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Review: DJ Hero
Hit the decks in DJ Hero
Shortly after DJ Hero ’s release, a couple of craiglist ads popped up from gamers claiming they’ll plug in and play the game at your party for $75 — all you have to provide is the TV and the speakers.
| November 12, 2009
It’s tempting, and easy, to describe Borderlands solely via comparisons to other games.
| November 09, 2009
Review: A Boy and His Blob
Childhood memories, improved
A Boy and his Blob got its start as a 1989 Nintendo game designed by David Crane, who also designed Pitfall! . This 2009 remake features Miyazaki-inspired art and cel-shaded animation, giving the maps a storybook quality. Unfortunately, the story itself still leaves much to be desired; no further complexity has been layered onto the 1989 game’s backstory.
| October 27, 2009
Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
A real treasure
Nathan Drake walks like a man. Not so much in a macho, John Wayne kind of way — though there is plenty of that in him — but as if he were a real person occupying physical space.
| October 21, 2009
Review: Brütal Legend
Brutal is one way to put it
The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
| October 16, 2009
The pen is not so mighty
If knowledge is power, and words are the vessels for ideas, then the appeal of Scribblenauts is easy to understand.
| October 07, 2009
Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Marvel's "Secret War" comes to consoles
Comic-book games are all about wish-fulfillment: What comic book fan hasn't dreamed of laying the telekinetic smack down Dark Phoenix-style, or flinging a few of Gambit's explosive cards?
| September 30, 2009
Review: Darkest of Days
Time travel's last stand?
In Darkest of Days you play as Alexander Morris, a soldier fresh from Little Big Horn. Right after you get nailed with some feather-tipped arrows, KronoteK rushes in to “save” you. There's a catch, though: you then go to work for KronoteK.
| September 22, 2009
Delay of game
With some big names shelved, 10 releases to watch for this fall
Splinter Cell: Conviction , BioShock 2 , Heavy Rain — these are just some of the eagerly awaited titles that won't be coming to your video-game console this fall.
| September 15, 2009
Game Review: The Beatles: Rock Band
Don't meet the Beatles — be them
Can we agree that the music-game market is saturated? To stand out in this crowd, you'd need something special. You'd need the Beatles.
| September 09, 2009
Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Although Heath Ledger fully deserved the Oscar he won (posthumously) for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight , a less heralded actor had staked a claim to the character years before. On Batman: The Animated Series , Mark Hamill brought a fearsome edge to the role that outstripped any previous dramatic effort.
| September 01, 2009
Review: Shadow Complex
A dizzying descent down the rabbit hole
In games, a cave is never just a cave.
| August 25, 2009
Review: 'Splosion Man
Blowing up Xbox Live Arcade
Perhaps no platform has more consistently delivered solid indie titles than the Xbox 360, whose Live Arcade now offers hundreds of selections, from high-definition updates of the classics to forward-thinking boutique games.
| August 11, 2009
Review: The Bigs 2
Swing and a miss
The makers of The Bigs 2 seem to have confused simplifying the sport with dumbing
| July 29, 2009
Review: Tales of Monkey Island
A classic series sets sail once more
Thanks to Telltale Games, we're now seeing remakes and revivals not only of the genre but of its most popular franchises. First was Telltale's successful episodic rebirth of Sam and Max . Now we get the first part of a new adventure based on the granddaddy of them all: The Secret of Monkey Island .
| July 21, 2009
Review: Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Guitar Hero does its greatest hits
When evaluating a new Guitar Hero — or any music-related game — it helps to picture a Venh Diagram consisting of three circles: "Good Songs," "Challenging Songs," and "Songs that are fun to play on plastic instruments."
| July 13, 2009
Review: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
It has the tools, it has the talent
Call it fanboyism, call it a Pavlovian response, call it what you want — Ghostbusters: The Video Game made me smile.
| July 07, 2009
The gleeful excess of Prototype
Prototype is so awesome, it broke my PlayStation 3.
| June 30, 2009
Review: Red Faction: Guerrilla
It's strange, when you think about it, how unrealistic most video games are. Not in the sense that they feature superheroes and space mutants — that's easy to accept. But as they render their environments with increasing verisimilitude, it becomes harder and harder not to wonder why nothing ever gets damaged.
| June 23, 2009
Familiar Fantasy IV
The After Years: If it ain't broke, remake it
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years started as a Japan-only cellphone game and has washed up on American shores in the form of WiiWare.
| June 16, 2009
The power goes out
The potential of a virtual space is limited only by its designers' imaginations. Why, then, are so many designers' imaginations limited to dreary, urban settings?
| June 08, 2009
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