Silent Hunter 5 PC Game Review

Sim developers have a tough job. They have to create a game that gives players control of a variety of complex systems that in the real world would actually require numerous trained specialists. These systems have to work realistically but still bend far away from complete authenticity to be not ...

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom PC Game Review

Real-time strategy games aren’t for the mentally lazy. Winning them takes patience, skill, a talent for relating causes and effects, and the ability to recognize the interconnectivity of multiple complex systems. Since 1993, German developer Blue Byte has been combining RTS mechanics with elements of city-building sim games in its ...

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Mount and Blade: Warband PC Game Review

Let’s get straight to the point. Mount and Blade: Warband is not the prettiest game on the market. If games were women, Mount and Blade: Warband would be that girl with a hormone disorder that made her have kind of a beard. But like beard-girl, Warband has a really good ...

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Assassin's Creed II PC Game Review

Assassin’s Creed II is the follow-up to Ubisoft’s 2007 hit that attracted a mass audience if not unanimous critical acclaim. The sequel is an expansive and bloody romp through Renaissance Italy that plays up every popular aspect of the first installment while righting many of its flaws. The PC version ...

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Worldshift PC Game Review

Set in a post-apocalyptic world dominated by the technology-based humans, nature-worshipping Tribe and sinister Cult, WorldShift is, at its core, a very simple RTS with all base-building elements removed. You control a group of characters that you steer around the map, right-clicking on everything you want to kill along the ...

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Borderlands: Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot PC Game Review

Borderlands is right near the top of my list for games of 2009. The cooperative loot hunt is addictive by design and it doesn’t hurt matters that the style is about as inviting and fun as they come. The first downloadable add-on, The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, offered more ...

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King's Bounty: Armored Princess PC Game Review

King’s Bounty: Armored Princess does more of the same really well. The stand-alone expansion to 2008′s cult hit King’s Bounty: The Legend adds virtually nothing to the original’s strategy role-playing game formula, but the game does all of the by-the-numbers stuff so perfectly that you can’t help but love the ...

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Dante's Inferno Xbox 360 Review

When planning a videogame, classical literature isn’t the first source material that comes to mind. For centuries, the Western concept of the afterlife has been framed by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, which terrified and enraptured people with its journey through the lands of the dead. After all, wandering through bleak ...

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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Wii Review

The original No More Heroes on Nintendo Wii set a precedent during its 2008 release. Here was a game that pulled no punches, broke the fourth wall, and catered to the sliver of hardcore players that looked for bloodshed, sex, and violence on Nintendo’s otherwise squeaky clean console. Franchise creator ...

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

When it comes to creating distinct and memorable worlds, few developers have such a storied history as Square Enix. And in The Crystal Bearers, the new third-person adventure game set in the Crystal Chronicles universe, this gift for conjuring worlds is on glorious display. Your journeys will take you through ...

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