Review: October 2011 Archives

Batman: Arkham City Review

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Batman: Arkham City Publisher: Warner Bros.
Developer: Rocksteady Studios

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

Gotham City's infamous facilities Arkham Asylum and Blackgate prison have closed. The newly elected mayor, Quincy Sharp, has closed off the older, crime-ridden portions of Gotham to create a massive prison dubbed Arkham City. Placed under the stewardship of the mysterious psychiatrist, Dr. Strange, Arkham City is now home to petty criminals and supervillains alike – all subject to Dr. Strange's mysterious machinations. Unfortunately for the inmates, political prisoners aren't the only innocents stuck in Arkham City – Batman's here too, and he's determined to take down Arkham City.

Logitech Wireless Headset Company: Logitech
Platforms: Bluetooth (including iPad, PC and PS3)

Logitech has released this gorgeous, affordable headset intended for the iPad and iPhone market, but this Bluetooth headset is capable of much more. It can comfortably link to any Bluetooth-enabled device and serve as both headphones and microphone. That makes it ideal not only for the iPad, but for certain PCs, most smartphones and even the PlayStation 3.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Project Aces at Namco Bandai Games

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A rogue faction of the Russian military is armed with a powerful new weapon and mysterious goals. Only the combined might of international air forces have a chance at intercepting the creme of the defecting Russian Air Force and saving major cities from certain destruction.

Sorcerer's Lair Table for Pinball FX 2 Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Zen Studios

Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Jake and Amanda are two kids who find themselves facing off against an Evil Sorcerer in his ancient magical citadel. Their only route to escape (and a hot cup of cocoa at home) for this brother and sister pair is to survive all the creatures summoned by the Sorcerer and ultimately defeat him. How? With the help of a friendly ghost named Whisper, a bunch of obsidian and a lot of pinball.

Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Hasbro)
Developer: Stainless Games

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

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, video card with 256 MB VRAM, 700 MB HD space, Windows XP service pack 3 or more recent operating system

This last summer, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 brought an updated version of Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering collectible card game to the PC and consoles. That game, itself an update of Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers, introduced the new "Archenemy" style of play and included ten decks. For another $5, the Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion adds three more playable decks and an expansion campaign.

Dark Souls Review

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Dark Souls Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: From Software

Platforms: Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Oh, yes. Dark Souls has a plot – something about the world filling with hollow men, undead who are imprisoned until the end of time, and a single hollow one who will fulfill a prophecy. Mostly it's about death. Your death. Over and over. Dark Souls prides itself on being the most difficult game in stores.

Rage Review

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Rage Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software

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

As far back as 2004, scientists noticed an asteroid the size of Manhattan that would approach dangerously close to Earth in 2029. By 2024, it is clear that the asteroid (dubbed "Apophis" after the Egyptian god of chaos) is likely to impact Earth catastrophically. The next year, humanity began the Ark Project, burying capsules deep beneath the earth, programmed to surface years after Apophis destroys most of the planet's surface. These Arks were crewed by people injected with nanotrites, a nanotechnology that allowed for superhuman recovery and could sustain those subjects through a long, cold sleep.

In December of 2029, Apophis grazes the Moon and strikes the Earth, destroying civilization and bringing about an impact-related winter that lasts years and exterminates 80% of life on the planet. The Ark Project should have been humanity's salvation, uniting the bedraggled survivors and restoring technology and hope to humanity. Instead, the program was subverted. Now, a single survivor on an Ark ejected from the Earth and awoken early by an earthquake stands to change humanity's future.

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