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“Arkham City”: Being Batman
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2011-11-09 11:58:00

'Batman: Arkham City'

Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum was a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2009: a video game that, in contrast to the lackluster history of superhero games, was actually good. Arkham Asylum wasn’t unique – clearly drawing its combination of rooftop navigation, stealth, and combat from games such as Assassin’s Creed – but it deftly applied that formula to the experience of being Batman and inhabiting his world of Gotham City. Batman: Arkham City expands and refines the first game, crafting a new experience that, while never particularly innovative, remains consistently entertaining and a person’s best opportunity to feel like the Dark Knight.


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Grace of the Chase and the Thrill of the Kill: “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” and “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-12-02 15:19:40

'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit'

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

I’m not a fan of racing games, as they tend to be far too similar to each other. Only the Burnout series caught my attention, primally satisfying in its exhilarating action with a focus on wrecking other racers and events designed to cause as much destruction as possible. So when I saw that the developers of Burnout were making this year’s Need for Speed title with a cops-versus-racers theme, I salivated like Pavlov’s dog. While not as chaos-oriented as Burnout, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii) is still a wickedly fun experience.


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A Pair of Animation Sensations: “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” and “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-11-04 11:47:24

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

'Kirby's Epic Yarn'

I sold myself on Kirby’s Epic Yarn (released in October for Wii) almost immediately based just on the presentation. With almost every game I play trying to create realistic settings or characters, the pink puff ball’s adventure in yarn form gave me a childlike sense of awe at first sight. What followed is a game with minimal challenge, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. It is undoubtedly a kiddie game, but you might find it surprising how delightful it can really be.


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“Castlevania: Lords of Shadow”: Light Shines Through the Shadow
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-10-18 17:33:59
'Castlevania: Lords of Shadow'

Since 1986, the action-adventure Castlevania games have featured the Belmont clan battling a stable of classic horror creatures – from skeletons, vampires, and werewolves to iconic characters such as the Grim Reaper and Frankenstein’s monster, all under the lord of the night, Dracula. While the series thrived as a two-dimensional side-scroller, it has for almost 10 years suffered from substandard attempts at 3D gameplay, resulting in poor combat and platforming.

The new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes a big step in the right direction. Borrowing heavily from the play style of God of War with a great presentation is one thing, but the story is a powerful light that repels the darkness of doubt.


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Zombie Annihilation, with Some Frustration: “Dead Rising 2,” for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-10-06 11:08:42

'Dead Rising 2'

When faced with a zombie apocalypse, you can flee in terror, or you can fight back and have some fun with the flesh-munchers. Dead Rising 2, released in late September, offers the latter approach with flair in Fortune City, a faux Las Vegas. It’s definitely the most delightful zombie romp in video games, but it’ll eat your brains if you’re not careful.

Players step into the shoes of Chuck Greene, a contestant on the zombie-killing game show Terror Is Reality. Competing for prize money to cure to his infected daughter, Chuck is in for a surprise when the confined zombies are released, and he is framed for the terrorist act. He’s got 72 hours to clear his name before the military arrives, and countless zombies and psychopaths stand in his way.


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