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Published Review – Portal 2 (PC)

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

http://www.purdueexponent.org/opinion/article_e7009a90-6bb3-11e0-8361-001a4bcf6878.html

“Portal 2” is a much larger game than the original, eschewing the latter’s densely packed rooms and corridors for sprawling, wide-open areas. Puzzle-solving is extremely satisfying, as the puzzles tend to be delightfully difficult and follow simple rules. Even when new mechanics, such as gels that coat walls and change how the player interacts with the environment, are introduced, the game ramps up the difficulty slowly by starting with simple tutorial puzzles and iterating on these concepts.

Published Review – God of War 3 (PS3)

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

God of War 3

http://archive.purdueexponent.org/?module=article&story_id=21194

“God of War 3” is competent, but it will leave many players unhappy. The hackneyed ending will disappoint fans invested in Kratos’ story, and the developers’ slavish devotion to stale game mechanics won’t appeal to new players experienced in similar games that have more depth.

Published Review – Mega Man 10 (XBLA)

Mega Man 10

http://archive.purdueexponent.org/?module=article&story_id=20937

“Mega Man 10” is a loving tribute to classic gaming. Gamers who grew up on the series will embrace the game’s retro difficulty, but players who lack that nostalgia will likely find only frustration or boredom. For most, the game will serve better as a history lesson – a glimpse into what video games used to be, faults and all.

 

Published Review – Heavy Rain (PS3)

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment
The American box art for Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

http://purdueexponent.org/?module=article&story_id=20667

Few people will play “Heavy Rain” and have the same experience, which is the game’s greatest strength. The ending is a collection of countless variables based on a player’s successes, failures and snap decisions. Because of this, “Heavy Rain” is intimately personal in a way other mediums could never hope to emulate.

Review – Borderlands (360)

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Borderlands

It’s hard not to enjoy Borderlands.

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How Rock Band has affected how I listen to music

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment
Rock Band 2

Rock Band 2

(EDIT: This article was featured on Bitmob at http://bitmob.com/articles/how-rock-band-has-affected-how-i-listen-to-music )

I am a huge fan of Rock Band. I play it almost daily, but not as a social function like many who play the game; for me, it’s a solitary experience that I find both relaxing and stress relieving. I do some of my best thinking with a plastic fake guitar in my hands.

It was during one particularly long session of Rock Band late into the night that I came to a pretty shocking realization: not only have I not purposely listened to music outside of the various music rhythm video games for several months, I also hadn’t even realized this fact until that moment.

Rock Band and its ilk have completely changed how I purchase, consume, and think about music.

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Sony’s Next Move

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

The PlayStation 3 is in trouble.

According to the January NPD sales numbers, sales of the PS3 fell nearly 25% compared to last year’s January numbers.  The system’s only game to crack the top 30 in software sales was Call of Duty: World at War, moving a tepid 108,000 copies.  To add insult to injury for Sony, the profitable PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable were also both down compared to last January.  In comparison, both Microsoft and Nintendo managed to not only completely dominate the software sales chart, but also saw large year over year increases in hardware numbers.

In summary, the expensive-to-manufacture $399 PS3 (which is $200 more than the cheapest competitor yet still most certainly losing money) is languishing in both hardware and software sales during a global depression while the only hardware SKUs actually making a profit for Sony are also suffering.

It isn’t looking good for Sony right now.  The kneejerk reaction to this situation would be to slash the price of the PS3 immediately and hope to regain worldwide marketshare.  This is the popular opinion amongst the armchair executives in enthusiast gaming circles.  It’s also a bad idea. Read more…