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Thursday, December 21 2006

Gun: Showdown

Gun: Showdown is a worthy title for the PSP, even as it exposes limitations in both the franchise and the system.


Sunday, December 17 2006

Tony Hawks Project 8

Tony Hawk's Project 8 is not a revolutionary game, content to improve slightly on its seven predecessors.


Sunday, December 10 2006

Elite Beat Agents

Think Men in Black meets The Blues Brothers, and you'll have an idea of the craziness that awaits you.


Thursday, December 7 2006

Call of Duty 3

"Why would you want to play a war game?" It's a fair question.


Sunday, December 3 2006

Okami

The world is literally a moving painting and from the fluttering grass to the chirping birds and animated townspeople, everything feels absolutely alive.


Thursday, November 30 2006

The Sopranos

There are enough of the sights and sounds of The Sopranos to feel immersed in its ambience as a show but there is not enough game here to feel immersed in a, well, game.


Sunday, November 26 2006

Every Extend Extra

The player is, in essence, attempting to be a suicide bomber, a kamikaze pilot in a wall of sound and elegant graphics.


Tuesday, November 21 2006

Marvel Ultimate Alliance

"Why not just throw in Paul Bunyan and My Little Pony and be done with it?"


Thursday, November 16 2006

N3: Ninety-Nine Nights

When you're burning down the goblins' villages, you don't pause to think about the plight of the innocents -- yet, play the game from the perspective of the goblins, and you'll find yourself outraged by the injustices.


Tuesday, November 7 2006

Bully

"You're dumb!" "What the heck are you wearing?" "I hate you!" "Stinky breath!" "That's it, you're dead!"


Friday, October 27 2006

Scarface

Scarface begat Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which in turn begat...Scarface?


Thursday, October 26 2006

State of Emergency 2

State of Emergency 2 is without some of the faults of its predecessor, but also without its campy redeeming values.


Monday, October 16 2006

LocoRoco

LocoRoco is designed to either be played quickly or obsessively. There is no in-between, no gratification for cowardly non-committers.


Thursday, October 12 2006

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

This is the Lego Star Wars game that you have been looking for.


Tuesday, September 26 2006

The Secrets of Da Vinci: The Forbidden Manuscript

The Uncanny Valley claims another unwitting victim.


Friday, September 15 2006

Guild Wars Factions

Factions has more in common with Counter-Strike and Diablo than it does other MMOs.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Super Dragon Ball Z

Super Dragon Ball Z is a PlayStation 2 game with coin-op motivation.


Monday, August 28 2006

Dead Rising

Most horror movie subtext is watcher-inferred, but zombies have no problem using themselves to cast obvious blanket statements on society.


Thursday, August 24 2006

Prey

Prey's interpretation of life and death, its major innovation, shuns the game over screen.


Thursday, August 17 2006

The Movies: Stunts and Effects

The substance of Stunts and Effects is only as good as the property on which it rests.


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