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'Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning' Twists Videogame Tropes

Kingdoms of Amalur takes all of the principles of videogames – agency, choice, exploration, conflict – and turns them into an expansive experience of testing the conventions, and even the technical framework, of videogame fiction itself.

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Isaac Clarke: Intergalactic Handyman

Dead Space is a game that finds heroism in doing real work.

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Nintendo's Niceness Problem

Nintendo might do well to remember that we, as gamers, crave a challenge every once in a while.

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The Godfather II

The Godfather's familiar emblem,the hand that holds the puppet strings, signals the clearest interests of what the films and this game attempt to explore: how individuals seek and attain power through manipulation and control albeit largely at the distance afforded the puppeteer, not the puppet.

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Lord of the Rings: Conquest

Lord of the Rings: Conquest feels in so many ways like a poorly-thought out genre exercise in service of a fantastic license.

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Skate 2

Taking advantage of all Skate 2 has to offer requires constant attention, a high degree of skill, and an amazing amount of patience.

Thomas Cross
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SimAnimals

This simulation of animal behavior may further the Sim-franchise's interests in simulating human behavior.

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Need for Speed Undercover

Does Need for Speed Undercover have a place in the racing game fan's library?

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Skate It

Skate It stands as one of most realistic skateboarding games ever made while maintaining the playability and casual attitude of its predecessors.

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Left 4 Dead

Playing as the infected and coordinating with your team as you try and stop the survivors from reaching the safe room is just as fun and fleshed-out as playing as the survivors.

Jason Cook
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Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge clearly treats parkour with a good deal of respect and admiration.

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Expansion Review: Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack

Tired of slapping together creatures with the same old parts from Spore’s original creature creator? EA hopes that the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack will be a shot in the arm that you, the Spore junkie, will crave.

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Dead Space

While Dead Space's influences are easy to spot, it is extraordinarily smart about cohesively assembling key elements from these influences into a compelling experience.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09

EA Tiburon's nip and tuck approach adds up to a significantly enhanced virtual golf experience.

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Facebreaker

The AI fighters are unrelenting in their quest to turn your face into a smashed melon.

Jason Cook
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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

Things like plot, moral compasses, characters and dialogue are all secondary concerns in Mercenaries 2.

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Spore

Ideally, Spore is more like a bucket of crayons than a copy of Candy Land -- it's a tool for creating, not a game to be won, lost, or even completed.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Battlefield: Bad Company

A first-person shooter focused more on fun than authenticity or a deeply written narrative is actually a bit refreshing.

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SimCity Societies

Tilted Mill was so preoccupied with simplifying the game mechanics that they, in fact, made it too simple -- by disallowing failure, Societies is stripped of the joy of success.

Jamie Lynn Dunston
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Boom Blox

The different weights of blocks and projectiles alike are so well realized, they are almost tactile.

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Burnout Paradise

Burnout Paradise strives to be more than traditional, and in many ways it succeeds, but some of the design choices may prove unappealing for people who simply wanted a modest update to the franchise.

Arun Subramanian
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MySims

MySims is a "god game" that leaves you feeling more mortal than ever.

Cole Stryker
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E for Some But Not All

I felt at times like a kid at an amusement park on a rainy, drizzly day where the weather scares most people off, so the lines for the roller coasters are practically nonexistent.

Ryan Smith
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The Godfather: Blackhand Edition

Man, there's something really satisfying about hitting someone.

Kevin Garcia
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