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An early look at the Xbox One

I recently had a chance to get some hands-on time with the Xbox One’s slate of launch titles in San Francisco. Here are some quick thoughts on the system itself and a few of the games that made a strong impression.

By | November 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Calendar full of promising games

Blogger's note: This list of upcoming games I'm looking forward to appeared recently in The Press Democrat, but I held it back for publication so that I could add a few more titles I didn't have room for in print. Now that every video game company has cleared [...]

By | January 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Diablo III beta, quick thoughts

Activision Blizzard's closed beta is a great example of how to test software and be open with your fans.

By | October 24th, 2011|0 Comments

Battlefield 3 hands-on

Some players raged against "Battlefield 3's" recently completed public beta test, which used unpolished code. Here's a look at some hands-on time that I got with the game featuring code more representative of the final product.

By | October 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Preview: All Zombies Must Die!

The makers of "Burn Zombie Burn" are bringing a cute, new co-op game to the PlayStation Network this fall. "All Zombies Must Die!" supports up to four gamers playing on the same console and lacks online play, though, so make sure you've got a posse ready if you want to experience all it has to offer.

By | September 16th, 2011|2 Comments

Inversion hands-on preview

Saber Interactive's upcoming shooter has itself a cool gameplay gimmick: gravity manipulation. Now it just needs a better game to go along with it.

By | September 12th, 2011|2 Comments

Jerry Rice’s endorsement is for the dogs

A new game for the Nintendo Wii features San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Jerry Rice playing quarterback for a team full of canines. Here's a look at the game as well as other unexpected or dubious endorsements by professional athletes.

By | August 25th, 2011|5 Comments

Rage hands-on preview

The latest first-person shooter from the studio behind classics such as "Doom" and "Quake" features the expected well-tuned gunplay but also some surprisingly fun vehicle segments and the voice work of John Goodman.

By | August 4th, 2011|2 Comments

Preview: PixelJunk Lifelike

The next game in the "PixelJunk" series for PlayStation 3 isn't really a "game" at all. Rather, it's an interactive musical experience that lets you create custom electronic music tracks with the PlayStation Move.

By | July 15th, 2011|0 Comments

E3: Rise of Nightmares Kinect preview

Upcoming Kinect horror game "Rise of Nightmares" tasks an American tourist with rescuing his wife and escaping the clutches of a torture-happy scientist.

By | June 24th, 2011|0 Comments