Video Games

GRID 2 [PREVIEW]: Make the World Series of Racing a Reality in This Upcoming Racing Game

February 28th, 2013 10:00am EST
I tend not to play a lot of racing games. Not only because I’m fairly terrible at them, but because they don’t have a story. I play games for the narrative. (These four racing games aside that is.)

But the upcoming GRID 2 tries to appeal to players like me with a “narrative wrapper.” Sure, it’s a loose fitting story, but it’s there to drive you (pun intended) from race to race.

In the game, you’ll be the star driver for entrepreneur Patrick Callahan who wants to create the World Series of Racing (WSR) that, like mixed martial arts, will show what happens when the best of one kind of rac...

Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel [PREVIEW]: Maybe For Once I’ll Play With Another Human

February 27th, 2013 10:00am EST
Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
Most developer shake their heads when they meet me at gaming events and I confess to playing many co-op games with the computer AI as opposed to a real person. But at a recent press event for Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel I didn’t have much of a choice—I had to play with someone else in the room. And it wound up being a blast.

I enjoyed the first Army of Two game and often defend the story to those that didn’t like it. (I won’t defend the sequel, however. I hated it and the illusion of choices were terrible, as well as the “bad” ending that I wound up choosing.)

In Army of Two: The De...

Assassin’s Creed III The Tyranny of King Washington: The Infamy [REVIEW]: Fairly Strong Start to an Unusual DLC Campaign

February 25th, 2013 11:00am EST
The Infamy
Assassin’s Creed III wasn’t a game I was looking to jump back into right away. While I liked the game more the other critics, it’s not a game from 2012 that I keep saying to myself, “I really need to play more of that.”

But, with me having gotten most of the top February titles out of the way by now, I had a bit of time this week and decided to try some of the new DLC content. Over the next three months, publisher Ubisoft will release three episodes in a separate campaign called The Tyranny of King Washington.

(If you have yet to finish Assassin’s Creed 3, you may want to turn back now fo...

Dead Space 3 [REVIEW]: It Won’t Feel Like a Dead Space Game—But It’s Still a Really Good Game

February 21st, 2013 10:00am EST
Dead Space 3
My review of Dead Space 3 is a bit late compared to everyone else’s—with good reason. I love the franchise. But Dead Space 3 doesn’t feel like a Dead Space game and it took me awhile to decide whether or not that was a good thing.

Dead Space 3 involves series protagonist Isaac Clarke’s determination to learn the origins of the Marker and how the Necromorphs can be stopped once and for all. Some questions will be answered, while others are left unresolved. Isaac will travel across the galaxy, eventually landing on Tau Volantis, where he faces subzero conditions, some of the biggest Necromor...

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear [REVIEW]: Time Crisis Meets Call of Duty in This Budget On-Rails Shooter

February 20th, 2013 10:00am EST
Imagine my surprise when I popped in my review copy of Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear into my Xbox 360 expecting a fairly standard first person military shooter—and yet I couldn’t control my character’s movements in the space. That’s right: the game from developer Teyon Games and publisher Mastiff is an on-rails shooter. (And it’s a sequel in fact!) So think Time Crisis meets Call of Duty.

Shattered Spear involves a mission to rescue a spy with critical information about a nuclear launch happening in Iran. Each mission kicks off with your character saying what he’s about to do—though you can ...

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance [REVIEW]: Trust Me—Play It On Easy

February 19th, 2013 3:00am EST
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
When I review a game that focuses on story as much as gameplay, I feel strongly that I must finish the game in order to best review it. Unfortunately, I can’t finish Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Two separate bosses took over an hour of my time—and I couldn’t defeat the second one, three missions away from the end. So I gave up.

But games like Revengeance aren’t ones I’m typically interested in—mainly because I’m fairly terrible at them. And while I couldn’t complete the game, and it angered me to no end (just ask my poor Xbox controller that got tossed across the room a few times), I kn...

Crysis 3 Producer Interview: Get Ready For An 'Emotional And Powerful FPS"

February 18th, 2013 1:00pm EST
Crysis 3
“Can your computer play Crysis?” is a question that gamers used to use to determine how powerful their PC was.

When Crysis 2 launched about two years ago, console gamers such as myself got to experience the franchise about a super soldier wearing a Nanosuit made from alien material for the first time. Its sequel, Crysis 3 launches tomorrow on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

I’ve already played finished it on Xbox 360, but it was worth finding out whether or not PC gamers will be happier with the game than their console counterparts. To learn more about the highly anticipated title...

Interview with Game Designer American McGee on His Recent Kickstarter and His New Game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters

February 18th, 2013 11:00am EST
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
Most Kickstarters involving video games either far exceed their goals—or fall far below them. American McGee’s Akaneiro: Demon Hunters project, however, just barely made it.

The upcoming RPG is finished and a number of gamers are already enjoying it. But with the Kickstarter complete, and funding raised, it’ll be available on more platforms and will include additional features.

I recently spoke with game designer McGee via email to discuss what’s next and what he was thinking now that the Kickstarter was finished. You can also see a previous interview I did with him here.

Congrats on h...

Aliens: Colonial Marines [REVIEW]: True Fans Will Revel In It; Non-Fans Will Be Disappointed

February 18th, 2013 10:00am EST
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Before I played Aliens Colonial Marines, I did my homework.

I had a nasty bout of the flu in January and over the course of a weekend, I watched all four Alien films, as well as the prequel, Prometheus. Watching the films before playing Aliens: Colonial Marines helps you pick on subtle nods to the films layered throughout the game. But at the same time, while you come to the conclusion that you’re playing a game made by true Alien fans, you also realize it’s not very good.

While I’m more ok with the writers of Colonial Marines re-writing some of the canon of the films – especially since...

Danica Patrick Stars in a Driver’s Ed Video for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Launch on Nintendo 3DS

February 13th, 2013 2:00pm EST
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is back with all her new Sega friends.

To help launch Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Nintendo 3DS (we reviewed the game on Xbox 360 recently), Danica Patrick recently participated in a spoof Driver’s Ed video:

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is out now on 3DS, as well as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii U. The 3DS version includes exclusive bonus edition content such as “Metal Sonic as a playable character along with his transforming vehicle and Mod Pack, an additional Outrun Bay Track plus challenges and time trials and stickers for your in-game...