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  • 05Jul

    First Look: Journey (PS3) Closed Beta Preview

    A couple of days ago, I lucked out snagging a beta code to Journey after winning a contest through 1UP. I was very excited to get my hands on this title, as Journey is one of my most anticipated games for the year – other than Uncharted 3, of course – and has no set release date as of yet. Journey is a PS3 exclusive title created by ThatGameCompany, the developers of the games Flower and Flow. Santa Monica Studios – the creator of the God of War series – also co-developed Journey. However, Santa Monica’s role was not a huge surprise as they have worked on other similar projects, such as the PS3 interactive art piece, Linger in the Shadows.  Journey has a very mystical look and feel to it. As I wandered across a vast desert that the sand rippled and sparkled like a golden ocean. The sand dunes

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  • 01Jul

    E3 First Look: Star Trek

    E3 was full of surprises and every time I think back about it I keep saying to myself, “Oh man! Remember that one thing?” and it is always something new that I just didn’t have time to process at the time.  Paramount was one of those that truly stood out.  Perhaps it was the fact that they didn’t have a booth or that I had to go to their own room to find them. Maybe it was the fact that the two games I saw were games I was not aware that they had brought to the expo and they were going to look so good! Some of you are nervous about this title, mostly because we have seen other Star Trek games that have come and gone. Some good, some bad, some terrible and some that seemed like the developers never watched an episode of Star Trek in their

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  • 10Jun

    E3 Hands On: Battlefield 3

    E3 is one of the most impressive events for gaming on the planet.  EA made sure that their booth was equally impressive.  As you enter the South Hall of the LA Convention Center, the first thing you saw was the EA booth.  Huge screens, very loud music (Crank your music to 11… now do it again, and you might get close) and enough shiny things to make anyone happy. I immediately went to the Battlefield 3 side of the booth.  The line for attendees was long and winding.  Some of the attendees complained about how they had spent 2 hours in the line, but they were not moving much.  This was a game people wanted to see. The game promises to allow you to wage an all-out war as you step into the boots of Henry Black, a U.S Marine.  You have to eliminate the deadly force known as the

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  • 30May

    Review: ‘L.A. Noire’ (PS3)

    Rating: M Players: 1 Genre: Action-Adventure Publisher: Rockstar Games Developer: Team Bondi/Rockstar Games Release Date: May 17, 2011 BUY You might expect L.A. Noire to play best when your main tool is a controller. That’s a fine assumption, given that the title was released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and both of those consoles require a controller most of the time. You need that controller to get you around the titular city in-game. But really, you don’t play L.A. Noire with your hands — you play it with your senses. More on that later, I promise. L.A. Noire takes place in 1947, and you’re Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran-turned-L.A. cop. Cole is eventually promoted from his role as a uniform beat cop (a few cases that serve only as a tutorial) to full-fledged police desks: Traffic, Homicide, Ad Vice and Arson, in that order. Cole himself is fairly bland,

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  • 26May

    Review: Bulletstorm (PS3)

    Rating: M (for Mature), PEGI: 18 Genre: FPS Developer: Epic Games Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: February 22, 2011 PASS Peppered with bad language, a simplistic story and a penchant for elaborate kill shots Bulletstorm is more window dressing than substance. It’s biggest problem being that you don’t get enough bang for your buck. This was a first person shooter that was supposed to bring the fun above all else. Many fans of Gears of War were looking forward to this new IP and the demos of it looked terrific. But like a movie trailer that gives away too much of the plot, Bulletstorm doesn’t have mush more to offer. It has creative ways to kill off the enemies, and that is about it. It is very focused on the kills rather than level design, or character development. Female NPC Trishka is the only nod to women gamers throughout this

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  • 20May

    Review: Yakuza 4 (PS3)

    There is indeed a spiritual presence from Japan that reaches out to us so strongly, so tangibly, that we will digest any scrap of its culture that we can obtain. If you have felt this, then you will adore, even love, this classic game.

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  • 02May

    Review: Portal 2 (PC/Mac, PS3)

    Rating: E-10+ Players: 1, online and splitscreen co-op Genre: Puzzle/Platformer/Basically Undefinable Despite the Fact That I Just Tried Publisher: Valve/EA Developer: Valve Software Release Date: April 19, 2011 BUY   I’m trying my best to keep this review spoiler-free (the pictures don’t even show any puzzles!), but really, if you want the ultimate enjoyment out of this title, don’t read any reviews. Not even mine. If you want the really quick version with absolutely no spoilers, I’ll just say that Portal 2 is incredibly enjoyable. Get it. And then come back to me when you’re done. I’ll wait. When I played the first Portal, I did so after being incredibly spoiled. Well, I guess I can’t complain, since I did it to myself by watching YouTube videos of every chamber. What can I say? I didn’t know if the game was ever coming to PS3. How funny that the PS3

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  • 27Apr

    Review: Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

    Rating: E Players: 1, online multiplayer (16 players per race) Genre: Racing Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Developer: Polyphony Digital Release Date: November 24, 2010 BUY It’s not that often that a racing game actually teaches me a thing or two about driving, but Gran Turismo 5 accomplishes it with style. Secret fact: I’m a bit of a car nerd. I love seeing what’s new in auto shows just to see what sorts of fascinating things we do with automobiles these days. Even though I’d probably never take on the task of rebuilding a classic car or even sitting through an entire NASCAR race (okay, or any part of a NASCAR race), I think that cars are fascinating.  How lucky then, that Gran Turismo 5 actually decided to come out. It only took next to forever (just like my review, and for that I wholeheartedly apologize, dear reader). I hadn’t touched

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  • 15Apr

    Review: Hyperdimension Neptunia (PS3)

    ESRB: T (for Teen) Genre: Role-playing Game Developer: Idea Factory Publisher: NIS America Release Date: February 15, 2011 PASS Editor’s Note: Despite the game’s “Teen” rating, it has some mature content that will be discussed in the review. Just when I think I’ve seen everything I can in a video game; Gamefly recently sent me Hyperdimension Neptunia instead of Bulletstorm.  This game is the perfect example of the kind of sexist drivel that gives anime style art a bad name.  The game is rated “T (for Teen)” with several content descriptors, there is bad language, sexual situations and partial nudity in the first ten minutes of the game.  It should probably have been rated “M”.  Moms beware: the cutesy packaging is deceptive. All that said, there is some professional looking artwork in Hyperdimension Neptunia.  The use of colors is eye popping and effective.  The costumes are – interesting.  But, the

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  • 13Apr

    First Look: Resistance 3

    Yesterday we were treated to our first look at Insomniac’s Resistance 3. It was very interesting to see how they are moving the franchise forward. Resistance 3 follows Joseph Capelli’s journey. Since killing Nathan Hale, he has lived in hiding with his wife and kid and basically tries to survive from the Chimera invasions. In the demo, we were shown some new abilities the Chimera (and other baddies) now have. A cloaking device helps the Chimera keep hidden while sniping you from afar. First Person Shooter fans (particularly sniper experts) will love the challenge this presents. I already know this will be problematic for me. Visually, you can see where the chimera is by following the red laser site. Follow the site and send a stream of bullets at it. But as our guide showed us (someone that actually worked on the level) that doesn’t make it easy. He died

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