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Dragon Age II Review

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 10:00 Published in Reviews

EA and BioWare have shown that there's still room for fun in the dark fantasy world of Dragon Age--at least when it comes to promoting the upcoming sequel. This past summer, they silently introduced Dragon Age II at San Diego Comic-Con with a showing so free of advance warning that it would make the stealthiest of ninjas jealous. That hands-on demo showed a snippet of combat that was markedly bloodier and more over the top than its predecessor, a change that generated quite a lot of questions about the direction of this critically acclaimed role-playing series.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds Review

Thursday, 20 January 2011 22:44 Published in Reviews

Here we go again with yet another cross-over fighting game pitting two superhero forces against each other. But what happens when you bring two formidable power-packed teams onto a single screen one more time in the Marvel vs. Capcom series? Absolute catastrophe and double the mayhem is the answer. And that’s precisely what you get with the much awaited iteration of the franchise. We got the chance to preview the exciting fighting title entitled Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, an experience which left us with many a fond memory and a lot to expect from the final version of the game.

Mindjack Review

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 10:55 Published in Reviews

AD 2031...A new era. Sophisticated and complex technologies are now contributing to the advancements of mankind. However, the world’s governments are crumbling, new corrupt powers arise and conspiracies proliferate. The truth behind the proscribed technology could destroy the very core of humanity. Join a rogue team of agents as they fight for survival and entangle themselves deeper into the mystery. MINDJACK offers a unique online experience. Enter a revolutionary playing field upon which an engaging solo campaign transitions seamlessly to thrilling cooperative play. Expand your mind’s reach by “hacking” into enemies, vehicles or civilians and enjoy the freedom to control almost any character. Each bystander becomes an active combatant in this new urban warfare. Your “state of mind” is your only limitation!

Starcraft 2 Wings of Liberty Review

Sunday, 09 January 2011 22:48 Published in Reviews

Some sequels radically reinvent what has come before; others simply buff up a formula that already soars. To suggest that Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty does only the latter and not the former would be to sell short the fresh ideas and exciting gameplay that makes this superb real-time strategy sequel so enjoyable. This package delivers more than simple fun--it serves up incredible amounts of variety, from the cinematic and multifaceted campaign to the competitive and tightly balanced multiplayer. You might scoff at the fact that the game only includes a single campaign and, perhaps, at the high price point (the game retails at $59.99; $10 higher than the average PC game). But these are nitpicks, forgivable quibbles in a high-quality game that provides plenty of bang for the buck. Starcraft II is the natural next step for the series: it both embraces and updates the core components that made the first game a huge hit while layering on important features that give the game endless replay value, both online and off. This is one of the finest real-time strategy games in years, and whether you're new to the genre or have been studying Protoss build orders for the past decade, there's something here to delight you.

DC Universe Online Review

Sunday, 09 January 2011 12:51 Published in Reviews
We've spent a fair amount of time with Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming DC Universe Online at various events since it was announced in July 2008. The massively multiplayer online game has typically shown well, although it has yet to make good on its promise to let players live the life of a budding superhero or villain in the DC Comics world. On a recent visit to SOE's Austin studio, we had the chance to play a meaty chunk of the game's opening levels, which included a face-off against Gorilla Grodd. The biggest question weighing on our mind during this most recent demo was whether the game would finally deliver on the promise hinted at since its debut.


Ilomilo Review

Thursday, 06 January 2011 22:32 Published in Reviews

At its root, ilomilo is simply a puzzle game. Each level is composed of purposely organized rows and stacks of cubes that must be traversed between two characters to have them reunited. At its heart, however, ilomilo is an adorably pleasant game centered on equally cute protagonists. ilo and milo are the best of friends, and reuniting them is your task as the player. Although the storyline is thin at its core, that simplicity is perfectly suited to the nature of the game.

Dead Space 2 Review

Sunday, 02 January 2011 18:18 Published in Reviews
Visceral Games’ 2008 sci-fi horror hit Dead Space was one of my favorite games of that year, not to mention the scare-your-pants-off spookiest title I’ve played this console generation. Its effective mix of fast action, atmospheric frights, and light puzzling--all bathed in over-the-top gore--provided an experience that begged for a sequel. Thankfully, EA is providing exactly that in early 2011, when Dead Space 2 hits like a Plasma Cutter beam to the throat.

Batman: Arkham City Preview

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 13:59 Published in Coming Soon

To start, this game is a sequel to the action-adventure game Batman: Arkham Asylum based on DC's comics Batman that was distributed for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC platfoms. Arkham city is very much like its predecessor: an action game that incorporates new elements such as stealth capabilities and predator tactics.


Star Wars: The Old Republic Preview

Sunday, 26 December 2010 23:29 Published in Coming Soon

The MMO world is volatile and rapidly changing in North America. Throughout 2010 we saw the continuation of the rise of free to play and the disintegration of the traditional subscription model. Games such as APB went bust while others like Final Fantasy XIV were rushed out the door with poor results. Everyone likes to theorize about what the next big thing might be, and as of now Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic has a lot of momentum.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising Preview

Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:27 Published in Coming Soon

You always know something exciting is about to happen when Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima takes the stage. He did so to great applause at Microsoft’s 2010 E3 press conference, but he unfortunately didn’t spend much time in front of the audience. He did, however, state that what he was there to show was something new and unique. Kojima also mentioned that just as Metal Gear hero Snake passed the torch to the androgynous Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2, Kojima would now defer to Metal Gear Solid: Rising producer Shigenobu Matsuyama. And with that, Matsuyama took the stage and introduced an intriguing new trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the upcoming action game featuring a part-cyborg Raiden slicing up some of the freakiest automatons you’ve seen this side of those mooing gekkos from Metal Gear Solid 4.

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