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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 Graphics  While some may think that the "Source" engine is out of date and showing...

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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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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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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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Batman: Arkham City Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Gameplay The gameplay in Arkham City is very similar to Arkham Asylum. However this isn't a bad thing as the gameplay in Arkham Asylum was really done well and pretty innovative. The issue here is that Arkham City has gameplay indoors and outdoors. While indoors in close quarters the combat system works pretty flawlessly and the AI is not horrible. Outside is a different story. For some reason when outdoors the AI seems to be worse/slower and you can literally just continue to hit the counter button and defeat all the enemies without issues, unless there is a gun involved. A combat system that allows for you to not have to time anything or really work hard to take down multiple enemies, just isn't very rewarding. The other issue is that the controls are "sticky". By that I mean when you are in one animation you can't very fluidly or easily get out of it to enter another. Batman do...

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SSX Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria SSX Snowboarding started back in 2000 solely on the Playstation 2. Stats show that is has sold around 3 million units in it's lifetime. After SSX came SSX Tricky which was also a huge success only a year later but it was released on PS2, Gamecube, GB Advance, and Xbox. With the success of SSX Tricky came SSX 3 in 2003. After only another 2 years the SSX On Tour was released and then in 2007 SSX Blur was released as a Wii exclusive. Fast forward to today and we now have a next-gen SSX released February 28, 2012 on the PS3 and 360. The idea of this game is to "Defy Reality. Own the planet". Does this game live up to the hype? Read on for the full review after the jump. Gameplay While the story may be nothing special, the gameplay truly is. Keeping in mind that this was practically a resurrection of the series, veteran gamers knew what they wanted out of the new SSX. In this case,...

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Dirt: Showdown Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria The Dirt series has help redefined Rally racing. Up until recently it was mostly dirt and snow respectively. Dirt 3 was the first to showcase the new game mode "Gymkhana". This is what really broke open the series as far as a new experience in racers. However, Dirt 3 still has plenty of dirt, gravel, and snow to drive through in Rally races. Now we have been introduced to DiRT Showdown. Codemasters has been going a slightly different direction in the series since Dirt 3 and it's success of the new gymkhana mode. Does Dirt:Showdown veer too far off or does it stay on course just enough to still be worthwhile. Read on to find out in our review. Gameplay The beginning of the game offers quite a bit of variety of gameplay through different game modes and maps. You will encounter such game modes as Elimination, Destruction Derby, Rally, and variations of such. One large issue with t...

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Spec Ops: The Line Review

*Note: This is the old type of review with criteria Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter video game developed by Yager Development and published by 2K Games. The game was released in North America on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms on June 26, 2012 and in Europe on June 29, 2012. It was officially announced at Spike Video Game Awards on December 12, 2009. Although in the Spec Ops series, The Line does not take any story elements from previous titles. The game follows Captain Martin Walker (voiced by Nolan North) as he is sent into a post-catastrophe Dubai with an elite Delta Force team to hunt for a decorated officer named Colonel Konrad (voiced by Bruce Boxleitner), as well as evacuate any survivors. While lead writer Walt Williams has stated that there are many influences that have gone into the plot, the premise is inspired by Joseph Conrad's novella. Multiple critics have positively observed similarities ...