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Knob goes to 11If director Rob Reiner had a point to make in his 1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, it's that the number 11 is louder, harder, and generally more preferable to the number 10. So, in the spirit of noisiness, this week's Reviews Spotlight is saying farewell to the taciturn games of yesteryear and hello to the face-melting titles of tomorrow. But before we turn to upcoming releases, the Spotlight has a bit of house cleaning to do.

Here are the most impressive reviews of 2010's final days and weeks. Happy 2011, everyone!


Late bird review: MAG
By Ariel Feist
For most of us, the holidays are relatively predictable. While the odd fight may break out across the dining table, most of the festivities are confined to typical conversations, exchanges, and meals. But for those of us without family, tradition, or the desire to mingle, video games make for an attractive alternative to turkey and stockings. Luckily, Massive Action Game (or MAG) provides a venue for all 256 gamers who fit that description to share the holiday spirit…with guns!

Before the New Year's fireworks could be ignited, Ariel managed to throw in his last two cents of the decade. Can MAG keep you distracted from 2011's torrent of blockbusters? Maybe, but if you forgot to buy your cousin a Christmas present, Ariel's article may help you get out of trouble and save a few bucks, too!

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30-Minute Review: Heroes Lore 3 (iOS)
By Derek Lavigne
Normally, when playing a video game, critics consider whether the title is worth the proposed price. Oftentimes, $60 a far too much for a seven-hour experience. As we get older and rely less on our parents, however, the cost of gaming is not as important a consideration as our time might be. So in an attempt to prevent us from wasting our precious time, Derek Lavigne introduces his newest method for reviewing games: Instead of spending a week or month on Heroes Lore 3, he's spent 30 minutes. To see whether or not the game's first impressions are lasting ones, check out Derek's complete article.

 

Corporate sponsorship 101: Harm's Way & Doritos Crash Course
By Ryan Conway
The games we most often enjoy usually begin as a spark of creativity or inventiveness. Others, oddly enough, come from strange places or out of strange opportunities: Harm's Way and Doritos Crash Course are two such games. Not long ago, Frito-Lay (the food company responsible for some of your favorite gaming finger foods) began a competition which challenged indie developers with making small time-wasters based on their popular chip brands. The results were…surprisingly impressive.

Doritos Crash Course

Legendary Bitmobber Ryan Conway investigates the quality of the two contest winners. Fortunately, these games go beyond forcing players to fire chips at moving targets, and indeed boast relatively intriguing concepts. Check out Ryan's full review at the link above.


Pac-Man CE DX abandons frustration
By Jeffrey Sandlin
This Bitmobber is comfortable in admitting that he may have a problem with anger and frustration — after all, many of his reviews are based on how upset the game in question makes him. Yet, while Jeffrey's ire is quick to rise, Pac-Man CE DX managed to soothe his temper. Instead of sending him into a tantrum, Jeff found himself laughing out loud within moments.

But do Jeffrey's rosey feelings last long? Check out his review and find out whether Pac-Man overstays his welcome. 

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