Review: September 2009 Archives

Tales of Monkey Island Publisher: LucasArts / Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platforms: PC and Wii
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with 64 MB VRAM, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

At the conclusion of Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 - The Siege of Spinner Cay, Guybrush Threepwood ("Mighty Pirate") was swallowed by an enormous manatee while fending off his would-be assassin, the pirate hunter Morgan LeFlay. As his incarceration in the belly of the beast stands to prevent Threepwood from acquiring a special sponge that will enable him to cure the Caribbean of a Voodoo Pox, Threepwood must escape from the Leviathan (otherwise known as a very big manatee) with his ship and crew intact.

Demon's Souls Review

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Demon's Souls Publisher: Atlus
Developer: From Software

Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

The kingdom of Boletaria has been consumed by a mysterious fog, masking a plague of demons who hunt men to claim their souls. Once the newly-created soulless began to attack the survivors, the entire kingdom descended into chaos. Now, warriors, adventurers and holy men are heading to Boletaria to free the land from its demon infestation – even if they must do so from beyond the grave.

Zuma's Revenge Review

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Zuma's Revenge Publisher: PopCap Games
Developer: PopCap Games

Platforms: PC and Mac
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 700 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 8.1, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

The lovable ball-barfing frog from the original Zuma has been washed far away from his Mesoamerican homeland by a catastrophic storm, only to land on a tropical, Polynesian island replete with tiki-toting spirits. Only by keeping his cool can the frog avoid an onslaught of colored spheres and take out the tikis that would do him in.

The Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks Publisher: Sega
Developer: Her Interactive

Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

The Hardy Boys, teenage sleuths, have been invited to join the Royal Express on its trek to St. Petersburg in search of the lost Romanov treasure. Starting in Paris, Frank and Joe stop in the cultural centers of Europe as they unravel their first mystery to grace the DS.

Trine Review

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Trine Publisher: Frozenbyte
Developer: Frozenbyte

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2.0 GHz CPU, 512 MB RAM, Radeon X800 or GeForce 6800 or better video card, 600 MB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system

The story may be generic, but Trine certainly isn't. Despite sending players into a series of dungeons with a wizard, knight and thief, bound by an ancient artifact to end a soulless evil, Trine is a unique downloadable adventure.

Darkest of Days Review

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Darkest of Days Publisher: Phantom EFX
Developer: 8monkey Labs

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 768 MB RAM, GeForce 6600 or Radeon 9800 Video Card with at least 128 MB of VRAM, 5 GB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Moments before the Battle of Little Bighorn, Alexander Morris was transferred to General Custer's regiment. Fortunately, due to a dearth of paperwork documenting the transfer, when Morris was about to pass away thanks to fatal wounds, he was snatched to safety by a time-travelling agent from the future. Now Morris is working for a corporation called KronoteK, defending time from unknown assailants attempting to rewrite history by tweaking critical battles throughout history.

SplitFish GameWare Company: SplitFish
Platform: PlayStation 3

Occasionally, a piece of hardware comes along that fills a gaping void – a need that you didn't even know existed. The FragFX controller is that kind of hardware. It brings the precision of PC-style controls to the PlayStation 3, and while it is perfect for first-person shooters, it works well with most PlayStation 3 games.

Defense Grid: The Awakening Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment

Platforms: PC and Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A millennium of peace has lulled a distant planet into a false sense of security. Fortunately, when the alien invasion began, it was just barely possible to reawaken an ancient defense grid, capable of constructing defensive weaponry emplacements guided by the digitized personality of a long-dead operator. The defense grid needs only one thing to save the planet from a deadly onslaught – an operator capable of balancing the available resources against the planet's defensive needs.

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