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Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

Review; Nov. 19, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures Everyone wanted it, and they knew it was coming. It seemed like a perfect match (made in Hell), and now it's finally here.  An all too obvious, but long overdue fan fantasy come true, James Rofle, a.k.a "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (AVGN) finally stars in his own video game, the very media genre his Internet famed character complains about. Click the image to view game screenshots Owner, independent film maker, and creator of Cinneemasacre,...

Spelunky XBLA Review

Review; Aug. 17, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Spelunky XBLA Review Spelunky, the rogue-like indie hit platformer developed by Derek Yu, has been released to Xbox Live Arcade. You'll once again take on the role of everyone's favorite little red-nosed adventurer and be diving into the dark deeps of randomized caverns, icy tunnels, and strange temples in search of treasure, fame, fortune ... and instant death. The joke may be old, but this is death in HD! Yes, the frustration of dying repeatedly for hours on end...

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review

Review; Apr. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Avernum: Escape From the Pit Review Before I even had Windows on my computer, I remember my dad bringing home a game from the store because a clerk said it was really good. I opened the box, and inside was not one, but three manuals, a cloth map, and a floppy disk labeled Exodus - Ultima IV. I popped the disk in, exited to DOS, and ran the game. I was bewildered by the pink and cyan color palette, died several times, and quickly became disgusted with the game. Ok, I was only five...

The Tree and the Wheel

Feature; Mar. 26, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

The Tree and the Wheel The Mass Effect series is part-shooter, part-RPG, and part-space opera. While the series has brought the first two game mechanics together, it's not as though we haven't seen them done just as well or better. Still, from the cover-based shooter gameplay and RPG character growth, the series (which can now be label a trilogy) offers a unique experience in and of itself. However, if there's one aspect the game has reinvented, it's conversing with...

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011

The Best (And Worst) Video Games of 2011 It's that time of the year again, folks. The time when everybody starts making new years resolutions, only to break them in a matter of weeks. It also happens to be the time of the year when video game critics put out their awards for the industry. Fortunately for us, these edicts will withstand the test of time. From worst to best, find out here what we thought of 2011's offerings -- as well as those that shouldn't have seen the light of day. ...

Dueling Reviews: Batman: Arkham City, Take 2

Review; Dec. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Dueling Reviews: Batman: Arkham City, Take 2 If the past is any indication, movies based on video games don't tend to do so well, as well as vice versa. Video games based off of superheroes also tend to suffer from this ailment, but if there’s one superhero who tends to triumph more often than others (and in this case, rather exceptionally), it’s DC Comic's Batman. Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to the game’s previous game, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Aslyum revolutionized...

Gears of War 3 Staff Review

Gears of War 3 Staff Review The third installment of Microsoft's flagship series that doesn't go by the name of Halo has been released. Gears of War 3 is the latest third-person sci-fi shooter from Epic Games. The game has been out for a few weeks now, but we at OMGN have been playing it frequently since its release. From single player to its brutal multiplayer, there have been some significant changes and updates since its launch. For all of those who decided to wait or...

Defenders of Ardania Preview

Feature; Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Defenders of Ardania Preview What originally started as a Starcraft mod, tower defense is a rare but enjoyable genre that focuses on the defensive side of RTS games. In other words, it’s a turtler’s dream. Games under this genre, such as Plants Vs. Zombies and Defense Grid: Awakening, tend to be more on the casual development side; you won’t see full-blown $60/$50 commercial games (yet) that focus heavily on this concept, but they are fun to play. Whether...

The Binding of Isaac Review

Review; Oct. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

The Binding of Isaac Review Fans of Super Meat Boy will find it hard not to notice The Binding of Isaac's art style. What fans may not recognize -- and possibly be shocked by -- is the back-story and overall tone of the game. I’m not going to mince words. The Binding of Isaac has and will likely cause controversy over the next few years, and certain players may find this game quite offensive. But it's not all gloom and doom. The game’s plot is similar to the...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Review; Oct. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review When I was younger, my favorite FPS experiences belonged to the N64 era — namely Goldeneye 64 and Perfect Dark. Then one of my friends got an Alienware computer and showed me a game called Deus Ex: Mafia Conspiracy. I was completely enthralled with Deus Ex's campaign compared to other linear shooters. (It was also pretty damn cool playing a video game in which the main character's code name was my initials.) Deus Ex wasn't a standard...

Bethesda Sues Mojang

News; Aug. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Bethesda Sues Mojang Marcus "Notch" Persson announced on his Twitter account that 3 million copies of Minecraft had been sold as of Aug. 5. Notch also announced that the official launch of the game will be released during Minecon on Nov. 18 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Tickets will be available soon. Mojang has been working on more than just its block-building goldmine; a card and board game called "Scrolls" is underway. "About half a year ago, our lawyers...

Breath of Death VII: The Beginning Review

Review; Jul. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Breath of Death VII: The Beginning Review For some, the old days of 8-bit gaming have a certain charm to gamers who grew up with them, so it’s nice to see some developers create games that still cater to this audience. The interest in this era can vary from person to person. Sometimes it’s the graphics. In a world of high-definition monitors and TVs, 8-bit graphics have become even more presentable, producing straighter-looking pixels -- or, at least, none of the grainy...

