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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. ...

The Customer Is Always (Allowed to Be) Right

Feature; Dec. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

The Customer Is Always (Allowed to Be) Right There’s a point at which a company’s actions come across backward and anti-consumer, even by modern-day corporate standards. But, beneath all the seemingly underhanded, shady business tactics, there have to be reasons. Whether those reasons are good is subjective, yet they will at least be understandable. Sony has made changes in various aspects of its business model since the PlayStation 3’s release, including (but not limited...

Beyond Good & Evil Creator Discusses & Teases at a Possible Sequel

News; Nov. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Beyond Good & Evil Creator Discusses & Teases at a Possible Sequel Michel Ancel and Jordan Mechner -- the creators of the Rayman and Prince of Persia series, respectively -- have given fans of the original Beyond Good & Evil (released in 2003) hope for a sequel. BG&E takes place on a futuristic planet in which the world's military fights against an invading alien race, yet the main character discovers a conspiracy between the two. During the presentation at the Montpellier in Game 2011 conference,...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review

Review; Nov. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has moments that instill awe. Seeing the star treasure hunter and leading character Nathan Drake survive a plane crash in the middle of a vast desert is exciting. Watching him leap from one boat to another during a powerful storm while pirates are attacking is intense. Having (varying degrees of) control over Drake during moments like these is something developer Naughty Dog seeks to provide. But the whole...

Grand Theft Auto V Revealed, Trailer Imminent

News; Oct. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Grand Theft Auto V Revealed, Trailer Imminent Anyone who checked Rockstar Games' main page recently (or any other page on the site) was directed to this: It's real. It is coming. No further explanation. Just that. There has been evidence of GTAV's existence for some time now. Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar, had casting calls for a game codenamed "Rush" back in March. The characters sounded like the type of people who would fill a GTA cast -- eccentric and involved in crime...

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City

Feature; Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Spoiler Alert: Kotaku Boldly Reveals Plot Twist in Batman: Arkham City Imagine with me for a moment that it’s May 1980. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is about to be released, and you’ve been looking forward to seeing it since the previous film. While reading the newspaper that day, you see a story about the film. The headline reads “VADER IS LUKE’S FATHER.” Your reaction would likely be similar to mine when I saw a story on Kotaku.com, a video gaming blog that frequently...

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue

Feature; Sep. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Fox News and "Green" Games: Defining the Issue If there's one step that should not be taken in this instance, it's to write-off Fox News as a bunch of idiots. Saying the corporation and its workers are dumb because of this broadcast (in which Clayton Morris of Fox News and online radio host T.J. McCormack talk about the liberal agenda behind environmental games) is similar to calling America an imperialist entity (stay with me for a bit; this will tie back into video games at...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Max Payne 3 Dated, Trailer Debuts This Week

News; Sep. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Max Payne 3 Dated, Trailer Debuts This Week The hard-boiled ex-detective's life is about to go down the drain again, and he'll be firing guns akimbo the whole way. With a history as grim and bleak as that of its own leading man, Max Payne 3's development has been checkered with years of rumors and false release dates (Max Payne 1 and 2 came out in 2001 and 2003, developed by Remedy Entertainment). Even after developer Rockstar Games confirmed it would be at the helm...

Sengoku Preview: A Ninja-Hiring, Castle-Building Simulator

Feature; Sep. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Sengoku Preview: A Ninja-Hiring, Castle-Building Simulator It's rare that you're ever given the chance to marry off your daughter to a neighboring region’s daimyo’s son. Click the image to view game screenshots Even more rare is being able to do so in a video game, yet historical strategy game-developer Paradox Interactive, makers of the Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings series, decided to include that now morally ambiguous tactic in Sengoku, a game that provides a complete...

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good

Feature; Aug. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

How 'Yakuza' Taught me to be a Man: Why Being Good is Good I'm in the process of playing through the Ryu ga Gotoku series (Yakuza in the u.S.). I started earlier this year, tracking down each title. In it, the player controls Kiryu Kazuma, a member of the Dojima yakuza family who takes the fall for the murder of his boss (which is just the start of an exceptionally involved, complicated, multi-tiered storyline of intrigue spanning all four main titles).  When Kiryu Kazuma's full-back...

Rumor: Time to Split? OPM UK Teases New Timesplitters Announcement

News; Aug. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Rumor: Time to Split? OPM UK Teases New Timesplitters Announcement Official PlayStation Magazine UK restores hope among fans of the Timesplitters (TS) series with a blurb in its "Rumour Machine" section: 2005's Timesplitters: Future Perfect was the last game of the series, released on PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The wacky, tongue-in-cheek narrative, fast-paced shooting and robust-for-its-time multiplayer gave Timesplitters a unique appeal. To this day, Timesplitters 2 is still the highest rated...

