Review: October 2010 Archives

John Daly's ProStroke Golf Publisher: O-Games
Developer: Gusto Games


Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Join professional golfer John Daly for a series of challenges and tournaments on twelve golf courses in this golfing game that features the "ProStroke" control system and supports the recently released PlayStation Move motion control system for the PlayStation 3. The game is also prone to crashing and deleting your save data.

Pinball FX 2 Review

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Pinball FX 2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Zen Studios' Pinball FX 2 is the ultimate platform for playing pinball currently on consoles. It's an incredibly detailed, physics-based framework for presenting pinball tables ranging from the classic to the fantastical, a social platform within Xbox Live Arcade for pinball fanatics, and it includes features for tweaking the tables themselves to your heart's content. Read on for more details concerning the Pinball FX 2 platform and reviews of the tables themselves...

Pinball FX 2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Available for 800 points ($10), the "Core Collection" for Pinball FX 2 includes four tables designed for the revamped Pinball FX 2 platform. The Core Collection includes BioLab, Pasha, Rome and Secrets of the Deep. All are brilliant, and so full of detail you'll still be unearthing secrets and new play techniques after dozens of games.

Pinball FX 2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Available for 800 points ($10), the "Classic Collection" for Pinball FX 2 includes four tables released for the original Pinball FX: Speed Machine, Extreme, Agents and Buccaneer. All have been updated, and owners of the original game can import their existing tables into Pinball FX 2.

The Ball Review

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The Ball Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Teotl Studios


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2.0 GHz processor, DirectX 9 and SM3 compatible video card, 1.5 GB HD space, Windows XP Service Pack 2 or more recent operating system

Working on an archaeological dig on the slopes of a Mexican volcano, a nameless (but acrobatic) researcher falls into a cavern, revealing gorgeously preserved ruins from an ancient, Mesoamerican culture. Those ruins have been hidden from humanity for hundreds of years for a very good reason, and the only tool that lone archaeologist has to protect him is a massive, metal-skinned ball, still as imposing as the day it came to rest in these ruins.

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Hothead Games


Platform: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360

DeathSpank: Dispenser of Justice, Vanquisher of Evil, and Hero to the Downtrodden wouldn't be the man of justice he is were he not wearing one of six magical thongs. DeathSpank may be the only thong-bearer not corrupted by his wedgie-inducing undergarment. In DeathSpank, the eponymous hero has recovered one of these thongs, but four more remain before the world can truly be safe for the downtrodden.

Fallout: New Vegas Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment


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

If the life of a courier was easy, it wouldn't pay so well. The Mojave Desert is a particularly dangerous spot to carry goods. Only the well-prepared and well-armed can survive trips through this wasteland, straddling the border of the New California Republic, and home to vicious, well-organized gangs who'd rather you did the scavenging so they can steal the fruits of your labor. The grimy, neon-lit beacon of New Vegas was one of the few major cities spared in the recent thermonuclear exchange that rewrote humanity's face and changed the planet. That would make it a welcome resting place, were it and the nearby dam not the vanguard of an invasion by the Roman-styled Legion marching from the East. Couriers aspire to a comfortable retirement with endless whisky and Nuka-Cola, not spending their final moments suffocating through a crucifixion.

Halo: Reach Review

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Halo: Reach Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Bungie


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A vacancy on the six-man Noble action element has finally been filled, bringing this elite group of Spartans to full strength. Stationed on the world of Reach, Noble is unfortunate enough to encounter the vanguard of the Covenant invasion of human space. This theocratic alliance of alien species wants something on Reach desperately, and is willing to exterminate humanity to do it, in this prequel to the previous Halo games.

Planet Minigolf: Stronghold Island Publisher: Zen Studios
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

Located somewhere off the coast of Turkey, this world-class destination features competitive and sometimes insane golf with all the grandeur of a royal palace. Stronghold Island is that least elusive of miniature golf courses – the medieval-themed mini-golf destination.

Planet Minigolf Review

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Planet Minigolf Publisher: Zen Studios
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: PlayStation 3
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

If you've always dreamed of becoming an NBA star or professional football player, perhaps you didn't know that professional miniature golfers spend most of their lives lounging around on a private island, putting off the pier, and flying around the globe for professional tournaments. That's certainly what happens in Planet Minigolf, so prepare for the glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle that only mini-golfers can afford.

Swords & Soldiers Publisher: Ronimo Games
Developer: Ronimo Games


Platforms: PlayStation 3 and Wii
Reviewed on PlayStation 3

The Vikings have set sail, searching the globe for the components of the perfect barbeque sauce. On the way, they run afoul of other world powers, including the Aztecs' aspiration to growing prized peppers and the Chinese need for entertaining toys. Ronimo Games promises that this simplified strategy game presents "the most incorrect version of world history to date!"

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