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Resistance: Burning Skies - review

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:39 PM Written by

“Resistance: Burning Skies” fills the first-person shooter void on the PS Vita platform.  Before its arrival, the Vita had nearly every genre covered except for the oft-important FPS.  Sony hopes that this big-name exclusive can jump-start what has been a comatose release calendar for the handheld that is still in its infancy.

“Burning Skies” is more of a taste of things to come than an actual indication that said things have arrived.  It has all of the bases covered to be considered a competent FPS, but fails to excel in any specific category.

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E3 kicks off next week and there is plenty of speculation about the potential for new console announcements from Sony and Microsoft, but new footage from upcoming game releases could steal the show.  Here is a glimpse of the hottest games to be shown at E3.

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25 Outstanding Video Game Moments

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 02:01 AM Written by

The completion of "Max Payne 3" inspired me to reflect on some of my favorite video game moments ever.  Everyone who plays video games knows of a few moments when a game really resonated and caused the realization that he or she was experiencing something special.  Below are my personal favorites.  They aren’t the 25 greatest of all time.  Since I haven’t played every video game ever made, I’m not entitled to create such a list.  I’m only entitled to share with you my opinions on the following moments and explain why I love them.

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Max Payne 3 - Single Player Review

Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:28 PM Written by

Max Payne has become a video game icon since his first journey in 2001.  Fans clung to Max’s no-nonsense bravado and, of course, his signature ability to perform actions within “bullet time.”  On the surface, the game’s protagonist is an angst-filled drifter whose only motivation is avenging the loss of his wife and baby daughter, but the third installment, “Max Payne 3,” delves further into the personality and psyche of one of gaming’s most beloved anti-heroes.  Rockstar Vancouver built a sequel that stays true to the “Max Payne” form, while pulling back a layer to show what makes Max “Max.”

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 - review

Thursday, 10 May 2012 09:28 PM Written by

The track record for games based on movies, TV shows, and books is far from a stellar one, which I why I was skeptical about a game based on “The Walking Dead.”  Little did I know that Telltale Games studio was on the brink of releasing one of the best downloadable games of the year.

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Prototype 2 - review

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 01:50 AM Written by

“Prototype 2” put me in the throes of a personal quandary.  I wasn’t expecting to get much of anything out of my experience based on “Prototype 1,” the gameplay I saw at E3 2011, and temperate buzz from gamers whose opinions I trust. After logging a few hours on the game, I admittedly enjoyed my experience far more than I expected to. But my conflict came into play when I realized that “Prototype 2” wasn’t showing me anything that I hadn’t already seen.

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E3 is fast-approaching, and arguably the most discussed and analyzed part of the expo happens before the doors even open.  It’s the big press conferences from Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony.  There will be plenty of conjecture in the coming weeks, but I thought I’d get the ball rolling early.  I’m going to break down each upcoming presser and examine what each company will present, should present, and I’ll add a couple bold predictions at the end.  Here’s an explanation of each:

Sure things:” These are the surefire talking points for the companies.  If these topics don’t get addressed in the press conferences, I’ll be shocked.

Needs:” These are the topics that the fans are dying to know about.  These are the burning questions that demand answers.  If they aren’t addressed, prepare to hear complaints.

Bold predictions:” Certainly not guaranteed discussion points. These are what I would like to see, but are a long shot.

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Hauppauge HD PVR 1445 - review

Thursday, 26 April 2012 05:23 PM Written by

The Hauppauge HD PVR 1445 is used to record high-definition gameplay footage from your video game console to your PC.  If you’ve never heard of Hauppauge or a PVR, I was in the same boat with you a few months ago.  I consider myself a tech geek, but video capturing is not my area of expertise.  So I’ll begin by saying that this review is from the perspective of a hardcore gamer whose first experience with a PVR was for this review.

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