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Heavenly Sword Review

Although the game is graphically stunning and boasts a fantastic soundtrack, they do not make up for the boring, repetitive gameplay mechanics nor the poorly paced storyline. Heavenly Sword is more like a cheap version of God of War than anything else.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

Enslaved is a peculiar game that caught my fancy the moment I jumped into it thanks to its mysterious world and well voiced characters. I was hellbent on trying to figure out what the heck was going on and what happened to this post-apocalyptic United States. If you love a good science fiction tale, even though the way it is put together may seem a bit sub-par to some, you’ll feel right at home with this game.

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Review

Even after two disastrous expansions to the original game, Monolith studios proved they could still deliver a frightening, yet “shooterific” experience that I, for the most part, enjoyed up to the very end. The game provided everything I was hoping for from the heart pounding scares to the action-packed clashes with enemy soldiers. If you are a fan of any or both of these two things, the game is definitely worth checking in to.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

Skyrim took over my life for the better part of a month and I truly felt like I had become apart of the game’s world. By the time I checked out, I had bought a house and gotten married, saved the countryside from civil war and defeated the dragons. The game is not something I’ll soon forget, nor completely avoid for a very, very long time.

Crysis: Warhead Review

Warhead is a fantastic expansion to one of my most favorite open world shooters to date and the expectations I had for the game did not go to vain. The story is enticing one again, the graphics are beautiful, and the chaotic firefights at every corner of the game was a blast to experience. The game may not be as explorable as it once was, but I found it to be a small sacrifice for the joyous experience I got out of the game.

Crysis Review

The five-year old, ported edition of Crysis to the consoles is still just as fun as any other shooter out there on the market, but the noticeable hit on the graphics and the audio bugs were definitely a big mood killer for me. But the chance to jump back into one of my favorite shooters made to date was a blast and I’d recommend the port to any fan of the Crysis franchise, despite the game’s few annoyances.

Heavenly Sword Review

Although the game is graphically stunning and boasts a fantastic soundtrack, they do not make up for the boring, repetitive gameplay mechanics nor the poorly paced storyline. Heavenly Sword is more like a cheap version of God of War than anything else.

The Wii U Bounces Back

What more could owners of the Wii U possibly ask for? Nintendo has successfully convinced me today that I need to buy a Wii U because of all the fantastic games on the system’s horizon and has probably drawn in the crowds of those who were skeptical of buying the console. In a year that I feared the Wii U would tumble and get lost in all the news concerning the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles, I’m not so fearful of its future and I’m left craving one and not detesting one.

God of War: Origins Collection Review

As standalone games, both Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were fantastic games that defined the PSP throughout its generation. With the PS3 ports, you get to experience them all over again with HD visuals, trophies, DualShock controls, and even have the chance to play the games in 3D! Telling you to buy this game is easy because you should for its now dirt-cheap price tag.

Assassin’s Creed III Review

Assassin’s Creed 3 peaks in areas I least expected, multiplayer, but hits new lows in the spots where it should have excelled, the story. All in all, AC3 is the weakest game in the series since the original game, deriving from what made the series so great with its rich, story-driven gameplay, in favor of exploration and side content that I had little to wish to take part in.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Review

All-Stars is a very similar game to Smash Bros. but it has its own unique twist on the two game’s styled formula that makes for a much enjoyable experience with you and your friends. It is also the perfect game to kill a quick few minutes if you’re on the go with the Vita thanks to the integrated cross play system. If you’re looking for a fun, harmless game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale should be a must buy for your Sony system.

Madden 13 Review

Madden 13 is a great football game and probably one of the most polished Madden games ever released. Granted that the Infinity engine isn’t always perfect, it’s still a lot better than it is bad. But the problem with Madden 13 is that EA Tiburon was too busy fixing its mistakes from last year’s installment, which left them little time to incorporate any exciting new changes to the game besides the new engine. All in all though, this is finally a Madden game worth getting.

