Before you can appreciate Obsidian Entertainments hack-and-slash role-playing game for what it is, you need to come to grips with its faults.
Role-playing game powerhouse BioWare once again delivers a fantastic story filled with memorable, well-written characters. But dated level design and cut-and-paste dungeons bog down what could've been an epic adventure in a medieval metropolis teeming with life. This is a longer review than what ran in the newspaper.
My semi-occasional recap of what I'm playing, and some brief thoughts on each title.
Last week, I got my hands on a demo for "Dragon Age II" that will be released to the general public in a couple of weeks. Here are my impressions of what I've played, as well as my thoughts to date on BioWare's more action-oriented approach to its signature franchises, "Dragon Age" and "Mass Effect."
"Madden NFL" reigns largely unchallenged, save for a few add-ons and downloadable games.
This week's What to Play starts off with a longer-than-usual summary of Xbox Live Arcade shooter "Blacklight: Tango Down," which I saw at E3. Other noteworthy releases include "Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Sky" and "Crackdown 2," which I reviewed earlier this week.
"ModNation Racers" fires a shot across "Mario Kart's" bow, and PC strategy title "Sins of a Solar Empire" can be had for just $4 if you download it this weekend.
All right, there's been a lot of good stuff in the past two weeks, so I'll just cut to the chase. I hit a lot of the major releases here, but I'll still mention 'em here briefly. "Super Mario Galaxy 2" (rated E, $50 on Wii, due out Sunday), "Red [...]
Ubisoft is the first major game publisher to ditch paper manuals for its console titles. Expect others to follow suit.
If you own a PlayStation 3, this week is all about "God of War III." If not, well, there are plenty of other games to play.