Anthony John Agnello

Anthony John Agnello

Anthony John Agnello is a writer living in New York. He works as the Community Manager of Joystiq.com and his writing has appeared in The AV Club, Salon, Edge, and many others. He is patiently waiting for Namco to finish Klonoa 3.

Murdered: Soul Suspect Review

Murdered: Soul Suspect has the makings of a fascinatingly macabre video game detective story but fails to flesh out its ghostly characters and world.

  • Pros: Unique premise. , Visually rich environment design…
  • Cons: Empty characters. , Zero challenge. , Game spells out every…

Kirby: Triple Deluxe review

After a three-year hiatus following Kirby: Return to Dreamland on Wii, Kirby returns to platforming on Nintendo 3DS in Kirby Triple Deluxe. What looks like the same old thing on…

  • Pros: Deceptively familiar exterior hides a weird, imaginative…
  • Cons: May be a little too bubbly and cheery for some. , Very…

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

Beenox's fourth Spider-Man game in as many years isn't an outright failure but its bafflingly dumb design choices prevent it from being the guilty pleasure it might have been.

  • Pros: Swinging around the city remains amusing , Fights are simple…
  • Cons: Awful interface design obscures game , Illogical side…

2014 FIFA World Cup Review

2014 FIFA World Cup may feel like a licensing cash grab considering the absence of typical FIFA features, but its clarity, focus, and charm make it a commendable entry all the…

  • Pros: Same sterling field play as FIFA 14 on PS3/Xbox 360. , Lack…
  • Cons: Lack of feature parity with FIFA 14 makes $60 price tag…

Trials Fusion review

Trials Fusion seems to make only superficial changes to RedLynx's motocross, but a complex and impressively deep game hides beneath the flashy new sci-fi setting.

  • Pros: Easy to try, difficult to master, super satisfying…
  • Cons: Level editor is forbiddingly complex. , Sci-fi themed levels…

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z review

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z should be a mess, a parody offshoot of a once great action series made by three separate development studios. Instead, it works as an admirably honest and fun…

  • Pros: Economical, swift action. , Get to play as the token video…
  • Cons: Normal difficulty can be overly challenging at times. , Lack…

Yoshi’s New Island review

Yoshi's had trouble recapturing the platforming glory of his first starring role on Super Nintendo, and while Yoshi's New Island doesn't reach the heights of that debut, it is…

  • Pros: Solid, distinctive platforming , Fetching visuals that shame…
  • Cons: Lullaby music could cure insomnia , Irritating motion…

The 10 best import games coming in 2014

The year 2014 has gotten off to a slow start in the world of video games, but there's plenty of greatness on the horizon, including a number of killer games not likely to hit the US this year. Among them are a new Yakuza spin-off, a great Dragon Quest remake…

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Strider review

Strider is an excellent game but one that sacrifices the crucial idiosyncrasies that made the character’s scant appearances back in the day so memorable.

  • Pros: Spectacular feel and speed to the action and platforming…
  • Cons: Visually bland beyond the main character. , Remixed…

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a very well-designed platformer that ultimately fails to strike the right balance between difficult and frustrating.

  • Pros: Delightful on the eyes and full of animated character…
  • Cons: Ill-advised checkpoint placement makes the game frustrating…

Bravely Default review

Bravely Default is a thoroughly modern role-playing game that still bears all the hallmarks of tradition. Thanks to a number of forward-thinking design choices, it's also one the…

  • Pros: Gorgeous art and sound. , Wealth of options makes Bravely…
  • Cons: Sometimes so light it's impossible to take seriously. , Even…

Jetsetter: Microsoft refuses to give up on Japan, even after Japan gave up on it

This week in Jetsetter, we look back on Microsoft's history in the Japanese console market. The company's only sold around 3 million consoles in the country over 12 years, but it just keeps trying. It's also managed to convince some of Japan's best game makers…

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Jetsetter: Have we learned nothing from Final Fantasy’s terrible numbering?

This week in Jetsetter, we look at Inazuma Eleven and the double-edged sword of when a traditionally import-only series finally makes the jump to the US. The biggest problem is that you don't get to play any previously released games, but other issues arise as…

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Jetsetter: Another British racing dev fades as Burnout Paradise studio loses founders

This week in Jetsetter, we mourn the erosion of one of Britain's greatest racing game developers. Criterion Games, the developer of Burnout Paradise, isn't dead but it's close now that co-founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward have left Electronic Arts.

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Jetsetter: Resident Evil is dead, long live Resident Evil

This week in Jetsetter, we look at how one of Japan's most storied developers can keep one of its longest-running series thriving long into the future. If Capcom wants Resident Evil to have a future, it has to do what its shareholders finds unthinkable: stop…

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