Review: May 2011 Archives

Dwarfs!? Review

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Dwarfs!? Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Power of Two

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, DirectX 9, 250 MB HD space, Windows XP SP2 or more recent operating system

You've been named the unfortunate overseer for a new dwarf base. With limited resources to train warriors, it's up to you to try and protect the growing hordes of dwarfs tunneling for treasure through the deeps. Mineral deposits and treasure caves abound, but there are plenty of dangerous caverns filled with water, lava and evil beasts waiting to exterminate your colony. Disaster is assured – how long can you delay the inevitable?

Mass Effect 2 Review

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Mass Effect 2 Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: BioWare (EA)

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

Even death can't stop Commander Shepard from saving the galaxy. A well-funded human group with extremist beliefs has reconstructed and reanimated Shepard, providing him a ship and crew with which to face humanity's latest threat. The entire population of human colonies is disappearing in a series of events that seem tied to the Reaper threat that may well devour sentient life in the Milky Way. With the help of allies of all races from across the galaxy, Shepard sets out to face the incoming Reapers himself.

Marvel Pinball FX2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Galactus, preceded by his herald, the Silver Surfer, is approaching Earth. Only the Fantastic Four of Marvel fame can stop Galactus from devouring the planet. How will they do it? With pinball!

Brink Review

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Brink Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: Splash Damage

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

The Ark began as a utopian beacon, a project demonstrating that humanity could live in a self-sufficient and ecologically sustainable floating city. It was even built using a genetically modified coral that sucked in greenhouse gasses while turning into strong foundation for structures. By the 2020s, global climate change accelerated so rapidly that billions living on the planet's coasts were displaced, and the global economy collapsed.

The Ark was moved to a secret location, but thousands of refugees found their way to the Ark anyway, where they were accommodated in hastily constructed "Accommodation Islands." Known as "Guests," the refugees are living in glorified slums, and remain angry at the Ark's "Founders" for their grim quality of life. The Founders are equally in a bind. The Ark's population vastly exceeds what it can sustainably maintain, and resources are dwindling as the Ark itself decays into squalor.

It's 2045, and planes and ships stopped arriving at the Ark nearly 20 years ago. The Guests want to venture forth and search for other survivors, while the Founders believe they are protecting the Guests by confining them to the Ark. Unable to resolve those differences peacefully, a desperate resistance now battles against equally desperate Ark Security to maintain order. The once exemplary Ark is now decaying and embroiled in civil war.

Splosion Man Review

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'Splosion Man Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Twisted Pixel

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Big Science is busy making the world a better place... or, at least, a place where research doesn't need to follow the constraints of ethics or practicality. To that end, they'd love it if you have any spare animals lying around that they could borrow. You probably won't get Spot or Miss Tabatha back, but it's all in the name of... science! Look! – Big Science even converted a man so that he's made entirely of combustible material. He looks happy... and a little crazy... and more than a bit angry. Plus, I hear he likes cake.

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