The Game Guy

'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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The Top Ten Games of E3 2012

Saturday, 16 June 2012 04:21 PM Written by

E3 2012 is officially in the books. After numerous previews, impressions, and podcasts, it's finally time to rank the best of the best. It wasn't easy, seeing as this E3 had no shortage of killer aps for each platform. So without further ado, here are my personal picks for the top ten games from E3 2012. 


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Lollipop Chainsaw - review

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:54 PM Written by

I began pondering the angle for my “Lollipop Chainsaw” chainsaw review, but I was over-thinking it. “Lollipop Chainsaw” has a surprising number of qualities of a lollipop. Both contain no redeeming social value. The lollipop is no great mystery and contains no great allegory. You know exactly what you’re getting with a lollipop.  It’s no thanksgiving feast, but it’s a tasty treat in its own right. It’s a quality quick fix. Finally, to complete the metaphor, both the lollipop and “Lollipop Chainsaw” are undeniably sweet.

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Themes of E3 2012

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 02:42 AM Written by

Nick Tylwalk accompanied me to E3 2012. After taking in the sights and sounds, these are his thoughts on the show and the future of gaming.

So much of the discussion following E3 2012 has been about what wasn't shown. Nintendo gave us a close-up look at the Wii U, yet no release date or price point. The company presser did not contain the words “Zelda,” “Metroid” or “Pokemon.”

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