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“God of War 3”: Brutal Beauty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:38

God of War III packs all the punch of its predecessors while bringing the experience to a whole new level. The simple yet deep combat system is amplified by superior graphics and the final chapter in the tale of Kratos, a warrior whose loyalty to the gods of Mount Olympus brought him nothing but suffering.

 
“Final Fantasy XIII”: New Style, Same Fantasy, Never Final PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:10

'Final Fantasy XIII'

Just because it's called Final Fantasy XIII doesn't mean you need to play the other 12 to appreciate the experience. Every numbered game in the Final Fantasy franchise (in other words, excluding spin-offs such as Tactics or Crystal Chronicles) is a unique experience that stands alone, with a detailed world containing lots of history and interesting characters with distinctive traits; the series is also not wed to any one style of gameplay. This new game makes some drastic changes from its predecessors, but it stays true to the series by telling an epic story in a majestic world deserving the name Final Fantasy.

 
“Heavy Rain”: Blurring the Line Between Story and Game PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Thursday, 11 March 2010 08:27

Heavy Rain

2005's Indigo Prophecy was an interactive thriller in which players took the roles of two police officers and a murderer, and it was praised for the freedom it offered and cinematic storytelling through multiple points of view. Unfortunately it fell short with a story that started as a crime drama and turned into a paranormal experience involving ancient cults and actions scenes almost ripped straight from The Matrix. With its new game Heavy Rain, developer Quantic Dream has rectified that story misstep with a game that not only brings story immersion to a new level but pushes the limits of gameplay graphics.

 
“Bioshock 2”: Trouble Under The Sea PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 13:44

'Bioshock 2'

Bioshock was a blockbuster success with its intense atmosphere and thrilling story about an undersea utopian society gone awry, with all the loose ends wrapped up neatly in what was (at the time) a stand-alone game. Not surprisingly, popularity and money gave the game what I like to call a case of the sequels. Bioshock 2 adds multiplayer and builds the mythos of Rapture, but the slow story and degraded graphics make it inferior to the original.

 
“Mass Effect 2”: Your Own Epic Sci-Fi Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:38

'Mass Effect 2'

Game developer Bioware, recognized for renowned role-playing games such as Baldur's Gate and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, has become the go-to team for great RPG experiences. 2007's Mass Effect and 2009's Dragon Age: Origins continued to show its impressive ability to create compelling interactive game worlds with expansive histories and stories. Released in late January, Mass Effect 2 boasts a great new innovation in the genre while delivering the same magnificent player-based storytelling the developer has perfected.

 
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