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For Obsidian's crowdfunded love letter to Infinity Engine games like Icewind Dale and Baldur's Gate, I was impressed by its willingness to pull back the curtain and let me see the machinery behind it.
We've all been there. Everyone remembers that mission. You and your partner are climbing up the mountains in the snow, striving to pull some slick clandestine operation about getting some intel on a bad guy, or something similar (because let's face...
So you own a PS3. Wait, you have one? (ohhhh, snap) Despite the lack of exclusives, the big, black box has some decent entries in its library this year, and if you don't have a 360, there's plenty to make your inner gift-grabber happy.
You don't mess with people in white cloaks, especially those that need just half a reason to kill you. Nope, you definitely don't want to meet Altaïr on a rooftop anytime soon. Seems very ninja-friendly, though... hmm....
Sometimes we are so busy complaining about the lack of innovation in games that we forget about how some gameplay is just plain solid. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune does everything with spectacular precision and detail, all wrapped up in a classic adventure tale.
Don't let the short campaign mode deter you. FPS fans should put Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in their arsenal. If not just for the cinematic graphics, its white-knuckled action is the crux of blistering multiplayer shoot-outs.
As one of the best co-operative multiplayer games ever, coupled with a spiffy tracklist and a variety of peripherals, Rock Band is without a doubt the party game of the year, if not of this generation.
For a girl with a red ponytail longer than most extremities, Nariko kicks quite a lot of ass. Heavenly Sword is a short and sweet adventure with uncanny voice acting and motion capturing that are sure to impress.
Dude, that session was sick! No skateboarding title is as real as skate. No video tapes twirling in the corner, no grinding a fifty-feet rail at a forty-five degree incline, no Christ Air into a revert-manual-360 kickflip-noseblunt combo. Just skating, pure and simple.
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DiRT: Colin McRae Off-Road
Rally racing is the preverbial dark horse of the sport, at least in the US. Not many people here care for it, outside of the X Games... and even then. But take DiRT for a spin and you will find it as polished and sophisticated as any racing title.