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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review

Review; May. 1, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review Despite its problems, the original No More Heroes was a fun, adult-themed third-person hack-and-slash that was a welcome addition to the mostly family friendly lineup on the Nintendo Wii. When news of a sequel came around, fans were reasonably excited. Not only would it bring some much-needed fine-tuning to the gameplay, it also promised up to 50 assassins to carve your way through, minigames that were based on 8-bit NES titles, and the ability...

The Avengers (2012) Review

Review; Apr. 30, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Avengers (2012) Review In a year with a new Batman movie, a (maybe) prequel to the Aliens series, a reboot of Spider Man, a new Men in Black, a new Bond and a new Tarantino flick, the release of The Avengers stood above the rest due to the enormous hype and build up it received. Whatever expectations you may have, however hyped you may be, your expectations will be met -- if not entirely exceeded -- by The Avengers. It’s a movie that works on so many levels, it...

No More Heroes Review

Review; Apr. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

No More Heroes Review No More Heroes was Nintendo's effort to show Wii's legitimacy to its fans, who already knew that Nintendo would support the console with their favorite franchise titles such as Mario and Zelda. Casual fans were also satisfied with Wii Sports and the promise for more family-friendly titles on the horizon. NMH is an open world/third-person hack-and-slash made by Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind the Gamecube and Playstation 2 shooter...

Temple Run Review

Review; Apr. 9, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Temple Run Review Temple Run is a game that takes us back to the days of the arcade in which game objectives were simple, and concepts such as “levels,” “AI,” or “DLC” didn’t exist. The goals in Temple Run are simple: run as fast as you can and don't die. It's basic. However, this simplicity makes for an incredibly fun game to pick up and play in short bursts or for hours on end. Like any good arcade game, its basic...

Preserving the Classics: How Gaming Re-Releases Need to Improve

Feature; Mar. 28, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Preserving the Classics: How Gaming Re-Releases Need to Improve I am a fan of cinema and a firm believer of the preservation of classic and obscure films. The Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays are gifts from the movie gods with cleaned up picture and audio, a slew of extra content, including commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews. Even individual movie cases and pamphlets are recreated with dazzling artwork and pages of interviews and photos. It not only creates a definitive version of...

John Carter (2012) Review

Review; Mar. 22, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

John Carter (2012) Review John Carter is a form of science fiction that is rarely -- if ever -- seen in this age of dark and brooding sci-fi/action films. While the marketing and previews may have made it look like a sci-fi epic similar to Star Wars or Avatar, it isn't akin to either one. Some plot points and story arcs may seem similar (this is due to the monomyth story type shared by most common stories), but the rest of the movie is completely its own brand of sci fi...

Child of Eden Review

Review; Feb. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Child of Eden Review Child of Eden is a difficult game to describe. At some points, it feels like a simple on-rails shooter. At others, it feels like a time-attack shooter, forcing you to gather as many points as possible in the allotted time. Sometimes it doesn't feel like a game at all, but rather an interactive music video/drug trip in which context doesn't matter, but like a music video, the emotional energy takes center stage. Child of Eden is all of these...

Rayman Origins Review

Review; Feb. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rayman Origins Review Like a splash of cold water on a hot summer day, Rayman Origins is a blast from the platforming past that arrives with such ferocity and such a high level of quality that it shouts with colorful graphics, crisp animation and ingenious level design: “We're not dead! The platformer still exists, and it's just as fun as you remember!” Origins is a return to form, a throwback for our limbless hero and his friends, giving him 2-D worlds...

Retrospective: Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3

Feature; Jan. 9, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Retrospective: Modern Warfare 3 versus Battlefield 3 Mario vs. Sonic. Metal Gear vs. Splinter Cell. Gran Turismo vs. Forza. You vs. everyone. The video game community has long been the grounds for spirited rivalries between similar franchises. Message boards become war zones, and comment sections transform into battlegrounds as devoted fans deliver their arguments and mud slinging vitriol, defending their favorite franchises with words delivered in machine gun staccato, as fast as their fingers...

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. ...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Review; Jan. 5, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review It's impossible to ignore the FPS juggernaut that is the Call of Duty franchise. From its rabid fanbase to its yearly installments that earn millions, the franchise has -- love it or hate it -- earned a strong presence in the video game community. Modern Warfare 3 is the latest in the military first-person shooter series. This title, a continuation from Modern Warfare 2, is the end of the line that began with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in...

Battlefield 3 Review

Review; Dec. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Battlefield 3 Review If you were even remotely following the video game industry this year, you heard of Battlefield 3. After releasing to an enormous amount of hype following this year's E3 and a marketing campaign that set its sights on its closest competitor, Call of Duty, the game has finally come out, and the dust has finally settled. Gone is the rivalry, the hype, and the massive anticipation, and what we are left with is a look at the game with a clear head...

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review

Review; Dec. 20, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Review As someone who has enjoyed all incarnations of the Mission Impossible film series (yes, even the second one, only much less so than the others), I can say without a doubt that Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the bunch. It takes all of the tension and dynamic teamwork from the TV series, the high caliber stunts and action set pieces from the movies, and combines them to make a highly entertaining and fast-paced action/spy...

