Needlessly Reading Between Lines: A Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review

5 04 2012

Two weeks ago, the latest installment to the Resident Evil franchise Operation Raccoon City released. The game is set in post-outbreak Raccoon City and enables the player to fulfill the role of a super elite clean-up team “WolfPack” hired by Umbrella to weed out survivors and destroy incriminating evidence. The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue got the chance to fully dive into the game and offers her thoughts below. Warning, there are few spoilers ahead.

"Strike a pose!"

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I’ll be honest, I had high hopes for Operation Raccoon City. The thought of mercilessly taking out survivors in a zombie infested city, squashing all hope for rescue, and (most importantly) personally dispatching Leon and Claire with my own bare hands just sounded awesome. Unfortunately the game doesn’t really own up to its non-cannon ties and gets hunkered down by the existing Resident Evil storyline, as well as painful controls and other game play issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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December Kick Off: What Will You Play to Keep Warm?

6 12 2011

Although this winter in Arizona seems to have hit particularly hard in only a few days, the season is upon us and force many a gamer to make the difficult choice of either going out in the cold to do stuff or stay inside and keep warm next to that video game console.

"Alright guys, we win this match and I'll buy the first round of hot cocoa. Deal?"

Many will likely choose the latter, as the Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue has opted for in this chilly weather. She’s gotten the chance to peruse some of winter’s biggest titles and offers her thoughts below on what might entertain during those harshly cold days. Read the rest of this entry »





Uncharted 3 Multiplayer: That Sinking Feeling

8 11 2011

As per every other review you’ve read about Uncharted 3, it delivers one heck of a storytelling experience that makes it well worth the purchase. However, what exactly came of Naughty Dog’s vow to step up their efforts with multiplayer and deliver an equally awesome game mode? Our own IncreaseBlue delved into the multiplayer mode of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and breaks down the differences, improvements, and problems.


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If you like FPS games or despised the multiplayer in Uncharted 2, then just avoid the multiplayer in Uncharted 3 altogether. It basically poses more of the same thing with few changes. Players can still play deathmatch, plunder, team objective, free-for-all, and co-op modes like in Uncharted 2, with several tweaks and shortcomings. Read the rest of this entry »





Just Might Have Lost The Spark: an inFAMOUS 2 Review

7 06 2011

Sucker Punch’s latest addition to the inFAMOUS saga released on Tuesday and follows Cole McGrath as he travels to New Marais in preparation for his upcoming battle with The Beast. The Pause Button’s IncreaseBlue was able to get a first look at the game and offers her review below:

Sucker Punch may have delivered a blow to themselves in trying to follow up what I have proclaimed a PS3-exclusive masterpiece known as the first inFAMOUS game. While the original inFAMOUS wasn’t without its flaws, it had plenty to offer with exploration, a sci-fi plot, and likeable characters, whether you were good or bad in your play through. Read the rest of this entry »





Kind of a ‘Meh’ Day for Helghan: A Killzone 3 Review

23 02 2011

Killzone 3 officially released on Tuesday alongside fellow first-person shooter Bulletstorm. IncreaseBlue made the tough decision but sided with the Helghast for her pick between the two. She offers her review of it below (caution, spoilers for Killzone 2):

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Picking up Killzone 3 was something of a shoo-in for me. I participated in both multiplayer betas and was a big admirer of the second game in the series, so I figured that there was nowhere else to go but up for this game. Unfortunately it seems Killzone has just hit a plateau with the third title. Read the rest of this entry »





Too cute to pass up: a LittleBigPlanet 2 review

18 01 2011

The second game in the LittleBigPlanet series released on Tuesday in North America for the Playstation 3. The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue was able to get a copy of the highly anticipated game and offers her review below.

LittleBigPlanet was a game produced by Media Molecule that became famous for its simple, but effectively fun game play and encouragement of user-generated game content. Safe to say, LittleBigPlanet 2 keeps to this formula to create a strong sequel that has very few faults. Read the rest of this entry »





The one that got away: A Medal of Honor review

26 10 2010

The highly acclaimed Medal of Honor series made its first installment in three years when the reboot Medal of Honor released on October 12.

The latest game developed by Electronic Arts and DICE, drew controversy when it was discovered that the game would focus on the current-day conflict in Afghanistan and allow players to control Taliban forces and kill United States soldiers in multiplayer modes. The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue got the chance to play the game and offers her thoughts below:

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When the details about this newest Medal of Honor title released about what the game was about, I was rather impressed. I admired the developers Electronic Arts and DICE for really delving into something worthwhile for the Medal of Honor series and that they weren’t just making another World War II game. While the game I felt was respectful in all aspects of a rather touchy and still open conflict, it really was a title that had missed numerous opportunities to break the mold and really shine. Read the rest of this entry »