. Aliens' the game, just as fun
When it comes to monsters or aliens, I will always pick the monsters. With so many diverse creatures to choose from, who wouldn't? Coming off the heels of the best children's movie of 2009 thus far, comes the best kids game up to now.

 

April 13, 2009

Nintendo Pokemon expert: Nothing outshines 'Platinum'
Seth McMahill, the Assistant Manager of Product Marketing at Nintendo, has one of the coolest jobs in the world. Can you imagine getting paid to promote, market, eat, sleep and drink Pokemon? Well, Seth does. With 'Pokemon Platinum' version in stores now, Canada sat down with Nintendo's resident Pokemon expert and got his take on the new game and all things Pokemon including what his favourite Pokemon of all time is. Hint: It ain't Pikachu and for the record, mine is Gengar, the mischievous ghost Pokemon.

 

April 6, 2009

Nintendo DSi, an evolution in gaming
First things first, I was never a fan of the introduction of the GameBoy Micro or in some ways the DS Lite. To me, they weren't that technological advanced in any area and maybe not worth the upgrade depending on what was of value to you. The machines just looked a lot nicer and maybe those models should have been held back until Nintendo could offer more changes worth writing home about.

 

April 3, 2009

Relive, Rewrite, Redefine: 'Legends of WrestleMania'
25 years ago, the World Wrestling Federation changed the face of professional wrestling by creating the spectacle known as 'WrestleMania'. Combining its own talented performers with appearances by celebrities, rock stars and even politicians, the WWE came to view their annual event as their annual Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 all rolled into one.

 

April 1, 2009

'Halo Wars' for fans only
Yes, sir. It has been a long, long time since 'Age of Empires' in 1997. The sights and sounds of Real-Time Strategy combat are so much bigger and better now. You need to look no further than Ensemble Studios' 'Halo Wars' for the Xbox 360 to see how the simple RTS format has evolved from rudimentary sprites and pixels to the meticulously detailed masterworks of today.

 

March 26, 2009

'Shadow Dragon' a chip off the old block
'Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon' is a remake of the first game in the celebrated 'Fire Emblem' series that never made it to North American shores but don't let that fool you. It is an enhancement of the original and not merely some rushed rehash to pry the cash and coin from your hands.

 

March 19, 2009

'Watchmen' game: You get what you pay for
When writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons produced the 'Watchmen' comic book series for DC Comics in 1986, they never dreamed their gritty deconstruction of the superhero genre would be made into a full-length feature film never mind a videogame. The pairing of such high-minded ideals and such vicious violence was difficult for the mainstream to ingest in the eighties.

 

March 6, 2009

'Street Fighter' can't land a punch
The new DSi will be hitting North American shores this April. Just like they did with the Wii gaming console, Nintendo is hoping to revolutionize the handheld gaming world with the DSi system.

 

Feb 26, 2009

First look at new 'Halo' maps, 'Wars'
What better reasons do Halo fans have dust off their spike grenades and energy swords than the new 'Sandbox', 'Orbital' and 'Assembly' maps? The 'Mythic Map Pack' will launch with Limited Edition of 'Halo Wars' on March 3.

 

Feb 19, 2009

New DS in April
The new DSi will be hitting North American shores this April. Just like they did with the Wii gaming console, Nintendo is hoping to revolutionize the handheld gaming world with the DSi system.

 

Feb 4, 2009

'Neighborhood Games' brings back memories
THQ's 'Neighborhood Games' for the Nintendo Wii is a celebration of the games that helped us pass the time on those lazy afternoons. There's horseshoes, basketball, touch football, remote control truck racing, water balloon wars, bocce ball, shuffleboard tennis, golf and many more including my favourite...lawn darts.

 

Jan 26, 2009

'World Tour' expands rhythm game genre
You knew it had to happen sooner or later. With the advent of 'Rock Band', the rhythm - music video game genre was taken to a whole new level. Not wasting any time, the 'Guitar Hero' has answered back with its version of the virtual band experience - 'Guitar Hero - World Tour' - providing players with drums, guitars and microphones. There are no synthesizers yet but we all know that unless you are Rush or Yes, they are for sissies any ways.

 

Jan 22, 2009

Canada's 2008 Game of the Year Awards
It was a year of turmoil, strife and economic instability in 2008. Canadians went to the polls, saw huge companies like General Motors crumbling at the seams, and put up with what seemed like the longest winter in recent memory.

