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Resogun Review

Review; Dec. 1, 2013; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Resogun Review If you're one of the lucky gamers out there who have acquired a new, shiny PlayStation 4, I surely hope you have already downloaded and played Resogun. If you have a PS4 and do not have Resogun, well... I have some bad news. You are a horrible, horrible gamer. Well, not really. You're not a horrible gamer. You're just uninformed and deficient. You are lacking in knowledge of brand-new excellent games on the now current-gen systems. Resogun is a...

Hitch (2005) Review

Review; Apr. 16, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Robert F. Ludwick

Hitch (2005) Review There are many, many romantic comedies loosed upon the viewing public. Most of them follow a pretty strict formula, Hitch included. Despite this it's still a charming, wonderful story about two couples getting together and the intricacies of human dating. The story begins with Alex Hitchens, played by Will Smith, explaining that he is a dating consultant, commonly referred to as the Date Doctor throughout the movie. In a nutshell, guys find him...

LIMBO Review

Review; Mar. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

LIMBO Review High-quality puzzle games, such as the Portal series, are few and far between these days. In a market where the shooter tends to reign supreme, it is nice to come across an environmentally puzzling gem such as LIMBO. If you have not played this game yet, then you are definitely missing out. LIMBO was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade in summer 2010 as an exclusive for Microsoft's console. After the game's exclusivity on the Xbox 360...

Random Drop Hits Us With Episode 4

Feature; Jan. 24, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop Hits Us With Episode 4 After a long break between their third episode and the VGA special, Random Drop has given us a quick turnaround on their fourth episode (Does that mean the VGA special wasn't an episode? What does it all mean?!) In this installment, the crew talks about Batman: Arkham City, Dark Souls, RAGE and more. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http:/...

Random Drop's VGA 2011 Special Hits

Feature; Jan. 12, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop's VGA 2011 Special Hits Random Drop's fourth podcast made its way onto the web recently, after a long break from the last podcast, Oct. 24. If you're a big fan of the VGAs, then you may want to skip this podcast, as the group generally lampoons what the VGAs have become. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. Episode 004's download location is...

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. ...

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues

Feature; Dec. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

One Man's Xbox Live Support Issues Usually, customer service and support departments operate relatively smoothly. There may be glitches and hiccups sometimes, but in the end, customers get helped. This is especially true if you're talking about companies such as Amazon, which has such an exemplary track record with customer service that, well ... I can't even think of a time when it didn't go above and beyond to help me with issues. Unfortunately, sometimes issues can linger...

Dueling Reviews: Batman: Arkham City, Take 1

Review; Nov. 19, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Dueling Reviews: Batman: Arkham City, Take 1 In 2009, Rocksteady delivered a masterpiece known as Batman: Arkham Asylum. It was, at the time, the finest game to hit the market with the Batman license in tow. With the huge, surprise success of Arkham Asylum, would the gaming masses be supplied with a disappointing sequel? That can be answered succinctly by a two-word phrase: F@&k no. Editor's Note: We're running dueling reviews on Batman: Arkham City to get two viewpoints on the game....

Want Better Scores? Make Better Games.

Feature; Nov. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Want Better Scores? Make Better Games. Last week, Eurogamer published an interview held with Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel at Gamescom in August. My first question here doesn't have much to do with Gearbox; it has to do with Eurogamer -- why the hell did you wait until November to publish that interview? Maybe they were holding it to, um ... Do research, or something. You know, standard journalistic stuff. In any case, Martel told Eurogamer that he thought the video game...

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...

Episode Three of Random Drop Available

Feature; Oct. 31, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Episode Three of Random Drop Available The third Random Drop podcast hit the interwebs Oct. 24. Head over to listen, as we like to support Random Drop, and they like to support us as well. That, and the podcasts are compelling! As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson, and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. Episode 003's download location is here. Editor's Note: The three members of the...

