Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

Black Ops 2

I’m going to give you two options when reading this review: enjoy the world’s shortest, or stay tuned for an explanation. First, the short version: “buy this now.” With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Treyarch and Activision have unleashed not only the best game in the COD series, but the best shooter of 2012. The stakes were high this fall, with several juggernaut sequels releasing at about the same time, but Black Ops 2 is both transformational for the franchise and undeniably excellent at a time when many shooters are feeling tired. Although … [Read more...]

Assassin’s Creed 3 Wii U Review

Assassin's Creed 3

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has mystified me (and millions of other gamers) since I first saw it behind closed white doors at E3 2007. Since that time, when its time-bending plot first caused a massive stir, we’ve become accustomed to the series transporting players into new periods and new environments. In this case, that new era and world is early America. But more important, Assassin’s Creed 3 takes the series in another type of uncharted territory: onto an all-new console. The game has Xbox 360 and PS3 counterparts, but the Wii U version … [Read more...]

Nintendo Wii U Hardware: First Impressions

Nintendo Wii U

The Nintendo Wii U marks the company's first foray into HD gaming, an oft-overlooked aspect that has many ramifications. One of them is the overall form factor of the console itself and Wii U GamePad, which Nintendo paid close attention to at E3 2012. Form factor and industrial design doesn't normally get the most coverage at a new console's launch, because the software gets all the attention. We have many Wii U game reviews slated for the days and weeks ahead, but it seemed only appropriate to open our extended Wii U coverage with the one … [Read more...]