Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is sort of like a bundle of games. The main portion is a very simple board game. After playing a couple rounds of that, you get the chance to unlock a handful of mini games. Read More
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
We played on: PlayStation 4
They say competition breeds innovation, but I’m not so sure that’s always the case. When it comes to choosing a basketball simulation video game, pickings are quite slim. You’ve got the always-excellent NBA 2K series from 2K Games and you’ve got the less excellent and sometimes terrible NBA Live series from Electronic Arts. With each passing year, NBA Live gets closer and closer to being a viable choice, but it’s still not there yet. Read More
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii
We played on: Wii
Just Dance 2016 is the latest installment in the prolific motion gaming series Just Dance by Ubisoft. Every game is vibrant, silly, and makes you feel like the CW and Radio Disney had a musical lovechild and left it on your front porch. Needless to say this is not a game for dignified people, or any people who unwisely wish to remain dignified. We are all equals on the dance floor; throw your pride away and get ready to shake it.
If you are familiar with the series, you already know exactly what to expect. If you are a beginner, I welcome you with open, wiggling arms. Read More
Yoshi has been destined for stardom since his first appearance in Super Mario World. He started his video game career as a power-up for Mario, but soon the lovable dinosaur starred in his own spinoff series of 2D platformers. These focused on his unique ability to eat foes and lay eggs, which can be used as weapons. Yoshi’s Woolly World combines this simple but effective mechanic with a beautifully realized art style and clever level design to create not only the best Yoshi game, but one of Nintendo’s best platformers in years. Read More
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U
We played on: PlayStation 4
LEGO Dimensions is LEGO’s first foray into the toys-to-life market. The game stars Gandalf, Batman, and Wyldstyle, who are on a mission to rescue their friends from the evil Vortech. Along the way, they encounter characters from dozens of different famous games, movies, and TV shows, from The Wizard of Oz to Doctor Who.
Overall, LEGO Dimensions is a lot like other LEGO games, but with cross-franchise interaction and clever physical puzzles (via the Toy Pad, which is similar to the Portal of Power in Skylanders or the Infinity Base in Disney Infinity). It is hardly perfect, but I had a good time smashing bricks and watching characters from some of my favorite universes interact with one another. Read More