Resistance: Burning Skies Review

Resistance: Burning Skies isn’t a failure, but the game isn’t really a big success either. The game seems lost in the middle, not sure what to make of itself. The visuals don’t seem as fine tuned as they could be like they’re in Uncharted, the multiplayer doesn’t feel finished, the controls take getting used to, and the single player campaign isn’t as robust as it could have been. But as long as you don’t have any high expectations besides fun going into the game, Burning Skies is the best on the go shooter available the Vita can offer right now.

Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation Review

Assassin’s Creed: Liberation sounded like a good idea on paper, but was hideously handled by the developer in the end. From forced Vita mechanics to some ugly, new gameplay systems such as the personas, the game felt like more of a test run to fumble around with some new ideas for future Assassin’s Creed games. In reality, a simple beta or demo could have saved this game from the disaster that it is.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the best handheld experience I’ve ever had. Though it does have its flaws, most notably the forced Vita mechanics, the ability to choose to avoid the majority of the those methods helped balance out the negatives. I enjoyed every second I had with the game and it was a thrill to once again get to step into Drake’s shoes and go off on another, mind-boggling treasure hunt that I know I won’t soon forget. This game is a must have for any Vita owner!

The Best of 2012

2012 was yet another fantastic year for video games. But a few titles managed to stand out above the rest that I feel deserve one final shout out before this year’s end and we move on to a fresh restart in 2013.

An Introduction to the Elder Scrolls Online

With a game the size of Elder Scrolls Online, it’s really hard to give one demo, one video, one presentation, to list everything about the game. So what you’ve read in this article are the basics. But I can tell you one thing for sure, all these elements mentioned are going to come together to potentially make the next great online RPG, and from what I’ve seen so far, Zenimax may not be far off.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

Right out of the gate, Hot Pursuit is a thrilling experience that delivers an amazing experience on both sides of the law, and an excellent take on control and handling of your car. And in a game that spans from the sandy coastline of the shore, to the arid desert out west, to the snowy mountain peaks to the north, there is no shortage in the variety of races to ever begin to bore you.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit cruises past the checkered flag in record time even after being left to dust on store shelves for over two years, keeping competition in the rear-view mirror.

Saints Row: The Third Review

The crazy crime title that is Saints Row: The Third accomplishes the first priority of which I think games must have to complete first on their "checklist," a fun time. From parachuting out of airplanes, navigating tanks through the streets, to witty and humorous punch lines and whacking assailants on the side of the head with giant dildos, Saints Row: The Third was perhaps the most fun game I've played in a long time!

Orcs Must Die 2 Review

I have to admit I had my doubts going into Orcs Must die 2, and I had good reason to. The game's predecessor had launched only just ten months before the release of its sequel, not garnering much praise for the developer by myself. I've never been one to praise a developer for milking a game's success by releasing sequel after sequel until its popularity simply ran dry.

Dead Space iOS Review

The iPhone has never really been a destination of choice for many gamers of who were looking for a good scare from their games. If we were craving horror, most likely we'd have to resort to our home anchored consoles for satisfaction. Thankfully, the Dead Space iteration for idevices delivers in its promise for true horror gameplay in good old fashion Dead Space style.

Rage Review

Ever the innovator, id Software has crafted together a lavishing looking shooter that is both fun and best of all, smooth in performance to play. I loved Battlefield 3 and the wonderful graphics the game came equipped with, but I was never really hooked on how the game's combat performed. It felt stiff, clunky, seemingly weighed down by the in-numerous texture files my Xbox had to forcefully plow through.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Review

The lackluster gameplay world of the modern RPG have finally met their match with Kingdoms of Amalur. Even after 40 hours, I was still chugging along at quests through the expansive world the game has to offer at ease. Every second I spent tuned into my character was a second of fun that felt well spent. I didn't feel sorry for myself after a ten-hour play time session like I sometimes feel in games like Fallout or Skyrim. I came away from the game saying to myself, "Wow, that was a blast!"