RAGE Review

Review; Oct. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RAGE Review The world hasn't seen a shooter come from id Software since Doom 3 came out in August 2004. Seven years is a long time to wait for a new game from one of the video game developers that pretty much defined the first-person shooter genre. Thankfully, RAGE upholds the mantle id has garnered over the years, even if it's a little bit short at times. RAGE's setting seems familiar these days -- post-apocalyptic Earth with tribes of bandits and people...

Random Drop 002, Well ... Drops

Feature; Oct. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop 002, Well ... Drops Random Drop's second podcast, "Random Drop 002," released to the public today. 002's subjects include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Driver: San Francisco, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade and plenty more, just to name a few. As always, the three Random Drop podcasters are Justin Huthmacher, Adam Nelson and Rob Watkins. The podcast's home is http://randomdrop.libsyn.com/. 002's download location is here. Editor's Note: The three members of...

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games

Feature; Oct. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

RAGE Problems & Ease of Use in Video Games Video games cater to a more technologically advanced crowd than virtually every other entertainment industry. The television and movie industries are the easiest to "use" as a consumer. Simply flip on your TV to watch a program at its prescribed time. Or just pop that Blu-ray in and watch. Sure, there's audio and video connections to make all of this to work. That's just part of having a home entertainment system. Most people can get by using...

Random Drop's Inaugural Podcast Hits The Web

Feature; Oct. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Random Drop's Inaugural Podcast Hits The Web Random Drop, a new podcast from three video game industry veterans, hit the web in early September. The podcast focuses on various aspects of the video game industry from ultimately failed video game franchises such as Guitar Hero to upcoming games such as Modern Warfare 3. The three podcasters for Random Drop are: Justin Huthmacher - Worked in quality assurance, community support and currently game design; has also taken a hand to video game...

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...

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire

Feature; Sep. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Mass Effect vs L.A. Noire We all have games and game franchises that resonate with us more than others. When I was younger, Sonic the Hedgehog was my favorite intellectual property to play. I moved on to the NFL 2K series before Electronic Arts killed it by acquiring the NFL video games license exclusively. These days, however, my top-rated video game franchise is Mass Effect. Interestingly, I didn't play the first Mass Effect until March 2011. It had been out for more...

Crimson Alliance's Grox Trailer Released

News; Jul. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

Crimson Alliance's Grox Trailer Released Grox, a mercenary in Certain Affinity's upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title Crimson Alliance, is featured in a new trailer just released. Crimson Alliance is a multiplayer action RPG set for release Sept. 7 on Xbox Live Arcade. Choose between three classes and battle against the sinister Cult of the Soul Siren, with up to three friends on a single console or via Xbox Live. The world of Crimson features labyrinthine crypts, ruined cities,...

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: 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: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine First Impressions THQ has many Warhammer 40,000 video games in development. One they are keen to get introduced to a broader audience is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. I got some game time with this title on an Xbox 360 at E3 2011. For a quick look at what Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, I give you THQ's official description: In Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine you are Captain Titus, a Space Marine of the Ultramarines chapter and a seasoned veteran of countless...

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: The Darkness II Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: The Darkness II Impressions While at the 2K Games booth at E3 this year, I got a chance to see some of The Darkness II played in a demonstration. The game picks up a little way from where the first game left off. Jackie, the protagonist from The Darkness, is now the head of the mob after taking most of it out in his first adventure, which was retribution for the mob having killed his girlfriend. A new foe has emerged called The Brotherhood, and unfortunately for Jackie,...

E3 2011: Crimson Alliance First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Robert F. Ludwick

E3 2011: Crimson Alliance First Impressions While walking by the Microsoft booth at E3, I ended up talking with one of the owners of Certain Affinity, which is putting out a new action RPG on Xbox Live this summer 2011. She convinced me to give the demo a play through with another E3 attendee, so I obliged. I'm glad I did. Crimson Alliance is the aforementioned action RPG. It is a four-player fantasy dungeon crawler as well, and it looks pretty good. I didn't get to play the entire demo -...

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