Playing Critic (June 2011)

Playing Critic (June 2011)

E3 Postmortem: OnLive evolving in interesting directions

If you've read my review of the OnLive cloud-based gaming service, written several months ago, you know that I was somewhat impressed with the company at the time.

Duke Nukem Forever is crude, sexist and dated, but playable

One of the first things I did in "Duke Nukem Forever" was this: I walked Duke over to a toilet, had him reach in and grab a piece of fecal matter, and then had him throw it at the wall.

That end product -- a piece of **** thrown against a wall -- seems to be how many other reviewers are describing the game overall.

E3 Postmortem: Grading the Big Three

At the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the big three console makers, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, did their best to shock and awe gamers with announcements about what products we can expect to see from them in the future.

Nintendo announces next console, the Wii U

The Wii U will be Nintendo's next console, the video game maker announced Tuesday morning at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Sony apologizes, then brings the games

Sony Computer Entertainment America began its press conference Monday night at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles the only way that seemed appropriate: with an apology.

Microsoft wants to Kinect us all

Microsoft came to its E3 press conference Monday morning intent on hammering one major message into our heads: Use Kinect, use Kinect, use Kinect.

Let the games begin!

This week, I'm in Los Angeles at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

A Tale of Two Thors

SEGA sent me two copies of "Thor: God of Thunder" for review: one for the Wii, one for the Xbox 360.

The same story — one different from the recent movie's plot — is told in both games, but it's conveyed in different ways due to the power difference between the consoles. In fact, the play mechanics are also very different between the two versions.