Star Wars Pinball Review – Two Lightsabers Up!

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I am not the Star Wars geek that many (most) of my friends are, but I do respect the characters and the franchise as a whole, plus I had the O.G. Star Wars bed sheets when I was a kid.  My own kids use them now, so we are still a Star Wars family to a degree.  When I first learned of the Star Wars Pinball tables, I got pretty excited.  But now that the first pack of tables is here, is it worth your credits?

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Pinball FX2 Zen Classics Impressions

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Zen Studios has given us a steady stream of high quality, fun, and varied pinball tables over the last couple of years.  Over time, the quality of design of the tables has improved greatly, which makes the recent (re)release of these classic tables a touch bittersweet.

The Zen Classics tables originally appeared as part of Zen Pinball on the PS3, making this their first appearance on the Xbox 360.  Because these tables are remakes, albeit with improved graphics and physics, they don’t quite display the quality, flair, and balance that the more recently developed tables do.  On the other hand, all four tables bring a retro vibe that fans of the early 90’s pinball era should be stoked for.

Whereas the more modern styled tables typically include a 3D model of a character or two, these classic tables are more “realistic” and you really get the sense that there are physical mechanisms at work here.  The included tables are:

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Zombie Driver HD Review

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Zombie Driver HD giveaway details:  Follow @Fizmarble on twitter and Retweet our post on this review to be entered to win one of 4 Xbox avatar award codes (skull shirt) or a full version of Zombie Driver HD for XBLA.

There may be some time in the future (whether near or far, no one knows for sure) where it will be boring to face wave after wave of various types of zombies, smashing them into pieces with your car and watching their mangled torsos roll off of the hood of your car.  Now is not that time.

While many gamers people may be bothered by use of zombies in…everything, driving your car into innocents isn’t as accepted as it may have been when video games were less mainstream.  Most folks are ok with killing zombies, so we won’t likely see the end of the zombie killing simulator soon.  And that’s ok, because it means we get fun, if flawed, diversions like EXOR Studios’ Zombie Driver HD.

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Hell Yeah! Review – Hell, Maybe

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Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit.  Simply based on the title alone, it sounds like we are going to have a good time.  We’ve got an enthusiastic name, some anger, and a dead leporid.  Throw them all together and it seems like you’ve got party central.  Unfortunately, the sum of the parts doesn’t quite add up.  While there are some fantastic elements to Hell Yeah! (HY!), a few persistent issues subtract from what could have been a brilliant package.

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Realms of Ancient War (RAW) Review

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Realms of Ancient War (RAW) is a hack n’ slash/action RPG from French developer Wizarbox.  It borrows elements of Diablo, Torchlight, and basically every other dungeon crawler ever made.  We don’t expect these types of games to break new ground, it’s pretty much entirely iterative now, and that’s ok.  But we do expect that if you are going make a dungeon crawler, you meet the standard set before us.  It is unfortunate that I must tell you that RAW doesn’t meet the standard.  I will however tell you where and how RAW fails to comply with the aforementioned standards.

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Xbox Deals and upcoming releases for September

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Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, or Dogfighting, or…well everybody was fighting at least and that should be enough for you.  September 5th sees two action games, followed by some sweet ninja action on the 7th.  Ohhh, speaking of ninjas.

 

Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date MS Points
Kung Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise 5-Sep 800
Dogfight 1942 5-Sep 1200
Mark of the Ninja 7-Sep 1200
Red Johnson’s Chronicles – One Against All 12-Sep 800
Double Dragon NEON 12-Sep 800
Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Skyrim: Hearthfire 4-Sep 400
Pinball FX2: Plants vs. Zombies Table  5-Sep 240
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: Collection 4 – Final Assault 6-Sep 1200
Battlefield 3: Amored Kill Premium Members 11-Sep 1200
Quantum Conundrum: IKE-aramba! 12-Sep 240
Gold Exclusive Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
4-Sep to 10-Sep
Babel Rising 400
Rayman 3D HD 400
Mad Riders 400
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare 600
Limbo 600
Sine Mora 800
PopCap 11-Sep to 17-Sep
Plants vs. Zombies 600
Peggle 400
Peggle Nights 200
Zuma 200
Bejeweled 3 400
Heavy Weapon 400
Astropop 400
Feeding Frenzy 2 400
Bejeweled Blitz Live 200
Feeding Frenzy 200
Special Sales Discount Dates Price
Back to School Sale  4-Sep to 10-Sep varies
Kinect Central – Just Dance 3 Spring Break Pack  4-Sep to 10-Sep 320
Kinect Central – Rhythm Party 11-Sep to 17-Sep 400
Games on Demand Release Date
Street Fighter x Tekken 4-Sep
Sniper Elite V2 4-Sep
Cabela’s Adventure Camp 4-Sep
Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 4-Sep
Birds of Steel  4-Sep
Max Payne 3  11-Sep
Kinect Sports: Season 2  11-Sep
FIFA Street  11-Sep
PowerUp Heroes  11-Sep
Avatar Release Date
College Game Day Update  4-Sep
Rockband Blitz Update  11-Sep

Thanks Major Nelson!

Dust: An Elysian Tail Review – Art in motion

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I don’t want to wait until the end of the review to tell you I think this game is amazing and that you should buy it.  I feel like it almost does an injustice to the efforts of it’s creators to pick it apart and tell you what I think of it’s elements.  But I was selected to inform you, based on my opinion, if this game is worth your time and money.  It is, and because it’s my job, I will tell you why.

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