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Impressions

Feature; Dec. 19, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Dark Knight Rises Prologue Impressions Despite being months away from a theatrical release, a six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises was released this weekend, showing before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. While it may seem odd to release a small portion of the film for public viewing before the actual release, what was done here worked incredibly well and functioned better than most movie trailers, with their spoiler-rific details. It introduced a key character, retained...

Dark Souls Review

Review; Dec. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dark Souls Review A fair warning: Everything you've heard about Dark Souls up until this point is entirely true. This game isn't a game you enjoy; rather, it's a game you survive. It is not meant to make you feel powerful, nor is it meant to make you satisfied as you tear through enemy after enemy. There is no strong narrative, no interesting characters, and no motivation to continue -- only the sense of pressing on and surviving one more encounter. Living one...

Guardian Heroes Review

Review; Dec. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Guardian Heroes Review I've played many, many beat-'em-ups during my life. All the Final Fights, Streets of Rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I could get my hands on. This was before the days of online co-op, achievements, or DLC. It was pure and simple you versus them. Pummel your enemies all the way until the end. It was mindless, simple entertainment that, while light on strategy, was heavy on fun. Guardian Heroes changed beat-'em-ups forever. It...

War of the Worlds Review

Review; Nov. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

War of the Worlds Review One of the things I hate most: playing a game that has stunning quality in nearly every aspect except one. It can take an otherwise excellent experience and turn it into a war of attrition that leads to moments of utter frustration in which the game's brighter moments are overlooked. I hate playing games that I try desperately to like despite the problems because everything else is so stellar. Yet, sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you...

Daytona USA Review

Review; Nov. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Daytona USA Review The colorful graphics, the incredible sense of speed, the tight course design, and of course, the goofy music. Arcade goers or owners of a Sega Saturn or Dreamcast console will remember the classic racing title Daytona USA. Famous for being a notable early entry in the mid-'90s arcade racer alongside other famous titles such as Ridge Racer, Daytona set itself apart from the competition by putting an emphasis on unique driving mechanics, bright...

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...

EA's Origin Adding Third-Party Content

News; Oct. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

EA's Origin Adding Third-Party Content After hosting EA games for PC, digital distribution service Origin will now start hosting other third-party titles. Starting in November, Origin will now feature games from publishers such as Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, THQ, and Capcom, featuring upcoming titles such as Batman: Arkham City and Saint's Row: The Third. Origin is often compared to Valve's online distribution service, Steam. However, according to EA Chief Operating...

Big Screen Version of Assassin's Creed in the Works

News; Oct. 20, 2011; Channels: Movies, Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Big Screen Version of Assassin's Creed in the Works According to a report from Variety, a big screen version of the Assassin's Creed series is in discussion between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures. The development of this film would involve a close relationship between Sony Pictures and the newly formed Ubisoft Motion Pictures to ensure the quality and content is consistent with the game and the movie is produced with the highest level of care. The Assassin's Creed franchise is one of Ubisoft's most...

NFL Blitz Returns

News; Oct. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

NFL Blitz Returns After a nearly seven-year hiatus, the arcade football series known for its big hits and fast-paced game play is making a return to consoles. EA and Tiburon have announced they are working on a new installment of NFL Blitz. It's due this January and will feature custom-made commentary from NBA Jam announcer Tim Kitzrow. Many of the old modes and unlockables from previous versions of Blitz will make a return, including novelty modifications to the...

Microsoft's Next Xbox Console to Launch in 2013

News; Oct. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Microsoft's Next Xbox Console to Launch in 2013 According to multiple hardware manufacturers and middleware companies, the next generation Xbox is indeed real and may debut at 2013's E3 expo. Currently being dubbed "Xbox Next," the next gen Xbox is expected in stores for the holiday season of 2013, as 2012 will be dedicated to Microsoft promoting the current Xbox 360 console along with the Kinect and Windows phone. Early reports are also leaking in regarding who is currently developing for...

Hanna (2011) Review

Review; Oct. 14, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Kyle James Hovanec

Hanna (2011) Review Fairy tales and global espionage are something that usually don't go in hand in hand, much less sound like a good idea, but they can turn out pretty decent in the end if the script, pacing, and acting are well done. An idea that sounds stupidly laughable on paper suddenly becomes an entertaining flick. Hanna isn't strictly a fairy tale movie that deals with espionage. There aren't any Grimm characters spying on terrorist encampments. Instead it...

Bloodrayne: Betrayal Review

Review; Oct. 11, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bloodrayne: Betrayal Review You might have heard that Bloodrayne Betrayal is a hard game. So hard that it provides many hair-pulling moments rivaled only by Demon Souls and its spiritual sequel Dark Souls. While Betrayal is indeed a difficult game with some challenging platforming and combat sections, it is nowhere near either of the Souls' difficulty level. For old-school fans of platformers, this will be a love letter to an earlier, simpler time in gaming. For those new...

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