The Game Guy

The Secret World - Review

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 02:02 AM Written by

Reviewing a new MMO is tough work, but aficionado of the genre, Nick Tylwalk, is up to the task. Here is his review of the Secret World.

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If there's such a thing as a stealth launch for an MMO from an established developer and one of the industry's largest publishers, “The Secret World” has been living it.

That's not to say the latest effort from Funcom, known to fans of the genre as the company behind “Anarchy Online” and “Age of Conan,” hasn't been receiving its fair share of coverage, most of it quite positive. It's just that with “Star Wars: The Old Republic” still garnering plenty of attention with its struggles and hardcore MMOers focused on the August release of “Guild Wars 2,” it almost seemed as if “The Secret World” crept into the space between before bursting its way into the gaming consciousness a few weeks ago.

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Fighting Games: A genre misunderstood

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:32 PM Written by

Every time I hear someone say, “It’s just another ‘Street Fighter’ game” I die a little on the inside. The Capcom bashing invariably commences, and while some of it may be justified, (take for example the shady implementation of DLC that is already on a $60 disk) the accusation that every new fighting game is simply a clone of its predecessor is simply not true. There is a level of depth and polish in good fighting games that has become lost not only on the casual gamers, but the hardcore as well.

This venom is spreading, and I’m here to suck it out. Someone has to take a stand.

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Hold onto your wallets, loose change, tradable games...anything that can be considered currency, really. The Steam Summer Sale is upon us and the deals are plentiful. There are so many PC games with slashed prices that I thought I’d compile a list of recommendations. I’ll update this list each day as the sales change. Below are the best games at the best prices.

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'Quantum Conundrum' - XBLA Review

Monday, 09 July 2012 08:56 PM Written by

“Quantum Conundrum” has a lot to live up to. Lead developer Kim Swift is best known for her work on “Portal,” one of the best puzzle games ever made, and being that these two games share a genre and a creator, the comparison is unavoidable. Unfortunately, “Quantum Conundrum” fails to rise above the high bar set by “Portal” five years ago.

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The LEGO brand games have evolved slowly over the years. The development team, Travelers Tales, have had seven years and nearly a dozen movie-based games to improve the LEGO formula, but they’ve generally played it safe. Each LEGO game based on a movie or comic book is similar to its predecessor, with an extra feature thrown in to justify the new iteration. “Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes” fits this mold, but is actually diminished by some of the game’s added elements. 

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If you’re like me, you enjoy gaming on a PC and you know what makes a good gaming PC, but you don’t have the time or skills necessary to build one yourself. The folks at TRU Computers have a product that may help this situation with their top-of-the-line gaming rig called, “The Muon.”

I spent ample time with The Muon and put it through a gamut of tests featuring many different types of computer games and settings. Here were my findings.

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'Spec Ops: The Line' - review

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 09:44 PM Written by

“Spec Ops: The Line” may be a victim of its first impression. From the commercials, it appears to be nothing more than another generic, third-person military shooter. It’s only once you get hands-on with it that it reveals itself to be something more. This first impression would be accurate if its intriguing story and unique setting were stripped away, but these two pillars lift the game above the rest of the genre.

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A top-tier gaming headset is never an easy purchase. There’re plenty of variables that can make them a must-have piece of gaming goodness or just an overpriced peripheral. These audio devices are often the same price as the consoles they are used for, and nobody wants to throw $300 at an unworthy headset. Fortunately for you, I’m going to dissect and analyze two of the higher-priced headsets in the game: the Turtle Beach XP500 and the Astro A40.

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