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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation

    The last console generation was packed with some of the greatest action games of all time. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4's life cycles were longer than any consoles before them, allowing developers to become more familiar with the powerful tech and deliver better and better games. Imaginative new... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful period for the company to date; with its excellent Xbox Live service and deep support from third-party developers, the Xbox 360 in many ways became the defining console of the last generation... More
  • Blog Post: The Secrets Behind Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Audio

    There's a lot to absorb from the gameplay of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but one of the key things that stood out when we saw the game in action for our June cover story was the audio. Audio director Don Veca created the lauded soundscape of the first Dead Space and is now bringing his talents... More
  • Blog Post: From Dead Space To Call Of Duty – Sledgehammer's Early Days

    In 2009, Sledgehammer co-founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield transitioned from Electronic Arts' Visceral Games (former EA Redwood Shores) to working for Activision with the understanding they would work on a third-person Call of Duty game ( learn more about it here ). While at EA, the pair... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Dead Space 2’s Final Word

    Dead Space 2 stands out amongst the Dead Space trilogy as being my favorite by a long shot, and much of that has to do with the game’s ending. The ending of first Dead Space has a worthwhile twist, but its closing shot felt a little forced, maybe even unnecessary. It also overshadowed the moments... More
  • Blog Post: What's The Future For The Last Generation's Big Franchises?

    As this past generation of home consoles prepares to ride off into the sunset, we thought it was an appropriate time to look back at new franchises that defined the past nine years in console gaming – and predict how likely it is they will continue in the future. [Note: this list is in alphabetical... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Importance Of Replaying Our Favorites

    Long before Steam sales and mail-order game rentals, we were limited to playing the games we owned. Sure, an occasional trip to a Blockbuster or its ilk spiced things up, but we were largely bound to our libraries (which were hopefully filled with solid games). Compared to the past, social networks and... More
  • Blog Post: Dream Video Game/Movie Match-Ups

    The video game industry doesn't have a great history with film licensing. Let's try to change all that. Here's a few dream teams – film vets who we think would make a solid match up with well known video game properties. Red Dead Redemption & The Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Dead Space 3

    The third installment in Isaac Clarke’s battle against the necromorphs blew me away when it released earlier this year. Dead Space 3 took the core combat I loved about the series and ratcheted it up with meaner enemies and a deep weapon crafting system. The third game integrated co-op that toyed... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Of The Most Grotesque Video Game Creatures Ever

    Everyone takes a different approach to Halloween costumes. Some go for clever topical getups, like your Miley Cyrus plus Stylish Beetlejuice Man . Others prefer clever wordplay, like a “Deer Hunter” who is actually a deer with neon orange gear and a gun. But some bold Halloween enthusiasts... More
  • Blog Post: Scared Off By Dead Space

    Halloween is great because it's the one night of the year when it's socially acceptable to scare the crap out of children. It's also the perfect time for a horror movie/gaming marathon. As a fan of both sci-fi and horror, the original Dead Space was a nightmare come true. However, Visceral... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog # 83: Issac Clarke by Kevin Leab Thong

    I’m a big fan of intricate armor builds, and Kevin’s costume blew me away when I spotted it at GamesCom this past year. Even more impressive is that it marked his very first time cosplaying. I’d say you’re off to a great start, Kevin. Blood, battle damage, and probably a bit of... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Dead Space 3

    Visceral Games’ third installment in the successful Dead Space series introduces many new features to the horror franchise. For the first time, players can team up with a friend for co-op or build their weapons from scratch. Some gamers have criticized the developer for the inclusion of microtransactions... More
  • Blog Post: Debate: Digging Through A Franchise's History

    Two editors enter, one editor leaves. Then the other editor leaves. In between, they talk about whether or not going back to older games to experience everything a franchise has to offer is worth your time. Tim Turi takes the pro side of the debate, Adam Biessener the con in this companion video to the... More
  • Blog Post: How To Craft Weapons In Dead Space 3

    Dead Space 3 introduces a new way to equip Isaac for the horrors that lie ahead. A deep weapon crafting system is available for players to build and upgrade their own tools of destruction. The wealth of options can be a little overwhelming at first, so we made this video to give you the rundown on how... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Dead Space 3

    Dead Space 3 is out today , and Isaac Clarke has an hard adventure before him on the frozen surface of Tau Volantis. Before he gets there, however, he has to navigate the lonely silence of space doing repair missions. This video preview takes a look at the open-ended, zero-gravity section of the game... More
  • Blog Post: Welcome To Tau Volantis: A Beginner's Guide To Dead Space 3

    Isaac Clarke has a tough mission ahead of him on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis. Players must outwit blood-thirsty space zombies by using their dwindling supplies as effectively as possible. I’ve played a lot of Dead Space 3, and have assembled a list of tips after being bloodied and beaten... More
  • Blog Post: Added Thrills: How Focusing On Action Affects Franchises

    Many major franchises evolve dramatically during their lifetime. Sometimes changes are made to bring in new fans or adapt gameplay mechanics for modern palates. Occasionally, it’s accompanied by accusations of “dumbing down” the formula. Resident Evil began as a survival horror trailblazer... More
  • Blog Post: How Meaningful Are Sound Effects To You?

    Halo 4 releases today, and while it’s being praised for things like the combat, the multiplayer, and the graphics, it is also getting an uncommon amount of praise for its sound effects. Sound effects don’t usually garner much attention when compared to most other aspects of a video game,... More
  • Blog Post: The 10 Most Terrifying Enemies In Gaming

    Halloween just passed , but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop losing some sleep by terrorizing yourself with various forms of scary media just yet. What better way is there to scare yourself than playing a video game with terrifying enemies? These are some of the most terrifying enemies... More
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