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“Brutal Legend”: This Metal Is a Little Rusty PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Gaming
Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 16:27

Tim Schafer has made some cult-classic video games over the past decade, with amazing creativity and humor in his catalog: Grim Fandango (consisting of a mystery in a society of grim reapers), The Secret of Monkey Island (a hilarious pirate-themed adventure), and the award-winning Psychonauts (a summer camp involving psychic powers and a plot to take over the world), even though none of those was a big seller upon release. Four years after the hilarious and highly praised Psychonauts, fans are treated to Schafer's latest project: Brutal Legend, a game set in a fantasy land inspired by heavy metal. Yet despite a vast mythology, a great soundtrack, and hilarious dialogue featuring Jack Black, the overall game delivers more annoyance than enjoyment.

 
“Uncharted 2: Among Thieves”: A Perfect at-Home Movie Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 09:52

There's a short list of games that I think every PlayStation 3 owner should play. One of those is 2007's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a treasure-hunting adventure that feels like being in an adventure movie. While there were a number of shortcomings -- dodgy controls and a short story -- it was still an excellent exclusive game for the PS3. The newly released Uncharted 2: Among Thieves does something rare for a sequel: It fixes all the mistakes from its predecessor and really goes the extra mile with new features, including competitive and cooperative modes.

 
“Scribblenauts”: Imagination Sensation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 08:57

Scribblenauts for the Nintendo DS is a rare breed of game that can accurately be labeled "innovative." Most games set in stone the way you play and solve them, but Scribblenauts allows players to employ a tool that kids of all ages know how to use: imagination.

Scribblenauts is a puzzle game with more than 200 challenges based on the goal of capturing a trophy called a "starite." Some puzzles test logic -- such as helping a farmer pick animals for his barn -- while others are action-based, such as finding a way over a shark-filled lake. Type in words to create the items with which you want to solve the puzzle. The game's slogan is concise: "Write anything, solve everything."

 
Gamer Battle of the Bands: “Rock Band” Vs. “Guitar Hero” PDF Print E-mail
Lifestyle - Gaming
Written by Luke Hamilton   
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:24

'The Beatles: Rock Band'

With three Rock Band titles and a whopping 11 Guitar Hero titles that have popped up in the past four years, plus another three coming before the end of the year, figuring out a starting point or must-buys for the music-simulation genre can be overwhelming. With Guitar Hero 5 and The Beatles: Rock Band released earlier this month, this is an excellent time to evaluate what's available.

 
“Batman: Arkham Asylum”: The Best Comic Book Game in Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Luke Hamilton   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 05:32

In the early '90s, Batman video games based on Tim Burton's movies were bright spots for Nintendo and Super Nintendo, with easy controls and simple combat. But the games based on Batman Forever and Batman & Robin suffered from the same deficiencies as their filmed sources: They lacked the elements that made their predecessors good. Sadly, the handful of games since then haven't improved much. But the new Batman: Arkham Asylum shatters any generalizations about the games with an all-new story based on the comic mythos, a fantastic presentation, and an amazing combat system that leaves you coming back for more.

 
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