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A father’s love drives Bioshock 2

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A father’s love drives Bioshock 2

“Look, Mr. Bubbles!” chirps the yellow-eyed girl in her eerie voice, holding out a crude plush Big Daddy as she crawls from the vent. “It’s you!”

Incapable of speech, Subject Delta does not reply. The Alpha-Series Big Daddy reaches out with gloved hands and gently lowers Eleanor to the floor. She takes him by the hand and tugs him to the first corpse with every sign of affection. The Little Sister stabs her gruesome syringe into the corpse, draws blood, and gulps it from the nipple at the other end. “Mmm!” she says appreciatively, wiping the red from her lips, and giggles, before speeding ahead. Delta tromps along behind like a faithful hound.

This parody of fatherhood is the foundation of Subject Delta’s existence, and it comes to an abrupt end in a clever ambush set by utopian activist Sophia Lamb, Eleanor’s mother. But the famous psychiatrist, brought into Rapture to counsel its anxious population during the city’s golden years, has little interest in her daughter as a person. To her Eleanor represents a successor- a girl she has reared primarily to further her political aims, much as she has abused her psychiatry to gather supporters.

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Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front hits the App Store

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The follow up to the hugely successful Brothers In Arms for iPhone has hit the App Store. BIA2 features more WWII action in both the solo story mode or up to 5 player multiplayer in conflicts across five locations including Africa, Europe and the Pacific. With decent 3D graphics and action revolving around a now familiar cover scheme wielding machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles, flamethrowers and more, if you were a fan of BIA then there’s plenty more to like in BIA2 including a tank and even a glider. Read On

Retro Gaming Reviews: Mega Man X (1993)

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Retro Gaming Reviews: Mega Man X (1993)

When you think side-scrolling shooters, it’s hard not to think of Mega Man, the little blue robot whose NES offerings, especially the earlier entries were notorious for their difficulty. And even after the SNES hit the market, Capcom continued releasing new entries on the NES, a practice that went on for about 3 years before Capcom finally felt ready to take the series into the 16-bit age. However, when the time finally came for the series to make its grand debut on the SNES, rather than be greeted by the familiar Blue Bomber, Capcom introduced us to Mega Man X, his slightly more mature and edgier counterpart. Read On

3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

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3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

It seems today everything has a sense of the past linked to it, retro is cool and kicking. This is the inspiration behind 3D Dot Game Heroes. This game is every classic video game smashed together into a smoothie of wonder, BUT in 3D! This will sound dumb, but imagine the 2D games, but in 3D. Right? It’s like…Avatar, 3D man!

While a game that’s main selling point is that it is 3D you might think it to be oddly enough shallow. I got to watch and preview the game this morning and let me tell you it is nothing to scoff at here. The game has large influences of game play from the games of old, but everything with it has a distinct flavor of new to it. You ever listen to artists that mash up songs to make their own? It’s very much like that and it is super fly, fool. You have your hacking and your slashing, puzzles, and some pretty sweet mini games to boot. I am excited for the game to release in May (May 11th 2010 to be exact). I think the thing that I am most excited about is the music in the game, It has such a “Neo-Old School” feel to it that I can’t stop listening to the music on the website. Listen to it. I want to wake up to that every morning.

The only thing I could hope for right now would be an old school controller to go with the game to get that feel on touch basis. But hey, that’s hardly a complaint about the game. Again check it out when it drops on May 11, 2010.

Retro Game Reviews: The Sonic the Hedgehog Series – A Retrospective

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Retro Game Reviews: The Sonic the Hedgehog Series – A Retrospective

I’m sure we’ve all heard the news by this point. Sega has recently revealed their secret “Project Needlemouse” as Sonic the Hedgehog 4, the next iteration of the 19 year-old Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. I’ve always been a fan of that speed addicted hedgehog that could put Speedy Gonzalez to shame, but even I have to admit that the series has been on a very deadly downward spiral for the better part of the last decade, beginning with the series’ major breakthrough into 3D gameplay in 1999. If Super Mario 64 can be considered a shining example of how to translate a 2D platforming series into 3D, then Sonic could be considered the opposite. While earlier 3D entries weren’t by all means bad, there’s been a very sharp decline in quality with every successive entry, ending with the atrocious Sonic Unleashed. And with fans begging for Sonic’s return to 2D, it seems that Sega is ready to give the fans what they want. But is it too little too late for the little blue speed demon? Where exactly did Sonic go so wrong? Is it even possible for him to redeem himself at this point?
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Retro Game Reviews: Metal Gear Solid (1998)

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Metal Gear Solid. Now that’s a game that I’ve got a long history with. Released in 1998 by Konami, you play as Snake, a retired special ops operative turned mercenary, brought out of retirement to help stop a rogue special ops group from launching a nuclear weapon. I don’t exactly remember what the hype for the game was, given that I was only 10 at the time. However, I remember being excited after playing the demo with my cousin. It was at the time that Pizza Hut was giving out Demo Discs (remember those?) with their pizzas, and we were instantly hooked. Eventually, we began quoting some of the lines from the game, something that persists even to this day. The demo itself was a lot of fun and, once I got the actual game in my hands, I was hooked. But, let’s take off the nostalgia goggles for a moment and see how it holds up today. Read On

Can't wait for Diablo 3? Torchlight has your back

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No, no, Diablo III isn’t out yet.  In the meantime, however, try the game Torchlight.  In fact, it’s an dungeon crawl RPG created by some of the same folks who worked on Diablo, Fate, and the never released Mythos.  Just hop on down to the Torchlight website and download your two-hour trial for free!  If you like it, it’s only twenty bucks for unlimited use.

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Retro Game Reviews: Kingdom Hearts (2002)

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Okay, so there are many who wouldn’t consider this game “retro” just yet, but I mean, the game is almost eight freaking years old already. Where does the time go?

Anyway, I mentioned in my last review that my tendency to overcompensate for the embarrassingly small game library I had in my younger days resulted in my owning a library of games that have gone largely uncompleted, despite the fact that the games have been sitting on my desk for years. Unfortunately, despite how good a game is, something else eventually catches my attention and I move on, revisiting the game at a later date until something else comes along again. It’s a vicious cycle and, unfortunately for me, it has deprived me of the pleasure of complete some pretty awesome games. One of which was Square and Disney‘s Kingdom Hearts.

Despite my excitement for the game when it was announced, I didn’t actually purchase it until nearly four years after the game’s release, relying on borrow the game from friends to get my fix. And, even after buying the game in 2006, it would be almost another four years before I would complete the game. And that is not an exaggeration, having barely completed the game, for the first time mind you, just a few days ago.

For those of you that may have missed the game, Kingdom Hearts is an Action RPG that crosses Final Fantasy with Disney. It may sound like an odd mix, but it works surprisingly well, though Final Fantasy fans might find themselves getting annoyed at the fact that their beloved characters like Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart (who goes by the alias Leon), and Aerith Gainsborough take a back seat to all the Disney stuff, but the game works well, despite that, especially to fans of Square Enix’s penchant for storytelling. Read On

Retro Game Reviews: Super Mario World (1990)

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As big a gamer as I am, the list of games I played in my younger days is embarrassingly small. So, much like a man who buys a big gun to compensate for having a small penis, I overcompensated in recent years, leaving me with a library of games littered with titles I’ve never finished. Still, even with all those games left to play, I always find myself going back to basics, playing the classics from the small library of games from my past. And out of that small list, there is one game that stands out more than the rest. Nintendo‘s Super Mario World for the SNES. It’s a game that, for me, never gets old. It aged really well and, after nearly 20 years, is still as enjoyable now as it was back then.

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