'Marvel vs. Capcom 3': Fun, But Hamstrung by Industry Practices
Published 3/2/2011 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom series of side-scrolling fighting games is a great example of both the ridiculous lengths to which games can go to entertain and the ridiculous lengths to which the industry can go to keep us from being ...
'Dead Rising 2: Case West' Unleashes Exactly the Same Thing, Again.
Published 1/19/2011 at 9:04 a.m. 2 comments
Let’s face it: Zombies as a pop-culture thing are kinda over. It’s hard to say which supernatural creature will fill the void, but like vampires, witches, demons, and vampires (again), it’s a pretty safe bet that the zombie ship has ...
'Golden Sun: Dark Dawn' Fuses Old Forms Into a New Classic
Published 1/5/2011 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has a lot going for it. It’s what the Japanese role-playing game crowd was clamoring for years ago but nobody knew how to properly make, a game as tight and complex as a SNES-era Final Fantasy ...
2010’s Best Gaming Revisions
Published 12/29/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 1 comment
This year didn’t see much in the way of original gaming content. Instead, developers chose to try to fix some of the problems they caused in previous years. Some of them even succeeded!
'Cataclysm' Burns Away 'World of Warcraft''s Slag and Leves Behind a Dangerously Enticing Core
Published 12/22/2010 at 9:34 a.m. 0 comments
At its heart, World of Warcraft is the terminus of the hunter-gatherer instinct, the boundary marking the point where humanity’s basic need to accumulate and build meets technology’s victory over the difficulty our ancestors faced in these same tasks. More ...
'Lego Universe' Unleashes Corrupting Influence on Children
Published 12/8/2010 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Despite an unprecedented amount of child-centric safeguarding (NetDevil goes so far as to require avatar names be submitted for approval), LEGO Universe has the potential to become a gateway drug for MMOs. Wrapping countless hours of fetch quests and loot ...
'Rock Band 3' Gets a Shot in the Arm, But It's Not Quite Enough
Published 11/24/2010 at 11:19 a.m. 0 comments
Harmonix needed a gimmick to breathe life back into Rock Band, something to bring old-school fans back into the lucrative title-buying fold. Something that eats shame and craps thrown devil-horns like their first plastic guitars did back in 2005. Something ...
Glitches Sink "Fable III"
Published 11/10/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
Fable III is a game sinking to the bottom of Lake Xbox, with the series’ future unconscious in the passenger seat and the guilty developers nowhere to be found.
"Fallout: New Vegas" Delivers Old-School Action and New-School Glitches
Published 10/27/2010 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
If you were expecting Fallout: New Vegas to be a wasteland monomyth along the lines of its predecessor, think again. It's a Cormac McCarthy spaghetti western that draws liberally from some of the older Fallout mythos to gets back to ...
'Lord of the Rings Online' Makes an Offer That's Hard to Refuse
Published 10/13/2010 at 3:10 p.m. 0 comments
Game developer Turbine has recently raised the bar on desperation moves by offering a majority of its flagship title on a free-to-play basis. Instead of charging a flat monthly rate for access (with an additional upfront cost to purchase the ...
Good Old Games’ Soap-Opera Antics Turn “Grand Opening” Into PR Nightmare
Published 9/29/2010 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
Let me tell you about a little game called Arcanum. Released by Troika Games back in 2001, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura was Troika’s manifesto, a sprawling isometric steampunk rebuke to Troika’s former masters at Interplay, whose meddling in ...
"Metroid: The Other M" Sucks Some Life Out of the Series
Published 9/15/2010 at 8:24 a.m. 0 comments
That opening cut scene is the apex of the game—the rest of The Other M is a disjointed, unsatisfying mess.
No Surprises, Just Epic Warfare, in 'StarCraft II'
Published 9/1/2010 at 12:36 p.m. 0 comments
Eleven million sold or not, the specifics of a franchise that nearly stole away an entire generation of South Korean gamers is surprisingly hard to pin down for the uninitiated. “Warcraft in space” doesn’t make sense to those unfamiliar with ...
Why I Hated My Vacation: The Worst of Summer Gaming
Published 8/18/2010 at 9:10 a.m. 0 comments
Summer will soon be at an end, and if you ask me, it can’t come fast enough. The only thing worse than the unbearable conditions outside is the tepid wave of crap that gamers had to wade through this summer ...
The Surprising Success of OnLive, a Mutant Offspring of Gaming and YouTube
Published 7/21/2010 at 8:46 a.m. 0 comments
The years have been kind to digital distribution. It’s been the brass ring among forward-thinking industry figures for a long time, but digital distribution has come into its own over the last few years, leveraging broadband’s ever-increasing market penetration to ...