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“Super Mario Galaxy 2”: Fun Play Propels Tired Story
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-06-09 11:52:43

2007's Super Mario Galaxy followed the tradition of Mario games moving platforming in a new direction. The consistently changing gravity combined with the series' top-tier movement controls delivered an experience that felt familiar but different at the same time. While it was a fun gameplay experience, the story was too bland to hold my interest against competing titles such as Mass Effect. Two and a half years later, the Wii exclusive Super Mario Galaxy 2 offers dozens of new levels to explore and power-ups to abuse. The game is just as gratifying as its predecessor, but it once again leaves a bitter taste in my mouth with its retread plot.


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“No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle”: Erratic but Still Compelling
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-01-28 14:31:02

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.


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Nostalgia with a Vengeance: “New Super Mario Bros. Wii”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2009-12-10 17:43:02

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.


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Gamer Battle of the Bands: “Rock Band” Vs. “Guitar Hero”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2009-09-22 21:24:25

'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.


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“Wii Sports Resort”: Not a Revolution, But No Last Resort
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2009-08-13 18:53:25

Wii Sports Resort, the long-awaited sequel to 2006's Wii Sports, puts players in a tropical resort loaded with new activities to show off the Wii MotionPlus accessory that's bundled with the game, offering near-perfect motion control. There are 10 new game types, and most have variations to change things up.

Breaking the $49.95 package down, you essentially get a $30 game with the $20 MotionPlus controller add-on, and it's not a bad deal when you find a few games that get your blood pumping and keep you coming back for weeks on end. Everyone will have their own personal favorites, and it was easy for me to pick mine.


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