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Video Game Reviews

Limbo Reviewer: Anonymous
Genre(s): Puzzle, Stealth
Platform(s): PC/Mac, PS3, XBOX

This review is the definitive one man's opinion. Edge magazine gave Limbo a mighty 9/10; very impressive by their lofty standards. Eurogamer awarded the same, while G4 and GameSpy felt it deserved a perfect 5/5. I say they were all on something when they decided on those scores. Either that or there's a gaming conspiracy afoot. In any case, I was myself surprised by my opinions on the game, given my enthusiasm going in. I'm a supporter of indie games developers, and Limbo looked like it might raise the bar in this area. It's a simple idea; you control a young boy trying to find his way through a shadowy side-scrolling world, overcoming a host of sinister traps and puzzles. How can you go wrong with that kind of simplicity? I'll tell you how. Let this review act as a subtle (sort of) word of warning for those who haven't yet played Limbo, and a point of discussion for those who have.

Super Street Fighter IV Reviewer: Anonymous
Genre(s): Fighting
Platform(s): PS3, XBOX, Other

Everyone who plays video games regularly has heard of Street Fighter. The majority of those who play video games only occasionally have heard of Street Fighter. I would even go so far as to suggest that most people who deliberately avoid video games will have heard of Street Fighter, and probably have a vague idea of what it entails. It's safe to say, then, that this is one of the daddies of video game franchises, and the daddy of one-on-one fighting games. With this being the case, I won't waste time introducing Street Fighter as if it's a new concept.

It would, however, be worth looking at what distinguishes this franchise from the countless other one-on-one 'tournament fighters' as they are often known. The heavyweights of the beat-em-up world each have their own unique selling points; Tekken's realistic mechanics and representation of real-life martial arts, Mortal Kombat's spectacularly gruesome 'fatalities', and Dead or Alive's... breasts. Arguably, Street Fighter's most celebrated characteristic is its fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled dynamic. The real question here is whether Super Street Fighter IV retains its predecessors' superiority over the competition in this and its numerous other defining areas.

Fallout New Vegas Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): Action Adventure, First-Person Shooter
Platform(s): PC/Mac, PS3, XBOX

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.

Bioshock Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): First-Person Shooter, Survival Horror
Platform(s): PC/Mac, PS3, XBOX

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.

Red Dead Redemption Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): Action Adventure, First-Person Shooter, Online Multiplayer, Simulation
Platform(s): PS3, XBOX

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.

PixelJunk Eden Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): Music, Puzzle
Platform(s): PS3

I'm a man. And I like to play a game designed for men. Games with guns, explosions, and guns. And explosions. Which is why I decided to play PixelJunk Eden, a game in which you play a kind of protozoan creature that leaps around on plant leaves while soothing trance techno music plays in the background.

Your goal, my manly friend: pollinate those plants!

God of War III Reviewer: Anonymous
Genre(s): Action Adventure, Roleplaying
Platform(s): PS3

God of War III is the long awaited sequel to, well, God of War and God of War II. For those of you just tuning in, the God of War saga is the epic tale of Kratos, a former captain in the Spartan army, who had some real bad times in one of his battles against a barbarian horde. The battle ended with Kratos about to get his skull crushed in by the Barbarian Chieftain. He avoided this fate by swearing his life to Ares, the Greek God of War, in exchange for not dying that day.

DarkVoid Reviewer: Anonymous
Genre(s): Action Adventure
Platform(s): PS3, XBOX

From ground fight to dog fight... This was the premise that DarkVoid had in mind.

With its unique rocketeering combat style and a rarely used game play location what could go wrong?

Fallout 3 Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): Action Adventure, First-Person Shooter, Roleplaying
Platform(s): PC/Mac, PS3, XBOX

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.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction Reviewer: Krogenar
Genre(s): Action Adventure, Puzzle
Platform(s): PS3

Everyone's favorite Lombax returns in one of the very first games to be released on the Playstation 3, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Created by Insomniac Games, Tools of Destruction follows the adventures of Ratchet (the only known Lombax in existence, his alien race having vanished) and his robot companion, Clank.

Highlights include:

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