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ASTRO Gaming A50 - review

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 10:58 PM Written by

Nobody likes wires. Whether they’re electrical or barbed, they just get in the way. Luckily, ASTRO Gaming has done its small part to cut through the wire conundrum with the A50, an entirely new, entirely wireless, gaming headset.

The successor to the wildly popular, and very much wired, A40, the A50 seems to have improved on all counts.  Previous attempts at wireless audio have included frequent battery replacement, loss of sound quality, and interference from other devices.  Not so with the A50, as ASTRO has worked some magic, and some new technology, to succeed where others have so often failed.

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The 2012 NFL season is nearly upon us, so let's build anticipation even further with a fresh power rankings list. This list is according to the overall scores given to each team in the upcoming "Madden 13." Keep in mind that a 99 is the maximum score on the 'Madden' scale. Without futher ado, here are the 2012 power rankings. Feel free to agree, disagree, get outraged, or act in any other way that you choose to cope. 

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I hear one of two things when the topic of “Madden” arises in casual conversation: it’s either a solid sports franchise, or it’s the worst thing to happen to video games. I’ve heard the line, “you pay $60 for a roster update” so many times it’s now a cliché. The reality is that the quality of the “Maddens” may vary, but every few years there seems to be one that raises the bar for the genre.

“Madden 13” is that game.

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'Madden 13' review coming Friday

Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:44 PM Written by
Hey football fans and game geeks. The 2012 NFL season is nearly upon us, and the anticipation couldn't reach a head without a new yearly installment of the "Madden" franchise. I sunk dozens of hours into "Madden 13" to produce a hefty, in-depth review. The review will be live right here on Friday, 8/24 at 6:00 p.m. EST. So bookmark the blog and check back then to see if this year's "Madden" brings the A-game or goes three and out.

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It would be all too easy to refer to “Sleeping Dogs” as simply a “GTA” clone. Such a comment would be insulting to the developers at United Front Games and Square Enix London. “Sleeping Dogs” is as much of a “GTA” clone as “Battlefield” is a clone of “Call of Duty.” Sure the games share a genre, but “Sleeping Dogs” does plenty to distinguish itself from the games that inspired it.

 

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Imagine a game that focused on the drama and pressure of the Olympics. More of an RPG than a sports game. You create a character based on your likeness, choose a sport, and then work your way through the amateur ranks until you’ve earned the right to compete for a gold medal. Training grants experience and winning smaller tournaments builds your fame, paving the way to Olympic greatness. I would play that game.

Unfortunately that game doesn’t exist.  What does exist in its place is Sega’s “London 2012 - The Official Game of the Olympic Games.”

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Sackboy could be the hero the PS Vita needs.  “LittleBigPlanet” is set to release later this year, and this hand-held version of the creative platformer uses the Vita’s capabilities so well that this should have been the way to play the series all along.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD - review

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 07:25 PM Written by

Nostalgia can be a powerful agent and the folks at Activision and Robomodo are hoping it has the power to open your wallet for the grind down a memory staircase known as “Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD.”

Combining elements that made the original “‘Pro Skater” and its sequels so addictive, the new downloadable title for the XBLA drops “Tony Hawk” fans into a polished, HD halfpipe. Unfortunately, “nostalgia” means you've got to have something to remember in the first place, and if you’ve never played the “‘Pro Skater” games, this one isn't going to do a whole lot for you.

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