 

Jan 7, 2009

Out of the Box: New 'Resident Evil' film stumbles
As the film opens, we are not even really sure when the events of 'Degeneration' are supposed to fit into the 'Resident Evil' timeline for crying out loud. Sometime after the zany mishap in Raccoon City, series heroes Claire Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy arrive in the town of Havardville. Converging at the airport, their fight for survival against the T-Virus hordes dramatically begins anew as a jumbo jet crashes into the airport, cracks open like a tin can and releases some really ravenous zombies.

 

Dec 4, 2008

Wii Sports Deathmatch
With its intuitive controllers, is it no wonder that the Wii is well-suited to so many sports games. From pro-wrestling to tennis, the Wii not only mimics many of the actions to perfection but also gets players off the couch, off their butts and moving. Who says all gamers are couch potatoes? This week, three sports games duke it out to see who comes out on top in the Gaming Deathmatch.

 

Nov 25, 2008

'SVR 2009': The champ is here
Like a grappler arguing with a WWE official over a slow count, we have accused THQ and developer Yuke's of being skimpy when it comes to the new changes to the 'Smackdown Versus Raw' game over the years. Not so in 2009. It seems that both parties have listened intently to both fans and critics, and instituted some long-awaited modifications to not only the gameplay but to everything from the characters themselves to the modes that are available.

 

Nov 14, 2008

'Quantum' gives 007 fans some 'Solace'
The good news for gamers and filmgoers alike is that James Bond is all business in both the 'Quantum of Solace' game and the film. Looking to avenge the death of the woman he loved, Bond ain't cracking jokes, sipping martinis or seducing women. He is mercilessly busting up people left, right and centre as he tracks down those responsible.

 

Nov 10, 2008

'Web of Shadows' just amazing
If you are one Peter Parker, you've got a lot of friends like the mighty mutant buzz saw Wolverine, the mysterious Moon Knight and the sexy but deadly Black Widow. You've also got a lot of enemies like the human bulldozer Rhino, the vicious Vulture and the very gross and very slimy, Venom. All of these folks and more come together in 'Spider-Man: Web of Shadows', the latest free roaming game featuring everyone's friendly neighborhood web-slinger.

 

Oct 30, 2008

A ghoulish 'Homecoming' for 'Silent Hill'
The eerie and mysterious New England town of Shepherd's Glen with its streets named after famous horror movie directors - How cool is that? - is the setting for a more personal story this time around but with the same creepy 'Silent Hill' monsters and atmosphere.

 

Oct 10, 2008

Sonic slows down
Made for the Nintendo DS by BioWare, 'Chronicles' takes Sonic where he has never gone before: the RPG world. With the makers of 'Mass Effect' at the helm, 'Chronicles' is not about collecting gold rings or winding your way through each maze. Well, actually it is but not as you might think.

 

July 24, 2008

New 'Guitar Hero' pressed for 'Aerosmith' fans
It took me by surprise that of all the bands to choose from, Aerosmith would be the first group ever to be given their own edition of 'Guitar Hero'. It is not like the name Joe Perry comes to mind when you first think of guitar gods past, present and future. It is not that he sucks or anything, far from it. It is just he doesn't stand out at all and maybe that's an intentional thing.

 

July 10, 2008

DS 'Guitar Hero' a handful
What could be better than trashing a perfectly good hotel room? How about playing 'Guitar Hero' anywhere you want? With the 'On Tour' release designed and developed exclusively for the Nintendo DS handheld system, the franchise has gone mobile and although the new gameplay takes a little getting used to, the feeling you get nailing that grueling solo is still the same.

 

July 3, 2008

'Kung Fu' game as good as the movie
Besides the laughs and crazy martial arts action, including the biggest butt drop known to mankind, 'Kung Fu Panda' has been rightfully praised for its wonderful animation. Fans of the movie will be happy to know that the attention to detail and the brilliant colours have made their way to the Activision video game. No fooling but the game really does look as good as the movie itself.

 

May 29, 2008

'Iron Man' flawed but fun
First out of the gate for Sega is 'Iron Man', Marvel Comics' high tech hero who is more at home with audiences now than ever before. That is perhaps why the movie has been embraced as it has been. With high tech gizmos and toys dominating our lives, there really is no better time for 'Iron Man' to have been released.

 

March 18, 2008

'Smash Bros.' just Super
'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' for the Nintendo has it all. There are so many options, so many characters, so many collectables and so many modes, you would be hard pressed not to find something to keep your interest for a very, very long time.

