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2011’s outdatedreviews Game of the Year Awards!!!

A lot of great games came out last year. Shooter fans sat nestled in their dens getting in some personal time with the latest iteration of the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise. Fantasy lovers spent countless hour roaming through all of upper Tamriel in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. But if neither of those games grabbed you there were plenty of others grabbing. Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword, Portal 2, Gears of War 3, and those are only a few of the vast amount of games released in 2011.

So no matter if you liked Battlefield more than Call of Duty, you really can’t argue that 2011 was an amazing year for gamers.

But something we can argue about…What the best game of the year was.

So here it goes: the 2011 outdatedreviews Game of the Year awards. Read the rest of this entry

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In a Nutshell: Dark Souls. PS3 version.

Dark Souls is a game. Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect 2 on PS3.

Last night I picked up the downloadable version of Mass Effect 2 on the PSN. And after a lengthy download and install, (during which I fell asleep) I played the opening of ME2. Read the rest of this entry

In a nutshell: Skyrim (2011) PS3 version.

Welcome to the first edition of “In a nutshell.” This is what I will post if I don’t have time to write a full-length review, or maybe the game just doesn’t warrant a full review. But what this essentially is, is a smaller review format.

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Batman: Arkham City (2011), video game review.

For this review I am trying a slightly different review format. Some of you may recognize it from IGN and that is because I’m using that same format. Please leave comments on how you like it… Read the rest of this entry

Mass Effect 2 (2010), video game review.

Mass Effect 2 changes everything that the original did wrong. Where as the first games combat was bogged down by bad mechanics and lackluster gunplay, the sequel move the gameplay forward and finally makes it feel more like a shooter RPG hybrid, instead of an RPG with some not so great shooting attached.  While they didn’t drastically change-up the way players can manipulate the story, the ability to import your character, along with all of their choices and achievements, from the first game, it gives the player a stronger emotionally attachment to the story… Read the rest of this entry

Enslaved (2010), video game review.

Based loosely off a 16th century Chinese novel, Enslaved tells the story of a future in which you can’t go twenty minutes without running in to a malevolent machine wishing to kill you, or slavers ready to kidnap you. The world has been taken over by mechs, and the few survivors that aren’t slavers or the enslaved are scattered across the world in small pockets, desperately trying to survive. You control Monkey; Monkey is a loner. Moving form one place to the next he never stays in any one place for too long for fear that he might be attacked bymechs, or picked up by slaves. Unfortunately no one can avoid danger for long. Read the rest of this entry

Gears of War 3 (2011), video game review.

In 2007 if you had asked me what my favorite video game was I probably would have said some Nintendo game or an early Playstation game. Fast forward to winter of 2008 and the only game I was playing was Gears of War 2, where I had racked up over a thousand rounds of multiplayer…offline. So naturally since Gears 3 came out earlier this week it has completely consumed my life.

Gears of War 3 may well be the greatest third-person shooter to come out on any system, let alone the Xbox 360. Packed with a ton of great modes, including the new four-player campaign and Beast mode, there’s a lot to love in Gears 3. And even if it was the same old game as the last one, only reskinned, I’d probably still have the same amount of playtime. But luckily…its much much more. Read the rest of this entry

Dead Space 2 (2011), video game review.

Twinkle twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are… Never I may life did I imagine that this song would scare me. But the good folks over at Visceral Games did just that…and more. Dead Space 2 is the scarcest thing I’ve encountered since childhood terrors. Read the rest of this entry

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction (2010), video game review.

I’m a big fan of stealth games. Metal Gear Solid 4 made it onto my Top 10 Favorite Games list, the original MGS is one of my favorites, and I always like the odd stealth missions that pop up in most modern first person shooters. As for the Tom Clancy universe of games, those I’m not so familiar. I own and have played through Rainbow Six Vegas 2, but that’s pretty much it; I own the first Splinter Cell on the Gamecube but I never play it. But none-the-less I was very excited back in what I think was E3 ’09 when they were showing the Conviction gameplay demo.
But now its been over a year since it came out and all that I’ve played of it is the demo and five minutes of the co-op with a friend. I don’t really now why I haven’t played it sooner, but anyways now I’ve played through it.
Read on to see my thoughts on the game… Read the rest of this entry