The Game Guy

Good news, everyone! I have 30-day Playstation Plus codes that also grant access to the “PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale” beta. I’ll be giving them away via Twitter Tuesday afternoon, 10/16 (EST). 

Here’s how it will work: I’ll ask gaming trivia questions and the first person to answer them correctly will get a code. So follow me on Twitter @GameGuyPGH, and stay tuned Tuesday afternoon for a chance to win. Good luck!

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'Unfinished Swan' - review

Monday, 15 October 2012 01:28 AM Written by
“Unfinished Swan” is unlike any game you’ve ever played. Prepare to hear that statement a lot from anyone who has played the game, because the game’s unparalleled originality is its defining characteristic. This downloadable PS3 exclusive is a first-person puzzle adventure, but that’s the full extent of its ability to be categorized.

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The Wii U is just over a month away from its release, and since Nintendo’s announcement at E3 2011, the slow reveal of information to the public has very clearly proved one thing: Nintendo has managed to create one of the most polarizing pieces of tech in today’s gaming world.

And there is good reason for this divide. For every one of the Wii U’s promising and exciting features, there’s another questionable design choice. For example, the new GamePad looks fresh and innovative, but you’ll only be able to connect one pad to the console at launch, and standalone pads won’t be available until next year.

The list goes on, and that’s why I’m here. Meet the yin and yang that is the Wii U:

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'Dishonored' - review

Sunday, 07 October 2012 11:23 PM Written by

New IPs are a rare breed in today’s gaming landscape. This month’s release calendar is filled with “NBA 2Ks,” “Assassins Creeds,” and “Pokemons," but one new game stands apart from the list of sequels. That game is “Dishonored,” a first-person stealth game from Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks.

The game’s description makes it seem similar to last year’s “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” but “Dishonored’s” gameplay doesn’t just set it apart from the stealth genre, it sets it apart from any game I’ve ever played.

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Resident Evil 6 - review

Monday, 01 October 2012 10:15 PM Written by


October has an official punching bag, and its name is “Resident Evil 6.” The review embargo lifted this morning, and when it did, things got ugly fast for one of gaming’s biggest franchises. It’s safe to say that reviews were mixed, but those who scored it negatively really hated it. Destructoid gave it a 3 out of 10, GameSpot give it a 4.5 out of 10, and G4 gave it a 2.5 out of 5, just to name a few. 

My opinion of the game was formed before any of these reviews went live, but the backlash comes as a bit of a surprise. Rather than ignoring the elephant in the room, I wanted to take a different approach to this review and acknowledge the existence of the many criticisms. My goal is not to take anything away from these reviews. The writers explained their gripes well, which are understandable in many cases. “Resident Evil 6” does have its flaws, sure, but there’s a good game beneath the numerous questionable gameplay choices.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - review

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:40 PM Written by

“Tekken Tag Tournament” helped kick off the epic journey that was the Playstation 2. It ushered in a generation of fighting games that finally caught up to the graphics of their arcade counterparts. Since then, the landscape of the fighting genre has shifted and online consoles drive the fandom. “Tekken Tag Tournament 2” (TTT2) personifies that shift.

“TTT2” began as an arcade cabinet, but I’d be willing to bet that you’ve never actually seen one. You’d be hard pressed to find an arcade, let alone one that keeps an updated stock of high-profile games. Last week the game finally reached the masses with its console release and brings the sequel fans have been waiting for twelve years.

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LittleBigPlanet Vita - review

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 07:18 PM Written by
“LittleBigPlanet” has been an ambitious series since its inception. It would be difficult to explain the gameplay, and even harder to convey why it’s a work of genius. It’s a simple platformer that can be played with friends, emphasizing community creation and participation. Unfortunately, this basic explanation doesn’t even come close to doing it justice.

The series received rave reviews with its first two titles for the PS3, but “LittleBigPlanet” for the PS Vita suggests that the series should have been on a handheld all along. This is the definitive “LittleBigPlanet” experience, and currently the best game money can buy for the Vita.

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Borderlands 2 - review

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 06:49 PM Written by
A riddle-

What is like a lot of games, yet exactly like none of them?  What is a first-person shooter, but not the kind that you’re thinking of? Where does the word “Skag” make complete sense?

It’s “Borderlands 2.”

The developers at Gearbox figured out what worked in the first “Borderlands” – which was an awful lot – and improved upon their creation with “Borderlands 2.” The series draws inspiration from other FPS’s and combines it with the joy of looting that you get in an MMO, but somehow this mix creates something that you wouldn’t expect. “Borderlands” did its own thing.  “Borderlands 2” does it better.

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