Reviews

February 18, 2012

Co-Review: Gotham City Impostors

It’s been some time since we have heard from Mono­lith Pro­duc­tions. F.E.A.R. 2 was the last we heard from them and while the game was more var­ied than its pre­de­ces­sor, the A.I. took a large dose of stu­pid pills. They are final­ly back with a down­load­able title that is rather odd. Take one part Bat­man, one part Team Fortress, and one part absurd humor, shake not stir, and you come away with one humor­ous but com­pelling shoot­er.   Joe: Game­play: Based on the Team Fortress/ Team Fortress 2 style game it works real­ly well with plen­ty of cus­tomiza­tion allow­ing you to play this first per­son shoot­er how­ev­er you like.  The four game types are var­ied (one being a chal­lenge mode ripped right out of Bat­man Arkham City) giv­ing plen­ty of ver­i­ty to add val­ue to the price of this DLCRead more…

February 3, 2012

Review: Crysis for the Xbox 360

    Adapt.Engage.Survive Get More: GameTrailers.com, Cry­sis — Con­sole Launch Trail­er, PC Games, PlaySta­tion 3, Xbox 360 Video source: Game Trail­ers Sto­ry: Ten­sions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached crit­i­cal mass as they square off on a small island locat­ed in the South Chi­na Sea. Why? A team of U.S. arche­ol­o­gists have unearthed an arti­fact of unknown ori­gin that may pre-date the exis­tence on humans on earth! North Korea moves in and takes con­trol of the dig so the U.S. dis­patch­es an elite Spe­cial Forces Unit out­fit­ted with the lat­est in Nanosuit Tech­nol­o­gy to assess the sit­u­a­tion and try to res­cue the trapped archae­ol­o­gists. The ensu­ing bat­tles trig­ger the arti­fact to come to life releas­ing a new ene­my bent on all our destruc­tion!     Back in Octo­ber EA and Cry­tek re-released the mod­i­fied and enhanced ver­sion of theRead more…

January 8, 2012

Gears of War 3: Raam’s Shadow review

Gears of War 3 had a great cam­paign, thor­ough­ly var­ied, yet at some points it felt dis­joint­ed and head­ed due south east into the land were Bul­let­storm and Halo 3 meet. Epic games came with a rem­e­dy for the cam­paign blues in the form of Raam’s Shad­ow, the sec­ond piece of DLC to hit the ear­ly Sep­tem­ber release. Raam’s Shad­ow for­gets the imul­sion bread locust, the “infec­tion” bologna, Queen Mira’s rage induc­ing rants (for the most part), and gets back to what made the first two games great; urban destruc­tion and human on locust com­bat. It may clock in at just two hours, but the two hours I had with Raam’s Shad­ow almost made me for­get that Gears 3 had a cam­paign, it’s that good. Raam’s Shad­ow is a pre­quel of sorts; it takes place in Ili­ma city just asRead more…

December 26, 2011

Command & Conquer: Red Alert– an iOS Game Done Right.

Hard­core games are not hard to find on any smart­phone plat­form, Apple’s iOS includ­ed. With most of these titles, the hard­core gamer demo­graph­ic gen­er­al­ly has a uni­ver­sal com­plaint: con­trols. Shoot­ers, plat­form­ers, action games and RPGs all prove to be sub­stan­tial­ly more chal­leng­ing and off-putting because of the lack of tac­tile feed­back from a touch­screen inter­face. One game genre, how­ev­er, does­n’t have this hangup: Real Time Strat­e­gy. As a mat­ter of fact, RTS games seem tai­lor-made for a touch­screen inter­face. That being said, I was skep­ti­cal when I first saw an offi­cial Com­mand and Con­quer fran­chise port to iOS– and got even more ner­vous when it turned out to be an exten­sion of one of my favorite C&C series: Red Alert. Thank God I gave it a shot. Not often will I pay for an app of any kind, but afterRead more…

December 4, 2011

Uncharted 3: The Review

  As many of you already know I’m an avid PC gamer and there are very few games out­side of the PC sys­tem that I enjoy.  Unchart­ed is one of those fran­chis­es, one that I thor­ough­ly enjoy and when I heard that Unchart­ed 3 was com­ing to the PS3 I was very excit­ed.  As with all sequels today I’m always wary of a sell­out, under­de­vel­oped or oth­er­wise incom­plete release.  I’m hap­py to say that the Unchart­ed fran­chise has­n’t and still does not suf­fer from any of these calami­ties.  Out of all three I’d have to say this one is my favorite.  Gen­er­al­ly games don’t hold my inter­est for more then a few hours before I set them down and pick up some­thing but Unchart­ed 3 as with it’s pre­de­ces­sors held my inter­est from start to fin­ish and I even foundRead more…

