At this point in the current generation the Japanese video game market is all but dead, clinging on to life support like a grandparent too stubborn to die. Everyone just looks around at each other, wondering how it got to this point; but nobody ever pulls the plug. Square Enix’s latest title Mindjack is once again attempting to tap into the western shooter market. Does it succeed? Or is it finally time to pull the plug? Hit the break for our verdict.
Welcome to Dead Nation, a gruesome and addictive twin stick shooter from the developers of Super Stardust HD. During the last couple of years several zombie shooters have been released, and more or less have oversaturated the market depending on your tastes. Does Dead Nation have the legs to stand up on its own? Or is it an infectious blight on the PlayStation Store?
Vanquish is on a quest to reinvent the shooter genre. Developed by Platinum Games and published by Sega, Vanquish places you into the shoes of Sam Gideon, a DARPA researcher who is equipped with a neat battle-suit. Is Vanquish the breath of fresh air the third person shooting genre needs?
For better or worse, over the years Castlevania has nearly been exclusively a 2D platformer. A few attempts have been made to bring the franchise to the realm of 3D; however most of them were met with lukewarm reception. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow looks to bring the franchise back into 3D, where it truly belongs. Does Castlevania: Lords of Shadow slay the competition, or buckle under the weight of its lofty quest?