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Fallout: New Vegas Review

Jan. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Fallout: New Vegas Review (Editor's note: This article contains moderate language. Younger readers, or readers of a sensitive nature, please be advised.) Better late than never, I suppose. I’m going to preface this by taking stock of Obsidian Entertainment’s many failures over the years. Let’s begin. Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords – terrible. Neverwinter Nights 2 – worse. Alpha Protocol – this was Obsidian’s...

Goldeneye 007 (2010) Review

Jan. 4, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Goldeneye 007 (2010) Review Goldeneye 007 is one of those pieces that gamers know by name. All you have to do is mention the name, and a flurry of excited voices talking about their greatest kills in multiplayer and their favorite weapons and levels will erupt. It’s safe to say that Goldeneye 007 is one of those legendary games, the one that nearly everyone has played and from which nearly everyone has some treasured memory. It’s a sacred game, up there with...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

Jan. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review (Editor's Note: for the PC version score, please see the second half of the article) Call of Duty, the king of war shooters, is back in its seventh iteration: Black Ops. Activision has once again turned the tables to Treyarch, who formerly made World at War. Black Ops has made many changes to the franchise, some mild, and some heavy. Instead of a traditional main menu with a background, the menu itself is in-game, with your character struggling...

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Review

Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Review OK, DICE and EA, I give. What’s your game? With the release of Battlefield 1943, all of the free (for VIP members) Bad Company 2 content and now a full expansion Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, there has to be something up. Modern console FPSs simply don’t offer you this much content for such a reasonable asking price. I’ve been around the bush, played my fair share of FPSs, and I know for a fact that the Call of Duty&rsquo...

RISK for iPad Review

Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RISK for iPad Review RISK is one of the longest-serving strategy games still in existence today. From its humble beginnings as a board game, it has progressed to making appearances on virtually every major computing platform. The Apple iPad is no exception, clocking in with Hasbro's latest iteration, brought to you by Electronic Arts. Click the image to view screenshots The basic premise of RISK is simple: the world is divided into territories, and the players are...

X-Men Arcade Classic Review

Dec. 28, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

X-Men Arcade Classic Review A fond memory for many old gamers was heading to the local arcade and pumping dozens of quarters into all the popular games. One of those popular titles in the early '90s was a Konami beat-em-up based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men that featured top-notch graphics and sound for its time, as well as up to six different players, depending which cabinet was at your arcade. While those arcade days are now over, this classic lives on thanks to the PSN...

Resident Evil 5 Review

Dec. 23, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Resident Evil 5 Review For years, Capcom has been at the forefront of the survival horror genre with Resident Evil. When the first game in the series came out in 1996, it left its mark on the video game industry, leading to countless other attempts at the genre, such as Silent Hill. They redefined survival horror, and gaming in general, again in 2005, when Resident Evil 4 was released. The latest game in the franchise is Resident Evil 5, and while it doesn’t...

Dead Space Review

Dec. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Dead Space Review The survival horror genre really came into its own when the first Resident Evil came out. What followed was the likes of Silent Hill and Condemned hitting the market. Thankfully, Dead Space was released in 2008 to provide the survival horror genre an excellent new franchise to build upon. If you haven't played Dead Space yet, then now may be the time to acquire it, especially with Dead Space 2 coming out January 2011. Click the image to view...

Battlefield Heroes Review

Dec. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Liam Reid

Battlefield Heroes Review Battlefield Heroes is a free online FPS that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Basically a trimmed down version of Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Heroes is browser based and completely free to play. The game is relatively simple; it consists of two teams, Royal and Nationals, which bear more than a passing resemblance to the Brits and Germans of World War II. The game mode is capture the flag -- you have to raise your flag over the other...

Battlefield 1943 Review

Dec. 20, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Battlefield 1943 Review DLC at its very worst can be a prime example of money grubbing tactics that deliver little content with a not-so-little price tag. However, at its best, it’s the perfect example of a quick burst of gaming with a fair price. Battlefield 1943, sequel to the Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 2 PC series, is a near-perfect blend of functional price and substantial content -- whether you decide to play a few quick matches or devote your time...

Minecraft Review

Dec. 17, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Minecraft Review A new genre that hasn't fully established a name for itself is soon becoming a new craze on the PC platform. It's for anyone who has ever played with Legos or MegaBloks, or simply any gamer looking for something new. At heart, Minecraft is a first-person sandbox game, similar FPS controls. It's a game about building and surviving. It's about collecting. It's also about blocks. Lots and lots of blocks. The land is made of blocks. Leaves are made...

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review

Dec. 15, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review The market for the FPS is similar to the fighting game market of the early '90s, a time in which companies pumped out fighter after fighter in an attempt to cash in on the success of big titles such as Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat. Some were met with varying forms of success, but most were destined to be forgotten and abandoned as the juggernaut titles continued to dominate. Click the image to view screenshots In this generation, there...

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Review

Dec. 7, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 Review Remember the good ol' days of video gaming? Remember when Sega ruled the world with Sonic the Hedgehog as its king? Those sure were the days, weren't they? Back before the deluge of 3-D Sonic games hit gamers upside their collective heads and caused the Sonic franchise to fall stunningly from grace. Wait, what's this you say? Sonic is back in a new 2-D game? A new major 2-D game? Not just a mobile game but a downloadable game for all of the...

