Halo: Reach Review

The prequel to trump all prequels has finally landed. Halo: Reach has been buzzing for over a year now and with more hype than even Halo 3 had, it seemed to be becoming the one part of the franchise that would pull out all the brakes and make like a Toyota and slam on the accelerator. With no Master Chief and instead using Noble Team as the main characters, it has made Spartans human...albeit humans with extraordinary powers and resilience. Reach has dominated the sales books as well as has nearly a million online gamers at anytime of the day or night, we know online is important but is the storyline good as well? Here is your review of Halo: Reach.

Sep
21
2010
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Madden 11 Review

Ah Madden...how you come out every year. Madden has been the cornerstone of Electronic Arts for nearly 2 decades and has had a rabid hungry fan base for nearly the same amount of time. Every season the grid iron stars return and we as a country rejoice as the hitting, scoring and Chad OchoCinco returns with that wonderful jersey. While Madden is technically the same game every year (aside from graphic upgrades and roster updates usually) EA always tries to add something new to make the game...err....whats the word...better? Does Madden 11 stack up against its predecessors? Here's your review.

Sep
13
2010
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Nier Review

Certain games have a feeling about them once you pop them in to play for the first time. An intriguing feeling where you're simply in awe of what you are witnessing. Nier is one of those games that makes you think and feel connected to the game through its visuals, deep passionate storyline and music so serene and beautiful that it would lull even Jigglypuff to sleep. Nier is a special, once-in-a-decade style game with such good hits and so few misses it's worth playing no matter what you know about it. Here is your review of one interesting spectacle: Nier.

Sep
10
2010
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The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition Review

If there's one genre of games that rouses the nostalgic digital exploration loving kid in me, it's classic point-and-click adventure games. In the dawn of the CD-ROM era a couple different developers made their imprint in gaming history with games that combined great graphics (for their time), interesting stories and most of all the sense of total freedom and exploration. While Sierra Entertainment came out with serious titles like King's Quest and Police Quest (though they also were responsible for the love it or hate it Leisure Suit Larry series), the other trendsetter in adventure gaming, LucasArts, went a different direction by coming out with games that were filled with over the top humor and yet balanced by tactful puzzles and interesting characters.

May
06
2010
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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 Review

I swear, these Gauntlet-type games are like ex-girlfriends. You had fun the first time around, but after you were done, you felt like you weren't ever going to need that experience again. But every once in a while a weird craving will come over you, and you end up going back to the well once or twice more. You know you'll remember exactly why you stopped in the first place, but you go for it anyway. At least it's more fun when you bring a few friends along.

Wait. Maybe this was a bad analogy.

Sep
20
2009
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The Beatles: Rock Band (X360) Review

I can remember watching videos in school about the 60’s, where Beatlemania was briefly mentioned. The images of screaming girls chasing around a couple of guys with bad haircuts was pretty hilarious. However I never understood the magnitude of their music til I was older. The every first full song of the legendary British band I had ever listened to was "Let It Be." I remember hating it at first, because it got stuck in my head for days, but eventually it grew on me. For about a year, I dug through my parents music collection and experienced the Beatles for myself. While I was on the bus acting like I was nodding my head to Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy Family, I was zoning out to Hey Jude and pretending that I was the Walrus. This was my first experience with the Beatles.

The Beatles: Rock Band would be my second.

Sep
09
2009
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Batman: Arkham Asylum Review

Pretend, for a minute, that you are Batman. While it may at first seem awkward to imagine to wear a pointy mask and long lustrous cape, I assure you, I think about this on a daily basis. So you're Batman, and you're skulking around in an Arkham Asylum torn apart and taken over by The Joker. You zip up to perch on one of the many high-mounted gargoyles (there to scare the sanity into patients, I think), and watch over your prey—dumb, hapless goons. The best (only?) kind.

You wait as long as it takes for one to come strolling right under you on its patrol, then you dive down and grab the schmuck. As if the chokehold wasn't enough, your cold stare sears his soul long enough for him not to notice you've just tied your cord around his foot. You let him go and give the gargoyle a new pendulum. The thug's yelps attract his buddies as you flee to a new vantage point. With his friends directly below him, the pendulum pleads for them to cut him down, but you're the one who grants his wish. An impeccably aimed batarang frees him to meet the ground. Sure was nice of his pals to break his fall.

Sep
01
2009
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King of Fighters XII (X360) Review

There was a time when fighting games were a dime a dozen. Now it seems as if some of these same games are hardly worth even that. However, SNK has always remained pretty relevant with their King of Fighters franchise. KOF has an extremely loyal fan base, which will swear KOF is miles ahead of its long time rival, Capcom’s Street Fighter franchise. King of Fighters XII has been toted by many as the rebirth on the franchise, but can it live up to the hype?

Let me start with a warning: this probably isn’t the rebirth fans were expecting. KOF gets a nice 2D HD makeover, but graphically it isn’t much to look at. The sprites move very well, however look poor up close. I really did enjoy the different fighting styles of each character, giving each one his or her own style of dominance. With 22 characters, there’s plenty of ass kicking to be dealt out.

Aug
25
2009
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Infamous (PS3) Review

Go anywhere…Do anything…Save the city…Or destroy what’s left. Infamous gives PS3 owners something to finally hold over Xbox fans, But is it worth all the hype?

Infamous follows Cole, a simple delivery boy, who ends up holding a bomb that crushes 6 blocks of his beloved Empire City. Cole unlike many people however didn’t die in the explosion. He became superhuman, gaining control over electricity. Cole begins to realize his powers, but event begin that will forever change his life. Cole is pitted against Street Gangs, controlled by others affected by the blast. Behind the gangs are the mysterious First Sons, who Cole has more in common with than he knows.

Jun
10
2009
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Terminator Salvation (X360) Review

This game should have been terminated prior to release…

It’s been awhile since we’ve been treated to a good Terminator game and unfortunately Terminator Salvation continues to leave us waiting. Everyone by now presumably knows the history of John Connor and the Terminators, so I won’t bore you to death with going into their backgrounds. In Terminator: Salvation (T:S), you take control of Connor; or at least someone who is named John Connor, as the person is simply a stand-in and is not Christian Bale, nor does he have any resemblance to him at all.

The game’s plot is fairly straightforward when you are actually playing the game. You head off to save some of your comrades that have been captured by Skynet and of course destroy machines. Although this maybe a slight exaggeration, it truly feels as if there is a cut scene every two to three minutes while playing. Some running, some shooting... and then a cut scene. Wash, rinse and repeat. So bad, in fact, that the cut scenes manage to take up half of this already ridiculously short game.

May
22
2009
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