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Mass Effect Review

The real beauty of Mass Effect is how believable the universe is. BioWare has gone to extreme lengths to make sure that you believe in the game. There is so much information to read but is completely optional and is not needed to understand what is going on – though reading the extra information will satisfy the more hardcore RPGers. Characters feel alive, you care about your actions and how they may affect the world around you and believe me your actions do sculpt the world – I had different characters die from my first time through the game compared to my second time through. Mass Effect will grab you by your shoulders and take you for a 20 or so hour roller coaster ride; you will not want it to stop.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Review

Vitals – System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC // Release Date: November 17, 2009 (Xbox 360 & PS3) – March 9, 2010 (PC) // ESRB: Mature // Genre: Action // Developer: Ubisoft Montreal // Publisher: Ubisoft // Players: 1 If you’ve played the first Assassin’s Creed you will know that it suffered from repetitive mission syndrome. Well I’m glad to let you know that the sequel, Assassin’s Creed 2 has been cured. Yes I know I am late to the Assassin’s Creed party but I have more good news, I was able to play the game with both of the DLC available along with the content from Ubisofts Uplay.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Review

Vitals – System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC // Release Date: March 3,2010 // ESRB: Mature // Genre: First Person Shooter (FPS) // Developer: Dice // Publisher: Electronic Arts The Battlefield series has been around for numerous years and more importantly it has always been exclusive to the PC. In 2008 Dice and Electronic Arts released Battlefield: Bad Company for consoles only. The main attraction behind Bad Company was to show off its destructible environments and for the most part succeeded – destructible environments were not entirely destructible. Bad Company was also the first in the long running series to feature a single player campaign. Skip ahead to 2010, Dice and EA have unleashed a much improved Bad Company 2.

Torchlight Review

If you have played the original Diablo the single player in Torchlight will be of no surprise. You pick one of three heroes, the Destroyer (excels at melee combat), Vanquisher (expert at ranged combat and utilizing traps), and the Alchemist (controls ember to attack from afar and summon minions). You also pick between a dog, cat, or ferret as your pet. The town of Torchlight has been plagued by an evil, and luckily you have shown up to save the day. You are asked to seek out the evil by venturing forth into the mine.

James Cameron’s Avatar the Game Review

Vitals – System: Xbox360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP//Release date: December 1st, 2009//Genre: Action//Developer: Ubisoft//Publisher: Ubisoft Avatar is trying to break the mold of movie based games which are usually the crap of the crap. Given that this game is based on the movie will undoubtedly make you think it is garbage and not worth your money. Ubisoft has been working on this game and trying to break this mold for about two years. Having created a unique world with intense conflict, moral choices and lots of explosions, does James Cameron’s Avatar game continue the tradition of movie based games, or does it stand out on top?

Borderlands Review

Vitals//Systems: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC//Release date: October 20th, 2009//Players: 1-4 online, 1-4 system link, 1-2 split-screen//Genre: RPS (Role-Playing Shooter)//Developer: Gearbox Software//Publisher: 2K Games// “Bazillions of guns: Gun lust fulfilled with rocket-launching shotguns, enemy-torching revolvers, SMGs that fire lighting rounds and tons more.” – Taken right from the back of the Borderlands box. Hell, if that does not get your attention I don’t think you should be playing video games; trade your system in now and get a Wii. With four character classes, vehicles, plethora of weapons and a level cap of 50, this might just be one of the best games this year.

Borderlands – Multi-Platform Headache

So here we are, Borderlands is out on Xbox 360 and PS3 with the PC version soon to follow. Most of you have probably have already picked up a copy for your favourite console. I understand there are people who have one or the other console, but what if you have both? What if you have both consoles and a gaming PC, what then? How do you pick which system the multi-platform game such as Borderlands will be lucky enough to earn your game time? Do you choose graphics over controls? How about friends over everything else?

Aion Preview

Editor's note: I've been interested in Aion since I first read about it last year. It's been available in the U.S. since Sept. 22. Jack takes us on a tour of its world — and reports that it's a surprisingly polished for something that recently launched. Is it interesting enough to get MMO players to set aside World of Warcraft? -Jason