For players well-versed in modern video games, "BioShock Infinite" is a creative tour de force. But its outstanding story is occasionally undermined by trappings common to first-person shooters.
The PlayStation Network came up Saturday evening/early Sunday, depending on where you live. So have at it! If you're not catching up with old favorites, here's what else is looking good for this weekend.
Whether you're a titan of industry, a maverick social revolutionary or just a space Marine about to die, if you're a video game character in a modern action title, there's a good chance that at some point you sat down to dictate your innermost thoughts to a machine. Then you set the tape down somewhere, walked off and forgot about it.
Last week, I named "BioShock 2" my 2010 Game of the Year. "Mass Effect 2" leads a compelling crop of runners-up.
Even though it's my game of the year, and I've celebrated it as such, I can't close the book on "BioShock 2" without mentioning a few areas where I saw room for improvement.
"BioShock 2" overcame a number of potential red flags to deliver one of gaming's most memorable, stirring single-player narratives, making it my Game of the Year for 2010.
The second annual Umloud! fundraiser is set for Thursday night in San Francisco. If you're a "Rock Band" nut, or just like to see other people pretending to be rock stars, it's a great way to spend an evening. And you're likely to walk away with some cool, gaming-related swag to boot. (Update: Corrected and clarified raffle rules)
Have you heard? There's a new "Halo" game out. Also, Sony launches its Wii-style motion controller Move, and San Rafael-based Telltale Games is selling its episodic "Tales of Monkey Island" for just $5 this weekend, in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.