A Fan-Based Uprising Brought 'Xenoblade: Chronicles' to America—Was It Worth It?
Published 5/9/2012 at 12:05 p.m. 2 comments
I’ve played Xenoblade: Chronicles now, and let me tell you, as far as I’m concerned, Nintendo’s Japanese market can have it back.
'Kid Icarus: Uprising' Shows What the 3DS Can Really Do. Finally.
Published 4/25/2012 at 1:05 p.m. 1 comment
I’m stuck in this weird conundrum. I can’t put Kid Icarus: Uprising down long enough to write something about it.
Understanding the Many Flaws of 'Syndicate'
Published 4/11/2012 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Syndicate is a game dreamed up by corporate edict, built under factory conditions, refined by focus groups, and ingested by a public too accustomed to soylent green to know cannibalism when it tastes it. It’s a single-player shooter in the ...
'Mass Effect 3,' Pt. II: How an Ending Can Wreck a Trilogy
Published 3/28/2012 at 10:52 a.m. 4 comments
I just beat Mass Effect 3, and I’m a little pissed.
'Mass Effect 3' Turns Up the Bitterness of War
Published 3/14/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 1 comment
Mass Effect 3 is, from the start, a game that tells a story of a war already lost.
'Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning' Sounds a Wake-Up Call to the RPG Genre
Published 2/29/2012 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a vast, immersive fantasy epic that has a lot to teach the self-proclaimed visionaries of the industry, having seemingly come out of nowhere to blow many of their best creations out of the water.
'Final Fantasy XIII-2' Atones for Its Predecessor, But Makes Its Own Missteps
Published 2/15/2012 at 11:45 a.m. 0 comments
Some people can’t just leave well enough alone. Instead, the world is treated to Final Fantasy XIII-2 as a game that apologizes for the sins of its predecessor—and commits a fresh new set of sins all its own.
Months Later, We're All Still Playing 'Skyrim.' But Why?
Published 2/1/2012 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
Last night I read a couple of books, cooked a passable meal, did some light housework, and tricked a colossal brass automaton into killing off a dozen or so pesky goblinoids who were ruining the ambience of the latest in ...
'Saints Row: The Third" Is Finally Absurd Enough to Work
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:15 a.m. 0 comments
The Saints Row series has always been more or less Grand Theft Auto’s id left to run rampant without even GTA’s extremely minimal levels of restraint.
Best of 2011: Video Games
Published 12/28/2011 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
2011 was far from a perfect year for video games, with too many unpolished diamonds in the rough and too few true standouts. Still, a number of games managed to rise above the rest and make the year bearable.
'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword' Shows What the Wii Can Do—Five Years Too Late
Published 12/21/2011 at 10:38 a.m. 1 comment
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Nintendo’s answer to its fans’ long-ignored prayers, but, like so many prayers, the response from on high is insufficient.
'Super Mario 3D Land' Aims to End Nintendo's Slump
Published 12/7/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
Super Mario 3D Land is upon us, and with a killer app spurring things on, 3DS sales have nowhere to go but up.
'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' Brings the Thunder Back to Tamriel
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:24 p.m. 0 comments
If you’ll permit me a Seinfeld moment, what is the deal with Bethesda Game Studios’ fixation on prisoners as protagonists in the Elder Scrolls series?
'Batman: Arkham City' Has Insurmountable Competition: Its Predecessor
Published 11/9/2011 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
Arkham City tears the roof off Arkham Asylum and gives it a good shake, presenting from start to finish a world that is fundamentally broken. It’s the perfect environment for zipping around between rooftops on your way to find a ...
Dear John: An Open Letter to John Carmack
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:13 a.m. 0 comments
Dear Mr. Carmack: As a man best known by his works, it’s been a while since we’ve really seen you, hasn’t it? DOOM 3 feels like it was so very long ago.