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First-Person Shooter

If the game involves a lot of dodging around and firing a gun or laser, from a first-person perspective, then it's a FPS.

Game Review: Fallout New Vegas

You are The Courier. Your mission was to deliver a mysterious platinum casino chip to the Lucky 38 Casino in New Vegas. You were to travel through the barren, post-apocalyptic Mojave Desert.

Instead, you were captured by tribal raiders. As you dig your own grave the leader of the gang (dressed in a natty white and black checkered jacket) lights up a cigarette and draws his pistol. He remarks that while it may seem as though you've gotten a run of bad luck, the game was rigged from the start.

Then he shoots you in the head.

That might sound like the end, but in Fallout: New Vegas, it's just the beginning.

Game Review: Bioshock

Imagine a beautiful, fantastic dream brought to life. Now imagine that dream maturing, growing, but then losing its way and devolving into anarchy, putrefying in its own decadence, slowly marinating in its own cruelty. That's the story of Rapture, a hidden city built at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean where intrepid players of 2K's Bioshock will be trapped.

Lurking in the shadows are the city's former inhabitants, who have changed into something more (and less) than human. Add to the mix phenomenal graphics, action and some political ideas with real heft and you've got an incredible game on your hands.

Bioshock was released back in 2007, so this review is hardly new, but the game has recently been released as a 'Playstation Classic' for the very reasonable sum of $20, which is well worth the asking price. This reviewer found many reviews for this game online, but very few serious reviews of the game's political message, something the game deserves.

Game Review: Red Dead Redemption

Your horse trots along the hillside, the sunlight friscalating against the sage brush. Spotting a white-tailed deer you raise your Spencer rifle. Sighting in on the deer, with the rifle balanced against your other arm, you take a deep breath, hold it -- and then you notice how quiet things are. The deer runs off, suddenly. Cursing, you try to put it back in your sights --

-- but you're on the ground now, pinned under the corpse of your horse.

A catty growl tells you that the cougar that killed your horse is upon you, but you can't see the bastard. It killed your horse with a single swat of its paw. Tossing the Spencer into your other hand (the one that isn't pinned under your horse's body) you realize you've only got one shot. The cougar lunges.

Welcome to the world of Red Dead Redemption.

Rockstar's latest open world video game is a wonderful homage to spaghetti westerns like For a Few Dollars More, Hang 'Em High and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Film critic Roger Ebert recently declared that video games can never be art. He's clearly never played a game like Red Dead Redemption.

Game Review: Fallout 3

As I wait in a dank, post-apocalyptic sewer, I can hear something skittering about in the darkness ahead. My wrist-bound PipBoy 3000 has a small light I could activate, but if I turn it on then whatever is lurking up ahead will know I'm here. A quick check at the pale green readout of my PipBoy 3000 shows my radiation level is within manageable levels. 'Manageable' means that with the proper drugs ('RadAway') I won't die outright from occassionally drinking irradiated toilet water.

The scratching sound is getting closer.

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