Reviews by Matimoo

95

Wondeful Indie fighter!

Matimoo | Aug. 27, 2013 | Review of Skullgirls

Skullgirls is an excellent fighting game by Lab Zero Games. The roster is quite small but every fighter is unique, be it Cerebella, a circus performer who wears a hat with gigantic sentient arms, or Peacock, a insane retro cartoon character, every character has a different feel, and they're all drawn in beautiful hi-res sprites. Gameplay wise, the fighting is tight and challenging, like you'd expect, but Skullgirls presents it with an interesting twist, the ability to have a 1, 2, or 3 character team, no matter what your opponent chooses. In this case, the characters are appropriately balanced so that a solo character has just as much chance at victory as a team of 3 characters. The game was clearly designed for those who love fighting games, by those who love fighting games! In conclusion, Skullgirls is an exceptionally well-made title for a bargain price!

90

Not perfect, but well worth the money.

Matimoo | June 9, 2013 | Review of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

Before you judge Playstation Allstars as a "Smash Bros. clone with Playstation characters", let me tell you it most certainly is not, if so, its similarities are only at face value. Allstars scores based on kills, but unlike traditional fighters, the only way to achieve kills is through supers. Each character has 3, a cheap but easy to dodge level 1, a more powerful level 2, and an expensive but devastating level 3, such as Big Daddy flooding the stage, or Ratchet blasting the stage with his spaceship!

The game is easy to win, but hard to master. Most players will beat story mode with ease, but online you'll find players who've mastered combos and kill confirms, and the real challenge is defeating those.

The roster is excellent, including the obvious choices like Cole, Sackboy and Drake, as well as a few classic characters from PS1 days like Sir Daniel, Parappa and Spike, and even a few 3rd party fighters such as Heihachi, Raiden and Dante! Unfortunately several "true PSAllstars", such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro are absent due to the developers being unable to acquire them, but despite this the game is still a decent love-letter to Playstation Veterans.

All in all, the game is a solid fighter, but not quite perfect.

100

A brilliant blend of puzzle and action

Matimoo | June 9, 2013 | Review of Portal 2 Platinum

Portal 2 is another hit by Valve, creators of Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead. Valve takes the great gameplay from the first Portal and expands on it, adding many more levels, new features like Repulsion Gel (blue goo that coats walls or floors it splashes onto, making them bouncy!), Aerial Faith Plates (catapults to flick yourself or objects across the map without portals) and more! The story is much deeper than the original, in Portal 2 you dive into the history of Aperture Science and its strange experiments and discover the history of the facility. The dialog is excellent, with GLaDOS and Wheatley being among the most hilariously well-written characters in gaming history. If the magnificent story mode wasn't enough, a Co-Op mode is introduced, wherein players control robots named Atlas and P-Body, and work together to help each other through specially designed chambers! Portal 2 is brilliant on all platforms, but PS3 includes a nice bonus, which is a free copy for PC at no extra cost! You can't go wrong with that!

92

Incredible fun, but you'll need patience!

Matimoo | June 8, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

This game is so addicting and fun, but notoriously difficult. Luckily, you have infinite tries but you'll need patience and perseverance to not crack under pressure! The great part of it being so tricky is the immense feeling of accomplishment when you finally weave past all those blades to beat the level!

77

A great racer, but not the most unique.

Matimoo | June 8, 2013 | Review of Little Big Planet Karting DNS

Yes, it's not super original, but LBPKarting is a nice, enjoyable racing game. I was in the Beta test for this title, and got it last Christmas. Creating is a fun mixture of LBP-styled blocky building and Modnation style terrain and track editing. Racing is solid and entertaining but not too different to most other kart games. A nice touch is that if you have any Downloadable Content in LBP2 they will transfer over to LBPKarting without needing to repurchase!

96

Probably the best Batman video game you could find!

Matimoo | June 8, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City

Batman Arkham City is an excellent title with stunning graphics and exciting gameplay. The game features a large open world, with both core missions and optional puzzles, such as finding Riddler trophies. As well as Batman, new copies also come with a code to play as the mischevious Catwoman, complete with her own set of missions.

Not only is it an exceptional game, but because it's been out for a while you can grab it for a bargain! It's a win-win!