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  • Video Review - SSX

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    SSX

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    SSX PC - PS3 - Xbox 360 Developer : EA Sports Publisher : EA Release Date : February 28th, 2012 Written review can be found here . Mass Effect 3 will probably take most of your time this week, as it will for mine. As such, the next video review will probably... More
  • Video Review - Syndicate

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    Syndicate PC - PS3 - Xbox 360 Developer : Starbreeze Studios Publisher : EA Release Date : February 21st, 2012 Full written review can be found here . New mic arrived, and what a difference it makes. Now I can throw the other mic out...cause I'm pretty... More
  • Mass Effect 3 - Better with Kinect?

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    If you are like most of the crowd this past weekend, you were knee deep in the Mass Effect 3 demo. By now, you have played your fifth run through the Single Player Demo, maxed out your Adept in multiplayer, and created a blog detailing your impressions. While the demo has a lot to offer, the Kinect functionality was a feature gaining a lot of promotion. Bioware even smacked a "Better with Kinect" tagline on the box, promising the Kinect will enhance your experience with Mass Effect 3. The game focuses on voice recognition to issue commands, read dialogue wheel choices, or choose a weapon or ability; so I broke out my Kinect sensor to take it for a test drive.

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    If you are like most of the crowd this past weekend, you were knee deep in the Mass Effect 3 demo. By now, you have played your fifth run through the Single Player Demo, maxed out your Adept in multiplayer, and created a blog detailing your impressions... More
  • Video Review - Final Fantasy XIII-2

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    Final Fantasy XIII-2

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    Final Fantasy XIII-2 PS3 - Xbox 360 Developer : Square Enix Publisher : Square Enix Release Date : January 31st, 2012 Per the standard, the full written review can be found here . Acquiring and troubleshooting the console capture equipment delayed this... More
  • Putting Words into Motion - Video Reviews

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    The Game Informer User Review section is akin to Minesweeper; you will find some great points in there but be prepared to click on some bombs. Saint and Samurai Zero have done an excellent job at weeding out some of the hidden gems with Blog Herding and... More
  • The Classification of Gaming in TV/Movies

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    The burden of knowledge is a hefty one, acting as both a gift and a curse. The gift part arising in meaningful conversations on video games, and the curse part arises when I am forced to witness an actor/actress pretending to be immersed in a video game. Be it television or movies, when filmmakers depict gaming, be it playing or showcasing the actual gameplay...it always comes off as hilarious.

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    The burden of knowledge is a hefty one, acting as both a gift and a curse. The gift part arising in meaningful conversations on video games, and the curse part arises when I am forced to witness an actor/actress pretending to be immersed in a video game... More
  • A Look Back at Gaming 2011 - Pt. 4

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    Mid November - December November (15th - 30th) Not a few months after the release of the original, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 was released as a stand alone title for a discounted price. New fighters were added to the roster, including Nova, Frank West... More
  • A Look Back at Gaming 2011 - Pt.3

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    September - Mid November

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    September - Mid November September After a stunning teaser trailer left many fans in eager anticipation of a new big zombie game, Dead Island delivered with an open free roam zombie apocalypse game like no other. Featuring a skill tree to personalize... More
  • A Look Back at Gaming 2011 - Pt.2

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    May - August

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    May - August May May played host to a handful of great titles. DiRT 3 returned to bring the rally racer back into the lime light. A new mode called gymkhana consists of obstacle courses in which the player must perform various tricks to earn points. The... More
  • The Matchmaking Dilemma

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    Have you ever fired up the latest competitive multiplayer game and been stuck in "that" game? You know the one with the team of players barely starting their online career against the party of elite tier seven juggernauts that only live and breathe this single title and ponder the reason for putting campaign in a game.

    These games always end in disappointment as one team destroys the other, and always leave me asking: Is this really matchmaking?

    We rarely think about the process once we hit the button to join a game, but there are numbers crunching behind that spinning wheel you stare at so obsessively. Much like a dating site, there are criteria that you are compared with to find your perfect gaming match...which usually ends up in tears and frustration...again, much like a dating site.

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    Have you ever fired up the latest competitive multiplayer game and been stuck in "that" game? You know the one with the team of players barely starting their online career against the party of elite tier seven juggernauts that only live and... More
  • Pining for Pirates

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    We have had so many enjoyable titles lately that cover a slew of genres; Sci-fi RPGs, adventure platformers, Westerns, and a plethora of military shooters. Yet, as I look through the sea of titles coming our way and the games that have passed I had to ask myself;

    Where are the really good pirate games?

    I have always had high hopes for an open ended pirate game to fulfill all those desires that were influenced by movies, books, and other medium showcasing the exploits and adventures of a pirate. Sailing the seven seas, making a captured captain walk the plank, or leading a ship to search for buried treasure are countless exploits I wish to partake in gaming.

    Just think of the possibilities for an open-world pirate game. Ports that could act as hub worlds, customization of your character and ship, a slew of quests and mini-games to obtain from the taverns; the list goes on and on.

    That's not to say there are not some great pirate games out there, just not the games I would typically be addicted to playing hours on end. While the Monkey Island series satisfies in a great environment, the game play is tailored to a point and click aspect. Sid Meier's pirates gets even closer to what I come to expect, but the heavy focus on top-down strategy and distance from the action is not what I envision.

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    We have had so many enjoyable titles lately that cover a slew of genres; Sci-fi RPGs, adventure platformers, Westerns, and a plethora of military shooters. Yet, as I look through the sea of titles coming our way and the games that have passed I had to... More
  • Closure in Gears of War 3

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    Gears of War 3 is nearly here and for a lot of people it means more multiplayer mayhem. For myself, it means closure to a storyline that I have been following since the first installment.

    While overall I have enjoyed the Gears world and story, the second game in the trilogy left a lot of questions in the air. I have not had a chance to delve into any of the novels or comic books to research further, but even so, many questions go unanswered. Here are my expectations for open plot lines and hopes of what the story could evolve into:

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    Gears of War 3 is nearly here and for a lot of people it means more multiplayer mayhem. For myself, it means closure to a storyline that I have been following since the first installment. While overall I have enjoyed the Gears world and story, the second... More