The Game Guy

Sony’s press conference was the last event of the day. The gaming press packed the seats of the Los Angeles Sports Memorial Arena, waiting to see what Sony had in store. Would it be news for the future of the Vita? Well, the easy answer is “no.”

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EA was my first press conference of the day. I almost didn’t make it inside the Orpheum Theater, but my ticket was accepted at the last minute. 

The publishing giant promised to show ten games, and they delivered the goods. The games covered “Dead Space” to “FIFA” and everything in between.

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E3, the biggest show in gaming, is just two days away. The energy is hard to ignore. Announcements and new trailers are already pouring in, raising the excitement even higher for next week. Who knows what big announcements are just around the corner.

EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and Sony hold their press conferences beginning Monday at 9 a.m. PST (12 EST). Continuing on Tuesday, Nintendo's press conference begins at 9 a.m. PST (12 EST) and the big show kicks off at 12 p.m. PST (3 EST). I'll be blogging each day with my hands-on impressions of the biggest games of the show. I'll also be tweeting live from the press conferences and the show floor and answering any questions I can. You can follow all the action and join in the conversation here: 

Happy E3!

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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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