Final Fantasy XIII-2 a time travel success

Early in “Final Fantasy XIII-2,” Square Enix’s time-travel-infused, role-playing game from Japan, a character expresses envy of the game’s era-hopping heroes, saying she’d like nothing more than to find a comfy point in history and just settle down and start a life there. In a way, that’s what [...]

By | February 16th, 2012|0 Comments

What I’ve been playing

I'll be working on the What to Play This Weekend post off and on tonight and tomorrow, if necessary, but I figured in the meantime, I'd chime in with thoughts on some of the stuff I've been playing the past few days.

By | May 21st, 2010|0 Comments

What Alan Wake can teach Final Fantasy XIII

The story-driven survival horror game "Alan Wake" includes a feature that should be standard on story-driven games.

By | May 14th, 2010|2 Comments

Final Fantasy XIII’s endgame disconnect [mild spoilers]

In which I confess my dirty little "Final Fantasy XIII" secret, and lament the game's dramatic difficulty spike for its end boss.

By | May 10th, 2010|3 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 30-May 2)

"Super Street Fighter IV" essentially replaces one of last year's top titles, and adds a bunch of new content at a budget price. Also hitting store shelves, this console generation's first decent World Cup game what's sure to be this year's perviest game packaging.

By | April 30th, 2010|0 Comments

Final Fantasy XIII review

With its movielike pacing and streamlined gameplay, "Final Fantasy XIII" aims to be a role-playing game for folks intimidated by massive, wide-open game worlds and complex combat systems. But should such experiments have come in a game with such a large Roman numeral at the end of its title, and all of the expectations a "XIII" conveys?

By | April 28th, 2010|6 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 23-25)

The Wii's "Monster Hunter Tri" and some downloadable content highlight an otherwise slow week.

By | April 23rd, 2010|0 Comments

Say goodbye to paper manuals

Ubisoft is the first major game publisher to ditch paper manuals for its console titles. Expect others to follow suit.

By | April 21st, 2010|5 Comments

What to play this weekend (April 16-18)

"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360): Former covert operative Sam Fisher, on the run from his former employer, hunts for the killer of his daughter in the new overhaul of Ubisoft's popular stealth franchise. I got a chance to try this game out at Microsoft's [...]

By | April 17th, 2010|0 Comments

Solid first steps

Why the "Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker" tutorial I played rubbed me the wrong way, plus a short list of games with compelling ways of teaching gamers how to play them. This post is an expanded version of the column that ran in Friday's paper.

By | April 16th, 2010|2 Comments