Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

I was a little tempted to troll my readers and simply repost my old review for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with a few edits, but after rereading it, I realized that most of it doesn’t apply to how I felt about Modern Warfare 3. Gone are the days when pretty graphics and stuff blowing up nice and big before our eyes can satisfy our gaming taste like it did two years ago. Now it just feels rote.

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Batman: Arkham City Review

It wasn’t until 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum that the Batman franchise meant anything to gamers. Prior to Arkham Asylum the Batman name had been dragged through the mud with game after game that had no idea how to handle a character so varied as the Dark Knight. Arkham Asylum finally got it right allowing Batman to use both his brain and brawn. The attention to detail and loving care by the team at Rocksteady was incredibly amplified for the sequel Batman: Arkham City. Much like Christopher Nolan, Rocksteady on their second tour of duty with the Caped Crusader have created a masterpiece.

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Child of Eden Review

Games have been breaking down all sorts of walls and paradigms of late, and Child of Eden continues what Rez started back in 2002. Questioning just what exactly a game can be. On the surface, Child of Eden presents nothing more than an on-rails shooter experience, one of the more shallow gameplay experiences compared to the likes of a role playing game or a first person shooter. You have to lock-on to the enemies on screen before releasing a barrage of homing lasers at them. You also have a rapid fire laser meant to deflect enemy projectiles, but it deals very little damage to enemies. That’s it. That represents the entirety of the gameplay in Child of Eden, but paradoxically, it draws you in like any other, “deeper” games out there. It just does it in a rather unique way.

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Dragon Age 2 Review

Historians argue that the ancient city of Troy was destined to fall. Whether or not Helen had eloped with Paris or not, Troy’s detractors would have found some other reason to siege the city. Of course, the Trojan War became famous for the petty reason that started it, but knowing that this great conflict was inevitable adds a certain bit of tragedy to what is otherwise just another war for poets to write about. We like to believe that video games can, and should, deliver stories with depth and layers to it, but to date, these stories have been shallow, simple, and sometimes just plain old nonsensical. Bioware must have realized this when they came up with the story of Dragon Age 2.

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Dead Space 2 Review

Sequels are always put in the unenviable position to deliver the same thing but in a completely different way. The fallback plan to that is to just do the same thing but in a grander way and probably with more flash to it. It’s sad to say that Dead Space 2 decided to go plan B, but at the same time, it’s hard to complain when it does it as well as Dead Space 2 did.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Review

It’s funny. I don’t recall there ever being a sport called Call of Duty. What ESPN is it on? 4? The only way I know it exist is that it’s serialized like Madden. Aren’t sport games the only game franchises that get serialized? I’m really only bringing this up because like any game franchises that gets serialized, each year it gets tougher and tougher to live up to its own name.

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Halo: Reach Review

Telling a story that just about everyone knows the ending to is tricky. Telling a story that everyone knows isn’t going to end well is even harder. Here’s the story of Reach. A story for those who don’t follow the Halo “expanded universe” has only heard rumblings about. As a game, the player has to win, but everyone knows that in the end, this is one war you gotta lose.

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Metroid: Other M Review

The dramatic final battle of that SNES masterpiece, Super Metroid, remains seared in my memory as one of the most emotional climaxes in video game history, all without a single word of dialogue spoken.  As a fan service, the opening cinematic of Metroid: Other M faithfully recreates in full CG glory that confrontation with Mother Brain and the “Baby” Metroid’s sacrifice to save the series’ heroine, Samus Aran. This time there is a bit of dialogue. I think there is something to be said for certain things are better left to the imagination.
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Crackdown 2 Review

Crackdown 2 is ready for you to crack out! If you enjoyed the first game then you might have fun with this one. Same city. Different song and dance.  Instead of three gangs vying for power, you have a revolutionary group called Cell and bunch of mutated “Freaks” that come out at night.  Now let’s get our third person shooter on! If you are looking for a totally different game then keep looking because you are not going to find it here. Crackdown 2 plays just like it’s predecessor.  Different story but, pretty much same template. There are 4 character models and they are all as ugly as shit. Good thing they give you a helmet early on in the game. You are able to change the color of your suit and you get a little more if you pre-ordered the game. It’s not much but it’s kinda cool.

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Red Dead Redemption Review

I’ve been a fan of Rockstar’s games since I got my hands on Grand Theft Auto III. I’ve even beaten a few of them. In fact I had just gotten through Grand Theft Auto IV just a few months back (LttP much, I know). The last thing I wanted to do was invest another large chunk of my time in besting another Rockstar game, and yet it’s funny how our rotation worked out. I got assigned Red Dead Redemption. As you might have guessed, yes this is a Rockstar game. In such an irony of fate I quickly became engrossed often skipping sleep in order to “finish one more mission” that would undoubtedly turn into a few more hours of playtime. Even with that said should you stay past bedtime or lay this one to bed?

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