Arts, Entertainment, Living

Crackdown 2: Review

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:42 PM Written by

altAlmost three and a half years have passed since the exclusive Xbox 360 title Crackdown hit our consoles and let’s be honest, most of its sales can be attributed to the fact that it came with a beta of the, at the time, highly anticipated Halo 3. Gamers were happy to pony up the dough for an advanced look at Halo 3 since Crackdown turned out to be a pretty great game.

After it’s release, months went by waiting to hear any semblance of buzz about a sequel to Realtime Worlds’ open-world sandbox title. Then, years later, fans of the original got their wish.  So the sequel has to be an improvement on a game that came out almost four years ago, right? You would think so, but Ruffian Games, the new developers, really dropped the ball in this second effort.


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No BB, but some devilish blues from Eddie Turner

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 09:00 PM Written by

Well, it's almost time for what would've been my night with BB King, but instead I'm sitting on my sunporch listening to the rain pound down. And don't ask why I don't want to stand in the rain and listen -- everyone knows that all that BlueNotes sugar would melt in a minute.

I'm also listening to an unusual new CD by an unusual singer-songwriter-guitarist named Eddie Turner, who seems to be half bluesman and half psychedelic throwback. Just to give you a sample of the atmosphere, Turner's nickname is "devilboy," and the album is titled "Miracles and Demons" (NorthernBlues). Turner isn't brand new, but he's still one of the younger players around, after a musical time-out to work as a realtor in the 1980s.

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Sonny Boy Williamson, the first

Monday, 12 July 2010 09:00 PM Written by

I mentioned the two Sonny Boy Williamsons in a post the other day and then got to thinking afterward that Sonny Boy number one, John Lee Williamson, usually gets short shrift when the subject of blues harp comes up. It's partly because he was overshadowed by Aleck Miller, the man who took his name, and at least partly because he died young, well before the blues revival of the 1960s came along.

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Reviews for Week of 7/12

Monday, 12 July 2010 06:21 AM Written by

I'm currently working on playing through Crackdown 2 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4both for the Xbox 360 (Lego Harry Potter is available for 360, PS3, Wii, and PC).  Expect to see those reviews later this week. 

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Get Ready for Games on Google

Monday, 12 July 2010 06:18 AM Written by

Google looks to grab some of the success of online gaming, but not of the console variety.  TechCrunch is reporting that the cyber-giant sunk $100 million to $200 million into Zynga, the company behind the wildly successful Farmville and Mafia Wars

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Spy show onslaught begins with 'Covert Affairs'

Monday, 12 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

CovertAffairsSpies are all the rage on TV with several series ready to debut, including AMC's "Rubicon" next month and NBC's "Undercovers" and The CW's "Nikita" in September.

USA gets a jump on those programs with "Covert Affairs" (9 p.m. Tuesday), a propulsive and entertaining if somewhat bland 90-minute pilot, not unlike USA's other series. Read more after the jump. ....

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B.B. King brings his legend to town

Sunday, 11 July 2010 09:00 PM Written by

B.B. King at the 2008 Chicago Blues festival. (Jim White photo)

Sorry for the interruption. It was nice to take some time off, but lt's time to get back to work.

Most of you probably know that the legendary B.B. King is in town tomorrow night (7.13.10, at the Station Square amphitheater). I'm sure most of you also know that King occupies a rare spot in blues history. He's been performing for well over half a century, touring endlessly, and just generally carving out a unique place for himself in blues history.

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Reviews: 'The Bridge' and 'Glades'

Friday, 09 July 2010 12:00 AM Written by

the_bridgeIt seems clear that CBS has little faith in "The Bridge" (back-to-back episodes begin at 8 p.m. Saturday), abandoning it to little-watched Saturday night in the middle of summer. And that's kind of too bad.

By no means a great show, "The Bridge" is at least a little bit different from most police procedurals. Like "Flashpoint," a fellow Canadian import, "The Bridge" follows cops on the beat, which in this case includes both rich and poor areas of the "Bridge division" in an unnamed city.

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