Playing Critic

Playing Critic

"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.

"Assassin's Creed Brotherhood" a fellowship worth having

I had serious doubts about "Assassin's Creed Brotherhood," given that its predecessor was released just last year.

Surely, I thought, this release would be more akin to an expansion pack than a full game, a storyless excuse to make a quick buck and test out an idea for a multiplayer game.

But my expectations couldn't have been more wrong.

"Naruto Shippuden" game does justice to fighting genre

Among the hottest manga/anime properties of the last few years have been "Naruto" and its sequel "Naruto Shippuden," which tell the story of the world's No. 1 knucklehead ninja (Naruto Uzumaki) and his quest to become leader of Konoha, the village hidden in the leaves.

Arcade light-gun games lose something in move to Wii

I've often found that what works in an arcade doesn't usually work at home on a console.

Holiday sale price makes "John Daly" an acceptable bogey

My initial interest in reviewing "John Daly Prostroke Golf," a PlayStation 3 exclusive, was as a test of Sony's new Move control system.

The basic question: Could Move handle the sport? Would the controllers adequately track powerful swings? Were they capable of following slower, subtler movements, during putting for example?