Excerpt: Pyxis Prime is a prison. It doesn't contain rapists, murderers, or thieves but was meant to hold a single inmate whose only crime was birth. This being is referred to as the Firstborn, a creature that was God's initial creation. Displeased with his first life form, God decided to lock it away in a Purgatory-like dimension. However, the Firstborn didn't appreciate its incarceration, and thus tried to escape numerous times.
Conclusion: The game’s upbeat, cheery soundtrack sets the right tone for a Wario platformer. A more orchestral direction might have been even better but the soundtrack is nevertheless amazing. Even Wario’s grunts and the other random sound effects in the game are worthy of a nod. Without a doubt, Wario Land: Shake It! is the pinnacle of 2D gaming on Wii. The game is so well thought-out and executed that the $49.99 price tag is a steal.
Excerpt: I'm a fan of Clive Barker for a long time. I've read almost all his books. Recently, Barker took some time off from writing to work on a new game. He teamed up with publisher Codemasters and developer Mercury Steam (Scrapland makers) to deliver Clive Barker's Jericho - a supernatural horror-themed squad based first person shooter. Story-wise, Jericho is an original concept by Clive Barker.
Excerpt: Sorry, PC gaming addicts: If you're busy biding your weeks waiting anxiously for Unreal Tournament III, don't expect rival first-person splat-'em-up Jericho to ease the burden in the meantime. There's nothing particularly egregious about this shock-horror epic, which scores with its thrilling sense of momentum and sick, S & M-style aesthetic.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: I love Clive Barker. I like Codemasters. What on earth happened to result in this game being so painfully average??? In fact, it's probably worse than average with the current high quality games available on the PC and 360. Not even for hardened horror fans, like myself.
Excerpt: Horror author Clive Barker last lent his name and narrative talent to a video game six years ago. The PC-only release, Clive Barker's Undying, was notably spooky in its delivery, if a bit derivative in gameplay. Recently, Barker took some time off from writing (and from an ongoing slap-fight with film critic Roger Ebert) to work on a new game.
Excerpt: Behold the Firstborn rising again! Clive Barker’s Jericho plot delves into the supernatural. Before Adam and Eve, God created a being male and female, good and evil, beautiful and terrifying known as The Firstborn. The being shook its creator thus getting banished into the Abyss. However The Firstborn attempted to escape from the void each time absorbing a piece of the material world and depositing within the ancient city of Al Khali.
Pros: Squad control scheme
Cons: Linear gameplay, short duration, too much gore