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Review: Halo 4 a strong first effort for new developer

New developer 343 Industries handles Bungie Studios' signature franchise with care, successfully juggling innovation with the need not to change too much.

By | November 1st, 2012|2 Comments

Halo: Reach review: Yeah, it’s great

With "Halo: Reach," Bungie Studios has created its signature franchise's most finely tuned, feature-packed game to date.

By | September 12th, 2010|4 Comments

Lessons for Activision in Microsoft-Bungie divorce

This week's split between Activision and the president and CEO of "Call of Duty" developer Infinity Ward is shaping up to be a classic rift between creative talent and the people who cut their paychecks are a fact of life. But for an example of a smooth gaming divorce, let's [...]

By | March 4th, 2010|2 Comments

X10: ‘Crackdown 2’ impressions

Based on what I saw at Microsoft's X10 media event, Ruffian Games' "Crackdown 2" could be this year's "Borderlands." With four-player online co-op, offliine split-screen co-op an the ability to create mayhem on foot or in vehicles, the open-world supercop game is coming along nicely.

By | February 15th, 2010|0 Comments

X10: ‘Halo: Reach’ impressions

Thoughts on what I saw of "Halo: Reach" at X10 on Thursday.

By | February 13th, 2010|4 Comments

Online play for original Xbox to end April 15

Late last week, Microsoft took a step anyone who follows Xbox Live has known would come eventually. The company announced that on April 15, it will end support for online play of original Xbox titles. While it would seem that Microsoft, a company with pretty deep pockets, should be able [...]

By | February 9th, 2010|11 Comments

Gaying up Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

Anecdotal evidence that some kids might not want to play the newest "Grand Theft Auto" episode, "The Ballad of Gay Tony," because the word "gay" appears in its title offers a glimpse at how we might keep hate-spewing kids from ruining the online games we love.

By | November 5th, 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

‘Left 4 Dead’ review

Back in early 2007, FASA Studios released "Shadowrun," a cyberpunk-and-magic first-person shooter for the Xbox 360 and the PC that featured no single-player mode beyond a handful of training missions. Angry gamers declared it a ripoff because it was a multiplayer-only title and they refused to pay full price for [...]

By | January 2nd, 2009|0 Comments