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Playing Critic

'RAGE' pretty to look at, but a little too empty inside

Id Software, creator of such games as "Doom" and "Quake," has a new first-person shooter on the market, "RAGE."

Oddly enough, it's a bit of a misfire -- one that both draws and repels me. For every positive I can identify in the game-play, I find an equally compelling negative.

Don't get ripped off by Bodycount

I suspect I wouldn't have quite so many issues with "Bodycount" if it had just been released as a budget title. A $19.99 price tag would make up for many of its sins.

But no, this substandard shooter is retailing for $59.99, the same price as most top tier games. It's unconscionable.

"Bodycount" fails the racial sensitivity test

I recently started playing "Bodycount," a new first-person shooter published by Codemasters, on the Xbox 360. I'm only four or five missions into the game so far, so please keep in mind this article is not a review.

It's an indirect missive to Codemasters, asking them WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING?!!

Choose your own path in "Deus Ex: Human Revolution"

Long before I started playing "Deus Ex: Human Revolution," I plotted in vain about how I'd behave in the game.

Some new Final Fantasy XIII-2 screens

As promised, here's a bevy of newly released screenshots for Final Fantasy XIII-2, courtesy of Square-Enix. No, I don't have any explanation of what's going on in the images, other to say that Moogles tend to say "Kupo" alot.

Nintendo dropping price of 3DS to $169.99 on Aug. 12

Nintendo of America announced Thursday that it's dropping the price of its newest handheld gaming device, the 3DS, a little more than four months after it launched.

Currently priced at $249.99 at most retailers, the 3DS will be available for $169.99 at retail as of Aug. 12 — a savings of $80.

You might not feel F.E.A.R., but you will have a good time

It might seem odd to you, but I don't think of "F.E.A.R. 3" as a horror game.

Rugby demo on way; I irrationally hate Tails; Jillian Michaels is going tomb raiding; and loads of Capcom stuff

Thanks in part to Comic-Con in San Diego, which officially starts today (Thursday, June 21, 2011), I've got screenshots and some small news items to share. (I just wish I was actually at Comic-Con, instead of enduring our lovely Midwest heat wave, but hey, I can't have everything.)

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'Captain America' a shield's throw or two away from greatness

I really want to send the developers of the new "Captain America: Super Soldier" back to the drawing board. However, I don't mean that statement as an insult.