“Brütal Legend” review

Don't let some critics' tough talk about "Brütal Legend," the latest game from Sonoma native Tim Schafer, deter you from experiencing one of the most interesting worlds and well-told tales gaming has to offer.

By | November 6th, 2009|1 Comment

What to play last weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thanks to a busy weekend, the weekly rundown of new releases comes on a Monday. A big week of new games includes "DJ Hero," another "Grand Theft Auto IV" episode and a downloadable version of the cult classic "Zombies Ate My Neighbors."

By | November 5th, 2009|0 Comments

Time for a slow-games movement?

Reading that someone finished a well-written game in just a few short hours is like hearing someone watched your favorite movie, but skipped all the "talky" parts.

By | October 29th, 2009|1 Comment

What to play, catch up edition (Oct 23-25, 16-18, 9-11)

What to play returns after a brief hiatus. Heavy metal adventures, "Indiana Jones"-style tomb raiding and romping around a post-apocalyptic setting with three friends are among the virtual activities you could be taking part in.

By | October 25th, 2009|0 Comments

Escaping the tyranny of Metacritic

CBS's review-aggregating website is the go-to source for gamers to find out whether new titles are any good, but is it hurting sales of innovative, underdog games?

By | October 21st, 2009|2 Comments

Legendary world for gamers to explore

With "Brütal Legend," Sonoma native Tim Schafer has created another one-of-a-kind video game setting.

By | October 13th, 2009|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (Oct. 2-4)

"Wii Fit Plus" (rated E, $20 as standalone game, $100 bundled with balance board): If you already own a balance board and are still enjoying the first "Wii Fit," plunking down a mere $20 for the sequel seems like a no-brainer. The exercise game includes everything you'll find on the [...]

By | October 3rd, 2009|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (Sept. 25-27)

"Halo 3: ODST" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360): The latest game set in the "Halo" universe will confuse folks who are only passably familiar with the game's universe. Let's start with its ill-conceived name. See, unlike most video games with a number and a colon in the title ("Call [...]

By | September 26th, 2009|2 Comments