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The Stanley Parable

    Here’s a trippy little game for you, a Half Life 2 mod called “The Stanley Parable” that was downloaded 100,000 in 3 weeks when it was released a couple months ago. It’s gotten a lot of well deserved buzz in the gaming world, and since I TAed one of creator Davey Wreden‘s film [...]

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“The Cat and the Coup”: Fun and Learnin’ All in One Package

    Thanks to my finicky gaming tastes, which drive me away from most FPS, RTS, and platformers, I’m excited when I find a new genre to explore. “The Cat and the Coup” is the first “documentary puzzle” game I’ve played, and it far exceeded my expectations of how historical events could be related in [...]

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The Room Tribute

  Oh hai, reader! I didn’t know it was you. You know what’s great? Tommy Wiseau’s amazingly campy movie The Room. You know what’s even better? The incredibly campy game The Room Tribute! You haven’t heard of The Room, you say? Well, you’ve been missing out. It’s L.A.’s favorite  “midnight movie” cult classic, filling theaters [...]

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Valet Parking 1989 Will Probably Make You Love Your Job

    Ah, this game brings me back. This is the sort of innovative game we haven’t seen since… well, since 1989. A simulation game that speaks to the little guy, like one of my favorite 80s games, Paperboy. A game with hooks like TOTALLY RAD celebrities, a SUPER COOL story and ENDLESS PLAY. Oh [...]

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Bite-Sized Fun: Sushi Cat

It’s back to school time, which means no more time for games with long, sprawling storylines.  Instead I turn to quick bite games to carry me through the semester, phone games, Flash games, games with levels I can play for two minutes and still feel satisfied. Now for some reason I’ve never gotten caught up [...]

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Impressions: Transformers Dark of the Moon

      First off, I should lead by saying that this game does not suck. It says something, really, that I have to state this outright. I mean, we’re dealing with multiple factors here: the legacy of “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen,” not to mention movie games in general. There’s the gaming industry’s past [...]

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Review: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

Review: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
4

(This review was completed on the Xbox 360 version. Please note that the Windows release is due out on May 24.) Avast! Thar may be some of ye out there who have not yet played a bloody Lego franchise game… Ye scurvy sons of wenches, this be an unacceptable course! *COUGH COUGH* Ok, enough with [...]

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Mortal Kombat

5

I can still remember that bright Spring afternoon, coming home from school and discovering that all my friends had gathered at my neighbors house. What mystery was contained that would stir up such a ruckus? A working lightsaber? A Neo Geo? I walked down the stairs into his basement to find the only light coming [...]

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90s Flashback: The 7th Guest vs Monkey Island 2 SE on iOS

90s Flashback: The 7th Guest vs Monkey Island 2 SE on iOS
0.5

Big life changes always make me a bit nostalgic, and as I’m getting dangerously close to finishing grad school and being chucked into the cold harsh real world, I’ve started revisiting old childhood loves, like listening to David Bowie mix CDs, painting my nails black, and watching episodes of Buffy on Netflix. That nostalgia is [...]

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Dr. Noh’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Review

Dr. Noh’s Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition Review
4.5

  The biggest factor in reviewing a fighting game for home console is usually how faithfully the original arcade version is represented (unless the even the arcade version is terrible). I good port of a popular arcade game can be a system seller. In the 16-bit era, the Super Nintendo had a heads-up on the [...]

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Ash iPhone Review

Ash iPhone Review
4

I’ve played around with a number of RPGs for the iPhone (Dungeon Hunter: meh; Song Summoner: unbearably awful).  Ash has been my favorite, by leaps and bounds. I mean, I actually beat it.  And not only did I beat it, I’ve been playing it pretty compulsively for the past week, every time I’ve had 30 [...]

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Pilotwings Resort (3DS) review

Pilotwings Resort (3DS) review
3.5

Here it is: Padinga’s first 3DS title reviewed.  Fancy, huh?  To celebrate, this whole review is going to be rendered and posted at a later date in true stereoscopic!  That’s right, Padinga’s going 3D. So how does Pilotwings Resort, the latest entry in the rather small Pilotwings franchise, stack up against the other games available [...]

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LittleBigPlanet 2 Review

LittleBigPlanet 2 Review
5

I love LittleBigPlanet. Now, you may think I’m biased, because I do tend to love things that are adorable, but let’s be honest, there are plenty of adorable games out there that suck. Fortunately, LittleBigPlanet 2 is not one of those games. Media Molecule took everything that was enjoyable about the original LittleBigPlanet and enhanced [...]

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Killzone 3 Review

Killzone 3 Review
3

Killzone is a series that has always confused me. It always wanted to be a Halo-killer, but it chose to have mechanics that resembled Call of Duty on paper and a garbage barge in execution.  That is, the idea of these massive combat action sequences, but your character moves with a real-world weight, an actual [...]

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A Half-Assed Epic Mickey Review…

A Half-Assed Epic Mickey Review…
2

…half-assed because I didn’t finish the game, and probably never will, which kind of shocks me.  As a fan of all things RPG and Disney, the combination of the two usually equals instant obsession and a loss of several months for me (Kingdom Hearts…. ahh, now that was a good summer). It’s not that I [...]

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Touch Pets Cats Review – No Seriously…They Purr

Touch Pets Cats Review – No Seriously…They Purr
4

I have an addiction… to a game. This is a safe environment right? I can talk about it? No one will judge me? Okay… enough BS-ing… here we go. I’m addicted to Touch Pets Cats, my online iPod Touch game. Yes it’s available for all of those other Apple devices. But I can only afford [...]

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Review: Sonic 4 Episode 1

Review: Sonic 4 Episode 1
4.5

After 13 years of wondering what the heck happened in Sonic lore after Sonic & Knuckles, we finally have our answer in Sonic 4- Episode 1.  There’s a death star, and uhh… Tails and Knuckles are… ummm… well yea Robtnik goes by Eggman now.  Did you know that?  And… well, there’s more emeralds. Ok so [...]

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Dr. Noh’s Sin and Punishment: Star Successor Review

Dr. Noh’s Sin and Punishment: Star Successor Review
5

Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Earth (2000) for the Nintendo 64 is one of my favorite games of all time, so when Sin and Punishment: Star Successor was announced in 2008, to say I was excited is and understatement. I hasn’t been until more recently that Treasure has started to release direct sequels to [...]

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Review: New Super Mario Bros Wii

Review: New Super Mario Bros Wii
5

New Super Mario Bros Wii Mario is back! Said I, in a Marrrrio voice.  If you’ve played New Super Mario Bros for DS, you know what you’re getting yourself into with New Super Mario Bros Wii.  If not, here’s the deal: Mario Bros for NES was great, right?  Well, what if you took that game, [...]

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Shin Megami Tensei : Devil Survivor

Shin Megami Tensei : Devil Survivor
4

I finally got around to picking up Devil Survivor for the DS. The game follows the main character (get to choose his name) as he and his friends are stuck in Tokyo. Hero (my name for the main characters) gets a COMP (short for something a looks like a DS) to summon demons to battle [...]

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