 

March 10, 2008

'Hitman' movie misses the mark
Coming to DVD this Tuesday, 'Hitman' is not a total waste of time but it is really nothing special either. Agent 47 could have been the next Jason Bourne or 007, if the producers of the slap dash 'Hitman' feature film had only taken the time to suitably develop the character. They really have no excuse either.

 

February 26, 2008

'Devil 4' will make you 'Cry'
From its inception, the 'Devil May Cry' series has told great stories with some even greater characters. While this still holds true with the latest chapter in the series "Devil May Cry 4', it is one of the only things that will interest gamers in pressing on ahead to the next mission and the next.

 

January 29, 2008

Hands on: 'GoW' PSP demo
If there was any doubt that 'God of War: Chains of Olympus' was going to be the greatest game ever made for the PSP, the newly released demo from Sony featuring the 'Battle of Attica' level has put that all to rest.

 

January 24, 2008

'Kong' doc reveals gaming obsessions
Achievement points? Unlockables? Not so in the eighties. Then, it was all about high scores and levels attained but just like today, some people just take things waaaay too seriously.

 

January 15, 2008

'Napoleon' anything but dynamite
Some still don't get the 2004 quirky comedy 'Napoleon Dynamite' and probably never will. It is an acquired taste to be sure. Those who couldn't make heads or tails out of the movie will surely feel as if they had their brains scrambled playing 'Napoleon Dynamite: The Game'.

 

January 09, 2008

G4 Canada's Game of the Year Awards
So there was quite a lot to plow through in 2007 and the holiday period especially had game reviewers pulling their hair out when their hands weren't attached to their controllers, but G4 Canada's John Powell and Daniel Barron have crowned winners in several Game-of-the-Year categories.

 

December 13, 2007

Kids Gaming Gift Guide
The clock is ticking. Santa is loading up his sleigh and you still haven't gotten anything for that young gamer on your Christmas list? No worries. Never fear. Here are some last minute gift ideas that will put you on their nice list.

 

December 06, 2007

'SVR 2008' releases a mixed bag
Based on common sense, you would assume that 'Smackdown versus Raw 2008', the sequel to the greatest wrestling game ever made, would improve upon the high standards set by last year's benchmark release. If you thought that, like my pals and I before the Maple Leaf Gardens card, you would be wrong. Dead wrong depending on the version you are referring to as some are surprisingly better than others.

 

December 04, 2007

New 'Painkiller' not up to scratch
Initially a free mod, 'Painkiller: Overdose' is now a standalone expansion pack that like the other add-ons in the series, doesn't come close to living up to the original.

 

November 29, 2007

Out of the Box - Gaming Gadget Gift Guide
Having a hardcore gamer on your holiday shopping list can be tricky especially if you are not a video game fanatic yourself. No need to fret. Below sorted by platform are some practical gifts for the gamer in your life.

 

November 23, 2007

'COD4' , the rebirth of a franchise
'Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare' just doesn't represent a shift in time period, it represents a rebirth of the 'Call of Duty' franchise. Infinity Ward didn't go back and reinvent the wheel but in abandoning the World War eras they cleared those boundaries which may have been confining their creativity.

 

November 22, 2007

'Conan' is bloody good fun
As a fictional character, Conan has gotten a bad rep. You can blame Arnold Schwarzenegger and his pair of cheesy movies in the eighties for that. The only impression some people have of the character is of the simple-minded, sadistic oaf that Arnie portrayed. The real Conan found in the classic stories and books written by Robert E. Howard is a more complex character who employs brain as well as brawn and at various times has been a pirate, a thief, a mercenary and even a king.

 

November 15, 2007

Gaming DeathMatch: Party Game DeathMatch
With the advent of video games, family game night has sure taken on a whole new meaning. Whether it be co-op, multiplayer and versus, a family who plays together stays together. With the holidays coming up, tis the season for “party games” and we have two here that are ready to kick butt as much as innocuous and inoffensive family games can possibly “kick butt”.

 

November 13, 2007

New and improved 'Guitar Hero'
Ever since Harmonix, the developers of 'Guitar Hero', moved on to work on 'Rock Band' fans have wondered if their beloved franchise would become mired in mediocrity. Faux axe wielders can rest easy. Not only has Neversoft improved upon the work done by Harmonix but they have introduced some new additions to 'Guitar Hero' as well.

