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  • 08Jan

    EA announces new Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff packs

    EA and Maxis announced today more fun expansion and stuff packs to expand on your Sims 3 experience. The Sims 3 University Life and the Sims 3 Island Paradise expansion packs as well as an untitled expansion pack and a stuff pack are in development for release in 2013. Starting with the release of Sims 3 70′s, 80′s, & 90′s stuff pack on January 22. “With the release of three new expansion packs, a new stuff pack, and premium content through The Sims 3 Store, we are looking forward to seeing what our players create and share online with so many great options,” said Scott Evans General Manager of The Sims Studio. He continues, “We are dedicated to building quality games with unique themes and exciting new content for The Sims 3 that add tremendous depth to The Sims 3 gameplay experience.” The Sims 3 University Life will be coming

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  • 27Dec

    Review: Fluxx for iOS devices

    Game: Fluxx Publisher: PlayDekGames/Looney Labs Link to app in Apple Store Fluxx is a weird name for a game, but it definitely captures the essence that is unlike any game you have played before. There are many games in the Fluxx series, for this review we looked at Fluxx for iOS devices. The game: Fluxx is a game that thrives on the chaos that is created while playing. One can play online or offline up to four players. I played against AI opponents for this review. You basically play cards during your round to end up trying to achieve your goal. The goal is listed in the goal box, and you can use your keepers to achieve it. But you’ll have to act fast because one of the things that can change often is that all the players can change out the goal. At the same time that goals are

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  • 01Dec

    Nintendo hosts Big Brothers Big Sisters Event

    In the hectic madness that is the holidays, it’s great to see companies take time to make a difference in a child’s life. While Nintendo is conducting a Mall Tour for the Wii U (I saw one in Topanga Mall last weekend – very packed!), Nintendo is standing by their commitment to give back to the community as well. The photo above is from a Big Brothers Big Sisters event in New York City. Where Irving gets to play the 3DS XL with his big brother Mike O’Connell and his mother Rahshiela. The holiday event was held at the Queens Center Mall yesterday and brought many happy moments to the kids involved. Kids were able to play the Nintendo 3DS XL and the latest games coming to the hand-held. As well as try out the new Wii U and take pictures with Mario! In the photo below the attendees got

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  • 21Nov

    LEGO Lord of the Rings Review

    Rating: Everyone 10+ Genre: Action-Adventure Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Developer: TT Games Release Date: November 13, 2012 BUY   The LEGO franchise has been turning pop culture sensations into adorable blocky video game versions for years, creating games accessible for both kids and adults alike. The newest LEGO release, LEGO Lord of the Rings, is another successful addition to the already expansive series, and is exactly what you hope for from a LEGO game. As a Lord of the Rings fan, I was anxious to see how the game would approach the series, and whether or not it would live up to my high expectations. I was not let down. The game itself is true to what has come before it in LEGO games. The storyline of each movie is separated into a story level, which is adapted to fit the LEGO world. I love how the game is able to allow you to

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  • 06Nov

    Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation Review

    Rating: M Genre: Action Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Sofia Release Date: October 30, 2012 BUY When Ubisoft announced they planned to bring an Assassin’s Creed title to the PS Vita, fans were elated. Here was, perhaps, the first must-have title for Sony’s new handheld. What made the game even more enticing was that it featured the first female assassin, Aveline de Grandpre, a creole aristocrat in 18th century New Orleans. Is Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation the system seller Sony hoped it would be? While Assassin’s Creed 3 examines the American Revolution, Liberation takes a look at the political and social climates of 1700s New Orleans. Aveline, a lady by day and assassin by night, finds herself in the midst of preventing the Templars from taking over the city, investigating a series of disappearing slaves, and discovering what became of her mother. The story is full of the same convoluted twists

