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“No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle”: Erratic but Still Compelling PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Gaming
Written by Luke Hamilton   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 08:31

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

With the Wii game lineup containing so many titles geared to children and family play, 2008's exclusive No More Heroes made a statement that "mature"-rated games can succeed on the motion-based system. Its intense action combined with a crazy yet compelling story and parodies of the gaming industry convinced me the Wii wasn't just for casual players and tapped into the "mature" market, which only consisted of Resident Evil titles at the time. The new sequel, subtitled Desperate Struggle, continues the story with new methods of madness to boot.

Several years after protagonist Travis Touchdown becomes the top-ranked assassin in the fictional city of Santa Destroy and walks away from the profession, his former promoters are trying to drag him back into the fold. He has no interest in climbing the rankings again, but the murder of his best friend motivates him to enter and name his reward: his best friend's killer served to him on a platter.

 
The Best Video Games of 2009 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 16:25

'Uncharted 2'

The best games of 2009 included revivals such as Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros., sequels such as Assassin's Creed 2 and Modern Warfare 2, and hidden gems that were lost in the shuffle of major releases. But the two best were a fresh game that became a massive hit (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and a safe but perfectly made shooter sequel (Uncharted 2).

And there were contenders in every genre.

 
Nostalgia with a Vengeance: “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Gaming
Written by Luke Hamilton   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 11:43

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Since his 1981 debut in Donkey Kong, Mario has been a staple of the platforming genre, but in recent years he's branched out, taking on go-kart racing and fighting tournaments with other Nintendo characters, for instance. In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the original magic that caught our attention decades ago returns, along with the sadistic difficulty some have come to love and hate.

 
“Assassin’s Creed II”: A Minor Masterpiece of the Renaissance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 09:29

Assassin's Creed II

Assassin's Creed got a justifiably mixed response when it was released in 2007. I loved it for its free-running style in a giant open-world setting and its perspective on religious history, but I also loathed it because of the repetitive missions and the lack of combat AI. With the newly released sequel, the developers go a long way toward fulfilling their promise to address players' complaints about the original.

 
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”: War Is an Addiction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 13:37

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

After another trip to World War II last year for the annual Call of Duty series, Infinity Ward has finally released the sequel to its monster hit Modern Warfare, and it has already gone beyond anyone's expectations. In the first 24 hours the game was available, more than 4.7 million copies were sold, generating $310 million in revenue, Activision reported. That made Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history, with higher day-one receipts than The Dark Knight movie or the final Harry Potter book. The buzz around Modern Warfare 2 is outrageous, but it's well deserved.

 
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