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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

    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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  • 07Feb

    Review – Generator Rex: Agent of Providence

    Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: E10+ / PEGI: 12 Developer/Publisher: Activision Release Date: November 1, 2011 RENT I picked up Generator Rex: Agent of Providence with the thought that despite it being for the 10-12 year old set, my five year old son might find it entertaining. I should caveat the rest of this review with the fact that we do not watch the show and had never heard of the series, but I am always up for a new game. If you, like me, were unaware of the cartoon, here is the general idea: Nanites have infected everything and everyone on the planet, and they randomly mutate creatures. Some creatures manage to deal with the mutations and use them (such as Rex), but most go insane and become monsters. Rex can control his mutations and use them to neutralize the monsters and their mutations. He works for an organization called Providence, and

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  • 06Feb

    Review – Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic

    Publisher: Majesco Players: single player, with up to 4 player multiplayer Genre: Simulation Release Date: November 15, 2011 Rent I’ve played the Cooking Mama games off and on casually since they’ve come out. They’re fun games to play, and I was interested to see what they were going to bring to the table with Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic for the Nintendo 3DS. Cooking Mama 4 is very much like the previous games in which you are cooking recipes that start off in varying difficulties, from something easy like a grilled cheese to more complex recipies. Some can for sure be tricky and I know I had to repeat a couple just to get the gold rating. Game mechanic wise, not much has changed. If you’ve played any of the previous games before, you will be able to grasp the controls quite easily. Not to mention since the controls are

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  • 01Dec

    Nintendo Holiday Guide

    Nintendo has usually had a relatively fun list of games coming out around the holidays and the Gaming Angels are here to help recommend some games to you for that Nintendo fan in your life. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (E 10+) At a recent event, I was able to play Kirby’s Return to Dreamland. First of all who doesn’t love Kirby? Second, this platformer was created for families to play together. Players can easily join in or leave a game without interrupting play. Best part is no fighting over one player grabbing all the items because the team has one set score for all the items. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland encourages team work. ~ Trina           The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword E10+) Five years ago, gamers were given The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess just in time for the Holidays. Nintendo has finally given us

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  • 17Jun

    Review: PilotWings Resort

    Rating: E for Everyone Genre: Flight Simulator Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Release Date: March 27, 2011 (NA) Pass I’ve never been one to like flying sims, but I was willing to check out Nintendo’s Pilot Wings Resort for the 3DS, purely for the 3D gimmick aspect. I was able to briefly play it at a previous 3DS event so I was looking forward to playing through some of the levels more. And well, it’s definitely another “[Insert name here] Resort” game from Nintendo. The game itself actually takes place on the same island (or something pretty close to) the island that the Wii Sports Resort title is on. The graphics are about the same and use Mii’s as the characters. The only difference is that you can play in 3D, which I will say is gimmicky but still awesome that I don’t have to wear glasses on my glasses to

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  • 13Jun

    E3 Hands On: Sonic Generations and Sonic Sega Allstars Racing

    A big part of the Sega booth at E3 this year was dedicated to everyone’s favorite speedy little blue hedgehog and his 20th anniversary. While there, I got to take a hands-on look at 2 new additions to the Sonic lineup that will be coming soon. The first title I got to take a look at was Sonic Generations, the latest in a classic Sonic style platformer for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS. I chose to try out the 3DS version and got to play through 2 levels in the new game. Generations is truly a “best of” collection of all of the most popular levels from the Sonic games throughout the years. You can choose to play as classic or modern Sonic, each with their own unique levels and styles of play. Even though the game has a huge nostalgia factor, someone like myself who is new

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  • 09Jun

    E3 Hands On: Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D

    This E3 we didn’t have an appointment with Natsume, but I had some extra time and I could not resist the cute emanating from their booth. This year Natsume is featuring Harvest Moon DS: The tale of two Towns, Factory: Tides of Destiny, Reel Fishing 3D: Paradise, Harvest Moon Frantic Farming and the game I tried out, Gabrielle’s Ghostly groove 3D. Gabrielle seems to have sneezed her soul right out of her body. In order to get help she has to go to Monsterville and scare up power to get back in her body. The game mechanices are rhythm-based game mechanics. Much like Elite Beat Agents, the player taps a circle to match when the arrows meet up on the top screen. The arrows are coordinated with the music which is difficult to hear on the E3 floor, so I had to do it visually. When the player finishes songs

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  • 03May

    Review: Nintendogs (and Cats) for the 3DS

    Rating: E (for Everyone) Genre: Pet Sim Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo Release Date: March 27, 2011 BUY Most of the time I’m playing console games or taking on some raids in WoW, but then there are times I just curl up with my DS to play more casual games. In this case it was curling up with my new 3DS and playing Nintendogs (and Cats). I went into playing it with the thought that I could play for an hour or so and get what I needed for the review, however it’s now been a week and I’m saving up so I can get a cute kitten. I’ve also got a friend to get the game just based on talking about the game. “But you’re just taking care of a virtual pet. What’s so great about that?” Maybe it’s the fact that I was part of the Tamagochi craze back

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  • 18Apr

    Review: Pokémon Black and White

    Rating: E (for Everyone) Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Game Freak Release Date: March 6, 2011 (NA), September 18, 2010 (Japan), March 4, 2011 (EU) BUY Admittedly I missed the last Pokémon game release, but I’ve turned into a fan of the Pokémon series of games since I played Crystal. I was excited for some of the new features that Black and White would have to offer, like the new battle features and the seasonal cycle. So you bet I was stoked when I got Pokémon White. The game starts off like most Pokémon games where you’re told about the world and how much people love their Pokémon and you can choose between three to start with. Personally I chose the fire pig, and thanks to some inspiration from a good friend, named him Baconator. The first thing I noticed was that it seemed like Pokémon leveled up quicker. I usually have

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