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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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I was pretty psyched to play Mass Effect 3′s new DLC. The fact that it involved teaming up with Aria, the badass that runs the lawless Omega station, that was enough for me to drop 1200 MS points the day it came out. I really wish it had a more interesting story though. You fight battles, protect a few key points and do a little bit of arguing over strategy and some moralizing. You also meet a past love interest, nothing especially game changing happens. I finished playing and after maybe three hours of exploring, I realized I was actually pretty bored? I liked the idea of the Adjutants but that… (more…)

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Nintendo and Microsoft cut the purchase prices of their respective current-gen consoles today in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. Nintendo’s Wii, about to be replaced by the Wii U, saw a $20 dollar cut and the announcement of a new bundle that includes both Wii Sports games on a single disc and a Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck.  Microsoft dropped  the price on the Xbox 360 and announced two new holiday bundles for $250 each. The first, obviously targeting “hardcore” gamers, includes a 250 gig hard drive, a copy of Forza Motor Sport 4, a download voucher for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and a headset and controller. The second, clearly… (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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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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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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Spelunky is a wonderful masterpiece of platforming design, but it will also find ways to kill you at almost every turn.  Is it still fun? Of course it is. Spelunky has been touted around since the freeware version came out in 2008. Journalists and indie developers revered the original game, developed by Derek Yu, so much that Microsoft got him to make an Xbox Live Arcade version. After an IGF win and four years of development, this new version is finally brought upon us. For those who don’t know what type of game it is: Spelunky is a platformer that combines elements seen in roguelike games. What this means is everytime you die,… (more…)

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