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Review: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Lapping the field
Predator versus prey — that's what Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is all about.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 14, 2010


Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns

Monkey shines
Donkey Kong Country returns in style
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  December 07, 2010


Review: Dance Central

Harmonix busts a move
These are trying times for Harmonix.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  November 23, 2010


Review: Rock Band 3

Keys open doors
Adding a keyboard to Rock Band 3 was the most logical move for Harmonix.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  November 09, 2010


Review: Medal of Honor misses the target

Fog of war
Could this be, at long last, the video game that deals frankly with the morass of war? Don't kid yourself.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 31, 2010


Review: NBA Jam

Baller status update
Maybe NBA Jam wasn't the best game of all time, but when it appeared in arcades back in 1993, it acquired a pop-culture cachet that most games couldn't dream of.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 19, 2010


Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Shadow falls
I couldn't play Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for five minutes without wanting to punch somebody involved in its creation.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  October 13, 2010


Review: Metroid: Other M

Mutiny on the bounty hunter
The best in-game storytelling I’ve seen occurs at the climax of Super Metroid .
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 14, 2010


Fall Games Preview: Worlds in motion

Fall video games bust a move
This November marks the fifth anniversary of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, and four years since the launch of Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii. Yet there's no Xbox 720, PlayStation 4, or Super Wii anywhere in sight.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 14, 2010


Review: Mafia II

Just when you think you're in, Mafia II pushes you back out
Thanks to Goodfellas , The Sopranos , and, oh yeah, The Godfather , the life of a wiseguy has been pretty well deromanticized in popular culture. Credit Mafia II , then, with the difficult task of deconstructing the genre even farther.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 07, 2010


Review: Hydro Thunder: Hurricane

Hurricane Force: riding a high tide
Another summer, another wave of critically acclaimed downloadable games.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  September 01, 2010


Review: Limbo

How low can you go?
"A masterpiece." "Close to perfect." "Genius." "Essential, must-play experience." All these quotes appear on the Metacritic page for a game called Limbo . I'd sure like to play that game. There must have been some kind of mix-up with what I downloaded.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  August 04, 2010


Review: DeathSpank

Ron Gilbert flogs the funny bone
"I run into these contrived situations a lot," admits the eponymous hero of DeathSpank , shortly after accepting his zillionth bizarre task from a complete stranger.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  July 27, 2010


Review: Crackdown 2

Power struggle
It's the curse of the sequel. Crackdown 2 isn't a radical departure from its predecessor. But it feels like a letdown.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  July 13, 2010


Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

The latest Metal Gear Solid sends mixed signals
For a couple of hours, I was enjoying the latest iteration of the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, which is called Peace Walker . Unlike the massive, bloated, self-important Metal Gear Solid 4 , this portable installment felt lean and mean.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  July 02, 2010


Review: Red Dead Redemption

Grand Theft Oater?
The land doesn't care. Not about the storms that blow across its plains. Not about the animals that stalk one another through its grasses. And certainly not about the men who occasionally appear over the horizon and try to build a civilization on its sands.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  June 21, 2010


Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Star-crossed: not quite super
Say this for Super Mario: he still seems to be having a good time.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  June 14, 2010


Review: Alan Wake

Shadowplay: Remedy Entertainment puts on a light show
Alan Wake  proves, once again, that developers don’t need to reinvent entire genres to make a good game — they simply need to play to their strengths.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  June 01, 2010


Review: Final Fantasy XIII

Paradigm shift!
I’m so old, I can remember when Final Fantasy VIII came out and everybody complained about it.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  April 06, 2010


Review: God of War III

New console, same game
What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  April 01, 2010


Review: Heavy Rain

A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
By: MITCH KRPATA  |  March 11, 2010

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