Amy (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
We'll give Amy this: It at least had a few interesting ideas. Whatever potential this downloadable adventure title had, though, is ruined by poor execution. The controls are practically nonfunctional. The combat and stealth sequences are boring, if and when they ever work. It's ugly too. Amy is supposed to be a survival horror game, but the only screams you'll have will be borne out of frustration, unfortunately.
Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor (Xbox 360)
Like Amy, Steal Battalion: Heavy Armor at least tried to be a noble effort. A game that once positioned itself to be a true "core" experience for the Kinect, Capcom's mech battler simply doesn't work with the hardware. Everything about the game is an exercise in trial-and-error, not because of the game's design, but because of how shoddy the Kinect controls are. Presentation-wise, Steel Battalion is just fine, good even. But a game that cannot actually be played by everyone 100% of the time isn't really worth any attention.
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted (Vita)
While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of this brawler were nothing special, the handheld version of 505 Games' challenge to the UFC was just too subpar to ignore. With no variable difficulty, an anemic roster of fighters, stiff animations, and lazy graphics, Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted is a mediocre addition to a fighting genre already well-served by the UFC Undisputed franchise.
Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat (Xbox 360, PS3)
Another uninspired fighter, Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat has solid combat at times and is based on somewhat entertaining source material, but the rest of the package is just plain shallow. The voice acting is terrible, there's little variation in the characters' respective move sets, and there are barely any fighters to choose from. The worst part of the whole experience has to be the load times, though, as they can reach up to 30 seconds at their worst. That's a problem, considering Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat isn't exactly a game worth waiting for.
Game of Thrones (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
If The Walking Dead is a shining example of how to take well-regarded source material and turn it into an affecting video game, then Game of Thrones is an example of how to do just the opposite. While there are some entertaining story bits here and there, Game of Thrones is just too dull of a game to endure for as long as it asks you to. It's unattractive, buggy, and none too engaging. I'm certain a quality title can be salvaged from such an excellent IP, but Game of Thrones just isn't it.
Date: September 10, 2012
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