Review: December 2008 Archives

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Publisher: Turbine
Developer: Turbine


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 1.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 64 MB nVidia GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 8500 with DirectX 9.0c, 9 GB HD space, 2x DVD ROM, internet connection, Windows XP

"Moria. Once it was glorious, the greatest of Dwarf-cities, but now its fabled halls are filled with shadow and death. Men and Dwarves whisper its name with awe, and even Hobbits know enough to fear it. Known by the Dwarves as Khazad-dum, Moria is a realm far greater than any have imagined. Filled with incredible treasures and unspeakable dangers, the Black Pit has been the bane of many, but has never been fully explored until now."

Warhammer: Battle March Review

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Warhammer: Battle March Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Black Hole Entertainment


Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Whether by the Hordes of Chaos or the Empire, villages and cities in the world of Games Workshop's Warhammer are always being ravaged by one force or another. In this real-time strategy adaptation of the turn-based tabletop strategy game, you can maraud as an Imperial army or orcish horde in the seemingly eternal war that plagues the Old World.

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Black Hole Entertainment


Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 128 MB nVidia GeForce FX or ATI 9600, 3 GB HD space, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Whether by the Hordes of Chaos or the Empire, villages and cities in the world of Games Workshop's Warhammer are always being ravaged by one force or another. In this real-time strategy adaptation of the turn-based tabletop strategy game, maraud as an Imperial army or orcish horde in the seemingly eternal war that plagues the Old World.

Peggle Nights Review (PC)

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Peggle Nights Publisher: PopCap Games
Developer: PopCap Games


Platforms: PC, Mac and Xbox 360
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 700 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 8.0, Windows 98 or more recent operating system

It's not enough to attend the Peggle Institute, bouncing balls through fields of pegs, falling into Extreme Fever when pegs are eliminated and racking up high scores. In Peggle Nights, the instructors of the Peggle Institute share their dreams, allowing players to live out their peg-eliminating fantasies in another 60 levels of Peggle-style fun.

Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People: Episode 5 - 8 Bit is Enough Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games and Videlectrix


Platforms: PC and Wii
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.5 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB video card with DirectX 9 support, internet connection, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Following Strong Bad's adventures as Dangeresque, he absolutely had to jump. Unfortunately, he did so into an upright, coin-operated Trogdor arcade machine, making the machine itself run amok. When Strong Bad tries to repair the machine, things go from bad to worse, with the Homestar Runner universe overlapping with the world of archaic video games. Can Strong Bad set things right once more? To do so, will he have to kill his own creation?

Defense Grid: The Awakening Publisher: Hidden Path Entertainment
Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment


Platforms: PC and Xbox 360
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.8 GHz Processor, 512 MB RAM, DirectX 9.0c and Shader 2 compatible video card, 1 GB HD space, Windows XP or more recent operating system

A millennium of peace has lulled a distant planet into a false sense of security. Fortunately, when the alien invasion began, it was just barely possible to reawaken an ancient defense grid, capable of constructing defensive weaponry emplacements guided by the digitized personality of a long-dead operator. The defense grid needs only one thing to save the planet from a deadly onslaught – an operator capable of balancing the available resources against the planet's defensive needs.

Spectromancer Review

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Spectromancer Publisher: Apus Software and Three Donkeys
Developer: Apus Software, Hidden City Games and Three Donkeys


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz Processor, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB Video Card, Windows 98 or more recent operating system

One thousand years ago, Dorlak condensed the astral power of the universe into a Great Prism that nearly allowed him to control all of existence. Dorlak would have succeeded had an assemblage of mages not narrowly defeated him in the War of Darkness. Following the final battle, the Great Prism was shattered into six indestructible pieces, each of which was distributed to a powerful mage. One mage from each of the six schools of astral power, each a bitter rival of the others, formed the council that rules the land of Revnia.

Celestia, the guardian of Revnia, has visited a mage, begging his aid, for the various members of the council have been driven mad by the shards of the Great Prism. With Celestia's assistance, that single mage must amass enough power to defeat all the members of the council and reforge the Great Prism, using it to save Revnia rather than enslaving the land.

Gears of War 2

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Gears of War 2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Epic Games


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A few months after Delta Squad and the Coalition of Ordered Governments detonated a Lightmass Bomb in an attempt to stop the Locust Forces emerging onto the surface of the planet Sera and slaughtering humanity, Delta Squad is trying to save the last vestiges of humanity on Sera. The effects of the bomb are killing many of the surviving humans with a condition called "Rustlung" and cities are sinking into the planet's crust. There seems to be little hope, but Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad are once again going to slaughter thousands of Locust in an effort to end the war once and for all.

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