Review – Journey

by Ben Adkins 8.5/10 Banza!s From the creators of flOw and Flower comes Journey, more of an experience than a game, and proof that good things come in small packages. It’s a short PSN game with a beautiful score, simple controls and graphics that draws the player in emotionally without any words or text. Without language, the player is able to focus on gameplay, solving puzzles and collecting glyphs. Basically, this game turns the essence of gaming into a playable form that is often lost these days. You start off with your character in a desert, and your goal is …

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Review – Alone in the Dark

by Ben Adkins 3.5 / 10 Banzai!s Alone in the Dark is easily the worst game I have played in the past decade, which is really sad because I played the PlayStation 3 version. The PS3 version is supposed to be the best of the bunch, with improved controls and an extra action sequence not presented in other version. How bad is this game? It is so bad that Atari threatened lawsuits over bad reviews, under excuses that they violated embargoes (which was apparently just fine if you wrote a good review for the game) or by claiming they used …

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Review – Shaun White Snowboarding

by Ben Adkins 6.5 / 10 Banzai!s The 1080 series from Nintendo and SSX by EA have long marked the best snowboarding games the market has to offer for console gaming. Ubisoft decided to throw their hat in the ring, find the biggest name they could in the Winter Olympic and Winter X Games gold medalist Shaun White, and released Shaun White Snowboarding in November 2008. But could the game live up to the hype? Let’s find out! I made three attempts to play this game, the first being when I purchased it in 2010 after my first snowboarding trip. …

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Review – Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection

written by Ben Adkins 8 / 10 Banzai!s While pursuing my usual trophy/achievement hunting sites, I saw this being touted as a remake of some of the best DBZ games from the PS2 era.  Being a Dragonball fan, I decided to give this a shot (and hey, why not get a platinum while I’m at it?) Dragonball Z Budokai was a solid introduction.  The story is mostly accurate, and you are able to control the different characters as the story progresses.  In the second playthrough you can also take control of the villains and play additional characters, rounding out the …

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