Strider, Ghost Rider Among New Fighters in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

News; Jul. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Strider, Ghost Rider Among New Fighters in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Nine months after the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (MvC3: FTW), Capcom will give birth to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (UMvC3), a Super Street Fighter IV-esque re-release with (at least) 12 new additions to the overall roster. Joystiq.com managed to find some files on Capcom's server, revealing the inclusion of the following characters: Marvel: Ghost Rider Dr. Strange Nova Rocket Raccoon Hawkeye Iron Fist...

Mega Man Legends 3 Canceled

News; Jul. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Mega Man Legends 3 Canceled The collective cries of Mega Man Legends series fans could be heard throughout the Internet today after Capcom announced in a blog post that the next addition to the Legends series would not be seeing the light of day because the game had not "met the required criteria." No prototype/unfinished build of the game will be released either. Fans were given the opportunity to vote on designs for main characters and to give general input...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions

Feature; Jul. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Multi-Player Beta Overview & Impressions My footsteps echoed through the alleyways of a nondescript city in Yemen. The old Arabian architecture encircled me, its brick archways and buildings casting long shadows across my path. I ran past quaint homes and vegetable stands which were deserted, yet they didn't look abandoned; it was as if the owners and residents had left in a hurry, perhaps because of the large-scale gun battles that were taking place. The gunfire sounded distant, so...

Uncharted 3's UK Release Date Leaps Forward a Few Days

News; Jul. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3's UK Release Date Leaps Forward a Few Days Anyone in the UK who hates getting games days, sometimes even weeks, after their North American counterparts will rejoice upon hearing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will arrive in stores sooner than previously expected -- on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, one day after the NA release. Normally, games are released on Fridays in the UK. An exception has been made for UC3, the third installment of the acclaimed third-person action series. While the...

LIMBO Crossing Over to PSN, Possibly Steam

News; Jun. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

LIMBO Crossing Over to PSN, Possibly Steam The eerie 2010 platformer/puzzle game LIMBO, developed by Denmark-based PlayDead Studios, managed to reach 527,000 copies sold on Xbox Live Arcade by the end of 2010. That success led to the game being released on another console, going against previous statements from Dino Patti, PlayDead's CEO. Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has rated the game, according to the Korean Rating Board. Unless Sony is rating games solely for the...

LulzSec Announces Disbandment; "A-Team" Reveals Their Secrets [Updated]

News; Jun. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

LulzSec Announces Disbandment; "A-Team" Reveals Their Secrets [Updated] Lulz Security (LulzSec), the computer hacking entity claiming responsibility for compromising 1,000,000 PSN user accounts, as well as for hacking Nintendo, Bethesda, and numerous other company websites (including messing with the CIA) has hung up its top hat and pocketed its monocle.  Or those aloof accessories were snatched from them. In a tweet posted around midnight GMT, LulzSec linked to a PirateBay.org post (which can now be...

Thinking With Portals: Gabe Newell Puts Portal 2 in Schools

News; Jun. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Thinking With Portals: Gabe Newell Puts Portal 2 in Schools While it hasn't been determined whether the class will fall into science or humanities, Gabe Newell revealed he is working with various schools to create a curriculum focused on Portal 2.  Newell, managing director of Valve Corporation (Half-Life series, Team Fortress 2, Portal series), spoke on June 22nd at the Games for Learning Institute's keynote, a part of the eighth annual Games for Change (G4C) festival, which started...

Uncharted 3's multiplayer: Does the audience have too much say?

Feature; May. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Uncharted 3's multiplayer: Does the audience have too much say? About midway through the campaign of the 2009 game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (UC2), the player is tasked with traversing an enemy-filled moving train as it passes through the forests of Nepal into the mountains of Tibet. If you play it, there will be moments where you’ll have to decide between shooting your attackers, diving to hang off the side of the train car you're on to avoid overpassing signs, or doing a combination of both at the...

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming

Feature; Apr. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Jaffe vs Cage: A polarized discussion of gaming David Jaffe knows what games should be like. Jaffe is the head of game developer Eat Sleep Play and director of the upcoming PS3 game Twisted Metal. In a blog post from last month, he discussed the concept of “games as art” and the maturation of the gaming industry as a whole. In his post (and the part he added at a later time, where the majority of his points lie), he asserted that by saying, assuming and purporting the...

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was

Feature; Mar. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Liberty City: The Place That Never Was I recently watched this video. It reminded me of the hype leading up to the release of the game. Take 2 and Rockstar raised expectations, survival being an important aspect to the game play. I thought of and expected gritty believability in a living-and-breathing world. There's a rumor going around that that GTA V will be announced soon, so I take this opportunity to ask: Why wasn’t the game the masterpiece those previews said it would be...

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