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Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

You Got Your MMO in My KOTOR

Star Wars: The Old Republic Screenshot

HIGH Keeping my party barely alive as we take down a nasty boss during a flashpoint.

LOW Being thrown into a PvP match against players 20 levels above me.

WTF Acquiring a companion who is the last of his kind, then walking outside and seeing five more of him.

Skyrim: The orphans, the clown and the mothers

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Screenshot

When Skyrim tries to go big, it often falters due to poor writing, over-promising, or a disconnect between the story and the gameplay. The happiest exception to this trend is the Dark Brotherhood questline, which is one of the game's great successes. This is because it obeys the rules of good writing, and of good game design.

Extra Credits: Skyrim's Opening

Hmmm, criticizing The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim's opening for being lackluster compared to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's now (in)famous opening? Is it fair to compare two games from two seemingly disparate genres like an open-world role-playing game and a scripted, set-piece-heavy, first-person military shooter? Maybe it isn't, but it does sound like something GameCritics would do. No wonder we like this video.

Extra Credits: Skyrim's Opening

That Mass Effect 3 demo, Binary Domain, Far Cry and other things

Mass Effect 3 Screenshot

So, the Mass Effect 3 demo. I hesitate to bring it up, but I can't let it pass without making at least a few brief comments. First off, I really hope that the game addresses Ashley's radical make over... if the game hadn't told me that's who it was, I never would have recognized her, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Yakuza 3 Review

The Dragon of Dojima's Looking a bit Paunchy

Yakuza 3 Screenshot

HIGH Playing baseball with kids on the beach.

LOW The slow trickle of new moves makes combat painfully stale.

WTF "You have learned the art of pole dancing."

Skyrim: The war that wasn't

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Screenshot

Skyrim is a huge and uneven game, and I will be discussing many of its high points. In the spirit of getting the bad news out first, however, I want to discuss the game's secondary quest, concerning the civil war between the Imperial Legion and the Stormcloaks led by Jarl Ulfric of Windhelm. There is much to admire in the way this quest is set up, but as a world element and gameplay series it falls short in several respects.

Fallout: New Vegas—Lonesome Road Review

Talk about Ending with a Bang...

Fallout: New Vegas—Lonesome Road Screenshot

HIGH The beautifully blasted, teetering architectural remnants.

LOW The difficulty level is significantly increased.

WTF The creatures in Courier's Mile can survive a direct nuke hit?

Fallout: New Vegas—Old World Blues Review

= ) ZZZ = )

Fallout: New Vegas—Old World Blues Screenshot

HIGH The toaster who wants to burn the world in nuclear fire.

LOW Most missions are dishwater-dull fetchquests.

WTF Penis hands and penis feet.

Video: Skyrim modded for Macho Man tribute

While a little crude, this Skyrim mod is an oddly fitting tribute to the late Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Yeah!

Skyrim: The Alduin/Dagon dichotomy

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Screenshot

I have a lot to say about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and indeed I've already said some of it. Some of it has been said for me, for instance in Shamus Young's takedown of the Thieves' Guild quests, which after a promising start became too intolerable for me to bother completing. Uneven writing quality is almost a certainty in a game this large, though, and perhaps it was the Thieves' Guild's time, after being one of the best sidequests in Oblivion.

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