Playing Critic

Playing Critic

"Dead Space 2" a nightmare you want to have

It’s a pretty well-established fact that humans as a species have a few deeply ingrained phobias: darkness, solitude, death and vicious beasts, to name a few.

“Dead Space 2,” just like the original “Dead Space,” exploits those primal fears to great effect.

"Breach" offers solid action at a reasonable price

Got a yen for another multiplayer fragfest? "Breach," for Xbox 360 and PC, is a decent way to scratch that itch.

It's all that you traditionally expect from a military-themed first-person shooter, with familiar game modes and troop types, while adding a few novel elements to the mix, and it's all for a relatively low price.

Too many elements of "Splatterhouse" are unintentionally horrific

The horror. Oh, the horror.

It often felt as though I was trapped in a nightmare as I played “Splatterhouse,” but don’t credit the Lovecraftian creatures I had to fight.

Valve reveals special "Portal 2" features for PS3

I just got a surprising press release from Valve, the creators of such notable games as "Half-Life" and "Counter-Strike." The PlayStation 3 version of "Portal 2" will have features I never expected to see from any video game company.

"Crescent Pale Mist," I admit defeat

That’s it. I can’t take it anymore. I give up, cry uncle, throw in the towel — basically, whatever metaphor for quit you want to use.

I cannot beat “Crescent Pale Mist,” a side-scrolling action-platformer for the PlayStation 3. At least, I can’t beat it without a lot more time and luck then I’ve got.

"Dead Money" is a linear addition to a topsy-turvy game

"Dead Money," the first downloadable content (DLC) for "Fallout: New Vegas," wasn't quite what I was expecting.

"Hot Pursuit" races into my heart

I've never been all that into driving games. Part of it has to do with my astounding ability to ram a virtual car into a virtual wall with astonishing regularity.

Don't forsake "Majin" and his kingdom

Not too terribly long ago, I reviewed a fairly high-profile cooperative game released by Namco Bandai: "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West," the story of two strangers forced to work together to survive in a post-apocalyptic America.

If you take this "Oath," you'll have a fight on your hands

"Ys: The Oath in Felghana" returns us to the world of adventurer Adol Christin, which I first visited a few weeks ago in "Ys Seven."

"Black Ops" definitely not my cup of tea

Sorry, I haven't written in a bit. I've been struggling to put together a review of "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

Yes, I could have skipped it and written about something else, but it's sort of stuck in my head, an obstacle I must surmount before I can move on.