Category: Video Games

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Brütal Legend

Verdict: 81/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

Yes, I wish it were longer. Yes, the side quests are a bit repetitive. But how can you resist a world crafted so lovingly and meticulously? Just now, while exploring, I came upon a graveyard. The headstones were wearing headphones.

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In the end, The Path is a little bit like getting punched in the nose by a centaur. It’s momentarily painful, but you get to spend the next few days trying to figure out precisely what the hell just happened to you.

Justin McElroy
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To watch collectors of arcade games insulting people who were once high score champions on video games is, to anyone even 20 feet away from this subculture, like watching people in fursuits insulting a documentary about people in fursuits who play in a band. It just doesn’t scan, folks.

Jason Scott
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Fallout 3

Verdict: 91/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

Let’s get straight to the point: Fallout 3, despite its minor flaws, is the closest I’ve felt to inhabiting a real‐life world inside a video game. It’s built for exploration and will deliver enough substance for at least a hundred hours of gameplay. On top of all this, enemies’ heads explode if you shoot them just right — and that’s pretty cool by itself.

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Mass Effect

Verdict: 85/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

This is perhaps the most gorgeous game I’ve ever played. More than half of the credit goes to stellar art direction; the game projected a 1980s EPCOT view of the distant future, complete and meticulous. It gave me chills. I’ve played through it once, but will have to postpone a second play‐through because there are too many other excellent games in my queue.

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Rock Band

Verdict: 90/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

I am so in love with this game that I don’t even mind how my bass pedal is ready to snap in half. I’ll avail myself of the RMA process eventually, but for now some duct tape and a couple pencils will do the trick.

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Bioshock

Verdict: 96/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

I’m late to the review party (I was too busy playing the game), so all the superlatives have been used up, but Bioshock is the undisputed Game of the Year. The central plot is shaky at times, but the atmosphere created by the rich backstory and gorgeous scenery is the best I’ve ever experienced in a video game.

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Now, I worked on [NFL] Head Coach. There’s no excuse at all for that game and I’m really, truly, sorry. We all tried submitting “Game is awful” as a bug, but nobody listened.

DrBagpipes (Something Awful forums)

Screens from Gamefly

Posted in Articles, Video Games, Web

Gamefly, the Netflix of video games, does a nice thing when you try to rent your first game on a new system: Much better than being forced to go to an options page. However, the “GameQ” page — where you can specify the order in which you want your games delivered — needs a

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Saints Row

Verdict: 72/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

A surprisingly good clone of the Grand Theft Auto games. The plot isn’t as good, though, and it suffers from some bizarre and frustrating bugs.

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