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Home Entertainment, Game On Pounding Headache

Pounding Headache

You'll know in the first few minutes exactly what Patapon has going for it. There's the goofy premise, which casts you as the tribal god Patapon, lord of a band of creatures called, imaginatively enough, Patapons — little savages that…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Dante&#146;s <i>Inferno</i> Rages on in Devil May Cry 4 for Xbox 360, PS3

Dante’s Inferno Rages on in Devil May Cry 4 for Xbox 360, PS3

Let's just get it out right now: "Devil May Cry" is a weak-ass name for a wicked action game. But what's in a name? In three previous outings, the brutal, hella-challenging series has consistently delivered some of the greatest hack-and-slash…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Lukewarm Gun

Lukewarm Gun

Unreal Tournament III is ideal for overcaffeinated teenage boys with PlayStation 3s, broadband internet connections, extensive online friend lists, hours and hours of time to blow, and — just for good measure — a deep appreciation of the steroid-addled dystopian…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Gaming's Greatest Hits

Gaming's Greatest Hits

Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS) — It may not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and mah-jongg hooks you like handheld crack. Already a word-of-mouth hit, despite being released only this month, WordJong is perfect for quiet…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Bang Bang for Your Buck

Bang Bang for Your Buck

Whether it's $600 PlayStation 3s or the five bucks Nintendo shamelessly charges for 20-year-old NES games on the Wii's Virtual Console, gamers have gotten used to assuming the position when it comes to the costs of their hobby. So if…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Lair&#146;s Fire-Breathing PS3 Dragon Just a Big Turkey

Lair’s Fire-Breathing PS3 Dragon Just a Big Turkey

In terms of the yawning chasm between what was promised and what has been delivered, Lair earns the distinction of being the biggest letdown ever for PlayStation 3. Worse, it's also one of those games where massive prerelease hype merely…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Superzero

Superzero

There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Superzero

Superzero

There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful than his opposition? Hulk encounters a purse-snatcher: Hulk smash! Hulk win! Hulk bored. With battles…
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Home Entertainment, Game On My Name Is Mud

My Name Is Mud

In the poem "In Just-," e.e. cummings described the world as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful" -- words so perfectly befitting MotorStorm's gorgeously sloppy off-road hijinks, the game's designers probably had them tacked up on a wall somewhere. And had Cummings paid…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Virtually Perfect

Virtually Perfect

For the aging videogamer, nothing's as sorely missed as the corner arcade. Unlike the family-friendly Dance Dance Revolution discos you see today, classic arcades were seedy little dives tucked into strip malls -- dark caves thick with the musty bouquet…
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Home Entertainment, Game On <i>Resistance</i> Isn't Futile

Resistance Isn't Futile

Imagine two game producers rushing down the hall. One wants to pitch a WW2 game, the other a sci-fi shooter. They round a corner, crash into each other, and their papers go flying everywhere -- and in one of those…
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Home Entertainment, Game On All Dressed Up . . .

All Dressed Up . . .

I did not have to fend off a horde of bloodthirsty geeks for my PS3. And nobody shot me either, as one hapless Connecticut gamer was. Actually, I just preordered my console weeks ago, and on the day it came…
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News, Sucka Free City Game Play

Game Play

If you don't play a lot of videogames — that is, if you have a life — it's hard to understand why anyone would wait in line for days to buy a new console. And despite the media frenzy surrounding…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Next Big Things

Next Big Things

Yet another Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come and gone, and this one was the biggest yet. Exhibitors know all too well that a strong showing at E3 -- an event heavily covered by both industry and mainstream press --…
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