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Dante's Inferno is... good!

Dante's Inferno Screenshot

After doing my due diligence for the podcast (and noticing that there's a much-needed lull in current releases) I went to my "play this later" stack and selected Dante's Inferno. An infamous title for several reasons, I think it's fair to say that I didn't expect anything more than a poorly-conceived God of War clone, but the reality is that it's a much better game than I could have guessed.

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 Review

Casualis Perfectum!

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 Screenshot

HIGH: The two worlds here mesh wonderfully.

LOW: The spell-targeting can drive you batty.

WTF: "And the Lord said 'Collect-a-thons shall not get thee to Heaven.'"

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4

Game Description: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 brings the action, adventure and fun of the first 4 stories in the Harry Potter catalog to the video game screen in the way only the LEGO franchise can. Featuring all your favorite characters and story environments, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets players play as the wizard of their choice, combining them piece by piece as is only possible in the LEGO franchise of games. Play options include single player story mode, free-play and two-player co-op online and offline.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Review

Visit Tartarus for a Third Time

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Screenshot

HIGH The addition of a female protagonist and new social links.

LOW Climbing the tower can still be a bit of a grind.

WTF Yet another RPG with a dog as a playable character. WTF Japan?

Disgaea Infinite Review

Once more, with Feeling

Disgaea  Infinite Screenshot

HIGH Lots of the classic Disgaea LOL humor fans love.

LOW Watching and re-watching the same scenes looking for the hotspot.

WTF "Your big boobs are giving me a headache."

Disgaea Infinite

Game Description: Disgaea Infinite is a single player game set in the Digaea universe in which players must travel through time to catch a suspect in a potentially heinous crime. Unlike earlier Digaea games, Disgaea Infinite is not a strategic RPG, instead it is created as a "visual novel," in which players have full control of the story, taking full control of characters, choosing how they will act in order to get to the bottom of the mystery at hand.

ModNation Racers Review

Prepare Yourself for the Rubberband Man

ModNation Racers Screenshot

HIGH Fulfilling all the conditions to earn all of a track's prizes and skidding across the finish line in first.

LOW Fulfilling all the conditions to earn all of a track's prizes and getting dropped from first to sixth by attacks within sight of the finish line.

WTF Why did they include this dull story (announcers, skits, etc.) in career mode?

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2010

E3 2010

For me, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a giant, growling contradiction in terms.

Every year I attend the behemoth celebration of digital entertainment and culture, and I just can't process the massive, public scale of this thing. The towering screens and throngs of people tell me that this is a business like any other—one that's loved by millions of people, and one that makes millions of dollars. Games are more popular and more prevalent than ever—without question. If that's the case, and it is, then it's ironic that it's always felt like such a solo endeavor for me over the years.

Yes, gaming is social and I've spent countless hours playing and discussing it with my friends and colleagues, but at the end of the day, games remain a lovely pastime that's processed by yours truly as the quest of a man alone. It's time spent by myself. If you rearrange the letters of "Quality Time" (and delete a few) you get "Quiet"... So, the loud, flashy marketing blitz that is the Electronics Entertainment Expo stands in the face of my lifetime of experience.

So, with these overwhelming feelings running through my head as a counterpoint to the throbbing crowds and masses of fans eager for their electrons, I submerge into the depths of E3 to bring you my news and impressions; the halting, limited coverage of a solo gamer set adrift on the convention center floor.

Enjoy.

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