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Review: Dead Space 3 a good story, middling game

As an expansion of the fiction of the "Dead Space" universe, filled with markers and ruthlessly fast, killing-machine zombies, "Dead Space 3" succeeds markedly. But it falters in a number of other areas.

By | March 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Ever kept an audio diary?

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.

By | April 29th, 2011|0 Comments

Dead Space 2 review

"Dead Space 2" gives hero Isaac Clarke, mute for the first game, a voice and a personality. The result is one of the best-written, most likable protagonists you'll find in a first- or third-person shooter.

By | February 10th, 2011|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (Jan. 21-23)

A crazy fall has given way to a mellow winter, so I'm going to resume doing these weekly pieces recapping new games and deals worth jumping on. Here's a look at what's going on for the weekend of Jan. 21-23.

By | January 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

Dead Space 2 hands-on preview

I got a chance to play "Dead Space 2" and ask a few questions of one of its producers this week. Here's how the game's coming along ahead of its Jan. 25 launch.

By | July 23rd, 2010|1 Comment

This horse comes with GPS

Is "Red Dead Redemption's" use of GPS a sign of progress in the quest for user-friendly game design, or a bizarre anachronism?

By | June 2nd, 2010|5 Comments

Alan Wake’s bold narrative stands tall

Though it's a little on the short side, "Alan Wake's" innovative tale about a writer looking for his missing wife in a "Twin Peaks"-inspired logging town is a must-play title for fans of well-thought-out, risky video game stories.

By | May 13th, 2010|3 Comments

Changes ahead for Call of Duty series

A big shake-up is coming to the “Call of Duty” series – arguably gaming’s most popular franchise – after an apparent falling-out between publisher Activision and the two heads of Infinity Ward, developer of last year’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

By | March 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

Getting the most out of your gift cards

Soon, it'll be Christmas morning, or less than a week after the end of Hanukkah, and you’ll have a stack of gift cards. Rather than burning a huge percentage of your haul on a $50 or $60 game like “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” or “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare [...]

By | December 23rd, 2009|4 Comments

“Dead Space” review

Scan the list of this fall's big titles and you'll see a bunch of sequels. With the exception of Valve's "Left 4 Dead," out next week, the only two wholly original blockbusters this fall are from Electronic Arts, once known for wringing every drop of blood from its franchises and [...]

By | November 13th, 2008|0 Comments