L.A. Noire Review

Review; Jul. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

L.A. Noire Review L.A. Noire takes a different approach to the open-world genre. The game takes place in 1940s Los Angeles. As L.A.P.D. detective Cole Phelps, players will be solving crimes this time around instead of causing them. The game's theme might seem a little bit more innocent than Rockstar's GTA series, but don't let that fool you into thinking the world in this game doesn't have its fair share of criminal scum. Gamers who enjoy a good story and...

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling On June 27, the Supreme Court made a final decision on a topic under debate for the last few years as to whether video games are protected under the First Amendment and, thus, to be treated as free speech. Also under debate was whether video games belong in the same category as films, literature and music, and are therefore considered an expressive art form. We at OMGN are passionate about video games and the industry that surrounds them. The...

E3 2011: Prey 2 First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Prey 2 First Impressions This year at E3, Bethesda showed a live presentation of Prey 2 at its booth. The first Prey game was your standard linear campaign shooter, but the sequel does a complete 180. The new protagonist this time around is U.S. Marshal Killian Samuels, and the game takes place right after the ending of the first one. After waking up in a destroyed ship, the player finds a gun and attempts to escape.  Combat has been revamped to include a cover...

E3 2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 22, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions The Elder Scroll series is known for being one of the most epic and never-ending RPG series of all time. Not just in game play, but in sheer scale, too. Players can be anything they want, do anything they want, and go anywhere they want, all at any time. Both Morrowind and Oblivion have allowed for the creation of thousands upon thousands of user-made mods, drastically increasing the lifespan of the already-content heavy games that are still...

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts This year, OMGN took four of our staff to E3 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.: Robert F. Ludwick, Kyle Hovanec, Jenner Cauton, and Ryan Goodman. The four of us frolicked and cavorted in video games' biggest expo and survived to tell the tale. We left the show with sore necks, sore feet, and sore shoulders (from all of the free swag!), and now that we've had some time to reflect, we'd like to offer our opinions of the show as a whole.   What less...

E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Call of Duty Elite First Impressions When I first heard of the Call of Duty franchise possibly charging for online services, I had mixed feelings. A Call of Duty MMO? I couldn't fathom the thought. I still can't. While in no way do I dislike MMOs, Call of Duty didn't seem like one of those franchises that needed it. All my worries, for the most part, subsided when OMGN went to see Activision's presentation of Call of Duty Elite at E3. COD Elite is a community-based service in which...

E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions

E3 2011: Prototype 2 First Impressions Robert, Jenner and Kyle got a tour of Prototype 2 at E3 2011, so we thought we'd share our thoughts. Prototype 2 takes place 14 month after the original title. New main character Sgt. James Heller returns to a virus ravaged New York City to find his daughter and wife have been killed by the first game's protagonist, Alex Mercer. Heller, after gaining the same abilities as Mercer, sets out to claim his revenge. Heller is a different character...

E3 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions

E3 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 First Impressions Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the juggernaut followup to the highly successful 2009 prequel Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The game takes place immediately following MW2, after the initial attack by the Russians on Washington D.C. New York, along with other cities and even countries, is under the threat of military attacks, and the whole world stands on the brink of World War III. Following the traditional system of playing as multiple...

E3 2011: Deus Ex: Human Revolution First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Deus Ex: Human Revolution First Impressions Deus Ex was critically acclaimed for one thing: choices. Whether you wanted to go for the stealthy approach or with guns blazing, it was up to you. Deus Ex was also extensive with its conversation options. You could be polite or simply let your gun do the talking. Every choice had a reward, and every choice had a consequence. With Deus Ex: Invisible War, many players were disappointed. The game was simplified with fewer upgrade choices which...

E3 2011: Warlords First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Warlords First Impressions Warlords is a remake of the Atari 2600 classic of the same name. Just like the original, the game is a clash between Pong and Breakout. Players took each of the four corners of the screen, guarding their castle and protecting their warlord. Anytime the ball hits the wall, a portion of it is destroyed. Players battle it out by bouncing the ball back and forth. The player left standing is the winner. Warlords on the Xbox Arcade uses the same name,...

E3 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Final Fantasy XIII-2 First Impressions The Final Fantasy series has never been known for its storyline's continuity. The only consistency is in the signature mascots: chocobos and moogles  -- and, of course, jaw-dropping graphics. Released in 2003, Final Fantasy X-2 was the series’ first true sequel, and Square Enix has done so again, with Final Fantasy XIII-2. The demo showed a somewhat changed Pulse, later on giving us a look at Seraph, now a playable character,...

E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Centipede: Infestation First Impressions If there was ever sound effects from a classic arcade game that would get stuck in my head, it's the ones from Centipede. Atari has resurrected the arcade classic with Centiped: Infestation. Instead of an archer, players take on the role of an action hero with a space blaster. The demo level involved a grassy field consisting of a significantly smaller space than before. This worried me at first until I saw just exactly how the game was played....

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

E3 2011: Gamma World First Impressions Atari plans to bring the D&D Gamma World series to video game form. Gamma World takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, not unlike other games such as Borderlands or Fallout. The game is cel-shaded, is meant to have a off-humor tone, and doesn't take itself seriously. Players can customize their character from a variety of different origins, such as "Radioactive Man" and "Yeti," which can alter the player's different properties (i.e.,...

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