Month: June 2011

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First person shooter encourages you to kill with skill

Bulletstorm By Epic Games and People Can Fly Genre: First-person shooter Rating: Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol Kill with Skill! That’s always been a tenet of most first-person shooters. But here, it’s the main idea of the game! In Bulletstorm, you play Grayson Hunt,...

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Red Faction delivers more action from the Red Planet

Red Faction: Armageddon By THQ and Volition Games Genre: Third-person shooter Rating: Mature for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence The Red Faction series has long been a staple of the shooter genre, featuring revolutionary (at the time) destructible terrain ever since its first release as a first-person shooter back in 2001. Its second outing...

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Puzzle games offer a refreshing break from violence

One of my great loves, as you may well know from my other articles, is the puzzle genre of games. These are for when you just need to kick back and enjoy solving problems at your own pace. Sure, there’s something to be said for fast-paced action and drama, but you can’t beat a refined,...

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Japanese animation opens up a whole new world of storytelling

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator and a founder of the studio, Studio Ghibli, known for making films that appeal to young and old. Through the friendship and work of fellow director John Lasseter, known for his work at Pixar, Miyazaki’s films have received star-studded dubs (translations) and imports into the United States, for enjoyment...

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Journey to forgotten and wondrous lands looking for a lost heir

Syberia By Microids Genre: Old-school graphical adventure! Rating: Teen for Mild Language, Use of Alcohol (second only has Mild Language) A rather odd story, but still an endearing one, as well as beautiful pre-rendered art and suitably epic music surrounds this grand adventure written by Belgian comic author Benoit Sokal, the first installment of which...

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Recap of the 2010-2011 NBA season

Tim Ajmani The Corsair I was one of those people before the NBA season began that said a “Big 3” in Miami was bad for the league as a whole. Well, almost one year later, and I have to say that I was dead wrong about that. The NBA probably just had its most successful...

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A truly disturbing game receives a sequel after almost 11 years

Alice: Madness Returns By EA and Spicy Horse Genre: Third-person action/adventure Rating: Mature for Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence Back in 2000, a video game designer named American McGee released his take on a possible sequel to the classic Victorian-era books by Lewis Carroll, known as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through...

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After 12 years of hype and development, the legendary shooter returns

Duke Nukem Forever By Gearbox Software and 2K Games Genre: First-person shooter Players: 1, or up to 8 in multiplayer Rating: Mature for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol The King is back; does he still reign? Spouting one-liners, kicking alien rear and...

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The History of Duke Nukem, from the perspective of a gamer

When I first heard of Duke Nukem (not the Captain Planet character, of course), I was quite young; 12 to be exact. Duke was a pretty arrogant bad-boy hero type even back then, for how simple his first game, made back in 1991, was; bare-bones sci-fi story, simple blow-up-aliens-and-get-to-the-end gameplay, old-school EGA (16 colors at...

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Hangover: Part II falls short

Tim Ajmani The Corsair I have personally seen the “Hangover” a billion times, and that’s not an exaggeration. So you can guess how excited I was when I heard that there was going to be a “Hangover: Part II”. I have been excited about many movie sequels before, such as “The Two Towers” and “Pirates...