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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

Dead Space 2 multiplayer, quick thoughts

"Dead Space 2's" multiplayer should appeal for a while to fans of team objective-based games like "Left 4 Dead" or the ever popular "Capture the Flag" mode. It might not have enough depth to thrive beyond a few months, though, and Electronic Arts may have erred by requiring buyers of used copies to pony up for an online pass to play.

By | February 11th, 2011|2 Comments

Mafia II on PC: Pretty shattering glass! 3D! Billowing clothes!

I recently got a chance to preview the PC build of 2K Games' "Mafia II." The game will sport some nifty new technology governing the behavior of clothing and destructible scenery, and be playable in 3D. Here are my impressions.

By | May 25th, 2010|1 Comment

What to play this weekend (April 16-18)

"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction" (rated M, $60 on Xbox 360): Former covert operative Sam Fisher, on the run from his former employer, hunts for the killer of his daughter in the new overhaul of Ubisoft's popular stealth franchise. I got a chance to try this game out at Microsoft's [...]

By | April 17th, 2010|0 Comments

What you should have been playing (Feb. 19-21)

I've been a busy lad in the newsroom over the past few days, so rather than a "what to play this weekend" post, you're getting a "what you should have been playing" post. So if you haven't been rocking "Aliens vs. Predator" multiplayer or eating delicious pie in "The Misadventures [...]

By | February 22nd, 2010|0 Comments

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ review

"Left 4 Dead 2" does exactly what it should do, topping its predecessor in enough ways that it effectively makes 2008's top multiplayer shooter feel out of date.

By | January 13th, 2010|6 Comments

Impressions: Facebook, Twitter on game consoles

A quick look at how Twitter holds up on the Xbox 360, and at how Facebook works on both the 360 and PS3.

By | November 20th, 2009|2 Comments

Gaying up Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

Anecdotal evidence that some kids might not want to play the newest "Grand Theft Auto" episode, "The Ballad of Gay Tony," because the word "gay" appears in its title offers a glimpse at how we might keep hate-spewing kids from ruining the online games we love.

By | November 5th, 2009|0 Comments

What to play last weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1)

Thanks to a busy weekend, the weekly rundown of new releases comes on a Monday. A big week of new games includes "DJ Hero," another "Grand Theft Auto IV" episode and a downloadable version of the cult classic "Zombies Ate My Neighbors."

By | November 5th, 2009|0 Comments