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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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  • 16Oct

    Dishonored Review

    Rating: M Genre: Action/Stealth Publisher: Bethesda Developer: Arkane Studios Release Date: October 9, 2012 BUY This busy Fall season–not to mention, most of 2012–has been rather marked by sequels to extremely popular series, from Mass Effect to Far Cry, so it’s extremely refreshing when a new IP crops up amongst the mix. When the new IP is actually good, it’s called a bonus. Dishonored had this potential from its unveiling at E3 this year. From its gameplay to the story to the art style, Dishonored had plenty going for it upon first glance. Even though the story didn’t hold up well in the end, Arkane Studios and Bethesda have created a masterpiece with this original title, and if you’re a fan of stealth gameplay in the slightest, you would be greatly remiss to not pick this one up. The game’s protagonist, Corvo, was the Empress of Dunwall’s esteemed bodyguard, who

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  • 04Oct

    Resident Evil 6 Review

    Rating:  M Genre: Horror Publisher: Capcom Developer:  Capcom Release Date:  10/02/2012 RENT When Capcom first promised fans that Resident Evil 6 would return to its roots, many were skeptical, and with good reason. For many older gamers, the RE franchise is firmly rooted in its survival horror heydays of the mid-90s. In 2001 they took a sharp turn to a story-driven affair with Resident Evil CODE: Veronica, and then another deviation with Resident Evil 4 in 2005, turning the series into more of an action shooter. All of these twists and turns left many fans wondering to which roots the series will return. Answer: all of them…kind of. Not really. Mixed bag In an attempt to cater to everyone, Capcom broke the game into three main campaigns: Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jake Muller, who is Albert Wesker’s son. Leon’s campaign is a return to the old days, but unfortunately, it isn’t

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  • 02Oct

    Dead Or Alive 5 Review

    Rating:  M Genre: Fighting Publisher: Tecmo Developer:  Team Ninja Release Date:  09/25/2012 BUY After a six-year hiatus, the latest entry in Tecmo’s breast-oriented Dead Or Alive series has finally bounced onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, bringing its usual brand of cheesecake filled fighting action with it. Much like its predecessors, Dead Or Alive 5 (DOA5) is all about tits – and not much else. In the time since the last installment, very little has changed, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is a thing. Picking up two years after Dead Or Alive 4, DOA5 attempts to expand upon the series’ convoluted, paper-thin narrative, which centers on the trials and tribulations of the runaway ninja, Kasumi, and her attempt to destroy a clone of herself that was created by the Big Bads formerly in charge of the shady organization DOATEC a few years back; all

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