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What to play this weekend (April 9-11)

With a paucity of new releases this week, it’s a great time to go back and play those old Xbox games, since Microsoft is ending online support for “Halo 2,” Crimson Skies” and a host of older games on Thursday. Plus, the first two “Borderlands” add-ons show up on a retail disc, and “Geometry Wars 2″ is on sale.… Read More »

Online play for original Xbox to end April 15

Late last week, Microsoft took a step anyone who follows Xbox Live has known would come eventually. The company announced that on April 15, it will end support for online play of original Xbox titles. While it would seem that Microsoft, a company with pretty deep pockets, should be able to afford to keep the old black box online indefinitely, the company acknowledged back in August that the original Xbox was the reason friends lists on the Xbox 360 are… Read More »

The importance of writing in games

Last week, I dinged “Killzone 2″ (rated M, $60 on PlayStation 3), the best-looking first-person shooter I’ve ever played, for lacking heart. Despite all its technical polish and great online play, I had difficulty getting into the single-player game because of its unimaginative dialogue, boring characters and bland story. Compared with gamers who value online play over everything else, I’m a stickler for good writing. I tend to start single-player campaigns slowly, waiting for the story, dialogue or plot to… Read More »

Games that go bump in the night

If you’re tired of trudging every year to see “Saw Umpteen,” there’s a good chance you can find a scary video game that’ll satisfy the same craving, and for longer. While horror has always been something of a niche genre, we’re far enough into the newest generation of consoles that you should be able to find something you like. (Note: All the titles I’m about to discuss are rated M.) I’ve only recently begun investing long stretches of time in… Read More »

Mixed feelings on new Star Wars MMO

That sci-fi role-playing game savants Bioware were developing a massively multiplayer online game set in the Star Wars universe was one of gaming’s worst-kept secrets. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get all excited and drool over this week’s official unveiling of “Star Wars: The Old Republic”. After all, having a Star Wars MMO to play that isn’t the much derided (and much abandoned) “Star Wars: Galaxies” can’t possibly be a bad thing. Still, if you’re a fan of… Read More »