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As an assassin, the city is your weapon [Technical Game Review]

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As an assassin, the city is your weapon [Technical Game Review]

Assassin’s Creed 2 is a wonderful demonstration of what can happen when developers remember their new toys give them more than simply shinier graphics.

Technical limitations have always plagued developers. The earliest video games were simple affairs precisely because their resources were (compared to modern hardware) so limited, usually placing the player in an 8-bit arena against a blank void to wage a lonely (and usually hopeless) war against more or less everything else in the world. Our weapons were few, our defenses pitiful, and our strategies, by necessity, simple.

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Review: Dragon Age Origins – Xbox 360

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The other day I was looking at my gaming collection, and really outlining what were my favorite titles? After picking out a few I asked myself what did these games have that others don’t. What it all came down to was Story and Environment. Essentially did the world really pull me in? Sense the early days of the Dragon Age announcements I’ve been waiting to take it for a spin, even going as far as reading the first book. Lucky for me my review copy came in and it was time to play. Does Dragon Age bring Story and Environment together to form a great game?

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Review: Borderlands – X360/PS3/PC

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Welcome to Pandora, a wasteland planet full of hostile bandits, mercenaries, and alien wildlife. It is also home to a legendary wellspring of wealth and alien technology known only as “The Vault,” something that many people believe is a myth…and something many desire to find. This is the setting to 2K Games and Gearbox Software’s First-Person Role Playing Shooter, Borderlands. Having had the chance to play it at PAX 2009, albeit very briefly, I had a few vague ideas about what the gameplay would be like. First-Person Shooters are a dime a dozen these days, but I was under the impression that Borderlands would be a whole different experience. And, I am glad to report, it didn’t disappoint. I spent a good 20+ hours taking on the main story and I enjoyed every minute of it. Read On

Review: Naruto Shippuden Clash of Ninja Revolution III – Wii

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The Naruto Series has been far from shy concerning Video Game adaptions. Though it seems that most were largely based around the original franchise. Well most Naruto fans have move far passed the original story arc and have branched into the Shippuden Series where Naruto and Crew have grown in age. I myself have been patiently awaiting more Shippuden Games especially after the DS Naruto Fighter. TOMY luckily was thinking the same thing with recent launch of the Naruto Shippuden Clash of the Ninja Revolution III . With the review copy in hand figured it was time to test my ninja skills.  How does this game hold up compared to the already establish TOMY Franchise of Naruto Fighting Games??

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League of Legends Review

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LoL. No, I’m not laughing.  That’s the abbreviation for the highly addictive game, League of Legends.  I was able to do a closed beta review of this game when I got a closed beta key back in September. A lot has changed since then and Riot Games was nice enough to give me a copy of their collectors edition to review now that their game has officially launched. I will go over what has been changed and my opinion on each change.

Btw, you can get this game by downloading it at LeagueOfLegends.com and judge it for yourself. It’s free to download and play. Read On

Legends need legendary surroundings

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Yup, he'll fit right in.

Yup, he'll fit right in.

Eddie Riggs has the kind of luck that leads you to suspect he must have helped a lot of old ladies cross the street.

Cast backwards through time into the glorious “Age of Metal” by a metallic fire-beast summoned accidentally during a hideously awful tween/nu-metal band’s concert, our intrepid hero discovers a world where his roadie’s and musical skills are the stuff of legends, and, unlike nearly every other fictional time traveler, has no interest in going home. Armed with a powerful rock guitar and a razor-sharp battle axe, and accompanied by an ever-growing retinue of heroes and allies, he embarks upon an odyssey as cheerfully insane as it is metal. Read On

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Launch HMV Trocadero London

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At 12.01 midnight GMT on the 10th November, HMV, Game and select supermarkets opened their doors to the hordes of eager fans aching to get their hands on Activision’s latest block buster Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Sam Gibbs, representing Pixelated Geek, was on hand at HMV in London’s Trocadero to cover the carnage. With just under 1000 people expected, security was tight with a full team of door men were there to keep the piece. Competition winners were also on hand to collect their swag and of course get their hands on the game.

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Review: Lego Rock Band – X360/PS3/Wii

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Rhythm games seem to have the spotlight at the moment. First DJ Hero hit at the end of October, followed last week by Band Hero and, of course, Lego Rock Band. I got a chance to play the game at E3, similarly to The Beatles: Rock Band. However, unlike with Beatles, I questioned the necessity of a Lego version of Rock Band. After all, where as The Beatles: Rock Band was a game centered around The Beatles’ music and the story of their career, Lego Rock Band appeared to be nothing more than a reskinned version of Rock Band with a new soundtrack. I don’t have a problem with the Rock Band series at all; in fact, I’m rather fond of it. But is Lego Rock Band really necessary? Sure, Lego games are interesting and popular, but is a merger between two popular franchises really necessary. The answer is a resounding “meh”. It’s not bad, with new game modes that add a little flavor to the game as a whole. But overall, the game just falls flat thanks to the more family friendly soundtrack. Read On

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Review: Undead Knights – PSP

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The PSP is quite a interesting handheld device, it’s major draw for me was the more Mature themed content and the 3d Graphics. That’s not to say I don’t own a DS but there isn’t Kratos on the DS. This time around it’s a fresh new title from Tecmo called Undead Knights. I was lucky enough to get a review copy to give a spin. How does this game live up to it’s undead title? Read On