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Monday, April 15 2013

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14

At its best, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 reminds you how skilled professional golfers are. At it's worst, however, the latest Tiger Woods title is the glitchiest iteration of a long-running, stagnant EA Sports property.


Monday, April 1 2013

Arlo’s Adventure

This doesn’t have to be a game for children of the 1980s, but they will probably have the most appreciation for what Cinopt Studios has accomplished.


Friday, March 29 2013

SimCity

While it's easy to look at and lament the limitations placed on your cities, the actual creation of your city is a very living and involving process.


Monday, March 25 2013

‘Tomb Raider’: Lara Croft is Reborn… Again

This story is largely told through Lara's body in the game, as we watch her initially stumble and fall a lot, scream in terror at what confronts her, limp wounded away from a fight, and hesitate to climb heights that the older version of Lara would not have even blinked at.


Wednesday, March 20 2013

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

The relentless pace is effective at heightening the drama while lessening our critical thinking. It’s dumb, it’s clichéd, it’s cheesy, but... but Sakura just said she loves Naruto and I know that can’t be true, what is she playing at? It’s all so addictive.


Monday, March 18 2013

Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

In Runner 2 the story acts as a way to add comedy to the game's otherwise impeccable and impeccably frustrating gameplay.


Friday, March 15 2013

Capcom Arcade Cabinet: 1987 Pack

Capcom does fine with its Arcade Cabinet, but it’s difficult for a beloved relic of a game to stay beloved in a modern gaming landscape.


Wednesday, March 13 2013

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line

Inside Line confidently performs the most challenging feat confronting a game in which you simply drive in circles: build a realistic sense of speed.


Monday, March 11 2013

Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2

Shallow, boring, pointless, and forgettable. Also, there's punching.


Friday, March 8 2013

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 takes place in a post-post-apocalyptic world in which mankind no longer exists and nature has decided to move on.


Wednesday, March 6 2013

Cognition—Episode 2—The Wise Monkey

The material is still grist for an airport novel thriller, but there is good airport novel thriller and there is bad airport novel thriller. “The Wise Monkey” falls squarely into the former category.


Monday, March 4 2013

A New Beginning: Final Cut

Many environmentally conscious games can easily get preachy. For a moment, A New Beginning looks like an effort to escape that tendency. But then it doesn't.


Friday, March 1 2013

Oozi: Earth Adventure

Oozi is a perfectly passable platformer, aside from one major flaw.


Wednesday, February 27 2013

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Whether you're looking for conspiracy theories about memetic war propaganda or you simply want to slice a helicopter into a thousand pieces, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance delivers.


Friday, February 22 2013

Dead Space 3

This is sci-fi action interspersed with some of the most memorable disaster sequences ever seen in a game. There’s little to no horror, and that’s a good thing.


Monday, February 18 2013

Expeditions Conquistador

Expeditions Conquistador is an alternate history, in which the player is put in the position of South America’s conquerors. Most of the game is centered on exploration and resource management with some sparse but important combat and dialogue trees mixed in. To say the least, it’s extraordinarily bold to handle such sensitive material in such a “game-like” fashion.


Wednesday, February 13 2013

Omerta: City of Gangsters

The more one plays the larger economic game, the more one admires the game's commitment to marrying its mechanics to its themes.


Monday, February 11 2013

Kentucky Route Zero: Act I

This is a game about forward momentum and going nowhere.


Friday, February 1 2013

DmC: Devil May Cry

In a sense, the new Dante feels a bit like a Twilight-ified version of the original devil hunter.


Tuesday, January 29 2013

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a game made by artists. This is evidenced by the meandering story that occasionally threatens to get interesting, only to lose its way again almost immediately.


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