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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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A Great Start for a Finale -- "Halo: Reach," for Xbox 360
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-09-22 13:42:27

'Halo: Reach'

Halo might be the most important franchise for the Xbox. The 2001 original defined console first-person shooters with its groundbreaking precision controls, keeping Xbox system sales alive during its early years and setting the standard for nearly every modern shooter to date.

What the truly hardcore fans realize, though, is that the original game’s popularity skyrocketed with prequel novels that dug deeper into the tale of humanity’s desperate battle for survival against the aliens known as The Covenant. The key book in all of this was 2001’s Halo: The Fall of Reach. That novel comes to life in the final game in the franchise, Halo: Reach, and developer Bungie has crafted one of the best stories in video games today while adding even more to its trademark multiplayer in what is truly the defining version of Halo.


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Wii-treads: Sony’s and Microsoft’s New Motion Controls Aren’t the Future of Gaming
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-08-25 14:43:27

Sony's PlayStation Move

Appealing to both hardcore gamers (with the franchises they love) and casual gamers (with ease of use), Nintendo's Wii has been a powerhouse in the video-game market. This success has led Nintendo's main competitors, Microsoft with Xbox 360 and Sony with PlayStation 3, to develop their own motion-control schemes -- which will be hitting the market in the next few months.


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“Crackdown 2”: Rich Options Save Cracked Designs
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-07-14 11:58:50

'Crackdown 2'

The original Crackdown was released in 2007 and sold more than 1.5 million copies, but its success was debatable. The majority of those copies were sold early with the promise of access to the online-multiplayer beta test of Halo 3, a promotion that left many people calling Crackdown a road apple. But those critics misjudged the game, which was a solid experience with a large open city to explore. The recently released sequel adds four-person cooperative play and a tighter focus on over-the-top chaos, so this rickety sequel still offers plenty of fun.


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“Red Dead Redemption”: The Good, the Bad, and the Fun
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Gaming

2010-05-27 17:50:35

Red Dead Redemption

The sequel to Red Dead Revolver, a story of vengeance in the Wild West, has been a long-awaited title from Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games, with almost five years since its announcement. It was feared to be neglected with the developer's focus on 2008's critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto 4 and its Liberty City expansions. Fear not though: This western tale (finally released this month) is a great experience that's heightened with finely tuned controls and a new innovation in multiplayer gaming.


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