Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)

At times, Fire & Ice finds the necessary tenants of classic Sonic. Stage designs whip the hedgehog around with the needed pace (with some wonderful racing stages) and layouts keep up a consistent flow. However, those designs come cobbled together from obvious pieces, lending Fire & Ice an unavoidable repetition. Thankfully, the inexcusable forced item-hunting… Continue reading Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)


Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)

In 2011, to promote Homefront, THQ sent hundreds of balloons into San Francisco’s skyline. The marketing drew immediate ire from environmentalists and government agencies – THQ’s actions were potentially damaging to wildlife, and no one in PR considered the consequences. During Forza Horizon, thousands of balloons ascend skyward as festival locations open. It’s gorgeous, and… Continue reading Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One)


Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)

Cycling between old Hollywood and old game design, the homages to bygone eras in Federation Force fill this appealing, different take on Metroid. Cramped levels and their unsophisticated visual scope recall the simple one room sets of classic cinema. Crumbling planetary ruins mimic 1959’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Grabbing an idol only… Continue reading Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)