E3 preview: Dead Island hands-on

"Dead Island's" 5-minute E3 demo doesn't live up to its initial, emotionally engaging trailer, but its visceral combat and battles with flesh-eating zombies in the harsh tropical sun show plenty of promise.

By | June 21st, 2011|2 Comments

Review: Divisive Brink worth a look

Depending on your gaming likes and dislikes, Splash Damage's teamwork-oriented first-person shooter "Brink" is either a breath of fresh air or a complicated, frustrating, glitchy mess. That's because it's both of those things. I fall into the "love it" camp but can't begrudge the haters.

By | May 11th, 2011|1 Comment

Early impressions of Brink

I'll be putting up a full review of "Brink" later in the week. But I've spent several days playing the game and think it has a lot going for it. Here's what I think so far and what I'll be looking for when I play the game against people who bought the retail version.

By | May 10th, 2011|4 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

What to play this weekend (Sept. 24-26)

It's a big week on the PC with "Civilization V" and the collector's edition of "Final Fantasy XIV." If you own "Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" on the Wii, Nintendo and Twin Galaxies are running a cool high-score contest.

By | September 25th, 2010|0 Comments

What I played last week (Aug. 1-7)

I'm still good at "Culdcept Saga." Plus, I plow through "Alan Wake's" "The Signal" downloadable content, play "Left 4 Dead 2" with some friends and find time to dabble in some other stuff. This week's goal is to fire up "Starcraft 2" for the first time and give the PlayStation 3 some love.

By | August 8th, 2010|0 Comments

Game Crazy deepens discounts

The discounts at the soon-to-be closed video game retailer on Stony Point Road have gotten a bit deeper, and while it's looking a little bit picked over, I spotted plenty of decent games on a visit Sunday.

By | June 7th, 2010|0 Comments

What to play this weekend (May 7-9)

If you've got a 360, this weekend's all about "Halo: Reach." But don't let the free beta dissuade you from checking out a handful of solid-looking handheld titles.

By | May 7th, 2010|0 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

What to play this weekend (Feb. 12-14)

"BioShock 2" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, $50 on PC): You'll return to the underwater, Art Deco-influenced city of Rapture in the sequel to my favorite game of 2007. I've deliberately been avoiding reading too much about it, so I'll keep this preview nice and short. [...]

By | February 12th, 2010|0 Comments