Star Wars Pinball Review

February 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

There was a time when I thought pinball on a console was stupid and couldn’t possibly be any fun, and then PlayStation Plus featured Marvel Pinball as a free download. I tried it and ended up loving it. The folks at Zen Studios have crafted a lot of virtual tables, but it’s their Marvel tables that have really been their strong suit (and why [...]

Crazy Taxi Review

February 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Crazy Taxi ate a lot of my quarters back in the late 90s and early 00s. I finally got around to picking up the PSN version in December, and now it's time for the review in the 40th QDR. Is the PSN version worth owning? [...]

Nintendo Land Review

February 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Day 38 is here, and it brings TVE's second Wii U game review. Nintendo Land is a pack-in for the Deluxe model, and is also available for purchase for around $50. It's fun, but not worth that kind of money. Click to read the review. [...]

Zen Pinball 2 + Plants vs. Zombies Table Review

September 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Zen Pinball 2 isn’t really a game, it’s a pinball platform. As such, it’s free to download. Zen Pinball 2 is actually an upgrade for Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball. If you own either of those two pinball games on PS3, you’ll be able to import your tables to Zen Pinball 2. The benefit of doing this is that all of the tables have been [...]

NintenDO: Donkey Kong Arcade

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

This is the first edition of a new Nintendo focused gaming column/article series here at TVE. It’s called NintenDO because these are things I (or whoever writes a particular installment) would like to see Nintendo do. I don’t know how often these features will be posted, but I’m going to shoot for one or two a month myself, and [...]

The Pinball Arcade Review

April 16, 2012 // 4 Comments

  While classic arcades have been slowly dying out in most places, pinball has been experiencing a bit of a resurgence on home consoles. FarSight Studios has brought over The Pinball Arcade to XBLA and PSN (and PS Vita) and it’s a game pinball enthusiast have been waiting for. The Pinball Arcade isn’t just another pinball game for [...]

Donkey Kong Jr. Review

February 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

This is the NES version of Donkey Kong Jr. played on the Wii Virtual Console, it has a few differences between the arcade version. Donkey Kong Jr. is of course the sequel to the hugely popular (in the 80s) Donkey Kong arcade game. The roles are reversed this time though. You don’t play as Mario trying to rescue the Princess from Donkey Kong. [...]

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition Review

October 11, 2011 // 5 Comments

I’ll admit up front that I absolutely hate basketball, and that I could care less about any basketball simulation game. That’s why I’ve loved the NBA Jam series since I was a kid playing it on the Genesis, or SNES, or in an arcade. NBA Jam strips the game down to its most basic element without having rules (with the exception of goal [...]

Altered Beast Review

September 6, 2011 // 3 Comments

This is the last of the SEGA Vintage Collection coming to Playstation Network. It’s available now for Playstation Plus subscribers for free, and will be available to all PSN members to purchase in a couple of weeks. This is the same enhanced version of the game that hit Xbox LIVE Arcade on June 10, 2009. Many people have fond memories of this [...]

Elevator Action Deluxe Review

August 31, 2011 // 1 Comment

In 1983, game developer Taito released Elevator Action in the arcades, and it was a popular arcade game that was later ported to home consoles as an NES title in 1985. That port is available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. But now, some 28 years after the release of the original Elevator Action in arcades, Square Enix has delivered a remake titled [...]

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. Review

June 5, 2011 // 1 Comment

Hello all and welcome to another edition of The Backlog.  Tonight I will be talking about Tom Clancy’s journey into the world aerial combat. Our story begins as United States Air Force pilot Captain Scott Mitchell in 2014.  You and your High Altitude Warfare Xperimental squadron are sent to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to provide air support for [...]

Frogger Returns Review

April 16, 2011 // 2 Comments

Frogger Returns is a $5 dollar download available in the Wii Shop Channel, and if you’re storing it on your Wii system memory, it’ll take up 203 blocks. Is it worth $5 and 203 blocks of space? Yes, yes it is. Frogger Returns doesn’t rock the boat too much from the gameplay of the original. The goal is still the same, take the frog and avoid [...]