New developer 343 Industries handles Bungie Studios' signature franchise with care, successfully juggling innovation with the need not to change too much.
I spent a good five-plus hours Thursday at Microsoft's showcase of upcoming games for the Xbox 360, Kinect, PC and Windows 7 phones. Here's a quick recap of the news from the event, along with some quick reactions to what I saw and played.
I'll be spending the day hearing and playing some of the games Microsoft has planned for the Xbox 360, Games for Windows and Windows 7 smart phones. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for news and impressions throughout the afternoon, and don't hesitate to ask questions.
"Crysis 2" takes aim at the hearts and wallets of "Call of Duty" and "Halo" fans by merging some of the best elements of the two most-popular console first-person shooters.
Last week, I named "BioShock 2" my 2010 Game of the Year. "Mass Effect 2" leads a compelling crop of runners-up.
The second annual Umloud! fundraiser is set for Thursday night in San Francisco. If you're a "Rock Band" nut, or just like to see other people pretending to be rock stars, it's a great way to spend an evening. And you're likely to walk away with some cool, gaming-related swag to boot. (Update: Corrected and clarified raffle rules)
Here's a quick look at what I played last week, as well as what I thought of each game.
Have you heard? There's a new "Halo" game out. Also, Sony launches its Wii-style motion controller Move, and San Rafael-based Telltale Games is selling its episodic "Tales of Monkey Island" for just $5 this weekend, in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.