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BioShock Infinite Review

BioShock Infinite screenshot: Fireman

There isn’t much to be said about the original BioShock that hasn’t been said already, including words like “defining” and “masterful.” It’s with those massive shoes to fill that BioShock Infinite entered the limelight, a new game at the tail end of this console generation trying to prove that the current hardware can still manage to wow. And with Irrational Games at the helm, “wow” it does. BioShock Infinite isn’t technically a sequel, but it’s close. The game takes place not in the underwater city of in Rapture, but in the airborne city of … [Read more...]

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Michael Bay may think he’s got a stranglehold on huge-scale Transformers action, but High Moon Studios certainly has the right to lay claim to that title based on their work on Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. What Hollywood has presented during the past few years has massive explosions and “robots in disguise” that are grandiose due simply to their relative scale to humans. What High Moon’s latest game presents is an order of magnitude larger, making even the beloved Optimus Prime seem puny when compared to the massive constructs on the … [Read more...]

F.E.A.R. 3 Review

F.E.A.R. 3 Review

When the first F.E.A.R. burst onto the PC-gaming scene, people were blown away by its graphics and enemy AI, leaving its psychological horror elements as a tasty icing. Since that time, the franchise has continued to lean on its graphics and AI, opting to change things up mostly through the narrative. Over the course of a sequel and some add-ons, the franchise has expanded by retelling the story from a few different vantage points, which in in F.E.A.R. 3 now includes the perspective of Alma’s two sons, Point Man and Paxton Fettel. The change … [Read more...]

Portal 2 Review

Portal 2

Portal was one of those “where the heck did this come from?” type of games when Valve shipped it as part of The Orange Box. Nothing quite like it had been done before, so reviewing Portal was a bit of a pain. Between its mix of brain-teasing puzzles, its unique physics-reliant portal gun and the brilliantly dry sense of humor of its narrator/boss GLaDOS, Portal wasn’t as much a “game” as it was an experience. Portal 2 continues the original’s model, both in terms of gameplay and humor, and reviewing it poses just as many challenges. So let’s … [Read more...]

Crysis 2 Review

Crysis2

When the first Crysis launched on PC, my inner graphics whore cried with glee at the visuals but dropped to its knees for mercy because my computer didn’t have the horsepower to run the game. Such was the case with many gamers, in fact, which made the PS3 and Xbox 360 unveiling of Crysis 2 such a win. Finally, we thought, the Crysis experience will be available day and date with our PC brethren. But having sunk my teeth into Crysis 2, it’s clear that the game offers much more than pretty pictures. In fact, in some cases the gameplay feels … [Read more...]

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Review

Assassin's Creed is another series I've had a love hate relationship with. I was impressed by the scale and scope of the original game, but was left feeling quite disappointed in the monotony of the gameplay. I was intrigued by the premise of a person from the future going back in time via repressed memories to learn and extract information, so when the sequel came out I was interested enough to give it a shot, and was very happy to see that the issues that plagued the first had been mostly rectified. Then the third game in the previously … [Read more...]

Fable 3 Review

The Fable franchise, including Fable 3, has had more than its share of failed promises and under-delivery, even as the action/adventure RPGs have provided some entertaining romps. Part of the "disappointment," as it were, has simply been due to Peter Molyneux hyping his games beyond belief, then not having the time, resources and/or technology to actually deliver. Can't fault the guy for trying. But with Fable 3, which is now available for Xbox 360, the folks at Lionhead Studios have delivered the keystone Fable experience even in spite of a … [Read more...]

Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 1080p LCD HDTV Review

It's hard to keep up on technology, particularly when it comes to HDTVs and the variations thereof. If there were ever any question of the complexity of HDTV, look no further than the U.S. government's decision to delay the Digital TV switch from earlier this year to June. OK, so maybe you shouldn't use that as an example; non-Defense government agencies have never exactly been "up" on gadgets or electronics. Instead, word of mouth and reputation may be your best source of information. And with that in mind, Sony's newest Bravia LCD HDTV has … [Read more...]

Halo Wars Review

To the young Xbox 360 gamers who are so often bashed for their foul-mouthed diatribes on Xbox Live, the Halo franchise is the preeminent first-person shooter. To gamers with a slightly more historical game-industry perspective, Halo is one of the few examples of a game that successfully jumped genres. Case in point: Halo Wars. Halo Wars marks a return to the series' real-time strategy roots, a "homecoming" of sorts. The irony, of course, is two-fold. First, Halo Wars is returning to its RTS roots not by the studio that had the original Halo … [Read more...]

Civilization Revolution Review

There are few games that stand the test of time and earn the title "legendary." Civilization is one of those games, a real-time-strategy game (RTS) that's deep enough to make other games seem trivial at best. Civ's fans are legion, and for the first time, franchise designer Sid Meier has decided to extend the series' reach to console gamers via Civilization Revolution for PS3 and Xbox 360. The next-gen consoles have seen a few RTS games, most notably EA's The Lord of the Rings games and Command & Conquer 3, but no one has come close to hitting … [Read more...]