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Preview: Red Johnson’s Chronicles

With a new downloadable game due Tuesday on the PlayStation Network, French studio Lexis Numérique hope to make a name among fans of mature adventure games. “Red Johnson’s Chronicles” takes a little bit “Monkey Island,” adds a heaping helping of “Phoenix Wright” and seasons with a dash of “Professor Layton.”… Read More »

Weighing Wii, Kinect, PlayStation Move

Here’s a look at how Kinect, the PlayStation Move controller and the Wii all stack up against one another this holiday shopping season. Coming tomorrow: a game-oriented gift guide.… Read More »

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.… Read More »

What to play this weekend (March 12-14)

“Final Fantasy XIII” (rated T, $60 on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360): After nearly five years, Square Enix’s flagship franchise finally arrives on the PS3 and 360. Plotwise, it’s the standard fare of a band of misfits teaming up to save the world, but the gameplay has been shaken up pretty radically. For one thing, the first 20 or 30 hours are pretty linear. There are no towns and little exploration. You’re basically playing a movie, although to a certain… Read More »

What you should have been playing this weekend (March 5-7)

“Battlefield: Bad Company 2″ (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, $50 on PC): Like its closest competitor, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” this game features a single-player campaign but is really all about the online multiplayer. The main things this game offers over its rival are dedicated server support for the PC and the ability to use party chat on Xbox Live. “Modern Warfare 2″ disabled the latter feature in the interest of discouraging cheating, but… Read More »