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NVIDIA Project Shield Hands On: A Little Less Weird Than It Looks

Nvidia's Project Shield is a curious little device, attempting to toss its hat into a bunch of rings at once. It's taking shots at handheld gaming, console gaming, tablets, and phones. For the most part, it's holding under the strain, but it's hard to imagine going out of your way to use it versus any of those… » 1/08/13 3:40pm 1/08/13 3:40pm

Wonder What Your First Wii U Experience Might Be Like? This Was Mine.

The Wii U console and its distinctive GamePad control device have been floating around convention floors and meeting rooms since its unveiling at last year's E3. But, for one reason or five others, I hadn't gotten my hands on one myself. At least not until yesterday, when Stephen Totilo and I wandered around… » 6/27/12 6:00pm 6/27/12 6:00pm

Square's Scarygirl is Anything But Scary, All Sorts of Fun

What if I told you Square Enix and Tik games were coming out with a game based on the celebrated and psychedelic characters of Nathan Jurevicious next week? What if I told you I've played it and it was a ton of fun? What if I told you it reminded me of one of my favorite PS1 platformers of all time? Would you be as… » 1/15/12 4:00pm 1/15/12 4:00pm

Hitman Absolution Promises an Evolution in Agent 47 Kills, Skills and…

The most interesting thing about Hitman Absolution isn't its new disguises or ways of killing people with a bit of cord. It's not the decision to open the historically stealthy game up to a bit of action gameplay. It's the insight the game's mechanics are meant to give us into a character we've long controlled but… » 6/14/11 11:00am 6/14/11 11:00am

Heroes of Ruin Is Rich With Ideas, Shorter on Atmosphere

Heroes of Ruin is a deft, well-implemented multiplayer-RPG—but right now it's lacking in distinctive character. The title, published by Square Enix and developed by n-Space, the team behind the GameCube action-adventure title Geist, is due to launch on the Nintendo 3DS in early 2012. So far, our exposure to the Heroes » 6/13/11 9:00pm 6/13/11 9:00pm

Suprisingly Competent Blackwater Kinect Title Could Be Its Own Greatest…

This week was the first time we heard of publisher 505 Games' Blackwater, an FPS that would cast you in the role of Blackwater Worldwide mercenaries. The topic seemed thorny—the mercenary company, now renamed Xe Services LLC., has been at the center of a multiple of controversies and the subject of highly critical… » 6/08/11 6:40pm 6/08/11 6:40pm

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Has Transforming Moogles, Recruitable Monsters and…

I've always thought that Final Fantasy XIII didn't get a fair shake. Admittedly, it was an overwhelmingly linear journey—player agency wasn't topmost among the priorities incorporated into its development. But it was an extraordinarily intentional game; nothing about it ever felt accidental or unplanned. It did a few… » 6/08/11 12:00am 6/08/11 12:00am