A challenger for Rock Band, Guitar Hero

"Power Gig: Rise of the SixString" aims to take on Activision's "Guitar Hero" and MTV's "Rock Band," but it's got a steep mountain to climb.

By | August 6th, 2010|0 Comments

Dead Space 2 hands-on preview

I got a chance to play "Dead Space 2" and ask a few questions of one of its producers this week. Here's how the game's coming along ahead of its Jan. 25 launch.

By | July 23rd, 2010|1 Comment

Mafia II, extended hands-on impressions

I recently spent several hours playing 2K Games' open-world mobster game "Mafia II." My hands-on lasted several hours and included both early- and late-game portions.

By | July 22nd, 2010|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | July 16th, 2010|0 Comments

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.

By | July 10th, 2010|1 Comment

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.

By | June 28th, 2010|2 Comments

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.

By | June 24th, 2010|8 Comments

E3: Rock Band 3 preview

"Rock Band 3's" incorporation of keyboards and vocal harmonies, plus a robust new "pro" mode that makes gameplay more like playing a real-life instrument, should give the slumbering music genre of games a much needed shot in the arm.

By | June 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

What I played last week (June 13-19)

If I don't include what I played at E3, there's not much to talk about, so I'll quickly run down everything I played at the show in a big giant list at the end.

By | June 20th, 2010|0 Comments

E3: Quick hits from Day 3

Here's a medium-sized, quick-and-dirty recap of my last day at E3, with more detailed breakdowns of many games to come.

By | June 19th, 2010|0 Comments