Week ending 1/11
It’s January and that means it’s time to catch up on all the hot new video games we found tucked underneath our Christmas trees last year. For us at Destructioid that also means catching up on some reviews too.
So without further adieu here is the best and worst games of the week… well actually of the month so far. I had a little catching up to do myself.
Valdis Story: Abyssal City(PC)Developer:Endless Fluff GamesPublisher: Endless Fluff GamesReleased: August 30, 2013MSRP:$14.99
I had no idea what to expect fromValdis Story: Abyssal City, but I was pleasantly surprised. It simultaneously succeeds as both an action platformer and a Metroidvania with RPG elements, and it’s a must-play for fans of either genre. I’m already excited to play as the other two characters eventually, but I also can’t wait to see what the future holds for this franchise long term — because there’s a lot to build on.
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Knytt Underground(Wii U [reviewed], PS Vita, PS3, Windows)Developer:Nifflas, Green HillPublisher: RipstoneReleased: December 18, 2012 (PS Vita, PS3, Windows) / December 19, 2013MSRP:$14.99
There are plenty of irreverent characters to talk to, fetch quests to give a limited sense of purpose/achievement, and a nice split between breezy and tough areas, but all the same, you’ll likely want to take more frequent breaks than in chapters one and two. Interest will dry out more quickly, especially if you focus on the story, which is either trying to be “so stupid that it becomes awesome,” is designed to make you hate stories in games, or both. Either way,Knytt Undergroundis brilliantly-designed 2D platformer that offers a ton of content. Just don’t think about the story too much. “blah blah blah blah blah” indeed.
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Indoor Sports World(PS Vita)Developer: Super Icon LtdPublisher: Super Icon LtdReleased: December 17, 2014MSRP: $4.99
What little is here is done better elsewhere, and while the game isn’t going to break your wallet, it isn’t going to capture your attention for very long either. I had to force myself to even play it for long enough to get anywhere in each mode, as I just found myself bored with everything mid-match. It’s desolate, it’s twitchy, and it’s not really any fun. But at least it’s better looking than most bars I’ve been to.
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Castle Doombad(iPad, iPhone)Developer:Grumpyface StudiosPublisher: Adult Swim GamesReleased:January 9, 2013MSRP:$2.99
Castle Doombadis one of the best games I’ve played on the mobile platform — full stop. It’s charming, the visuals are likable and sleek, and it suits a touch-based interface perfectly. For a mere few bucksDoombadsimulates the experience of many full-on retail priced trap games, and that’s a pretty rare accomplishment. So long as you’re willing to take the time to learn the ins and outs of each individual trap and fine-tune your tactics (you will fail more than once), buying this one is a no-brainer.
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Joe Danger Infinity(iPad, iPhone)Developer:Hello GamesPublisher: Hello GamesReleased: January 9, 2013MSRP:$2.99
Part of me feels likeJoe DangerInfinitywasn’t necessary.Joe Danger Touchwas an excellent game and complemented the platform perfectly. Although the vehicles bring a different set of flair to the series, the new additions and maps didn’t really blow me away. Having said that, anyJoefan will probably eat upInfinity.
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Zen Pinball 2(PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PlayStation 4 [reviewed], Wii U)Developer:Zen StudiosPublisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, Zen StudiosReleased: September 4 2012 (PS3/Vita) / March 21 2013 (Wii U) / December 24, 2013 (PS4)MSRP: Free (Sorcerer’s Lairtable included, other tables various additional prices)
Zen Studios were undoubtedly the digital pinball kings last-gen, and are already well on their way to claim the same title on current-gen.PS3/PS Vita players, other platform players, and complete newcomers alike all have no reason to missZen Pinball 2on the PS4. There’s no added benefit to this version; just the same game with the same tables we’ve come to adore, but that doesn’t stop it from being a game absolutely everyone should play.
Zen Pinballis a must-have anywhere you can grab it, andZen Pinball 2specificallyon PlayStation 4 is equally just as desirable — if not more-so.
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Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition(Mac, PC [reviewed])Developer: Beamdog/BioWarePublisher: AtariMSRP: $24.99Release Date: November 15, 2013
All the convenient and nice additions in the world wouldn’t matter though if the core game wasn’t so damn brilliant, which it still is.Baldur’s Gate IIlives up to its reputation as one of the all-time best RPGs, and if you’re looking for a no-fuss way to play it,Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editionis exactly that.
Read the full Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition review