My Fall Preorder Lineup

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Preorder I’ve gradually grown to love “preordering” upcoming titles before they’re released. Originally I viewed the practice as a way for desperate Gamestop employees to harass you at the register, by running through all the additional games they’d like you to buy beyond the one…

What I’ve Been Playing

After a July full of PC gaming, I returned last month to the comfortable embrace of my Xbox and Nintendo 3DS. Let’s look at some of the titles I checked out during August. Dark Souls (Xbox 360) With no new titles immediately demanding my attention, I began last month’s gaming by returning to an older…

Review: Darksiders II

Like its predecessor, Darksiders II combines familiar game elements in ambitious new ways. While it can be a bit rough around the edges, fans of the original should be satisfied, and newcomers to the franchise should give it a look. Darksiders II is the sequel to the 2010 post-apocalyptic adventure game Darksiders, developed by Vigil…

What I’ve Been Playing

Summer is one of the toughest times in the childhood of a video gamer. Even back when I was in elementary school, I remember lamenting the cutting irony of the fact that summer vacation arrived (a) well after I had thoroughly exhausted all interest in whatever game I’d gotten for Christmas, (b) well before my…

What I’ve Been Playing

As I’ve mentioned in the past (and as known by anyone who has had the misfortune of meeting me personally), I love criticizing things. Unfortunately, the writing of game reviews brings with it a host of other problems, and since I started blogging I’ve noticed that my gaming habits have changed significantly. These days I almost exclusively…

Review: Final Fantasy XIII-2

As I write this, I’m 32,000 feet in the air over the Pacific, 7 hours in to a 14-hour flight from Washington D.C. to Tokyo. I’m bored, hungry, and my eyes have desiccated to the point where my contact lenses would be more comfortable if I replaced them with Wheat Thins. Also, there’s some sort…

Review: Saints Row: The Third

This week, we’ll be reviewing Saints Row: The Third. For those of you who have never played a Saints Row game before, let me describe the experience. Thrust into a crowded and hectic metropolis, you are immediately, overwhelmingly, and very deeply troubled by your surroundings… not only by the celebrations of violence, depravity, and avarice…

Review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

For anyone addicted to release-date gaming, this November has been a grueling month, each week stuffed to bursting with high-profile new games. It’s been the kind of hectic month that April is for certified public accountants, though probably with a lot more software patches.  This week, we’ll be running the numbers on Skyrim, the fifth and latest…

Review: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third and latest entry in the Deus Ex franchise, a series of first-person action role-playing games set in a dystopian future full of sunglass-wearing cyborgs. For those of you new to the series, here’s a helpful little timeline: 2000. The original Deus Ex comes out, giving PC gamers and cyberpunk fans an innovative new…

Review: Bastion

This week I’ll be reviewing Bastion, an action RPG developed by rookie indie developer Supergiant Games and released for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace (XBLM) and PC. Bastion follows the adventures of an unnamed protagonist (referred to as “the Kid”) as he tries to piece together remnants of a shattered world. Design: 4/5 I’m really growing to…