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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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You’re in the Game: Xbox Kinect. Plus “Call of Duty: Black Ops”
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-11-17 11:31:22

'Kinect Adventures'

Microsoft’s Kinect sensor (released November 4 for the Xbox 360 system) is a different beast from the Wii and PlayStation Move. Employing a camera to create controller-free gaming, the Kinect sensor puts you into the game like none of its competitors. There are a few kinks in the system, but the overall product goes a long way toward making me a believer.

While Wii simply picks up the controller’s movements, your entire body and play space are utilized for Kinect games. For example, if a ball is flying at your left side, stepping to the right will dodge it, or if a hurdle is in your running path, you can physically jump over it. And unlike the Wii-too approach of PlayStation Move, Kinect is a genuine step forward for motion-controlled gaming.


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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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