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  • 06Nov

    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Review

    Rating: Everyone 10+ Genre: Puzzle, Adventure Publisher: Level-5, Nintendo Developer: Level-5 Release Date: October 28, 2012 BUY Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the 5th Layton adventure to become available on the Nintendo handheld, and the first for the Nintendo 3DS. Once again, Professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke set off to help solve a mystery that the police can never seem to get a handle on. This time they are also accompanied by Layton’s assistant, Emmy. As the game begins, you are in the beautiful tourist city of Monte d’Or, which has seen incredibly quick success in growing to become a hotspot for vacations, gambling, and as of late, mysterious “dark miracles performed by a Masked Gentlemen. Layton is on the case, as he was drawn to visit the town upon receiving a letter from an old friend Angela with a cry for help. She and her husband Henry, another person from

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  • 30Oct

    Medal of Honor Warfighter Review

    Rating: M Genre: Shooter Publisher: Electronic Arts Developer: Danger Close Release Date: October 23, 2012 PASS You may remember that back at E3, I was asked to give up my seat during my demo appointment for Medal of Honor Warfighter at E3. In hindsight, after playing the game myself, I should have taken that as a hint and thanked them for doing me a favor. Medal of Honor Warfighter (MoHW) has plenty of good ideas, but most were executed rather poorly and nothing really tied them all together in a cohesive manner, thereby creating a rather haphazard conglomeration. The story of the main campaign revolves around a team of soldiers comprising Task Force Mako who are hunting down a terrorist network with an affinity for using PETN, a chemical explosive. Players play as various members of the team, but most of the cut scenes focus on one member, “Preacher”, and

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  • 23Oct

    Dance Central 3 Review

    Rating: T Genre: Music, Rhythm, Exercise Publisher: Harmonix Music Systems/ MTV Games Developer: Harmonix Music Systems/ Backbone Entertainment Release Date: October 16, 2012 BUY I have an affinity for dancing games. As a dancer myself, I love the idea of playing games and earning trophies while dancing, laughing at myself, and even getting a little exercise. I loved Dance Central 2 (it was one of my first Kinect games), so when Dance Central 3 was announced, I knew it was a game I was going to have to play. Dance Central 3 is the next installment in the Harmonix Music Systems Kinect dance series. Like the first two, Dance Central 3 uses Kinect technology to track your body movements as you follow a series of dance moves demonstrated by a dancer on screen as well as pictured along the side of the screen. You can earn up to five stars on your boombox each song, and the

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  • 22Oct

    Silent Hill: Book of Memories Review

    Rating: M Genre: Horror RPG Publisher: Konami Developer: WayForward Release Date: October 16, 2012 RENT When you think of the Silent Hill franchise, chances are a dungeon crawling RPG isn’t what comes to mind. Which is probably why fans of the franchise were hesitant when Konami announced the top-down RPG, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, at E3 2011. Originally scheduled for the PS Vita’s launch, the title has suffered numerous delays, few updates and little by way of marketing or promotion. In fact, chances are high you haven’t even heard of this title. Which isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Despite its dubious-sounding format, there is a lot going on in Book of Memories that remains faithful to the universe. Upon the eve of the player character’s birthday, he or she receives a book from Silent Hill with all of their memories recorded. As you fall asleep, you awaken in the dark plains of Silent

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  • 17Oct

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

    Rating: M Genre: Turn-based strategy Publisher: 2K Games Developer: Firaxis Release Date: October 9, 2012 BUY Most of my formative years were spent playing turn-based strategy games on PC. Master of Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic, and Master of Orion were all very important to my development as a gamer, but it was X-COM which holds an especially dear place in my heart. When Firaxis confirmed they were bringing back XCOM: Enemy Unknown (the title as homage to the first game in the series), I was elated. Somewhere around the StarCraft days we seemed to abandon turn-based for real-time, and I’m always on the hunt for a good turn-based affair. So does XCOM: Enemy Unknown take us back to the glory days, or is it a failed attempt fueled by nostalgia? As a person who loves turn-based strategy, this game is like slipping into your favorite pair of shoes.

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