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

Here’s what lies ahead for Xbox 360

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.

By | February 25th, 2011|0 Comments

What’s in store for Xbox 360?

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.

By | February 24th, 2011|0 Comments

Crysis 2 multiplayer preview

"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.

By | January 24th, 2011|2 Comments

Rounding out top 10 games of 2010

Last week, I named "BioShock 2" my 2010 Game of the Year. "Mass Effect 2" leads a compelling crop of runners-up.

By | January 20th, 2011|0 Comments

Rock for charity Thursday in SF

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)

By | December 8th, 2010|0 Comments

Update: Best of Black Friday deals

Here's a look at a few Black Friday deals that caught my eye, the most exciting of which is Kmart's selling "Mass Effect 2" for a paltry $10. (Updated with more deals from Microsoft, Steam.)

By | November 26th, 2010|0 Comments

What I’ve been playing (Sept. 26-Oct. 2)

Here's a quick look at what I played last week, as well as what I thought of each game.

By | October 4th, 2010|0 Comments

What I’ve been playing, mega catch-up edition

Here's a look at what I've been playing over the past month or so, along with quick thoughts on each title.

By | September 26th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play, mega-catchup edition

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.

By | September 19th, 2010|0 Comments