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Review: Heavy Rain

A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  March 11, 2010


Review: BioShock 2

BioShock 2 dives under the surface
When Andrew Ryan said this to your player in BioShock , it was part of a plot twist of surprising power — about halfway through the game, you realized you'd been taking orders from your antagonist.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  February 24, 2010


Review: No More Heroes 2

Pain in the assassin
In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  February 16, 2010


Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day

One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  January 27, 2010


Review: Bayonetta

Season of the witch
Here's the thing about Bayonetta : you have to take all of it, not just part.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  January 12, 2010


Review: The Saboteur

Pandemic Studios' swan song
When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  January 06, 2010


Winter wonderland

Video games start the new year right
Do not adjust your calendar. Christmas has not been moved to March this year.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  January 04, 2010


2009: Year in video games

Swimming the mainstream
At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2009


Review: Assassin's Creed II

Death in Venice: a macabre Italian getaway
Assassin's Creed II is a macabre Italian getaway
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 15, 2009


Review: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

OId news: nothing super about it
The staggering commercial success the folks at Nintendo have achieved in recent years has made it easy to overlook their more unfortunate habits.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 09, 2009


Review: Left 4 Dead 2

Zombie nation: Valve at the top of its craft
When Valve announced a full-priced sequel to Left 4 Dead only one year after the original, 40,000 frustrated gamers joined an on-line boycott. The boycotters had a point, but they'll miss out if they stand on principle.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 01, 2009


Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Hell to play
You're standing in an elevator with men wearing bulletproof vests and wielding machine guns. "No Russian," the leader reminds you, as the doors open to reveal a line of persons waiting at the airport security gate.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  November 24, 2009


Review: Dragon Age: Origins

BioWare's latest gets lost in the details
BioWare's latest gets lost in the details
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  November 18, 2009


Review: Borderlands

Gold rush
It’s tempting, and easy, to describe Borderlands solely via comparisons to other games.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  November 09, 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.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 21, 2009


Review: Brütal Legend

Brutal is one way to put it
The cover of Brütal Legend sports an interesting detail.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 16, 2009


Review: Scribblenauts

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.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 07, 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.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  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.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 09, 2009


Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Joker's wild
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.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 01, 2009


Review: Shadow Complex

A dizzying descent down the rabbit hole
In games, a cave is never just a cave.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  August 25, 2009

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