The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Review

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition is a rough-cut diamond—captivatingly beautiful, but so unpredictably pain-inducing at times that some will lament that very beauty. Many of its facets are spit-shined to a kind of perfection few in gaming history have managed, but others are so unpolished and broken that they’ll drive you to madness (and profanity-laced rants that conjugate four-letter words in ways they were never meant to be conjugated). The net result of all of this is that the quality of the game varies wildly throughout, constantly teetering between perfection and frustration like some kind of demonic gaming see-saw. What you look for and expect to get out of the games you play will be the determining factors that dictate which end of that see-saw you’ll be faced with once all is said and done. Read more →

Skyrim Review

There’s one thing I ask of games, and that’s to immerse me in another world. What is immersion, though? It varies from person to person, and where you personally draw that line will determine how you view a game like Skyrim. Read more →

Crysis Review

Crysis is one of the best first-person shooters available, and though you don’t have to go far to hear people praising the many things that it does, I’m far more impressed by what it doesn’t do. Read more →

Fahrenheit Review

Fahrenheit, released as “Indigo Prophecy” in North America, is a lot like a pair of skinny jeans—not for everyone. Those who can deal with a few hiccups and bad fourth-quarter story twists, however, will wind up treasuring this game, because its virtues far outweigh its flaws. Read more →

Batman: Arkham City Review

Batman: Arkham City marks Mark Hamill’s final performance as the voice of the Joker, and what a way to go out. Everything that made Arkham Asylum great has been made better, and everything that made AA tedious has been removed. Beyond that, City succeeds at being a truly brilliant open-world game that captures the darker tone of Nolan’s Batman and combines it with the 90s animated series’ cast of villains and voice actors, and the result is what may come to be remembered as the greatest Batman game ever made. Read more →

Jade Empire Review

Jade Empire is a great, though lesser-known, Bioware game from back when they were actually capable of making games without pissing off a multitude of fans. It also makes me feel totally racist. Some people talk with accents, others don’t, and you’re caught in the middle somewhere while trying to figure out which one is disrespectful. This is basically the kind of game you would expect a bunch of white people to make about Asian culture. Read more →

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