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After Burner Climax Review

Zebra has Acquired a Nuclear Missile

After Burner Climax Screenshot

HIGH Completing that damned stealth bomber mission.

LOW Being unable to pick apart the visual chaos for my first X attempts at the game.

WTF The constant pilot chatter. "Next time I'm here on vacation!"

After Burner Climax

Game Description: The classic arcade game After Burner returns for a new generation of gamers. After Burner Climax is fast and frantic action, putting you in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter plane. Dodge planes, rockets, and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft. Built for all skill levels, everyone can take to the air and blaze through a branching storyline and over 20 stages. Unlock achievements along the way to win an exclusive Avatar award using your experience and expertise.

Final Fantasy XIII Review

It's Been a Long Time Coming

Final Fantasy XIII Screenshot

HIGH The pitch-perfect ending.

LOW Easy endgame battles that lasted five minutes anyway.

WTF 1 Boomerang + 20 Sturdy Bones + 6 Particle Accelerators = +6 to attack?

Final Fantasy XIII

Game Description: From the creative minds behind FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY X comes the latest installment in the critically acclaimed series. As FINAL FANTASY VII was for PlayStation, and FINAL FANTASY X for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the first numbered FINAL FANTASY title for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360, and will look to once again reestablish the series as the RPG brand. Players will follow Lightning, Snow, and the other heroes who are dealt a hand of fate by the god-like fal'Cie. Cursed and regarded as enemies of society, they have the world against them and nobody to rely on but each other. Will they find the strength within themselves to break free of their curse and determine their own fates, or will they succumb to this higher power? With a story that is sure to connect with players' hearts, diverse new characters from world-renowned creator and character designer Tetsuya Nomura, and exciting new gameplay features centered around an evolved Active Time Battle system, FINAL FANTASY XIII will be the pinnacle in gaming experiences.

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 4, 5 & 6 Review

What will the Ducks Reveal?

Blue Toad Murder Files: Episodes 4, 5 & 6 Screenshot

HIGH Witty writing and memorable characters—the Butcher rules.

LOW Trying to understand the convoluted plot reveal in Episode 4.

WTF The ridiculous mouse/cat/dog puzzle in Episode 6.

Prison Break: The Conspiracy

Game Description: Prison Break The Conspiracy is a single player action adventure game. Play as Tom Paxton an agent of " The Company" sent to Fox River Penitentiary to unravel the mystery behind Michael Scofield being sent to the same prison as his brother Lincoln Burrows.

Prison Break: The Conspiracy Review

They're just not Great at this "Keeping Prisoners" Thing

Prison Break: The Conspiracy Screenshot

HIGH Desperately picking a lock while watching a guard creep closer on the split-screen.

LOW Missing a Y press because the game was asking me to jam on the B button.

WTF Couldn't they have figured some way of getting Fichtner in there?

Missing the Point

Missing the Point

As time has marched on and the World Wide Web has gradually replaced magazines as a source of video game reviews, many people seem to have lost touch with the reason why video game reviews really exist. Reviews are no longer the informative tool that they once were. It's a big business now. Sites like Metacritic actually influence the direction of the industry, and it's been documented that there's a very tense relationship between reviewers and publishers. If a reviewer is overly critical of a game, especially if it's a higher profile game, it can cause unnecessary shockwaves.

Brink: No Girls Allowed

Brink Screenshot

So, a while ago I blogged about Crackdown 2 and how players don't have the ability to have a female avatar. In today's scene, the developers' claims of technical limitations preventing them from including a non-male choice didn't ring true with me, and I was quite disappointed to hear that no efforts were being made to include female models.

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