November 28, 2011

Need for Speed: The Run Review

Its Novem­ber again, and we all know what that means for rac­ing fans; anoth­er Need for Speed. This year we got some­thing just a bit dif­fer­ent. Last year, Cri­te­ri­on gave us a superb game in Need for Speed: Hot Pur­suit. A sim­ple rac­er full of speed and cop chas­es that hit you pri­mal rac­ing instincts while mak­ing you smile every time you hit the tur­bo but­ton. EA Black Box final­ly gets to take the NFS reins again after the hor­rid NFS Under­cov­er. Could EA Black Box redeem itself with The Run or will we get some­thing more mis­er­able and bro­ken than Under­cov­er? The answer is yes, but not an enthu­si­as­tic yes. Need for Speed: The Run is an unusu­al exper­i­ment. Mix one third action movie, one third rac­er, and one third action game, bake, and what you have is some­thingRead more…

November 28, 2011

IntKeys.com Service

With our new part­ners IntKeys behind us and us behind them it seems that it is time to do some inves­tiga­tive report­ing. Well I did just this by mak­ing a pur­chase under an unknown name and got all the ser­vice that I expect­ed and then some. When I took it upon myself to go through with what I had hoped was a good deal I looked every­where and IntKeys is still the best place to pick up keys. Let’s get into the process and how I was left very impressed. You start out by choos­ing the game that you are want­i­ng to pur­chase. The details are giv­en straight out of the box and onto the page so that you can see exact­ly what it is you are think­ing about pur­chas­ing. Price is giv­en plus the retail cost that you wouldRead more…

November 13, 2011

Sonic Generations

It’s offi­cial. After years of fum­bling around with strange top­ics and awk­ward, seem­ing­ly untest­ed game­play, Sega has pulled out a tru­ly excel­lent Son­ic the Hedge­hog game. Although short, it’s a sweet ride that hope­ful­ly will get the Spin-Dash ball rolling again. The game fol­lows an incred­i­bly sim­ple sto­ry­line. Son­ic’s friends are in the process of throw­ing him a birth­day par­ty when a giant mon­stros­i­ty (which I shall hence­forth refer to as the Fly­ing Pur­ple Peo­ple Eater) appears out of nowhere and cre­ates a vor­tex which sucks in all of Son­ic’s friends. Son­ic chas­es them into what appears to be a giant white lim­bo. Even­tu­al­ly, he and the res­cued Tails note that the areas and ene­mies are sus­pi­cious­ly famil­iar. Upon stum­bling on ver­sions of them­selves from the past, they dis­cov­er that they’re trav­el­ing through time. It sounds kind of sil­ly, butRead more…

October 22, 2011

Homefront

Home­front is a THQ brain­child that uti­lizes the Unre­al Engine and shows what beau­ti­ful art and per­for­mance on low­er end machines can do. I fell in love with this game being my first play-through I took my time and lis­tened to every­thing I could, read every arti­cle I could find and all. The cam­paign for Home­front is by far one of the tru­ly epic. Although excru­ci­at­ing­ly short it is absolute­ly mind blow­ing. The video in this arti­cle is the open­ing cut scene for the game, watch it to get an idea of where you are start­ing your mis­sion. This game is bru­tal. If you get sick eas­i­ly, don’t play this as some of it is a bit grotesque for patri­ots or vets. Though the sto­ry makes for a good game it is a bit hard to not imag­ine it asRead more…

October 21, 2011

Gunnar Optiks: Yellow-Tinted Gaming Glasses

While I typ­i­cal­ly tend to ignore most of the ads on the side of my Face­book page, I occa­sion­al­ly find one that inter­ests me. That’s how I found out about my now-favorite game store, and it’s also how I first heard about Gun­nar Optiks. Gun­nar Optiks pro­duces glass­es that reduce eye strain and enhance con­trast on screens, and are mar­ket­ed towards both fre­quent com­put­er users who suf­fer from var­i­ous eye­strain relat­ed symp­toms, and towards the pro­fes­sion­al gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty. Two of the gam­ing mod­els in the Gun­nar prod­uct line­up are endorsed by MLG, and a few more bear the SteelSeries name. When I first heard about these, I won­dered about them for only a few min­utes before I moved on. They bear a pret­ty hefty price tag for some­thing that may or may not actu­al­ly help you at all. How­ev­er, aRead more…

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