Evan Narcisse

If you need help and if you can find him, Evan Narcisse is a professional nerd-for-hire. After an awkward adolescence, he’s gone on to write about video games, comic books and pop culture for Essence, AOL, the Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly and Crispy Gamer. Beyond Good & Evil is one of his favorite games ever and he listens to the soundtrack from REZ just about once a week.

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Cruel Story, Bro: ‘Gears of War 3′ Review

Gears of War 3 represents the kind of game that’s become deeply embattled as bite-sized smartphone gaming and freemium models shift the economics and expectations around the video game medium. It’s big and loud and costly to make. It runs on only one game platform and appeals mostly to a meat-and-potatoes fanbase that doesn’t appear to …

Epic’s Rod Fergusson Talks ‘Gears of War 3′

To everyone expecting a Gears of War 3 review: It’s coming.

In the meantime, I had a chance to speak to Rod Fergusson, executive producer at Epic Games, about what next week’s big release means for the studio and the world they’ve created. Over the last five years, the previous Gears games have introduced unique gameplay elements–a …

Sony Unveils December 17 Release Date for PlayStation Vita… in Japan

The Tokyo Game Show is home turf for Sony and Nintendo, the Japanese companies still regarded as heavyweights in the video game business. While Nintendo held their own 3DS-centric event just preceding the annual game gathering, Sony’s press conference marked the official kick-off of TGS and details about the new Vita handheld took center …

Rockstar Games Offers First Look at ‘Max Payne 3′

Here’s the thing about Rockstar Games: You never know when they’re going to make a move. While they’re not quite as bad as Apple, the NYC-based developers of the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption tend to be very secretive about their games’ release windows.

That’s certainly been the case with Max Payne 3. While it’s …

Nintendo Details 3DS Slide Pad and Upcoming Game Releases

On the eve of this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo held a conference to update consumers on their upcoming plans for the 3DS. The Nintendo 3DS Conference brought some good news, some surprising news and some bad news for folks tracking the roller coaster ride that the company’s newest dual-screen handheld has been on.

The Slide Pad …

Addictive Blooms: ‘Fractal’ Review

Like any watershed work of art, 1984’s Tetris sired lots of offspring, some more bastardly than others. And it’s been fascinating to see the way the falling block puzzle genre has transformed that since the Russian-born game made the Game Boy a must-have device. Time limits, RPG elements, multiple colors and a plethora of shapes have …

Five Awesome Games from PAX Prime 2011

While the cosplay memories of the 2011 Penny Arcade Expo may fade, the glimpses of great games to come will keep gamers warm for many nights. Coming right at the cusp of the end-of-year holiday rush, PAX Prime seems to be serving as a last peek into the crazy months of September and December, as well as planting seeds of awareness for …

Taking You Higher: ‘Jetpack Joyride’ Review

When I first saw Jetpack Joyride a few weeks back, it was still being called Machine Gun Jetpack. It was after my demo of Fruit Ninja Kinect–also made by Australian dev studio Halfbrick–that I saw a quick run-through of the still-brewing iOS game. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it in the months that have passed.

The …

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