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That Bay State of Mind: Modern Warfare 2's boom-filled campaign

That Bay State of Mind: Modern Warfare 2's boom-filled campaign

As first-person shooter campaigns go, it's definitely in the 95th percentile of enjoyable shooting galleries. But it's also a campaign that worries me. While playing through the brief solo mode (roughly five hours), I couldn't help but be reminded of the stereotypical Bay film: Things blow up, uber-macho soldiers shout, the player performs wild stunts (like jumping into a helicopter for the umpteenth time), and loud orchestral music plays. It doesn't seem to matter that the plot is poorly paced, makes very little sense, and no characters are developed. If I'm a typical M-rated gamer, all I'm supposed to care about is that I shot people and stuff blew up real purty.

Which of these titles are you the most excited for this Holiday Season?

Assassin's Creed II
16% (103 votes)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
12% (81 votes)
Dragon Age: Origins
15% (102 votes)
Forza Motorsport 3
2% (12 votes)
Halo 3: ODST
2% (11 votes)
Left 4 Dead 2
7% (45 votes)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
8% (53 votes)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
5% (30 votes)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
12% (79 votes)
Other
6% (41 votes)
Already bought (and played) my selection
10% (65 votes)
No games this season
6% (40 votes)
Total votes: 662

Trine Review

Three Heads are Better than Two

Trine Screenshot

HIGH Excellent concept, great production values.

LOW Lack of any real boss battles.

WTF Experience comes in glowing green bottles?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Review

Super Heroes? More Like Pretty-okay Heroes...

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 Screenshot

HIGH Going multi with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, together again.

LOW Generally poor selection of heroes from Marvel's vast universe.

WTF What happened to the QA process?

Now about that terror attack level everyone's talking about: A conversation with Danny Ledonne

Now about that terror attack level everyone's talking about: A conversation with 'Super Columbine Massacre RPG!’ creator Danny Ledonne"

In my review of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, I disagree with my peers that the game is not a compelling example for games as art, rather it's perfect for a sports argument. Take 36-year-old David Dague of Chicago. When interviewed by The Associated Press, he said the game's launch is like the start of football season for a sports fan, and the comparison couldn't be more fitting. But there's another, more obvious landmark the game reaches in the form of its controversial level, "No Russian."

The Horror Geek presents: New Dante's Inferno demo and trailer

First up, news from Electronic Arts (courtesy of Kotaku) concerning the release date for the game's official demo. PS3 and XBox 360 owners will be able to try out the first level of the title sometime next month. EA hasn't been more specific than that but you can at least sleep easy tonight knowing that you'll be guiding Dante through Hades sooner rather than later.

If that wasn't enough to satiate your need for all things Inferno, here's another developer diary on the game. This newest segment covers level six, better known as "Heresy". This new level finds Dante going deeper into Hell–and it's the first area in the game that really portrays a fire-and-brimstone Hell that many of us recognize from the Bible. One of the producers mentions that by this stage, we're "in Satan's backyard".

Dante's Inferno continues to impress me with each new diary they reveal (which means EA's marketing plan is working). We'll all get a chance to experience the finished product when it hits retailers everywhere on February 9th of next year.

The ethics of same-day DLC

The ethics of same-day Dragon Age DLC

As is somewhat apparent, I've been spending some time (a lot of time, actually) with BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins. Although it's got a few issues, it's a great Adventure-RPG if you like the style as much as I do, and it's had no trouble keeping my interest. However, there has been something that's been bothering me about it—the character Shale.

For those that don't know, Shale is an extra character that can be recruited into the player's party. A powerful wrecking-ball of a golem with a witty personality, he's a very attractive prospect. The issue? He's only available via DLC.

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