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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014



Dynamic Game of Zombies with Fred

How about Zombies?

The world falls dark as the power plant is overrun. You hear a helicopter in the distance. Get to it first and get out of here! The only thing stopping you is a horde of zombies and your crazed, probably bitten friends. Can you survive?

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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

'GTAV' worth double-dipping?

Title: Grand Theft Auto V Genre: Open-world crime simulator Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 (also on Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, $59.99) Publisher: Rockstar Games Developer: Rockstar North Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014 (current-gen edition) Warning: This review discusses a game that is...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

Next 'Street Fighter' a PS4/PC exclusive?

The Internet is abuzz this morning after Japanese developer Capcom posted a teaser trailer for Street Fighter V (apparently prematurely, since it has now been set to private on YouTube) that indicated the next installment in the massive franchise would be a Playstation 4 console...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014


My shelf of games (Andrew Smith)

What to play tonight?

Board games and tabletop games are fun boiled down to their basic components. In this blog we are here to figure out which games are packed full of good solid fun. Hope you enjoy my reviews and I look forward to hearing your responses.

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'Kings' of the old-school 

Title: Mercenary Kings Genre: Platform action/shoot ‘em up Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 ($8.99, also available on PC, Mac) Developer: Tribute Games Publisher: Tribute Games Release Date: March 25, 2014 I never poured quarters in a Neo/Geo machine for Metal Slug action in the 1990s....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

We're going to mars!

I don't know if you were paying attention to the Twitters this morning, but NASA started off the morning with an awesome announcement: We're sending humans to Mars! Watch our #JourneytoMars briefing live today at 12pm ET: http://t.co/6XtjOi1yJo #Orion pic.twitter.com/wrf89sn35A — NASA (@NASA) December 2,…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014

Tackling the Vault of Glass in 'Destiny'

Title: Destiny Genre: First-person “persistent online shooter” Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 4 Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014 I entered the Vault of Glass this weekend. And I did not survive. Playing the only Raid currently available for Destiny is a lot...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

'Strider': Classic platforming made new

Title: Strider Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 (Digital-only, $14.99, also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One) Developer: Double Helix Games Publisher: Capcom Release Date: Feb. 18, 2014 The last several years have seen a renaissance in the 2-D, action platformer genre. Updates to once-proud...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings more of the same 

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014 It would be difficult to overstate the influence the first-person shooter genre has had on gaming. While competitive gamers traditionally flock to fighters, the...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

Is 'Advanced Warfare' really advanced?

Title: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Sledgehammer Games Publisher: Activision Release Date: Nov. 4, 2014 Perhaps the most divisive franchise in gaming today is the Call of Duty franchise, which went from a trailblazing squad-based shooting experience in World…

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Back when sports and arcade collided

With photorealistic graphics, sports video games in the current generation have sought to simulate, hyper-realistically, the action on the field. Gamers are asked to ooh and aah over the sweat dripping from Kevin Durant's nose in NBA2K, the weekly tweaks to stats and abilities for…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014


Will 'GTAV' be worth the extra cash on next-gen?

Editor's note: This post focuses on games that have been rated "M" for Mature by the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB). The links and videos contained below include violence and some graphic language. In September, a fleeting post to Rockstar Games' official website left fans…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

'Bad Blood' excites, but can't correct 'Watch Dog' ills

Title: 'Watch Dogs: Bad Blood' (downloadable content) Platform reviewed on: Playstation 4 Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014 My review of 'Watch Dogs,' the digitally neurotic current-generation answer to the progression of the open-world genre, criticized the UbiSoft title for two…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

'Iron Banner' largely disappoints

One of the most widespread complaints about the multiplayer in Destiny, Bungie's latest blockbuster title, was that it stripped players of the sought-after loot that made your character feel like a bad-ass. That legendary sniper rifle it took you fifteen bouts with a Vex boss…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

What is Destiny's destiny? A review of Bungie's latest

Title: Destiny Genre: First-person “persistent online shooter” Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 4 Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Release Date: Sept. 9, 2014 Researchers have established a link between visual cues and chemical responses in certain areas of a gamer's brain. It's these reactions that make us…

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