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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Playstation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on January 10, 2012 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Genre: FPS/Action/RPG

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Developer: Eidos Montreal/Nixxes Software

Price: $29.99

I remember the first time I played Deus Ex back in 2000 on my best friend’s PC. At the time, the graphics were amazing, and the combination of first person shooter and RPG was addicting, and pretty new to me. The futuristic, cyberpunk setting and complex, conspiracy laden story had me hooked from beginning to multiple endings.

I passed up on the sequel: Deus Ex: Invisible War, mostly because I heard it just wasn’t that good, and failed to live up to the expectations set by the groundbreaking original.

When I heard that a new Deus Ex was releasing, 8 years after the sequel, and a whopping 11 years after the original, I was skeptical. When I heard that it was a prequel, set before the events of the first game, I was downright convinced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, would be nothing more than a mediocre cash in on a series that could have been so much more. I was so, so wrong. Continue reading

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Alice: Madness Returns Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Playstation 3, Reviews, Xbox 360 with tags , , , on January 9, 2012 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Genre: Action/Adventure

Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Developer: Spicy Horse

Price: $29.99 (USD)

I never played American McGee’s original Alice, but I found myself drawn to the sequel due to it’s intriguing concept and atmospheric art design. I didn’t know much about the title beyond it being a dark tale inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Ironically, Alice in Wonderland isn’t exactly one of my favorite stories to begin with. It never quite grabbed me like other fairy tales.

With that said, I dove into Alice: Madness Returns with pretty moderate expectations. I often find that going into new things with moderate expectations helps to avoid the disappointment that often comes with hype. Although, by the time I had got my hands on Returns, I had heard many negative things about the game. I shrugged them off, preferring to make up my own mind when it comes to what I should and shouldn’t enjoy (and then write a review for others to read, of course!) Continue reading

Terraria Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Retro, Reviews with tags , , , on May 25, 2011 by Stefano Terry

by Stefano Terry

Genre: Sandbox Building RPG
Platform: Windows
Developer: Andrew “Redigit” Spinks
Price: $9.99 (USD) Available through Steam

I’m sure many of you have heard of a little game called Minecraft, developed by indie developer Markus Notch. For those that have not, I’ll describe it’s basic gameplay briefly, as Terraria shares similar game play elements. Minecraft is a 3D “sandbox building game,” which is emerging as a new genre in the industry.

The core mechanics are simple: you are presented with a randomly generated world, and are free to explore it to your hearts content, mining for resources such as wood, iron, dirt, and more, and then using those resources to, well, “craft” things.

Hence, “Minecraft.” You mine and craft. Simple enough, and yet it doesn’t seem terribly compelling as a game play mechanic. Needless to say, Minecraft has proven to be addicting to thousands of gamers, and has made Markus Notch a lot of money. Continue reading

Mass Effect 2 Alternate Appearance DLC Landing on PC and Xbox 360.

Posted in News, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Stefano Terry

Bioware has announced that they will be releasing a downloadable content pack for their epic Sci Fi adventure Mass Effect 2.

The content will be additional costumes for Garrus, Jack, and Thane. The pack will launch on March 23rd for the Xbox 360 and PC, and cost $2.

Assassin’s Creed 2 Review

Posted in Editorials, PC, Playstation 3, PSN, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , on February 14, 2010 by Stefano Terry

by Figboy

Genre: Sandbox Action/Adventure

Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Price: $59.99 (USD)

Despite the original Assassin’s Creed’s highly intriguing premise and impressively realized cities, the game play suffered from extreme repetition and blandness. Even so, I found it to be, overall, a compelling, interesting game. The ending left me a bit irked at it’s abrupt nature, and blatant attempt at shilling a sequel. Still, I figured it was just laying the groundwork for an even more impressive sequel.

And I was right.

Right off of the bat, Assassin’s Creed 2 establishes a more compelling world and characters. Players once again step into the shoes, or should I say, genetic memory, of Desmond Miles, who has been spirited away by fellow assassin Lucy Stillman, in order to be hooked up to the “Animus 2.0,” and uncover further information about the Templars and their latest plans. Continue reading

Select/Start Games Best of 2009 Awards

Posted in Editorials, Industry, PC, Playstation 3, PSN, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by Stefano Terry

2009 now draws to a close, and for gamers, it has been one of the best years of this generation, if not the best year this generation in terms of quality software. It seemed like no matter what the genre or platform, you could find a game that simply screamed quality, even amidst the many game delays that plagued the year. These awards are by no means comprehensive, or to be taken as law, but they are certainly the games we felt really summed up 2009. Enjoy. Continue reading

Dragon Age Origins: Return To Ostagar DLC Announced

Posted in News, PC, Playstation 3, PSN, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE with tags , on December 29, 2009 by Stefano Terry

Bioware has revealed some new downloadable content for their RPG hit Dragon Age.

Entitled, “Return to Ostagar,” the DLC will include a new quest in which players embark on a quest to attain King Cailan’s armor by returning to Ostagar, site of the Grey Warden’s greatest defeat, and uncovering King Cailan’s secrets.

The DLC is priced at 400MS Points ($4.99 for the PS3 version), and will be hitting the PC and 360 on January 5th. The PS3 will get the content sometime later in January.