Review: January 2008 Archives

Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive and Vicious Cycle

Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS, PSP
Reviewed on Wii

A young adventurer from the kingdom of Bartonia is destined to lead the battle against the evil that increasingly plagues the world of Etheria. Starting as a mere novice, players build citadels, conquer nations, battle mythical beasts and dominate all opposition – all by playing symbol-matching puzzle games!

Super Mario Galaxy Review

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Platform: Wii
Reviewed on Wii

Once each hundred years, a comet flies over the Mushroom Kingdom, leaving a trail of shooting stars and prompting a joyous festival. Mario was heading to the castle to enjoy the festival and the comet with Princess Peach when, once again, disaster struck. Not only was Peach abducted, her entire castle was stolen and carried off to a distant part of the universe.

Only by recovering missing stars can Mario restore power to the observatory hidden on that passing comet and travel to rescue Peach from Bowser's clutches. Again.

GripShift Review

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Publisher: Sidhe Interactive
Developer: Sidhe Interactive

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Prepare to drive and race through floating landscapes where just reaching the finish line is a wild challenge with high-flying tracks, nitro-powered boosts and puzzles to stretch the mind and challenge the reflexes.

Undertow Review

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Publisher: Chair Entertainment Group
Developer: Chair Entertainment Group

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

The world is covered in water. An alien vessel crewed by water-dwelling extraterrestrial refugees has crashed into our planet and begun shaping it to be a more comfortable habitat. Water levels have risen, continents have been submerged, and the few survivors (unaware of the alien threat) are battling over the remnants of civilization in submarines.

The Iron Marines are the fighting force representing what was left of the surface-dwelling Western powers. They are battling Captain Nemo and his forces, kept dry and alive through Victorian submersibles and pneumatic cybernetics. Both are unaware of the Atlanteans, thawing from their icy prison that has kept them hidden for thousands of years. And none of the human forces are prepared for the alien threat that wishes to colonize our watery world.

Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Sam and Max, the Freelance Police, are back from the North Pole, but the neighborhood around the Freelance Police HQ isn't quite the same. Giant geometric shapes are running amok, trying to teleport upstanding citizens to a distant, tropical island.

When Sam and Max decide to follow a friend through the triangle, they discover that Easter Island is not only home for the Moai (giant stone heads with a case of the "blahs"), but also where celebrities go when they vanish. Upon arrival, Sam and Max set out to distract a vengeful volcano god and even be reunited with a long-gone old friend (and vice-president).

Publisher: Sony
Developer: Insomniac Games

Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Past villains have tried to eliminate Ratchet and Clank, putting an end to the heroics of this lombax-and-robot, galaxy saving team. Every time, Ratchet and Clank were simply in the way. Now, a cragmite named Tachyon has proclaimed himself emperor and galactic tyrant, and his only goal (besides galactic domination) is to extinguish the life of Ratchet, the last known lombax.

Why does Tachyon have it in for our furry, mechanically-inclined friend Ratchet? The cragmites are a dim and ill-tempered race who one ran amok throughout the Polaris galaxy, conquering planet after planet until the lombaxes destroyed them with a superweapon. Unfortunately for the Polaris galaxy, the lombax people missed a cragmite, and now Emperor Tachyon is determined to eliminate every last lombax to protect his legacy and his life. Can Ratchet escape Tachyon's wrath and still save a kidnapped Captain Quark?

Portal Review

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Portal Publisher: Valve Software
Developer: Valve Software

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (on some platforms only available as part of The Orange Box)
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 8 compatible video card, Windows Vista or more recent operating system

Aperture Science Laboratories is a serious contender for top contracts from the Department of Defense. Of course, to secure that kind of contract, it helps to have brilliant new technologies, and that takes testing. That's where you come in – by testing Aperture's brand new technologies, you might even be rewarded... with cake!

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