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ShellShock 2: Blood Trails Review

Tragedy: Exploited!

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Screenshot

HIGH Finally a zombie game since Resident Evil 2 that acknowledges shooting them in the leg is a really good tactic.

LOW It's a Vietnam war game with absolutely nothing to say about the conflict other than: it happened.

WTF Okay, so you're turned into a zombie—I get putting on a gas mask and picking up two cleavers. Hey, who wouldn't? But how does that make you bulletproof?

The Horror Geek presents: BioShock Movie drowning in sea of financial difficulties

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I'm really looking forward to the BioShock movie for a number of different reasons. First off, I love the game to death–it's creepy, it's got an engaging story, and it was a blast to play. Second, I'd really like to see a movie based on a videogame that turns out to be good. I think this is the property that could give game movies the same sort of legitimacy that comic films now enjoy. Finally, I got the impression that maybe Universal understood the potential of what they had and were going to pull out all the stops to make a great movie. They hired an interesting director, Gore Verbinski, and they appeared ready to spare no expense in bringing his vision to the screen.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Review

The cluelessly misguided sequel to a fantastically frightening game

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Screenshot

HIGH The new and improved forensics procedures.

LOW The laughably bad plot.

WTF Practically everything good about the first game is bungled here.

The Horror Geek presents: Dante's Inferno PSP bound

Dante's Inferno Screenshot

Kotaku is reporting that Electronic Arts' anticipated horror-themed God of War-clone Dante's Inferno is now headed to the PlayStation Portable as well as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The title, which finds players guiding their character through a videogame version of the nine circles of Hell, sparked an intense Hollywood bidding war for the film rights before it was even officially announced. Early buzz for the actual game has been largely positive and it's one of numerous titles I'm actually looking forward to trying out in 2010.

So far, there are no details about how the portable version might differ from its bigger brothers, but EA is saying that it will release on the same day as the console titles. Cool news for those who don't have a PS3/Xbox 360/Gaming PC, but I'd have to wonder who would actually want to play it on the PSP if they had the option to play it on a television screen or PC monitor. I guess maybe people who have lives and occasionally leave their house, which disqualifies me completely.

Solar Review

Collecting asteroids has never been so much fun

Solar Xbox 360 Screenshot

HIGH It's an original, instantly playable effort with great presentation.

LOW It's one of those rare games that ends too soon.

WTF The "creationism" challenge is a clever wink to the player.

Quick looks at Astro Tripper and Crimson Sea 2

Astro Tripper Screenshot Spent a fun couple of hours playing PomPom's Astro Tripper on the PlayStation 3. A download available for $5, it's a colorful, slightly abstract shooter similar to one of my favorites on 360 Arcade, Mutant Storm Reloaded.

Do improved graphics outweigh unreliability?

Red Ring of Death

My wife bought me the PlayStation 3 Collector's Edition of Resident Evil 5 on the day it came out. She knew that I hadn't yet decided which system I wanted the game for, and that I might end up trading it out, but she figured it would be a nice surprise to bring it home on release day anyway. The crux of my indecision came down to deciding between better graphics on a crappier system or slightly worse graphics on a more reliable system.

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