Addams Family Values [European]

Baby Pubert, the most recent addition to the Addams Family, has been abducted by Debbie Jellinski, his former nanny. As Uncle Fester it is your job to rescue little Pubert. You must search the surrounding areas (forests, swamps, gardens and the like) of Addams mansion, while avoiding traps, solving puzzles and killing monsters. You’ll face such hellish creatures as vultures, gargoyles, bats, ghosts and ghouls.

During your mission, you’ll run into Gomez, Morticia, Lurch and other members of the Addams Family, who are on the grounds to lend advice and provide items. These items include a box of seeds for producing enemy-attacking mini bushes, black beetle cookies which give Fester a dose of ill-health (this is a good thing), stone marbles for turning attackers into rock, a bowling ball for hitting enemies and breaking through walls and a battery, which powers up Fester’s standard Zzap attack. Within the seven levels of play, there are tons of other creatures to zap and items to find.

Addams Family Values is based on the 1993 film of the same name, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.

All Cricket Games for all Platforms

Games of this style are based on the (chiefly British) sport of cricket, which features elements of both baseball and croquet. An objective is to move the a ball through wickets and a large flattened bat is used to knock the ball away. While some cricket games feature exaggerated play, or incorporate unconventional elements, they are still classified as this style.

Examples:
Brian Lara Cricket
Ian Botham’s International Cricket 96

Beating an Undead Horse

Zombies make for excellent cannon fodder, what with their hideous appearance, undead status, and tendency to shuffle mindlessly, so the abundance of recent zombie-related titles is unsurprising. But while games such as The Last of Us, State of Decay, and Telltale’s The Walking Dead prove the subject matter can still be exciting, they also join a marketplace already crowded with the likes of Left 4 Dead, ZombiU, Dead Rising, Dead Island, and even a second distinct Walking Dead franchise. Publishers looking to capitalize on the undead trend may soon find that, unlike zombies, gamers won’t consume the same thing forever.

What’s on the Menu?

Two hidden games were included with Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, both of which could only be discovered after escaping from your character’s confinement on the menu screen. The first, Dead Ops Arcade, is a top-down zombie shooter whose twin-stick control scheme is reminiscent of such quarter-munchers as Robotron and S.M.A.S.H. TV. The second is the classic Infocom text adventure game, Zork. Each game is unlocked by typing in a command at a CIA computer terminal.

The Sun Sets on the PSP

While the PSP never quite approached the sales of Nintendo’s portable systems, Sony’s first handheld gaming system was nonetheless popular, with data from VGChartz estimating worldwide sales to be over 72 million. Putting this into perspective, the PSP sold more than the NES, Super NES, and as of early 2012, the Xbox 360 and PS3. The top-selling game for the system, based on VGChartz’s sales data analysis, was Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, selling an estimated seven million copies. The PSP’s first successor, the PS Vita, makes its U.S. debut on February 22, 2012.

And the Brand Played On

Creating and releasing video games is an expensive business, with the price tag for major titles moving into the tens-of-millions, and the cost of introducing a new franchise even more prohibitive. Publishers can’t be blamed for taking advantage of brand equity and stocking store shelves with sequels and yearly editions, but perhaps they can be a bit more creative with the names of their releases. In little more than a year, consumers have been presented with reboots of SSX, SimCity, and Tomb Raider, each sharing its exact name with titles that were released more than a decade ago.

Shogun: Total War – Warlord Edition [Jewel Case]

Travel back to feudal Japan, a time when warring factions are tearing the country apart, and try to restore order to the land. As the supreme warlord, or Shogun, it is your duty to rise up and unite the warring factions of Japan. You must possess supreme strength, wisdom, courage, and leadership skills to battle the many factions and gain control of the nation.

Direct thousands of loyal warriors on the battlefield to defeat the immense challenges that lie ahead. Shogun Total War is divided into three separate play modes. The full campaign is a mix of battlefield combat and strategic management during which you battle against six rival Daimyos, each seeking the role as well: the ultimate goal is to become Shogun of Japan. Action occurs from three different perspectives: Strategy Map, Battle View, and Throne Room. Your first step in the campaign is to select a clan to lead. Then, from the Strategy Map, you mobilize troops, train armies, and build more structures within your territories. When fighting a rival faction, the game switches to Battle View and it’s here you must lead your armies in combat. Lastly, the Throne Room is for entertaining foreign emissaries and conferring with advisors to plan your next move.

Another mode, Historical Battles, places you inside some of the most turbulent years in Japanese history. Choose one of the four most important Daimyos in the history of Japan and play a selection of pre-set battles. The battles span 30 years of feudal Japanese conflict and you can select the armies of Oda Nobunaga, Takeda Shingen, Tokugawa Leyashu, or Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

If you want to fully customize the game, Custom Battle mode will facilitate those desires. You choose one of the seven available Daimyos as well as select a province, season, and difficulty level. Additionally, you can choose units for each side and modify their respective honor levels. A multiplayer option is also available over an Internet or LAN connection, allowing you to wage war with other players across the globe.

A vast array of buildings can be constructed for your clan including castles, fortresses, citadels, palaces, spear dojos, archery dojos, armory, tranquil gardens, ninja houses, ports, tea houses, sword dojos, horse dojos, swordsmith, Portuguese and Dutch trading posts, temples, churches, cathedrals, gun factories, and geisha houses. Shogun Total War also has many soldier and strategic units you can create such as Samurai Archers, Yari Ashigaru, Yari Samurai, Cavalry Archers, Warrior Monks, Arquebusiers, Naginata, Heavy Cavalry, No-Dachi Samurai, Musketeers, Yari Cavalry, Taisho, Emissaries, Shinobi, Jesuit Priests, Ninja and, of course, the legendary Geisha, a master assassin. Weather, seasonal conditions, and land characteristics also play a decisive role in battles.

Becoming Shogun for this land requires great strategic planning as well as military grit. To unite the people, you must show strength, wisdom, and courage. Honor and family are the driving forces in the hearts of the people during feudal Japan. You must assert your skills as a field general and great statistician to fuse the puzzle pieces of the era while restoring Japan to one honorable nation.

Rating: 70/100

CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt S.A. is a Polish video game developer. The company was founded in February 2002 as a development studio of cdp.pl under the name CD Projekt RED. The first game the unit produced was The Witcher, based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books. Projekt is the Polish noun for project, so it is pronounced as opposed to the English.

Games developed
Year Game Platform(s)
2007 The Witcher Microsoft Windows, OS X
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, Linux
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
TBA
Cyberpunk 2077 TBA
They TBA
The Witcher Adventure Game Microsoft Windows, OS X, Android, iOS
The Witcher Battle Arena Windows Phone, Android, iOS