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The first thing that you’ll notice about Assassin’s Creed III is the amount of stuff the game actually lets you do. The game is well worth the price of admission. You can capture Templar forts, track and hunt animals, liberate city districts, attack roving convoys, establish a guild of Assassins, build up your homestead on the frontier, trade and craft items, battle the British Navy in your ship the Aquila, and collect Almanac pages from rooftops. And this is only a small selection of the all the things you can do in the game. Then there’s also the online multiplayer. Wolfpack is an awesome new co-op mode that allows you to co-ordinate attacks… (more…)

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Professional football (soccer, for most of those in North America) has not changed too much throughout its long history, but its most popular video game representation – EA’s FIFA franchise – has evolved with each passing year. This year, the gameplay changes are subtle but impressive, and the tweaks of various game modes are welcome. The result of improving on already sound previous iterations results in most realistic, fully featured FIFA entry yet. It may be expected, but FIFA 13 plays more like the beautiful game than any football simulation before it. This is certainly one of of those games you’ll sink a lot of time into, often at the… (more…)

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The first thing you need to know about Borderlands 2 is that all of the major weaknesses from first game, have been corrected. This time you can clearly see that there is a plot. Your characters, as well as the ones you interact with, are actually interesting and the game never gets boring or repetitive. If you’ve ever played Diablo you’ll understand the draw and addiction to loot collection. For those of you that haven’t played that sort of game before, let me explain. There are all kinds of different guns, character skins, class mods, relics and grenades to collect. It’s not like the first Borderlands where you had a… (more…)

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Klei Entertainment has done a great job with the Shank series in creating a deep action system through a 2D plane. We’ve seen it a lot in the past years with recent hits like Dust to Ska Studios’ Dishwasher series. But they’ve all got one thing in common – mashing the attack buttons and evading to build up your combo. So Klei decided to flip the table and go in an entirely different direction with stealth in Mark of the Ninja for XBLA. You play as a ninja when an evil corporation attacks his clan. It’s up to you to stalk your prey in the shadows. 2D stealth isn’t something you… (more…)

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Sleeping Dogs has me hooked. It may not be the prettiest game like Grand Theft Auto IV, but it’s awesome story definitely makes up for it. The fighting is a lot of fun, pairing off against ten guys and watching the main character Wei work his magic is really quite satisfying. Special enemies are mixed into the game that are stronger or grapplers that change up the flavor of the fights. Gun play is also a lot of fun, although not as prominent, it still makes for some great moments. Shooting a car’s tire out and watching it go airborne never gets old. Also racing with it’s arcade feel and huge… (more…)

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The original 3DS has sold over 18 million units since launch. With the rather unexpected release of the 3DS XL, many find themselves asking a question they weren’t anticipating,”Is the 3DS XL worth upgrading to from my original 3DS?” In this review we aim to help you answer that question. 3DS XL Pros: –  The new screens are 90% larger than on the original 3DS (hence the “XL” in the name) and provide a much better viewing experience overall. –  The 3DS XL feels better in your hands due to a curved-edge design. No more pointy corners digging into your palms. –  The stylus is now located on the right… (more…)

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I’ve been looking for a fighting game for a while. I’d tried one of the other UFC games a little while back but the controls were way to complicated and the creators seemed to assumed I was an expert to begin with. Coming across this new title, it becomes apparent quite quickly that this was corrected. It’s Controls are simpler and make sense, you can decide to choose whether you want them simple for grappling controls when you start. Also, there are tips at the beginning to start you in the right direction. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect but the level of depth the game offers… (more…)

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The Summer of Arcade this year has been a bit of a bummer compared to last year. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was a serviceable throwback, Wreckateer showed that Kinect can work but it was only really fun with a group of friends, Deadlight had a lot of cool ideas but ended up being mediocre game and Hybrid was simply alright, but the server issues plaguing it in its first week might have hurt any chance at greatness. Microsoft’s final Summer of Arcade title, Dust: An Elysian Tail, shows a lot of promise and definitely delivers. Dust won the 2009 Dream.Build.Play competition, allowing the indie game to receive full publishing by Microsoft. What better… (more…)

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The year is 1986 and Seattle is a wasteland surrounded by zombie-like creatures called Shadows. The army instated a new law and the city lays a crumbling monument of what it used to be. As Randall Wayne, you need to rescue your friends and your family from the Shadows while traveling through Seattle. This is how Tequila Works’ Deadlight begins. Even though it has such an involved and deep story, at first glance, you might think that Deadlight might looks like your run-of-the-mill boring shooter. Nope, it plays like a combination of Limbo and Shadow Complex. How so? The entire game is played from a 2D perspective but the game’s… (more…)

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I never thought I would review a dance game, for any video game system, ever. Yet here I am, writing about the latest edition of Ubisoft’s extremely successful Just Dance franchise, Just Dance Greatest Hits. The title offers a surprisingly enjoyable experience, even for uncoordinated individuals (like me). Though I’m a total n00b when it comes to anything dance related, I have played Harmonix’s Dance Central series a few times. Make no mistake, though, dance games are probably as far as you can get from my gaming forte. Just Dance Greatest Hits combines the most popular songs from the first two Wii titles into one motion-based Kinect title. If you’re a fan of the series, and you’ve spent time with Just Dance and Just Dance… (more…)

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