Playing Critic

Playing Critic

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.

Did heaven want my console?

Well, this sucks. Earlier today, my PlayStation 3 was lost to the Rapture.

That's how I think of its fatal hardware error, anyway, which happened right at about 6 p.m., the time forecast for the beginning of the end.

'Brink's' reach exceeds its grasp; still fun though

“Brink” is a game that reaches for the stars ... and falls short.

It’s chock full of interesting and somewhat daring new game-play ideas, but most of them don’t feel fully fleshed out. The result is a game that is good, but not great or brilliant.

Latest "Mortal Kombat" restores game's greatness

I remember the day well. It was in 1992, and I was a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I had wandered into my campus arcade inside Brady Commons, a regular haunt of mine, to find a new game had been installed.