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tlou_review_featured
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The Last of Us Review

  What We Liked The Last of Us takes on an epic journey through the country in which we see a relationship evolve between Joel and Ellie. This relationship plays a huge part in the role of the game and makes it that much more emotional. Without spoiling too much the basic premise is that Joel is tasked with getting smuggling Ellie and at first he is not happy about it. You find out why early one and right after you find out the game just is non-stop on the action and sneaking and tension. This is what makes it so much fun. The gameplay is very well balanced from sequence to sequence and while shooting is not a large mechanic, (you don't have much ammo unless you search all over for it) it feels very real with a natural sway. Some can't stand the sway but in my opinion it helps sell the realism and tension that this game delivers. In most cases you have the option to shoot or sneak by everyone. One way will help you save ammo for th...

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gowa_review
gowa_review

God of War: Ascension Review

Kratos has become one of the more iconic characters of playstation present. The franchise has had a total of 5 games on multiple video game consoles yet it remains to be exclusive to Sony because it is in fact done by a 1st party studio. Sony Santa Monica are the geniuses behind this very popular and successful franchise known as God of War. Heavily based off of Greek Mythology this series has taken us to hell and back multiple times, literally. This entry, God of War: Ascension, in the franchise is in fact a prequel helping explain what Kratos had to go through in order to be rid of the imprisonment by “The Furies”. The question is, has Kratos overstayed his welcome or is this entry helping keep the franchise alive? Read on for the full review after the jump. What We Liked In past God of War games we have learned that this is a hack n’ slash game with some puzzles thrown in for good measure and pacing. God of War: Ascension is no ...

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kz3_featuredReview
kz3_featuredReview

Killzone 3 Review

*Note this is the old type of review with criteria Killzone 3 came out this past Tuesday for most of the world. A few other regions are waiting until today actually. Regardless most of us who wanted to get our hands on this game have done so. This review may seem a bit late but being a gamer like you, I don't get the game any earlier so it took me a couple of sessions to actually beat the game. I have only played through it once and just on the normal difficulty but already I can tell some large differences from Killzone 2 to Killzone 3. Some I like and others I am not too fond of. I will be breaking down the review in terms of Graphics, Gameplay, Story, and Controls alike. Mutliplayer will have a completely separate review as it is HUGE! Graphics The graphics in Killzone 3 are nothing short from amazing. However, as much as graphics are nice to look at, the gameplay and pacing is what really makes a game but we will talk ab...

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portal2_featuredReview
portal2_featuredReview

Portal 2 Review

*Note this is the old type of review with criteria Portal 2 is the sequel to the highly acclaimed Portal, originally released in the  The Orange Box for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 on October 9, 2007, and for the PlayStation 3 on December 11, 2007. The Windows version of the game is also available for download through Steam and was released as a standalone  on April 9, 2008. Now 3 years later Valve has given us Portal 2 which is more mind-numbing, longer, more story driven, and better looking then the first one. Also, Portal 2 now supports full Co-op which is tons of fun. Before I go on, if you have Portal 2 and haven't done the Co-op yet go now and do it. Team work is forced but in a very rewarding way. Not to mention there are already DLC skins that you can get for those cute robots. That's neither here nor there though, on to the review. Graphics  While some may think that the "Source" engine is out of date and showing...

msa_featuredReview
msa_featuredReview
msa_featuredReview

Motorstorm: Apocalypse Review

*Note this is the old type of review with criteria Motorstorm Apocalypse is now the third game in the Motorstorm series. The first MotorStorm had us on the edge, literally, with cliff sides and a few variances in vehicles and terrain. The second one, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, brought us to an island of paradise where trees were not your friend.  Well this third game has us in a city with a ton of new vehicle types but not many large variances in terrain. This game looks like Motorstorm but it doesn't really feel like it anymore. Graphics The original Motorstorm was supposed to be a direct launch title for the PS3 but instead it came out shortly after the launch. However it showcased some impressive graphics and was one of the first console games to use the Havok physics engine and show off some truly next gen type of stuff. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift gave us even more beautiful graphics showing amazing water physics and rendering a...

