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MLB 11: The Show Review

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 09:52 Published in Featured

There was a time when I was a baseball fanatic. I've had season tickets to both the Padres and the A's. But over the past few years, my interest in baseball has almost completely died out. To Sony San Diego's credit, MLB 11: The Show has recaptured the magic of America's favorite pastime for me.

Fight Night Champion Review

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:02 Published in Reviews

Fight Night Champion is a multiplayer boxing game for play on Xbox 360 that blends traditional one-on-one pugilistic action of previous games in the Fight Night franchise with new, more gritty story-driven gameplay rooted in the all-new Champion Mode. Game features include: unprecedented precision and accuracy of punches; local and online multiplayer support for four and ten players respectively; and a cast of more than 50 boxers from multiple eras and weight classes.

Gears Of War 3 Multiplayer Preview

Saturday, 26 February 2011 21:11 Published in Coming Soon
Gears of War 3? Kind of a big deal. It is the most anticipated game of 2011, after all. Yesterday we learned that the Epic shooter will be out worldwide on September 20, and we now know that the beta will be released sometime in April.

 

De Blob 2 Review

Friday, 25 February 2011 10:13 Published in Reviews

The blob known as Blob made his debut in de Blob when it landed on the Wii in 2008, introducing the world to a funky new hero whose ability to absorb color and spread it around was put to great use in that charming platformer. Now, Blob is back, but while fostering political revolution through paint is as intrinsically enjoyable as ever, a nasty tendency to punish you severely for failure and a few other issues prevent this outing from being as enjoyable as the first.

Killzone 3 Review

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 23:25 Published in Reviews

A few will disagree to the fact that the Killzone series are one of the best first person shooters games available on the PS3. This time Guerrilla has returned with the third installment of the series and perhaps we should say they have done with a vengeance. We played both campaign and online game modes, and on both we were pleasantly surprised.

 

Bulletstorm Review

Saturday, 19 February 2011 22:05 Published in Reviews
Writing about games always comes with a peculiar kind of self-defeating dissonance. This morning, I might have grabbed a metaphorical megaphone and shoved it in some ebert's ear, right before laying out why Shadow of the Colossus is such a magnificent meditation on loss and sacrifice and etc. "Games involve and encourage and inspire!" I'd say. "It's for grownups, you know."

Crysis 2 Review

Friday, 18 February 2011 12:50 Published in Reviews

Any preview of Crysis 2 is invariably going to be torn between two things (or should be, anyway): how it looks, and how it plays. When I checked out a single-player section of the PC version of Crysis 2 a month or so ago, I was struck as much by how well it controlled on a 360 pad as how fantastic that version looked, and I was also left with some serious questions as to how it would run on consoles. Last week, things were switched around a bit as I spent time with Crysis 2's multiplayer on the Xbox 360, and I was struck by two things: how great it looked, and how not so great it played.

Rage Preview with New Trailer

Thursday, 17 February 2011 19:58 Published in Coming Soon
If you doubted that Rage could look decent on the Xbox 360, rest assured it is a beautiful game. During the 30-minute presentation I attended at the Bethesda booth at E3, the "hand-crafted" environments backed up the boasting of the id Software producer guiding attendees through two different campaign segments.

You Don't Know Jack Review

Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:14 Published in Reviews
It has been nearly 11 years since the last proper You Don’t Know Jack game was released. Playing Jellyvision’s new You Don’t Know Jack game, I almost immediately realized that we were all poorer for its absence. Though there have been ample trivia games in the interim, none have delivered the same balance of quick wit and smart questions that, during the mid-to-late '90s, defined the series. Trivia games always need a hook, whether that means really committing to the game-show or board-game conceit, or focusing on particular topics. For You Don’t Know Jack, it’s all about interweaving truly trivial pop culture with high culture and recontextualizing everything for maximum irreverence. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s really funny, a characteristic that continues to be a perennial blind spot in the world of video games.

Mario Sports Mix Review

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 12:04 Published in Reviews

Sometimes it's comforting when you know exactly what to expect from a videogame. Mario Sports Mix has all the Mario sports hallmarks: Mushroom, Flower and Star trophies, infuriating random items, courts that make absolutely no sense (basketball on a sandy beach? Ice hockey on the lawn of Princess Peach's castle?), a wide cast of Nintendo characters with superficially differing abilities and special moves... The woiks. It's also got a tiny touch of Square Enix in the form of unlockable characters like Moogle and Cactaur, which you can steadfastly ignore if you're still a bit upset with Square over splitting with Nintendo in the nineties.

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