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Persona 4: Arena is wow

Persona 4: Arena Screenshot

First, a disclaimer—this is NOT a review. Just saying. So, Persona 4: Arena... like, WOW. As someone who wasn't really a fan of the BlazBlue fighting games, I wasn't overly excited about the thought of those devs taking one of the best Japanese role-playing games from the last decade (if not the last... ever) and making a fighting game out of it, but I just received a review copy and I've been playing it for the last few days.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Review

A Joy from Afar

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Screenshot

HIGH Blowing up an enemy capital ship as it tries to jump out of the system.

LOW Getting rocked by pirates right as I'm about to mount an attack on my main enemy's homeworld.

WTF Seriously, screw those pirates.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 76: Listener Questions, Dawnguard, The Walking Dead--Episode Two

In this episode, Chi and Brad play Dawnguard, Richard plays League of Legends, Mike plays Demon's Souls (2 years late) and we ALL play The Walking Dead Episode Two. We also took some listener questions. Haven't you always wondered what Chi's favorite Pokémon is? WELL HERE IS THE CHANCE TO LEARN! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard "We still hate Duck" Naik and Dylan Collins.

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Second Skin Review

Second Skin Image

Second Skin is a 2008 documentary by Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza about MMO players' "second skin"—their avatars and virtual life. While looking at those into titles like World of Warcraft, EverQuest, Second Life, and others, MMO players' lives seem like an easy target for humor, Second Skin manages to avoid that.

Super Monday Night Combat Review

Hey Everybody, it's Monday Night Combat's Loveable Mascot, Bullseye! Kill Him. Kill Him Now!

Super Monday Night Combat Screenshot

HIGH As Captain Spark, leaping in at the last minute and preventing an enemy player from using the annihilator.

LOW Trying to play as the Gunslinger and being mostly useless.

WTF Staring in awe at the people that have figured out how to dominate everyone with Leo.

ESRB Double-M, Starhawk, Chairlift, and geek artifacts

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Screenshot

I don't often think about the ESRB rating system (apart from the fact that I generally support it) but my oldest son asked me a question today about the difference between ratings, and I had to pause a moment before answering.

Elsword Review

Choosing the Archer so I can Kick People in the Face

Elsword Screenshot

HIGH Pulling off a big, flashy combo against a boss and watching its health bar plummet

LOW Real money micro-transactions for game-changing,non-cosmetic gear, including... (see below)

WTF I have to spend cash to reset my skill points?!

Video: Aperture: Lab Ratt

This fan film is called Aperture: Lab Ratt and made by Synthetic PictureHaus. It is based on the Valve comic called Lab Rat. Lab Rat told the story of an Aperture scientist named Doug Rattman, who apparently was one of the only survivors after GLaDOS's take over. Rattman was responsible for placing Chell (heroine of Portal) at the top of the list of test subject candidates that GLaDOS was to use and he also provided clues and warnings "behind the walls" of the Test Chambers for Chell to follow. Truly an important man whose story had to be told.

Video: Aperture: Lab Ratt

Amalur vs

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Screenshot

It was the power of adorkableness that convinced me to buy Kingdoms of Amalur. Seriously. I tried the demo and was resoundingly apathetic towards it, but when Day9 streamed it with Felicia Day at his house, and with the ridiculous hilarity that resulted by their combined dorkiness, I was dazzled by the geekiness and shelled out a full sixty bones for the PC version.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Review

Fission Mailed

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the Raccoon Police station rendered in gorgeous HD for the first time ever.

LOW Firing a full clip of assault rounds into a hunter as it yawns indifferently.

WTF There's a "special" vision mode designed to make zombies invisible to the player.

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