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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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