Reviews

Going Commando: ‘Toy Soldiers: Cold War’ Review

The main message delivered by the current generation of mainstream war video games can be summed up with the words “War Is Not Fun.”

It’s not all that surprising, given the fact that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, Medal of Honor and Battlefield 3 all mimic ongoing conflicts with repercussions that hit close to home. But for …

Buy This Now: ‘Groove Coaster’ Review

I’ve been sitting with Groove Coaster for about a week now, trying to figure out if it’s just really, really good or one of the best iOS games I’ve ever played. The reason this determination has been difficult is because, on the face of it, Groove Coaster‘s a relatively straightforward rhythm game. You know the kind: music plays, colored …

God, Complex: ‘From Dust’ Review

When you’re God, the world is your puzzle.

That’s the main conceit powering From Dust, a game from legendary designer Eric Chahi, best known for his early PC gaming masterpiece Another World. It’s a graphical and aesthetic update to the god game, a genre which saw its greatest popularity more than a decade ago in titles like Populous

The Ups and Downs of Mac OS X Lion

Pulled out your e-wallet and deposited $30 in Apple’s coffers for a digital copy of OS X Lion? Patiently (or not so patiently) sucked all 4GB down and rolled through the upgrade process with all your applications more or less intact and functional? Figured out that a lot of the changes you don’t like (say, auto-disappearing scrollbars, …

Good Mourning to You: ‘Bastion’ Review

Most video games have you trying to forestall disaster. Even the ones set in a post-apocalyptic milieus–like Crysis 2 or Fallout: New Vegas, for example–have you trying to prevent an even more awful end-of-days scenario.

Supergiant Games’ Bastion–the first title in Microsoft’s annual Summer of Arcade promotion–puts players in …

Radiation Sickness: Duke Nukem Forever Review

I remember the first time I saw Duke Nukem Forever, which was about a year ago. Surprise was the only word I could use to sum up my feelings. This legendary piece of vaporware existed? It was playable and funny and self-aware too? Man, if it could come back from the edge of oblivion, then it might actually be good …

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Shockingly Good: ‘Infamous 2′ Review

It’s a rule: When you become a superhero, you get a city. Spider-Man swings all over Marvel Comics’ version of the Big Apple, Superman’s got Metropolis and everyone knows Gotham City is Batman’s town. In the best interpretations, the stomping grounds that heroes patrol reflect the core truths about them, and vice versa. So Batman can …

Arresting Development: ‘L.A. Noire’ Review

Rockstar Games has a reputation. People see the R* icon on a game box and expect chaos of the first degree. The Manhattan-based company’s pushed the boundaries of portraying sex, violence and postmodern attitudes in their best-known series like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt, letting players turn whole cities into unpredictable petri …

An Extra-Strength All-in-One: iMac Spring 2011 Review

Pity the poor iMac. In an ecosystem that boasts iPad 2s, MacBook Airs and iPhone 4s, Apple’s all-in-one desktop stalwart looks like the old stand-by. It’s had a few design changes over the years, going from a plastic enclosure to aluminum and getting that glossy edge-to-edge glass display, but it’s never been quite as sexy as the other …

Broken But Beautiful: ‘Brink’ Review

What happens to society when you run out of resources? That’s the question lurking in the background of new post-apocalyptic first-person shooter Brink. On a massive floating city known as the Ark, two extremes of troubling human behavior come to the fore in view of the game’s theme: perpetual conflict. The Security faction wants to lock …

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