 

November 8, 2007

New 'Zoo' pack expands the fun
With the long-awaited Windows PC version of 'Gears of War' hitting stores shelves November 6th, .ca caught up with the game's lead designer and creator at Epic Games, Clifford “CliffyB“ Bleszinski, and picked his brain about the award-winning success of the “hide and seek” shooter and his thoughts on the what the PC version offers hardcore gamers.

 

November 1, 2007

'Gears of War' - 'CliffyB' Q&A
With the long-awaited Windows PC version of 'Gears of War' hitting stores shelves November 6th, .ca caught up with the game's lead designer and creator at Epic Games, Clifford “CliffyB“ Bleszinski, and picked his brain about the award-winning success of the “hide and seek” shooter and his thoughts on the what the PC version offers hardcore gamers.

 

October 31, 2007

Halloween Gaming Deathmatch
It is that one night of the year when long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night are welcome sights. Don't want to venture out of the house to face them or all the little ghosts and goblins in your neighbourhood but still want to have some thrills and chills this Halloween? We may have the answer for you as not two but THREE recent horror video games duke it out for all tricks and treats in our Halloween edition of Gaming Deathmatch.

 

October 25, 2007

Spidey game spins simple fun
Webhead. Arachnid. Wallcrawler. Webslinger. Whatever you want to call him, your friendly nieghbourhood Spider-Man is back in perhaps one of his most amusing Activision adventures.

 

October 24, 2007

Q&A with 'Bee Movie Game' producer
Due out in theatres November 2nd, the DreamWorks animated film follows the adventures of a rebellious bee, Barry B. Benson, who dares to be different. Before the movie flies into theatres though, fans can live out Barry's fun-filled exploits on their gaming consoles as the game hits stores on October 30th.

 

October 18, 2007

'Quake Wars' has it all...even giant robots
Why can't we all just get along? Well, the answer is if we all did, the gaming world would sure be one very boring place populated by Nintendogs and Lemmings. It is lucky for us that the humans and alien Strogg of the 'Quake' universe still cannot see eye to eye after eleven years of beating the ever lovin' crap out of each other. The hate lives on and so does the 'Quake' series with the multi-player fragfest known as 'Enemy Territory'.

 

October 12, 2007

Sony shines at Holiday Event
Santa better save some room on that sleigh come December. Based on the multitude of games on display at the PlayStation Holiday Preview Event in Toronto, Sony has a lot of holiday gaming goodness waiting in the wings.

 

October 11, 2007

Gaming DeathMatch: NHL 2K8 versus NHL '08
The new NHL season is upon us and with it comes the latest instalments of everyone's favourite hockey game franchises. When it comes to annual sports games the obvious question is always...Are there any improvements? Wonder no more as the whistle blows and the puck is dropped on our hockey gaming deathmatch.

 

October 05, 2007

Out of the Box: Resident DOA
I checked already. There is nothing better than watching beautiful and lethal women kung fu each other into total oblivion on the big screen, as long as it is done tastefully of course.

 

September 28, 2007

Avoid 'Blue Dragon' or get burned
In an effort to win over Japanese fans, Microsoft hooked into 'Blue Dragon'. Developed by Artoons and Mistwalker and published by Microsoft Game Studios, the game is based on the Japanese anime and magna hit.

 

September 20, 2007

'Metroid', the best Wii game yet
Remember those wicked and amusing promos released at the time of the Wii launch? Recall the one that featured a nameless gamer rolling, ducking and spinning like a S.W.A.T. team member as he played 'Metroid Prime 3: Corruption' in his living room? Of course, you do. That scene alone sold me on the Wii as being a revolutionary console. Nintendo hasn't disappointed me in that regard and neither has the first 'Metroid' game for the Wii.

 

September 14, 2007

Gaming DeathMatch: NASCAR versus Forza 2
It is time to put the pedal to the metal and tear up the track. In 'Gaming DeathMatch' this week, we compare two racing games for the Xbox 360 and after the smoke has cleared we will see who indeed takes the checkered flag.

 

September 03, 2007

'Sam & Max', a delightful distraction
Don't be fooled. The news concerning the demise of adventure gaming has been greatly exaggerated. Although the days of LucasArts and Infocom ruling the market with their point and click exploits died at the exact moment iD Software's space marine started unloading on hellish demons and zombies, adventure games are still fighting the good fight.

 

August 28, 2007

Nintendo fall preview!
An Italian plumber that never seems to do much plumbing, flesh-eating zombies, rock heroes and an ivory balance board were the stars of Nintendo's post-E3 preview event held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto.

 
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