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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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  • 25Sep

    Borderlands 2 Review

    Rating: M Genre: First Person Shooter/ Action Role Playing Publisher: 2K Games Developer: Gearbox Studios Release Date: September 18, 2012 BUY Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the incredibly popular Borderlands, a game that follows Vault hunters on an epic quest to discover a mysterious alien vault on the planet Pandora before Commandant Steele, the Crimson Lance, and the Atlas Corporation can acquire it for themselves. It turns out that the Vault is actually a prison for a creature called the Destroyer, which does exactly that to the bad guys above before being defeated by the Vault hunters. The second installment, Borderlands 2, begins 5 years later: the Hyperion Corporation is now in charge, and its leader, Handsome Jack, has sent Vault hunters into hiding and claimed victory over the Destroyer for himself. The game begins with four new Vault Hunters to choose from, each with their own special ability: the duel-wielding Salvador,

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  • 21Sep

    Resident Evil 6 Hands-on Preview

    Resident Evil is one of the few game franchises that I absolutely love. Ever since the original debuted in the dark ages of the PlayStation era, I have rabidly followed the series, getting ridiculously excited about new installments yet somehow never getting the chance to play them at release. However, I am finally current on the series, and the timing couldn’t have been better, as it has given me the chance to enthusiastically prepare for the upcoming Resident Evil 6 (RE6), which is due out at the beginning of October. The months of waiting have turned into mere weeks, and in order to help fans like myself get through the final leg of this metaphorical race, the good folks at Capcom have gone ahead and released a short demo that is now available on Xbox Live and PSN. Clocking in at a total of around forty-five minutes, the three playable

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  • 11Sep

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Review

    Rating: T Genre: Action Publisher: Activision Developer: High Moon Studios Release Date: August 28, 2012 BUY When Transformers: War for Cybertron(WfC) released in 2010, it was the first Transformers game in eons that wasn’t based off of the much-loved Michael Bay movies. In fact, it called back to the 1980s cartoon series and movie in terms of robot design and Transformers references. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron picked up right where WfC left off, with the war for Cybertron lost and the Autobots needing to leave their planet via the Ark. Of course, the Decepticons aren’t going to let them go that easily, so the epic battle continues. (And of course, since this is all set before the Transformers land on Earth, we all know that the epic battle never ends.) This time around, however, the game introduces more Transformers to play as, new game mechanics, and–my favorite of the new features–Dinobots. Those

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  • 24Aug

    Sleeping Dogs Review

    Rating: M Genre: Action Publisher: Square Enix Developer: United Front Games Release Date: August 14, 2012 BUY When it comes to “troubled” development cycles, Sleeping Dogs certainly deserves to fall in this category. Originally announced as a new IP back in 2009, the game was very nearly True Crime: Hong Kong, but delays and budget concerns caused Activision to cancel the title. As a result, it allowed Square-Enix to swoop in, return it to a new franchise, and voila, Sleeping Dogs is as we know it today. At first glance, it would seem easy to write this game off as Grand Theft Auto: Hong Kong, but this impression would be sorely mistaken and might cause you to miss a gem in the start of the fall season. The story of Sleeping Dogs is that the player character, Wei Shen, has returned to Hong Kong to help reign in the rampant criminal element, the Sun on

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  • 14Aug

    Death rocks in Darksiders II

    Rating: M Genre: Platformer/RPG Publisher: THQ Developer: Vigil Games Release Date: August 14, 2012 BUY NOW The Quick bite: “Darksiders II is a huge platformer/RPG that gamers will love to play and get themselves lost in.” Up to this point, myself and CrunchyChocobo have had the pleasure of seeing early stages of Darksiders II. We’ve written about the plot line and some vague points both here and here. CrunchyChocobo’s write up is a bit more recent and she was allowed much more gameplay time than I was. But between the two previews you can definitely tell this is a game for GamingAngels readers to get excited about. For the quick rundown, in Darksiders II, you play as Death, one of the brothers of the four horseman. He is on a mission to clear his brother, War’s name from the events that took place in the first Darksiders. If you haven’t

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  • 03Aug

    QuakeCon 2012 Hands-on Preview: Dishonored

    Dishonored was one of those games that I hadn’t really heard much about until E3 just a couple of months ago and then became extremely excited about it. I wasn’t able to play it at E3, sadly, but from what I could tell, it was steampunk version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but with more amusing powers to play with. For example, instead of learning the ability to float down to the ground from absolutely any height, Corvo can simply possess someone already walking on the ground, thereby avoiding both splatter and detection. What intrigued me even more was how the developers–Arcane–emphasized that Dishonored could really be tailored to play any way you want, from stealth to guns-a-blazing. Now, we’ve heard this argument before, and sometimes it holds up and other times it does not, but after playing today, I firmly believe that this is true for Dishonored. I was

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  • 30Jul

    Darksiders II Hands-on Preview

    THQ held a community event last week for their upcoming, much anticipated title, Darksiders II, during which they let us play the first 8 hours of the game. Coming into the event, I was very nervous about playing Darksiders II for so long, as I didn’t finish the first Darksiders game. The platforming puzzles and over-the-top Zelda cloning proved to be too much for my lack of patience, and I nearly flipped over a coffee table in rage. It really made me sad that I didn’t finish the game, as the story was so great and I really wanted to know how War’s story finished outside of reading a summary on Wikipedia. So having to play a game that could potentially make me flip something that’s not mine in rage really made me anxious. I am so pleased to say that I loved every second I had with Darksiders II.

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