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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
Damnation's peaks and valleys
Damnation is one of the first major shooters created in the steampunk genre. This means the story is set about a century and a half ago in an alternate timeline in which steam power becomes the reigning technology instead of electricity.
| June 05, 2009
Review: Punch Out!!
Ask anyone to list his or her favorite Nintendo games, and the odds are that Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! will be one of them.
| May 26, 2009
Review: Zeno Clash
A strange and beautiful trip
Zeno Clash is too bizarre, artsy, and risky to get picked up by a bigger company, but when you look at all the Counter-Strike clones out there, it's a relief to see something a little . . . different.
| May 19, 2009
The simple pleasures
Patapon 2 marches to its own beat
The PSP is usually touted as the less innovative of the two modern handhelds, and that makes games like Sony's music/strategy franchise Patapon — the second installment of which is out now — sort of a big deal.
| May 12, 2009
God is dead
Demigod can't resurrect PC gaming
One of the biggest mysteries of the video-game marketplace is why the PC seems to lag so far behind consoles as a gaming platform. After all, Windows computers have the kind of market penetration that Sony and Nintendo can only dream of.
| May 05, 2009
Riddick's sci-fi journey continues
In The Chronicles of Riddick , Swedish designer Starbreeze has it both ways: hardcore gameplay and brisk storytelling not only co-exist but achieve symbiosis.
| April 28, 2009
Review: The Godfather II
Going against the family
If adapting the Godfather series means stripping it of subtext and amplifying the thuggery, that may be the greatest imaginable indictment of video games as a medium.
| April 21, 2009
Guitar Hero: Metallica
A triumphant return to form
At long last, it seems that Guitar Hero has reached a state of equilibrium.
| April 15, 2009
Review: Wanted: Weapons of Fate
Over in a muzzle flash
It's hard to say which has a worse reputation: movies based on video games or video games based on movies.
| April 07, 2009
Black and white and red all over
The stylish ultraviolence of MadWorld
The most common problem afflicting video games these days is a deficit of imagination. So many releases look alike, sound alike, and play alike.
| April 02, 2009
Review: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Chinatown Wars condenses the highly produced modern GTA experience into a portable form easily digested in small bites.
| March 30, 2009
Review: Resident Evil 5
Bigoted, or just boring?
Is it racist? The question has been plaguing Resident Evil 5 since its infamous trailer debuted at the 2007 Electronic Entertainment Expo.
| March 24, 2009
Review: Killzone 2
Can Killzone 2 save the PlayStation 3?
For fans of the chronically underperforming PlayStation 3, each new exclusive title is a potential savior. The latest great white hope is Killzone 2 , the sequel to a not especially beloved PS2 game.
| March 17, 2009
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
Puzzle Quest drifts off course once more
It's appropriate that the new Puzzle Quest game should take place in space. Just like a black hole, it's impossible to resist; you wind up crushed into a subatomic particle.
| March 10, 2009
Review: Street Fighter IV
The world warriors return
The biggest problem with fighting games, as a genre, is the ludicrous level of ability you need even to take part.
| March 03, 2009
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a Frankenstein's monster of a game, a stitched-together assemblage of parts from other, better games.
| February 25, 2009
Review: Afro Samurai
Afro Samurai , which is based on the anime of the same title, follows Afro on his quest to find the Number Two headband.
| February 17, 2009
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage
The first downloadable content for Fallout 3
How is it that Fallout 3, last year's most densely packed game, still left many players wanting more?
| February 10, 2009
The dark side of the DS's Moon
Given all the trouble down here on Earth, it may just be a matter of time before we terrestrial residents begin to colonize space.
| February 03, 2009
Review: Skate 2
Chairman of the board
Skate 2 is legit
| January 29, 2009
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