Final Fantasy XIII-2 a time travel success

Early in “Final Fantasy XIII-2,” Square Enix’s time-travel-infused, role-playing game from Japan, a character expresses envy of the game’s era-hopping heroes, saying she’d like nothing more than to find a comfy point in history and just settle down and start a life there. In a way, that’s what [...]

By | February 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Make your own gaming videos: Hauppauge PVR review

If you’ve played anything more complex than “Angry Birds” in the past few years, chances are you’ve watched at least a few amateur gaming-related videos on YouTube. From trailers and guides explaining how to get past tricky spots to “machinima” series that pair game footage with added voice-overs [...]

By | February 14th, 2012|3 Comments

Revisiting X-COM, Syndicate

Sometimes, trying out the classics isn't all it's cracked up to be.

By | February 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

Digging deeper on Star Wars: The Old Republic

Some additional thoughts on BioWare's new "Star Wars" massively multiplayer online game that didn't make it into last week's review, namely the fact that my jedi is always broke.

By | January 27th, 2012|2 Comments

Star Wars The Old Republic: A newbie’s view

BioWare's massively multiplayer "Star Wars" game set thousands of years before the movies is well-suited to fans of the universe and beginning MMO players.

By | January 20th, 2012|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

My 2011 Game of the Year and runners-up

It’s been such a great year for video games I could make a convincing year-end top-five list featuring only games I came nowhere near finishing. The games I did play in 2011 astounded. This year’s tops five are all worthy of being Game of the Year, but decorum [...]

By | December 30th, 2011|0 Comments

Review: Dungeon Defenders absurdly deep

Trendy Entertainment's downloadable "Dungeon Defenders" packs a ton of content into an affordable, $15 package.

By | December 23rd, 2011|0 Comments

Review: Don’t miss colorful Rayman Origins

Ubisoft's "Rayman Origins" feels like a game that was sent out to die at retail. Released the same week as "Saints Row: The Third," "Halo: Anniversary" and Ubi's own "Assassin's Creed: Revelations," and just four days after "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim," the side-scrolling, two-dimensional platform-jumping game had [...]

By | December 16th, 2011|0 Comments

2011 holiday gift guide, extended remix

A much longer version of the holiday gift guide that recently ran in The Press Democrat features plenty of suggestions for all sorts of gamers.

By | December 11th, 2011|0 Comments