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Kinect Sports Rivals Review

Kinect Sports Rivals

One of the biggest selling points of the Xbox One, at least to hear Microsoft tell the story, is the console's inclusion of the Kinect 2.0 hardware. Unlike the PS4, which has an optional (e.g. "added cost" camera), the Kinect 2.0 sensor comes bundled with every Xbox One. Voice commands seemed the peripheral's primary function at launch, as only Ubisoft's Fighter Within really leveraged the Kinect's gesture-recognition at launch (and failed -- read our review). Going into this Kinect Sports Rivals review, I knew the first-party game basically … [Read more...]

The Art Institute of Vancouver Named Among the Top Ten Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design by The Princeton Review

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Art Institute of Vancouver (Ai Vancouver), BC, Canada, announced today it has ranked #8 on The Princeton Review's list of the top twenty five  undergrad schools to study video game design. This is the fifth year in a row for Ai Vancouver to rank in the top ten since 2010, and the school moved up from #9 in last year's list.  Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections were academics, faculty credentials, graduate employment, and graduate career … [Read more...]

Titanfall Review Scores for Xbox One “Above Average”

Titanfall Xbox One

The first Titanfall review scores for Xbox One are coming in this morning, just as Xbox One owners want to know whether the first post-launch blockbuster is worth their next-gen dollars. By all accounts it is. Although it's still early and many reviewers are still digging into the game, the initial Titanfall review scores for Xbox One are averaging 87.59% according to GameRankings. If Titanfall were in school, that score would equate to a solid B, maybe even a B+. In other words, Titanfall is an "above average" game as of this writing. (As … [Read more...]

The Princeton Review Names Top 25 Undergrad And Grad Schools To Study Game Design For 2014

NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Princeton Review -- one of the nation's best-known education services companies -- today issued its fifth annual report naming the undergraduate and graduate schools with the best programs for students to study video game design. The University of Southern California is #1 on both the undergraduate and graduate school lists in the 2014 report which names 50 programs overall -- 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate -- in ranked order 1 to 25. (Complete lists follow.) The Princeton Review selected the … [Read more...]

Fighter Within Review (Xbox One)

Fighter Within Xbox One

One of the biggest initial selling points for Xbox One is its inclusion of the Kinect 2.0 sensor. Bundled with every Xbox One console, the Kinect 2.0 hardware is key to Microsoft's strategy for an all-in-one entertainment system. As we saw with Xbox 360 and the original Kinect camera, the technology also holds great promise for games, which is another reason Microsoft packed it into every next-gen console. Yet sometimes a game doesn't live up to that promise. That's unfortunately the case with Fighter Within, one of the only Xbox One launch … [Read more...]

Dead Rising 3 Review

Dead Rising 3

The gaze of the undead really escapes no one. Not primetime TV viewers, not webisode lovers, not even early adopters of the Xbox One. When Microsoft announced Dead Rising 3 as an Xbox One-exclusive launch game, fans of the original Dead Rising peed a little at the prospect of a comedic, open-world zombie slasher. If zombies are required to validate a system, well, the Xbox One was validated. But as fun as the game can be at times, our Dead Rising 3 review is summed-up simply by saying it’s not as fulfilling as one might expect. The novelty of … [Read more...]

Ryse: Son of Rome Review

Ryse: Son of Rome

I’ll be perfectly honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Ryse: Son of Rome. The Xbox One launch game got all sorts of negative press at E3 because it what seemed to be nothing but a series of quick-time event (QTE) interactive vignettes. When I experienced it in person at E3 I felt those comments were completely justified. I hate QTE, and to see an Xbox One launch game based entirely on them was a total letdown. But now that the game has launched and I’ve completed it, my Ryse: Son of Rome review has completely changed. In fact, I’ve come to … [Read more...]

Angry Birds Star Wars Xbox One Review

Angry Birds Star Wars

For all the talk about mobile devices ushering in the end of the game console, it’s beyond ironic to have Angry Birds Star Wars as an Xbox One launch game. Yet here it is, a franchise that began life as an iPhone game, alive and well on Microsoft’s next-gen console. The combination of handheld mechanics and hands-free Kinect controls is intriguing, and Angry Birds has never looked better. There’s also a metric ton of content and a surprising amount of level variety. Yet somehow the Angry Birds Star Wars Xbox One experience just doesn't live up … [Read more...]

Skylanders Swap Force Review

Skylanders Swap Force

I purposefully held this Skylanders Swap Force review to see how my kids responded after playing it for a few weeks. I certainly have my own ideas as a mid-30s game reviewer, but Skylanders Swap Force is technically geared toward a younger crowd, so seeing their response was important to me. Did they lose interest after the novelty of swapping figures wore off? Did the missions stay fresh? Did the new Battle Pack and Adventure Pack keep them intrigued? So three weeks in and with the new content in tow, I asked my seven-year-old son to give … [Read more...]

Velodyne vQuiet Active Noise-Canceling Headphones Review

Velodyne vQuiet active noise-canceling headphones

I’ve flown more than 40,000 miles in 10 months. Needless to say I’ve filled much of that plane time with handheld games, movies and music, and I’ve wanted to maintain my focus on the entertainment at hand rather than the drone of the jets. As our business-traveling readers will attest, that largely requires a set of active noise-canceling headphones. The latest entrant in our headphone review series is coincidentally also one of the latest entrants to the noise-canceling headphones scene: Velodyne. Known predominantly for its top-of-the-line … [Read more...]