"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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
The Wii's "Monster Hunter Tri" and some downloadable content highlight an otherwise slow week.
"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. [...]