Vanquish Review

Nov. 10, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Vanquish Review The third-person shooter has largely been thought of as being related to only a few titles. The Gears of War series comes to mind, with Ghost Recon and the SOCOM series being other well-known titles. Despite the setting, all play largely the same, follow a very similar mission structure, and feature very similar multiplayer action. Even the most hardcore third-person shooter fan would have to admit the game play is becoming a little stale: Run...

DJ Max Portable 3 Review

Nov. 2, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

DJ Max Portable 3 Review There are 2 types of music games in the world. There are those you break out at parties, which allow you to sing horrible imitations of popular rock songs and have a good time with your friends. That would be the Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero camp. Then there’s the other music game, the one that requires hours of dedication to complete a song, eagle eye accuracy to make sure you match up notes with only seconds available, and...

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 2

Oct. 8, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 2 Sandbox games produced by Rockstar have a common failing that the company has never managed to address – or, really, even admit to. Namely, once you’ve run around for a bit, causing mayhem and destruction and making a general ass of yourself, there’s not a whole lot of reason to keep playing. Sure, you’ll pop Grand Theft Auto in every once in a while, if for no other reason than to kill some time by engaging in some...

Fat Princess Review

Oct. 1, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Fat Princess Review Every week, new and exciting games are released digitally for gamers to enjoy. Whether it’s PSN or X-Box Live, many of them offer variety and a new, unique experience. One of those unique experiences is in the form of Fat Princess, a very strategic, but simple online game on the PS3. Click the image to view screenshots Fat Princess is simply an interesting twist to classic Capture the Flag, but instead of a flag, you’re fighting to...

Halo: Reach Review

Sep. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Halo: Reach Review Every creative developer has that one project out of all his other projects that really stands out from the rest -- the one that is remembered long after the project’s inception. I call it the "lightning in bottle." Click on image to view screenshots For Bungie, Halo: Reach may very well be that lightning (on in Halo’s case, a couple of plasma grenades and fuel rod cannons). Everything about the project is well polished, from its...

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 1

Sep. 20, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Red Dead Redemption Review: Take 1 Red Dead Redemption is commonly referenced to as the “Ye Olde” version of Grand Theft Auto IV. And to be completely honest, I agree. (For the record, I'll be calling it RDR to save my fingers.) RDR is your standard sandbox shooting game, with cowboys and Mexicans thrown in. You ride a horse, shoot a few people, annoy the law doing so, get chased, die, rinse and repeat as necessary. But that isn't all. There are quite a few other...

Madden NFL 11 Review

Sep. 13, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Madden NFL 11 Review Every year, EA brings its latest Madden squad to the video game gridiron. For the most part, each new installment adds a few minor tweaks to the gameplay, along with the expected updates to NFL rosters. This year, however, there was more of an effort to make things a little different, and a bit more interesting. Click to view screenshots The biggest addition in Madden NFL 11 has to be Gameflow, which was designed to let you play through an...

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Review

Sep. 10, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Review Some of the best memories (as far as gaming is concerned) of my early childhood were days spent at the arcade, pumping quarters into The Simpsons Arcade Game. You remember it – unless you’re not old enough to have experienced an arcade; in which case, I pity you. You’d put your quarter on the edge of the machine, reserving your place in line. And your place was reserved; nobody (except the occasional jackass) would violate that...

UniBall Review

Sep. 7, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

UniBall Review One of the joys of playing games on PC is stumbling across little gems that otherwise go unnoticed. If not for stumbling around and searching, I would have never been introduced to games such as Cave Story or Super Mario Crossover. The internet truly holds some fantastic games, which unfortunately (more often than not) get overlooked by the bigger, flashier titles. Click on the image to view screenshots. UniBall is an independent title created...

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Review

Sep. 2, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Review If there’s one thing I dislike the most about this generation of gaming, it’s the constant micro-transactions which have become the norm for the genre. When done right, it’s a great way to extend the life of a game. Fallout 3 and Burnout Paradise are prime examples: a decent amount of new game content with a fair price tag. However, there have been many examples of downloadable content done wrong this generation -- either...

Spelunky Review

Aug. 21, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Spelunky Review As well as spiders, bats, and skeletons, oh my! You'll hate them even more when you play Spelunky, an indie game made for Windows created by Derek Yu. Spelunky is freeware but don't let that lull you into thinking that the game has any lack of depth - it's simply full of it. Spelunky is possibly the best indie game I have ever played, and it's free. You play a spelunker, named, interestingly, Spulenky (his real name isn't given). Your quest is...

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review

Aug. 18, 2010; Channels: Video Games; By Edward Kaczynski

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Review It’s difficult to honestly review a game like Starcraft 2. On the one hand, Blizzard Entertainment has a long history of really solid game design, peaking with (of course) Starcraft, and it would be a disservice to myself as a journalist and you as readers to act as though this were an opportunity to get my licks in simply for kicks. On the other hand, the desire to stir the ant pile with a stick and enrage the Blizzard fanboys is tempting...

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