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Halo Reach – Reaching for Pathos

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Halo Reach – Reaching for Pathos

Halo: Reach doesn’t hide its intentions. The first shot- a broken SPARTAN helmet- foreshadows a bleak ending.

Halo initially seems an odd choice for a melancholy game. It’s the quintessential fratboy franchise, a series that prides itself on its multiplayer and reliant on a standard-issue “super-soldier saves humanity” storyline. Its central protagonist rarely speaks, its marines are gung-ho types cracking wise in the midst of combat, while the alien antagonists are often comedic both in appearance and attitudes.

Halo and Halo 2 certainly had their tragic moments, given life by the sometimes elegiac soundtrack created by the very talented Martin O’Donnel. Thanks in part to O’Donnel, war-weariness emerged as a major theme during Halo 3‘s bittersweet conclusion, strengthened in Halo: ODST by its lonely portrayal of a battlefield’s aftermath. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that in Reach, it’s inescapable. Read On

Tentacles? Fire? Ghosts? What?!

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Tentacles? Fire? Ghosts? What?!

American McGee’s Alice was, is, and will continue to be one of my favorite PC games of all time.  So, obviously, when EA confirmed a few months ago that there would be a sequel, I nearly wet myself with excitement.  American McGee has been teaming up with EA and Spicy Horse to create this sequel set ten years after the original took place.  Alice is even more demented and insane (I don’t know HOW), and the game offers the same eerie, disturbing feel that the first one displayed.  McGee said at the EA conference a few months back that they would be releasing three teaser trailers for fans.  The first one was shown right after his speech at the conference, and the second one was released just a few days ago at Tokyo Game Show, and is currently circulating the internet.  Go past the break to check out the second official teaser trailer for EA and Spicy Horse’s Alice: Madness Returns, due for release in 2011. If you didn’t catch the first teaser, check it out in my BAotW article on American McGee’s Alice here. (Shameless self-promotion, what?)

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Star Wars: Clone War Adventures Review

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Star Wars: Clone War Adventures Review

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures is a MMO that was quickly developed by Sony Entertainment to follow the cartoon series that we have all come to know and love. The trailer promises incredible fight scenes with a vast range of mini-games that will have you glued to your screen. You can customize your hero, droid, and home. You can become friends with other Jedis and compare your skills as you fight it out in games that teach your how to master the path to becoming a Jedi.

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New Devil May Cry Trailer

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New Devil May Cry Trailer

Evidently, Capcom decided to reboot the Devil May Cry franchise…in the hands of British developer Ninja Theory. Because the series canon was just so confusing and restrictive that a reboot was critical to attract those new players.

The new trailer suggests that “reboot” may not be as correct a term as “new game attached to the coattails of a popular IP.” Get ready to hurt, folks, because this has all the hallmarks of an ill-conceived “gritty” reboot.

Video past the break.

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Latest Screenshots of DC Universe Online

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Latest Screenshots of DC Universe Online

DC Universe Online shares with us screenshots of heroes helping The Flash defeat Gorilla Grodd the telepathic gorilla, that controls the minds of others. I wouldn’t want to be this simian mind-controller, going up against some of the toughest looking heroes there are. With DC Universe Online releasing in less than two months I hope everyone has their pre-orders ready.

Tonight, Reach Falls.

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Tonight, Reach Falls.

If you’re a gamer, you know Halo. Whether you love it or hate it, Halo is an undeniable phenomenon, with a massive fan base and fingers in a tremendous number of consumer pies, from gaming to literature to comic books to t-shirts to . . . well, I draw a blank at what industries the franchise doesn’t touch.

Well, no Halo Cookbook. 343, get on that.

Culinary concerns aside, Halo is a monster, and one that I have loved from the beginning. An epic space opera with phenomenal voice-acting, a sweeping storyline, menacing villains on a religious crusade to essentially end all life in the galaxy, and space-zombies. Its a nerd’s dream, and one realized by a development team who has unparalleled production values. Some studios develop games; Bungie defines gaming.

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Borderlands DLC – Claptrap New Robot Revolution Screens

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Borderlands DLC – Claptrap New Robot Revolution Screens

Don’t you just love those games that come so highly recommend that you are told to buy immediately. Then of course you start to question said friend’s instruction and decide you’ll rent it instead. Figuring that you’ll only need the game for 5 days. Only to discover shortly after you rental period is up that you friend was right. Unfortunately  that’s what I did with Borderlands, shortly after my rental time I dragged my cheap ass to the my local Game Stop.

Well it appears Borderlands is far from over with Gearbox’s continual support with DLC. Check out the screenshots below from Borderlands latest DLC: Claptrap New Robot Revolution.

Grip-iTs Review

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Grip-iTs Review

One of the most important parts of a game controller is the grip on the analog stick. It could be the difference between killing or being killed, winning or losing, t-bagging or being t-bagged. After substantial use, your grip can be completely gone, making it very frustrating to use. So what do you do? Fork out $50 for a brand new controller and abandon poor old rusty? Or better yet, how about get some Grip-iTs?

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Metroid: Other M Review

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Metroid: Other M Review

After being announced by Nintendo at E3 in 2009, Metroid: Other M has finally been released. Nintendo and Team Ninja did not disappoint; Other M will keep you entertained from start to finish. Throughout the game, you will be reminded of past Metroid titles and introduced to newmaterial you will learn to love.

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