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Civilization V preview

My visit to E3 in Los Angeles last month marked the second time I’ve gotten a look at “Civilization V,” the next title in Firaxis Games’ ridiculously addictive series in which players found a civilization at the dawn of recorded history and guide it into the modern era and beyond. As with past titles, you’ll take your merry band of savages, found a city, research technology, try to keep your people happy, wage wars, engage in diplomacy and try out… Read More »

Blacklight: Tango Down preview, plus What to play this weekend (July 9-11)

This week’s What to Play starts off with a longer-than-usual summary of Xbox Live Arcade shooter “Blacklight: Tango Down,” which I saw at E3. Other noteworthy releases include “Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Sky” and “Crackdown 2,” which I reviewed earlier this week.… Read More »

My gaming coma, or I justify my existence

If you’re even a slightly occasional reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of classics I haven’t played. Here’s a quick explanation of why, as well as why I think it’s important you know.… Read More »

10 songs Rock Band 3 needs [update]

With “Rock Band 3″ set to release soon and only a handful of tracks announced thus far, it’s time to take a look at what we’d like to see in the game. These 10 tracks all feature either keyboards or vocal harmonies, two features this game has that “Rock Band 2″ didn’t. One of the 10 is brutally difficult and would give players of the new “pro” mode a run for their money.… Read More »