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Consoleation: Dishonorable Embargo

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As I write this entry in the wee hours of Monday morning, there are literally dozens of reviews of Medal of Honor that have been completed and will not be read for another day or so. Meanwhile, many more consumers are looking for some sort of indication as to whether Medal of Honor is going to be worth spending $60 on… and they won't find out with much notice before the game's release. See, Electronic Arts is holding reviews hostage by way of embargoes—which basically seal away all reviews until a specified time of the publisher's choosing.

Consoleation: Q4 2010 Predictions

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Now that we're into the key final quarter of 2010, it's time to gaze into the Consoleation Crystal Ball and make some predictions as to how key hardware and software players will perform.

Toy Soldiers, Explosionade, Enslaved, and why $60 price point does not fit all

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Screenshot

Earlier in the week I sent out a tweet saying that retail games need more viable price points. I fully believe that the current industry business models in place are absolutely outdated, and a serious shakeup needs to happen in order for growth and sustenance to be able to happen in a healthy way. The reason I bring this up while speaking about Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is that (like I said above) it's certainly a good game and I'm enjoying it, but it doesn't feel as though it's worth $60.

Toy Story 3 Review

Did You Know Bullseye Seats Two?

Toy Story 3 Screenshot

HIGH Riding Bullseye for the first time.

LOW Completing the game so soon.

WTF Kicking a villager through a U-shaped cactus to score a field goal.

Toy Story 3

Game Description: Celebrate the joy of play in Toy Story 3: The Video Game! Fans can play as Buzz, Woody or Jessie as they run, ride and fly through scenes inspired by the upcoming release of the Disney-Pixar animated film, Toy Story 3. Experience key moments, interact with new and returning characters, and visit locations seen in the film. The unique Toy Box mode allows players to unleash their imagination and creativity in a new open world and play with Andy’s toys their way. As Buzz, Woody or Jessie, players can choose what activities they want to do and the order they wish to do them. The more they use their imagination and create their own story, the more they get rewarded.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Review

Why so Serious?

Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screenshot

HIGH Watching what looks like a separately animated scene reveal itself as part of a level.

LOW Episodes that hang around long after they've stopped being interesting.

WTF Catman? Clock King? Every time I think I've seen the weirdest Batman villain...

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Game Description: Feel the boldness of adventure and the bravery of justice as you become Batman and his superhero teammates in the videogame based on your favorite animated TV series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Tread through the exciting terrain of the DC Universe and test your might in this side-scrolling action thrill ride that will take you through crime-filled alleys, strange alien planets, abandoned underground cities, and mysterious island laboratories. Go behind the cowl of the Caped Crusader himself and team up with his superhero friends to solve puzzles, fight dozens of foes, and discover new worlds as you battle to save the day and see if you truly have what it takes to be a superhero!

A lot of gaming between reviewing

Toy Soldiers Screenshot

I've been in a bit of a holding pattern lately. I keep waiting for specific titles for review to show up, and… none of them do. Since I hate putting something on hold when a must-review game arrives, I've been burning through a bunch of random stuff in the hopes that the UPS truck will drop something off sooner rather than later. No such luck yet. In the meantime, here's what I've been doing…

Enslaved, Arcania, Etrian's done and Deadly Premonition media

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Screenshot

I can't say that I was a very big fan of Ninja Theory's first work, Heavenly Sword, but from what little was shown in the demo, Enslaved seems to have its head in the right place. I like the overall concept in general, and it's pretty clear that the developers are going for a big-budget slam-bang action sort of thing.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 41: Gaming Tragedies, Detail & Immersion, Rockstar Games

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