November 2006 Archives

Gears of War Review

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Gears of War Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Epic Games

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

When humanity discovered the potent, energetic and highly radioactive liquid dubbed "Imulsion," the planet Sera became a trove of energy for the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG). The future of Sera seemed golden until "Emergence Day," when creatures now known as "Locust" emerged from the depths of Sera, slaughtering human settlements on the planet's surface. 14 years after Emergence Day, the war is still raging, and the future of Sera looks grim. That's when Marcus Fenix, a COG soldier, is freed from four years in prison to join a suicidal squad on a hopeless mission.

Guitar Hero II Review

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Publisher: Red Octane/Activision
Developer: Harmonix

Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Last year, publisher Red Octane and developer Harmonix had an unexpected phenomenon on their hands with the first Guitar Hero. Chances are pretty high that everyone has, willingly or not, air-guitared at some point. Maybe it was at a concert. Maybe it was in your bedroom. Maybe it was an embarrassing appearance on Conan. However it happened, Guitar Hero fulfills every wannabe guitar player's dreams, allowing you to play extremely difficult songs with a plastic, almost-three-quarter-size guitar controller, some patience, and the blinds closed. As great as the original was and still is, the next incarnation is both more difficult while being friendlier to novices. A few dubious song choices aside, Guitar Hero II is everything a sequel should be.

Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Can the world ever be truly safe from washed-up television actors of the seventies? It can if Sam and Max are on the job. When one such star of a cancelled show decides to take his revenge upon America and ascend to his rightful televised throne, only the Freelance Police have the moxie to thwart his plans and rescue the instruments of his vengeance, the vertically-challenged cast of yet another seventies show. But can they do so without Max descending into an insane frenzy of random violence? Does anyone even want him to try?

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Hearkening back to their first, coin-op encounter, Donkey Kong has fallen in love with and abducted the fair Pauline, and Mario must make it to the top of a tower to save Pauline from Donkey Kong's hairy grasp. This time, however, the battle is not fought by jumping barrels and climbing ladders. The conflict is at the Mario Toy Company, and will be waged between miniature wind-up toys. The heated battle may focus on the mini-Marios and mini-Donkey Kongs, but don't overlook the complex deathtraps and the mini-Shy Guys.

Company of Heroes Review

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Publisher: THQ
Developer: Relic

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium IV or Athlon XP, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c compatible 64 MB video card, 6.5 GB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system (Keep in mind this game needs a really powerful system to be appreciated.)

Able company is fulfilling its duty by leading the way during Operation Overlord, the Allied forces' 1944 invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Company of Heroes explores the heroic actions of Able company as they secure the beaches, seize control of strategic villages and hold off Nazi counterattacks.

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