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tr_review_featured
tr_review_featured

Tomb Raider Review

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure platform video game. Published by Square Enix, Tomb Raider is the fifth title developed by Crystal Dynamics in the Tomb Raider franchise. As the first entry in a new Tomb Raider continuity, the game is a reboot that emphasizes the reconstructed origins of the lead character Lara Croft. This Tomb Raider takes us places we haven't been before but is this tomb really worth raiding? Check out the full review after the jump.   What We Liked Having been a fan of the original Tomb  Raider franchise back during the playstation era, I can honestly say that this game really helped give a semi-believable back story as to how Lara Croft became, Lara Croft Tomb Raider. This new Tomb Raider from Square Enix is one of my favorite Tomb Raiders to date. That is due to the fact that the combat, traversal of the environments, and just the overall gameplay is fun and entertaining. One really nice feature was ...

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codbops2_featured

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Gameplay Call of Duty Black Ops 2 plays very similar to other games within the franchise however as always when new weapons and abilities are added it affects the gameplay ever so slightly. Keep in mind that the speed of the gameplay is what truly makes COD so popular and such an innovator as a franchise. Something else to note is that this is the first game to allow the player to make choices in which case some of them will affect the story line. Essentially this is less linear then any other COD campaign and that is a welcomed change in my opinion. One other thing to point out is that even though the story can change the campaign has you playing both sides similar to the original Black Ops. That is, you get to play as the villain for a chapter (a short one at that) but even still you get to kind of experience both sides which is always a fun aspect of things.  One of the biggest...

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nfswm_Featured
nfswm_Featured

Need For Speed Most Wanted Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Gameplay Need for Speed Most Wanted is done by Criterion this time around, the guys who brought us Burnout. This is the second NFS game that Criterion has done, the first being NFS Hot Pursuit back in 2010. This game feels a lot like burnout, not that it's a bad thing and it plays a lot like it too. You have the ability to take down or be taken down during races. One major difference is there seems to be no way to completely total a car although you can pop all 4 tires and have every fender and bumper hanging off. Speaking of races, there are multiple types from sprints, your classic race, to speed runs of sorts that have you trying to get a certain average speed as you cross the finish line. The latter is a testament of knowing the track and knowing your car to get it done in the fastest time with the fastest speed but you aren't racing against anyone. On top of all these aspects...

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Battlefield 3 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Battlefield 3 was released on October 25th for the PC, 360, and PS3. EA and DICE have been boasting about this game for some time now. The marketing of the game has been big and has hyped up many gamers alike. Now that the game is out the reviews are proving to be pretty high overall showing that this game can stand on it's own two legs without the marketing needing to push it forward. The game has amazing graphics and overall appeal but tends to fall a little short in the Single Player campaign aspect. However this isn't a large deal considering most gamers won't even touch the campaign since Battlefield 3 is all about the multiplayer. In that regards, it really delivers. Gameplay For the most part the game feels pretty good. You can run with your gun but you can't sprint all that fast so it gives the illusion that you are carrying a heavy weapon. In fact when you have heavie...

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uncharted3_featured
uncharted3_featured

Uncharted 3 Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is due to release this Tuesday Nov 1. For those who were fortunate enough to go to the AMC Play it in 3D event had the opportunity to get the game early. I was one of those people. As soon as the game arrived I was quick to start playing it. After a few chapters I knew right away that this was going to fun a joy ride through and through. If you thought Uncharted: Drake's Fortune or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves were amazing games then you are in for a treat. From start to finish this game never disappoints. Gameplay The gameplay in Uncharted 3, compared to its counter parts, is quite a bit different. While the shooting mechanics are pretty similar there are new additions to the gameplay that give you more freedom of choice on how to play. By that I mean specifically the addition of full on melee combat. This game feels like an Arkham City at times be...