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Video games worth giving

A look at titles worth picking up for whatever types of gamers might be on your holiday shopping list.… Read More »

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 »

Games of the half-year

With the year half-over and having brought more high-profile new games than the typical winter/spring months, it’s a good time to handicap the Game of the Year race. Here’s a list of the five titles I’ve enjoyed the most this year, along with a sixth that could move up based on software patches and online play.… Read More »

‘Bayonetta’ gets a patch on PS3

When I reviewed “Bayonetta” last week, I made sure to point out that, while the $60, M-rated game is available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, those who’d played both versions of the game reported that the PS3 version was the less polished version. I advised gamers who owned only a PS3 but wanted to play the title to consider waiting for the inevitable patch that addressed these shortcomings. Well, the first patch to the PS3 version of “Bayonetta” has… Read More »

They’re only spoilers if you let them be

For gamers, it’s never been harder to be willfully, blissfully ignorant. Want to see how “Bayonetta” plays out, without bothering with all that pesky gameplay? No problem. All the in-game movies, as well as video tutorials for the three-week-old game’s most challenging bits, are over on YouTube. Want to learn what happens in “Mass Effect 2,” which just hit stores Tuesday? Everything will be on Wikipedia or GameFAQs.com in a matter of days, if it’s not there already, just waiting… Read More »

‘Bayonetta’ review

Despite a muddled mash-up of woman-empowering feminism and leering perviness, Platinum Games’ “Bayonetta” plays like a love letter to women and video games. Its silky-smooth combat, one-of-a-kind visuals and sweet, sassy heroine are a kick in the pants to a genre dominated by a surly war god and grunting ninja.… Read More »