Category: Video Games


Guitar Hero 2

Verdict: 78/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

The new features are fantastic (practice mode, cooperative multiplayer), and there are some excellent songs in this version, but the game doesn’t jell the way the first one did. I am glad I’ve got a new plastic guitar to replace my old one — the whammy bar had broken off and the strum bar was getting a little flimsy.

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Dead Rising

Verdict: 89/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

For the first five days I owned an Xbox 360, this disc barely left the machine. On top of the ridculously‐high replay value, this game is also a really fascinating look at what Japan thinks about American culture. The “Mark of the Sniper” scene (grab the game script and do a search) seemed to be a direct rebuttal to the 1992 Rodney Peairs/Yoshi Hattori incident.

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Company of Heroes

Verdict: 86/100 (Minimum score is 0; maximum is 100.)

Wow. This game scores very highly on my RTS rubric: full camera control, no forced micromanagement, sane multiplayer, and a forgiving learning curve. It’s so engrossing I’ll forgive it for indulging in the boilerplate “noun of noun” naming convention for World War II video games.

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Perfect playthrough of Night Trap, one of the first games to use full‐motion‐video. This game seems like it was made just so that some schmuck would make fun of it on his blog twenty years later. As SeanBaby puts it:Night Trap is exactly like switching between eight different channels — only at any time, seven on them are static shots of empty rooms and one is the worst show you’ve ever seen.”


At the beginning of an episode of X-Play on G4TV.

Adam Sessler
Hey there, and welcome to X‐Play: a vain attempt to hold the attention of men 18–34.
Morgan Webb
We assume that we’ll soon be replaced with a show about beer and shiny things.
Adam Sessler
And ladies who don’t wear pants!

Guitar Hero

Posted in Video Games

Do you like rhythm games at all? If so, I cannot recommend Guitar Hero more highly. The joints on my fingers ache from holding down fret buttons all weekend. It’s hard to find — I had to go to the Best Buy in Cedar Park to get my copy — but it’s worth the

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