Does 'Red Dead Redemption''s John Marston Have to Die?
Published 6/23/2010 at 9:51 a.m. 1 comment
Side quests, missions from strangers, poker tournaments, impromptu duels after being caught cheating during poker tournaments, impromptu desert excursions while on the run from the law after killing a man in a duel after being caught cheating in a poker ...
'Just Cause 2' Gets the Action Thing Right
Published 6/9/2010 at 9:06 a.m. 0 comments
Avalanche Studios’ Just Cause 2 is the latest in a line of modern-day open-world “Machiavelli by way of John McClane” simulators. The good people at Avalanche knew that they were getting into a dangerously oversaturated field (having perpetuated said over-saturation ...
Metro 2033 Buries Game Players in Post-Apocalyptic Despair
Published 4/21/2010 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
Ukrainian outfit 4A Games’ Metro 2033, based on a Russian hybrid novel/underground Internet experiment of the same name, is Yakov Smirnoff’s answer to the Fallout series. According to Fallout, war never changes, but in Metro 2033’s post-apocalyptic Russia, war changes ...
Final Fantasy XIII Trips Up in Its Attempt to Leave Its Roots Behind
Published 4/7/2010 at 9:02 a.m. 0 comments
Final Fantasy XIII follows the adventures of… actually, strike that. FFXIII’s core of senseless convolution makes an attempt at a proper summary nigh-impossible.
Mass Effect 2 Beats Bioshock 2 in the Sequel Wars
Published 3/10/2010 at 9:36 a.m. 0 comments
It seems that everything on the racks these days is a return of this, or the further adventures of that, or a requiem for some bozo you didn’t enjoy the first time around. Whatever happened to the original property? Are ...
The Thrill Is Gone for Guitar Hero and Rock Band
Published 2/24/2010 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
Electronic Arts and Activision have throttled the golden geese, turning the Rock Band and Guitar Hero franchises into a twisted visage of the very thing they emulate. Like the rock star whose sudden rise precipitates an equally meteoric fall, these ...
"Divinity 2: Ego Draconis" Clings to Life Through One Fun Element and a Lot of Prayer
Published 1/27/2010 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
Ego Draconis allegedly runs on the same engine that powered Fallout 3 and Oblivion, but I’m afraid to put that in print for fear of a libel suit from Bethesda. Divinity 2 is easily the buggiest game I’ve encountered in ...
"The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks" Blazes an All-Too-Familiar Trail on the Nintendo DS
Published 1/13/2010 at 11:27 a.m. 0 comments
Spirit Tracks’ misstep is perhaps an inevitable one. As time wears on, innovation becomes a scarce commodity. For the last decade or so, Zelda’s saving grace has been its ability, against all odds, to make visiting the same dungeons, collecting ...
New Super Mario Bros. Wii May Cause Flashbacks
Published 12/29/2009 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
New Super Mario Bros. was a hit on the DS, after all. In a perfect world, NSMB would be a one-off, a nice little respectful documentary meant to chronicle an era without resurrecting it. But not here, and not now. ...
The Year in Video Games: It's Been a Post-Apocalyptic Superhero Slugfest
Published 12/22/2009 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Our critic picks the 10 best games of 2009.
"Assassins' Creed II" Realizes the Series' Promised Potential
Published 12/16/2009 at 8:53 a.m. 0 comments
It’s difficult to hyperbolize the sheer magnitude by which Assassin’s Creed II outshines its predecessor. My little brother likes to say that a game is only really good when, after its completion, he wishes that he had never played it ...
"Dragon Age: Origins" Trots Out the Same Old Thing—and Puts It to Good Use
Published 12/2/2009 at 8:42 a.m. 0 comments
Dragon Age: Origins is Bioware’s attempt to take its ball and go home after losing out on developing Neverwinter Nights sequels for Atari. Bioware would like us to believe that it just happened to develop another medieval fantasy RPG in ...
Borderlands Uses Winning Formula to Create a Monster Game
Published 11/18/2009 at 9:51 a.m. 0 comments
Imagine being on the leading edge of a near-future gold rush—a race to stake your claim on what you’ve been told is an off-world utopia teeming with untapped resources and the promise of enough advanced alien technology to single-handedly allow ...
"Brütal Legend" Brings Schafer-Style Gaming to the Masses
Published 10/20/2009 at 3:06 p.m. 0 comments
Brütal Legend is the story of Eddie Riggs, quintessential American roadie. A technical genius wrapped in a tough-as-nails exterior a generation out of style, Riggs disdains modern musicians for the liberties they’ve taken with the heavy metal of his youth. ...
“Scribblenauts” Lets Gamers Play God
Published 10/7/2009 at 9:46 a.m. 0 comments
The teaser adorning the back of the Scribblenauts box is taunting me. Four simple words, probably written by some marketing agent slaving away in the basement of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to entice a curious young target demographic into trying ...