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Update: Best of Black Friday deals

Here’s a look at a few Black Friday deals that caught my eye, the most exciting of which is Kmart’s selling “Mass Effect 2″ for a paltry $10. (Updated with more deals from Microsoft, Steam.)… Read More »

A great time to get started on ‘Demon’s Souls’

I just wrapped up my first playthrough of BioWare’s excellent “Dragon Age: Origins” (rated M, $60 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, $50 for PC), and I knew the next two games from 2009 I wanted to play were “Demon’s Souls” and “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” I wasn’t sure how I was going to decide what to play first, but then Atlus, the U.S. publisher of “Demon’s Souls” (rated M, $60 on PS3) decided for me. Until Dec. 28 (that’s next… Read More »

Thoughts on Green Day ‘Rock Band’ and other new titles

Last weekend’s Video Game Awards weren’t all about 2009. Publishers also used Spike TV’s annual show to air trailers for upcoming titles as well as show off a handful of previously unannounced titles. None of the three high-profile continuations of existing franchises made a heck of a lot of sense to me, however. Are MTV Games and Harmonix Music Systems really going to follow up a “Rock Band” game devoted to arguably the biggest rock band of all time with… Read More »

Holiday gift guide

Holiday gift suggestions for just about every gamer on your list.… Read More »

What to play this weekend (Sept. 18-20)

With two dynamite games for the Nintendo DS, a pair of hockey games, a top-flight racing sim and a new “Marvel Ultimate Alliance” all hitting this week, the pre-Christmas release rush is officially on.… Read More »

What to play this weekend (Aug. 28-30)

Some folks are already calling “Batman: Arkham Asylum” the greatest tie-in game ever. The fact that it’s not directly tied to a movie release date or script probably has a lot to do with it. … Read More »

What to play this weekend, catch up edition (Aug. 7-9)

An extra long version of What to Play. Thanks to my recent computer woes and vacation, this week’s installment features the highlights from the last three weeks.… Read More »