Browsing all articles by Andrew Allen.

The Darkness II Review

  Dear Reader, “The Darkness II” is, in a way, the future of gaming; perhaps the whole franchise is. Taken purely on the merits of its gameplay, it’s fairly middling, but thanks to a singularly gripping story, masterful control of tone, and some world-class voice acting, your hand stays glued on the controller. I wouldn’t [...]

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Gotham City Imposters Isn’t As Terrible As I Thought, But It’s Not Great Either

  Dear Reader, I have been a vocal opponent of Monolith’s “Gotham City Imposters” for some time, but now that the game is out and I’ve put some time into it, I’m willing to concede it’s not as bad as I feared. More or less a cut-rate “Team Fortress 2,” “Imposters” benefits from Monolith’s steady [...]

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Details On This Month’s MW3 Elite Map

  Dear Reader, Activision released a screenshot and some new info on “Overwatch,” the new skyscraper-bound COD map that Elite players will get their hands on in a few weeks.   “Overwatch drops you into a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper. The battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical [...]

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Five Great Franchises Being Inexplicably Ignored (and A Few That Should Be)

  Dear Reader, Some of the best franchises in gaming are currently sitting on the shelf, without new iterations or reboots to continue their legacies, and I think that’s a shame. Let’s go through and pick five great brands that are being inexplicably ignored, and champion their cause for a new generation.

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The Best Game on iOS Right Now Is…

  Dear Reader, Recently, I’ve stumbled upon an iOS game that you must purchase, but you can’t. It’s impossible to purchase. Because it’s free. And it makes “Infinity Blade” look like chump change, “Angry Birds” a meaningless distraction, and “GTA III”…no, actually, that one is still pretty cool. Curious? Hit the jump and I’ll tell you [...]

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How To Make Uncharted 4 Better Than Uncharted 3

  Dear Reader, It’s no secret that I thought “Uncharted 3″ was just a little underwhelming, so with rumors that “Uncharted 4″ is more than likely in the works, I thought I should take a second and point out what I want to be different the next time around. God knows I love the franchise, [...]

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The Ten Best Multiplayer Shooter Maps of All Time

  Dear Reader, Shooter maps come and go, but every now and then one sticks out in your memory; it’s almost like a place you’ve really been. This article will list what I think are the ten best shooter multiplayer maps, and by “best” I mean “most memorable.” I’m not going to argue they’re the [...]

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NoHopeLeft.Com: First Tease of Resident Evil 6?

  Dear Reader, A viral website called “nohopeleft” has appeared online, containing many pictures like the one below. Notice the “O”s resemble the “Biohazard” logo (“Biohazard” is RE’s name in Japan). Hmmm. Is this some Chris Nolan-esque marketing ploy for “Resident Evil 6?” IGN is reporting a connection between this site and a “Raccoon City” viral site, but [...]

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Resident Evil Retrospective: The Best (and Worst) Games in the Series

  Dear Reader, With “Resident Evil: Revelations” on the verge of release (and receiving rave early reviews), not to mention “Operation Raccoon City” looming in March, it’s as good a time as any to take a look back the history of one of gaming’s biggest franchises. Rather than just list off every game in the [...]

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Five Reasons the PS4 and Xbox 720 Won’t Appear At E3 2012

  Dear Reader, The rumor mill has been spinning wildly about new consoles at E3, but if you really look at the situation, it’s incredibly unlikely. I don’t think either the Xbox 720 or the PS4 will be unveiled at Electronic Entertainment Expo. I’m not psychic, of course, but here’s five solid reasons we may [...]

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The Ten Most Exciting 2012 Releases (And The Five Least Exciting)

  Dear Reader, If 2012 really is the year the world ends, we’re goin’ out with a bang from a gaming standpoint. As we join hands and prepare to embrace the apocalypse, let’s take a look at the ten most promising games set to release this year, as well as the five least promising…relatively speaking. I [...]

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Mario Kart and Scripture. Amazing.

  Dear Reader, Uh…just look at it. It’s amazing. I found it here.

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Mother of God, They’re Still Going to Release Gotham City Imposters

  Dear Reader, In spite of a wealth of negative internet reactions (and not just me), and an unimpressive E3 booth, the formerly talented Monolith Studios and WB are insisting that “Gotham City Imposters” come out. After the recently announced delay, I’d hoped some other studio had staged an intervention and brought them back to their [...]

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Versus: Battlefield 3 Vs. MW3

  Dear Reader, Today we pit MW3 against its industry rival, “Battlefield 3.” I’m sure you’ve been wondering why this hasn’t been a “Versus” article earlier, but I didn’t want to write it until I owned and had thoroughly played both titles. Now I have, so now I can write it. If you’re new to [...]

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Gabe Newell Promises “Something With a Three In It” for E3 2012

Dear Reader, A few weeks back, Gabe Newell was trolled by some cretins on 4chan over email, which he turned into an opportunity to promise “something with a three in it” for E3 2012. This can mean only one thing: “Half Life 2: Episode 3″ is going to be announced this summer. I’m making that [...]

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird in 2011 (Part Two)

Dear Reader, Continuing my left-of-center yearly wrap-up piece, let’s look at threequels, unnecessary games, re-releases and botched stories in otherwise quality games. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? It is! Hit the jump!  

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Holy Crap Have You Played this Wonderputt Game?

Dear Reader, Yeah, yeah, I’ll finish the 2011 wrap-up tomorrow, but for now, Wonderputt. Have you played “Wonderputt?” You need to. Badly. I found it on the AVClub’s Best Web Browser Games list, and it now owns me. I’m not normally down for these types of games, but this thing is so damned charming I can’t [...]

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird in 2011 (Part One)

Dear Reader, I’m bored to death with “Best of xxxx in Gaming” lists, so instead I’m going to hand out awards to whichever games I feel like, in no particular order, for what I consider noteworthy achievements and/or failures. I’m not going to numerically rank anything as above or below anything else, because I’m increasingly [...]

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New Mass Effect 3 Trailer Is So Great I’m Sexually Aroused

Dear Reader, Late-breaking news in the world of TMI, this new “Against All Odds” trailer for “Mass Effect 3″ makes me feel…indecent. Ahem. Is it stuffy in here or what, could we crack a window or something? Must be those December heat waves Al Gore kept warning us about. Whew. But seriously, what do we [...]

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GTA III on iPhone Is…Wait, GTA III is on the iPhone?

Dear Reader, Even as I play “Grand Theft Auto III” on my iPhone, I don’t really believe it’s possible. I was already grappling with the reality of “Infinity Blade,” but I explained it away with the very linear range of movement, not to mention a seemingly endless ocean of bugs and glitches. This I cannot explain. [...]

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