The lights are on
A couple of the year's blockbuster hits dominated the
blogs and user reviews this week as gamers share their thoughts on Halo 4 and
Black Ops II. If that doesn't press your start button, there are several other fascinating
blogs submitted by your fellow gamers that should.
November 12 – November 18, 2012Number of User
Blogs: 100Number of User
Bloggers: 66Number of User
Blogs Herded: 15
Compare: Borderlands 2, Black, & Project: SnowblindContinuing his series where he
compares video games exhibiting a common quality, Kyle Wadsworth associates the
similarities between three titles boasting a large arsenal of weapons to choose
Bad ExampleJoyful Penguin discusses the
fact that, despite having some big name titles to their credit, Bethesda seems
to get a free pass when it comes to the number of glitches found in their games.
Game Instruction BookletIt's a well-known and accepted
fact that video game manuals are nearly extinct and NekuRulez documents the
decline with supporting evidence demonstrated in this blog.
The ESRB Is Out Of TouchThe Entertainment Software Rating
Board (ESRB) was established in 1994 to assign ratings to video games based on
content but GoldvsSilver wonders if it's time for the system to be revised.
Unlocked: NINTENDO – Hipster Status (100)Stranger has an interesting
perspective about Nintendo's approach to achievements and how the Wii U lacks
an integrated online system to facilitate the management of your in-game
The Call Of Duty Stories: Past And PresentWith the recent release of
Black Ops II, many gamers including John Wrek have been reflecting on the
totality of the Call of Duty series and how it is has progressed over the
Video Games, Children, And SocietyNoobtubin8er crafts an
insightful blog teeming with wisdom about the relationship between video games
and children, and the responsibility parents have in the role of raising our
To A Games Journalism LossWith a few of the video game
industry's other printed magazines shuttering their doors, Nikolas Davidoff
pays his respects while some are left wondering about the future of Game
Preview: Tokitowa Battle SystemOne of our favorite overseas
correspondents returns as LGAR brings us a preview of Tokitowa, a game that is
currently only available in Japan but rumored to eventually be released internationally.
Twilight Days Of The WiiNintendo's newest console is
now available but Applesteak reminisces over the release of the original Wii
and the fond memories of playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Do So Many Reviews Read Like Opinions?With so many big name titles
coming out recently it's inevitable the topic of review scores would be called
into question again, but Kate Willaert has some thoughts about what review
scores really mean.
10 Multiplayer Shooter MapsWe all have a favorite map,
especially if you're a fan of the shooter genre. With some big name shooters
coming out, xl9 recalls ten of his favorite multiplayer maps.
Has Teamwork Gone In Multiplayer?The concept of team work in
multiplayer games can often be an exercise in futility and Paradigmthefallen
has a few thoughts on what contributes to this situation.
Theft Auto V: Wasted PotentialA strong-willed advocate for
the fair representation of female characters in video games, ace13 takes aim at
Rockstar and the next episode in the Grand Theft Auto series.
On An Iconic SeriesWith the recent release of a
new trailer and a few screenshots for Grand Theft Auto V, Marco Polo reflects
on the history of the series and what it means to him.
– Assassin's Creed IIIAssassin's
Creed III has kind of taken a back seat to Halo 4 and Black Ops II, but that
doesn't mean it isn't a great game. In fact, BLiNDFATES awards it a near
perfect score in this wonderfully crafted review.
Of Duty: Black Ops: DeclassifiedFollowing in
the footsteps of Dan Ryckert's review of Call Of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified
that awarded the game a very low score, John Wrek concurs this game doesn't
have a lot to offer Vita owners.
Ops II: One Step BackMany gamers
elected to skip getting Black Ops II or at least are waiting to see what others
had to say about it. Well, footthumb played it and offers up his thoughts on
whether it's worthwhile or not.
Trilogy Awakens Master ChiefHalo 4
continues to rake in high review scores including this one from Mike, who
praises the game for its continuation of Master Chief's epic story and the
game's spectacular cinematic sequences.
4: The Chief Is ChampOne of the
community's regular reviewers, Applesteak declares Halo 4 recreates the magic
of Halo Combat Evolved and insists you owe it to yourself to check out this
latest installment in the series.
Chief Finally Thaws Himself Out In Halo 4Like many of
the other gamers who have reviewed Halo 4, Noobtubin8er was pleased with the
experience and calls it his favorite, but warns those not familiar with the
story might be lost.
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Video Game Quote of the Week:"It's a funny thing, ambition. It can take one to sublime
heights or harrowing depths. And sometimes they are one and the
same." – Lady Emily Kaldwin, Dishonored
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