If you've been tuning into the front page of WikiGameGuides this past month, you know that June was a damn good month for reviews, though maybe not for overall game quality. In total, thirteen new reviews found a featured spot on the homepage. Now, you could chalk this fact up to my managerial skills or dumb luck, but luck and I have never seen eye to eye.
This month's non-featured submissions include a brief blog echoing my feelings of The Walking Dead television series and a wordy submission lauding the merits of Game of Thrones. Then we get to the reviews where Mason gives a hearty recommendation to Lollipop Chainsaw in spite of its misogynistic overtones, and EpicWalkthroughs contributes a Spec Ops: The Line review praising the game for its narrative, protagonists, and gameplay (a direct contrast to my opinions).
Written by thehostilechicken for WikiGameGuides.com
"When it started in 2010, The Walking Dead blew up, and was immediately hailed as a quintessential cornerstone in the zombie apocalypse genre. At the time, when my zombie-mad cousin and TV-buff friend told me of it, I decided there and then, I'd never watch this show."
"But about two weeks ago, I started to watch the first series and finished the second about two days ago. I heard of its deeply rich story and lots of character depth, so naturally, I was anticipating Six Feet Under, except with the bodies waking up. But lo and behold it failed miserably. I'm even more disappointed now after finding it's creator is Frank Darabont - the genius behind The Shawshank Redemption! It just doesn't add up."
"Now, in hindsight, I realize that those who were rating the "magnificence" of the story like zombie films, which usually have the storyline of a 1980's pornographic film. It's honestly not worth your time, and the cliffhanger at the end of series two was unimaginative and left me with sighs of anguish rather than excitement (unlike Dexter season six which I'm bricking it for!!) At this point, I would say it's "jumped the shark," but really it passed that point before they even made the pilot. Before the shark got bitten by a "walker" that is."
Reviewed by Mason_M for WikiGameGuides.com
"Just looking at the title is enough to convince the average person this isn’t your boilerplate Call of Duty or Halo. No, Lollipop Chainsaw basks itself in the charm that Suda consistently laces his games with, along with some heavy sexualization and retro funk. Of course, one of the defining features in a Suda game is a completely over-the-top and insane story. Lollipop Chainsaw stars Juliet Starling, a cheerleader for San Romero High celebrating her 18th birthday on the day the story takes place. As the pandemonium starts, Juliet is on her way to meet her boyfriend Nick at school when she arrives to find zombies overrunning the campus, and she must fight her way through the crowd to find her boyfriend."
"Oh did I mention that the Juliet's relatives are all zombie slayers? Yes, just two minutes into the game and Suda has already made his mark on the story. Unfortunately, by the time that Juliet reaches Nick, he has been bitten by a zombie, and to save him she decapitates him and places the head on a stand hanging from the back of her skirt. Right up against her butt. The rest of the game focuses on the couple slaughtering their way through zombies to stop Swan (the main antagonist) from destroying the world, but Lollipop Chainsaw gets too wrapped up in style and presentation to bother forming a decent plot."
Written by thehostilechicken for WikiGameGuides.com
"Even when the Game of Throne's story became confusing or puzzling, I still loved the impeccable acting and writing that grabs you like dialogue from a Tarantino film. Peter Dinklage's portrayal of Tyrion Lannister is brilliant, with his whit and charm that manages to conquer the sword with his words, being the ultimatum of condescending acting. I was very happy when I heard he had received a Golden Globe for his role in last years awards ceremony. The set design and locations were beautiful, and it was just genuinely great to look at - not the gritty suburban areas of New Jersey or drug-ridden crack den's of Baltimore."
"I absolutely loved this, and cannot emphasize this enough, with no criticisms or things that niggled away at me over the twenty episodes. I do plan on reading the books, which I've heard, as usual, are better than the show. And if this is the case, I'll have my work cut out for me to finish the nearly-thousand-word novels. Another little thing: If it was another network broadcasting Game of Thrones, my impressions definitely would have been different, but because it's HBO, nearly all actors were British, which is much more convincing that having having forty-something American's try and fake a British accent. It would've been awful!"
Reviewed by EpicWalkthroughs for WikiGameGuides.com
"Regardless, the story of Spec Ops shows fantastic character development, intense risk taking, and the pacing is absolutely perfect. The story is dark. I forewarn you, you will see atrocities, and at some points you will blurt out loud, “What the fuck just happened?” or “Did I really just do that?” This is played off great by the characters reactions to the events as well, making them seem very human, which is ironically joked at in the beginning when one of the characters refers to himself as a well-oiled killing machine. With twists around every corner, the six-hour campaign of Spec Ops is fantastic and just long enough to grip you in, making you want to see just what the hell is going to happen next engrossing. You'll want to finish the game in one sitting as I did."
"There are three brilliant endings to the game, all of which make for insane outcomes which keep you guessing until the end. This is held up great by the games great voice acting, especially the main characters, who all show true emotion, and seem like real people."