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REVIEW - Game of Thrones

Posted June 15th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.

There are times when a fictional universe in another medium can open up a whole realm of possibilities for gaming. Unfortunately, many licensed titles are rarely up-to-par with their film/comic/written counterparts. Yet there are, in fact, quite a few exceptions to this unwritten rule. When Cyanide Studios announced that they were working on a videogame based on the smash HBO series Game of Thrones, I was about as giddy as a drunken high school teenager on prom night. I'm a massive fanboy of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire series, so the awesome burden of reviewing Cyanide's Game of Thrones fell on my shoulders and was nestled in my arms like a newborn kitten made out of cotton candy.

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Tags: review, george rr martin, GRRM, Mors, Alester, crappy, kitten, game of thrones

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BOOK REVIEW — You Are Not So Smart

Posted October 26th 2011 by Anthony DiPalma.

I'm a person who likes knowing useless facts and pointing them out at random times in front of a group of people. Studies have shown that people enjoy sharing knowledge and ideas that were previously unknown for many reasons—mostly self-satisfaction. I can't tell you exactly why I enjoy being a know-it-all, but I'm fully aware that I'm not alone. The desire to possess knowledge that others don't have is simply a part of human nature. If a million people like me were in a room, some great things could be accomplished. As a collective group, human beings are capable of doing some amazing things. We've constructed skyscrapers, crafted beautiful works of art, and have become so technologically advanced that I often wonder how sad my life was before I got my BlackBerry. Yet we lose our car keys, pick fights with strangers on the Internet, and we continue eating doughnuts even after our doctors tell us that our remaining years will be spent sleeping in a diabetic coma if our diets don't change. Why? How could such an advanced group of organic beings manage to create something as incredible as FOX's Animation Domination Sundays and yet gain weight, keep the stove on, and lose money gambling in online poker, on a daily basis? David McRaney, author of You Are Not So Smart, has some answers in his book.

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XBOX 360 REVIEW — Gears of War 3

Posted September 26th 2011 by Anthony DiPalma.

In 2006 the world was introduced to Gears of War, a game that changed the way many shooters are played today. Seamlessly blending third person duck-and-cover mechanics with the incredible power of the Unreal Engine, Gears of War quickly became a fan favorite for 360 owners. Two years later, Epic Games released Gears of War 2, which took everything the critics loved about its predecessor and expanded on it. Since then, the series has grown and extended its reach into other media such as novels, comic books, and even a board game. Last week, Gears of War 3 was released to the public. Despite having a darker tone in the story, an upgraded graphics engine, and many changes to the critically-acclaimed multiplayer, does the final installment in the Gears of War trilogy end with a bang or a whimper?

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Tags: badass, review, chainsaw, lancer, gears of war, gears of war 3

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3DS REVIEW - Star Fox 64 3D

Posted September 17th 2011 by Adam Grayson.

Ah...  Good ole Star Fox.  Ever since its debut back in 1993, the series has put players in control of furry pilot Fox McCloud and his crew of space animal pals.  Four years later, Star Fox 64 was released on the Nintendo 64 and has since become widely regarded as the best game of the series.  For more than a decade, gamers have been clamoring for another Star Fox game that plays and feels as good as Star Fox 64.  While the GameCube and Nintendo DS sequels were fun in their own rights, they just weren't quite what fans were looking for.  That said, what better way to give the fans what they want than a 3D remake of the series' best?  While the bulk of Star Fox 64 3D is taken straight from the Nintendo 64 original, Nintendo EAD and co-developer Q-games (who also made Star Fox Command for the Nintendo DS) made sure to stuff a whole slew of new features into this Nintendo 3DS remake such as updated graphics, updated controls, updated voice overs, and a brand new multiplayer experience.  Oh yeah, and it's in 3D.

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3DS REVIEW - Pilotwings Resort Review

Posted April 7th 2011 by Adam Grayson.

It's about time!  After 15 years, we finally get another Pilotwings game.  And this time it's in three-dee!

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Tags: 3ds, 3D, DS, Pilotwings, pilot, wings, Resort, review, Nintendo

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XBOX 360 REVIEW - Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Posted February 21st 2011 by Frankie Aguilar.

Fans of fighting games are about as nostalgic as gamers come, and not without warrant. Great fighting games tend to have long lifespans; just look at your friends that still play Super Smash Brothers Melee.  In 2000, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 came out in arcades and became a fighting game watermark for the next decade. MVC2 has kept its fans happy by not only having one of the best rosters of all time, but by implementing a tight fighting system that has held up tremendously over time. If MVC2  wasn't so good, do you think people could honestly try and charge upwards of $400 for still wrapped copies of it on Amazon? With Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom has recaptured everything that made MVC2 great, and added all the polish you'd expect from this generation of consoles. Sadly, MVC3 overall isn't as deep as it could've been considering Capcom's recent success with Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Street Fighter IV, but don't worry kids, this game is fantastic.

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