Playing Critic

"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?


I always feel like somebody's watching me, and other musings

Late this afternoon, after I had just woken up (yes, I keep odd hours) I checked my e-mail and found I'd received a voucher code for a PS3 game I'm going to review.


Celebrate National Gaming Day at the UI Library

This Saturday, the University of Illinois Library will take part in the third annual National Gaming Day @ Your Library, in conjunction with American Library Association.


"Valkyria Chronicles II" not as great as original, but still really good

The original "Valkyria Chronicles," for the PlayStation 3, remains one of my favorite games of this console cycle.


"Ys Seven" full of button-mashing fun for not much cash

It wasn't until I played "Ys Seven" on the Sony PSP that I realized I had had a mistaken impression about the "Ys" series.


Columnist hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of games

It might have gotten a little lost in all of the Election Day hoopla, but also on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, where the state of California is attempting to resurrect an anti-violent video game law rejected by several courts as unconstitutional.


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