Dead Space – Xbox 360

There are no new ideas, just new ways of freshening the old ones up. At least, that’s how the old cliché goes. While it’s a tenet derived from narrative fiction, the same notion can be applied to videogames – a medium that continues to push the idea of interactive storytelling further with new and exciting…

Braid – Xbox 360

Braid is the single most important game released this year. Ever since technology caught up with our hobby and evolved it from simple beeps and blips and tests of hand-eye coordination into a medium capable of spinning a decent yarn and taking the player away to awe-inspiring worlds of wonder, the argument of ‘Games as…

Pirates vs Ninja Dodgeball – Xbox 360

There’s a great line in Robert Altman’s 1992 Hollywood satire, The Player, where a desperate screenwriter pitches potential projects as mash-ups of established properties, “It’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Psycho”, each more ludicrous than the last. The point being that audiences crave the familiar, rejecting anything new and innovative. The game industry isn’t immune to…

Smash Court Tennis 3 – Xbox 360

For a sport that single-handedly grandfathered the entire video game bloodline following the release of Pong, tennis seems to get short shrift in gaming these days. Sure, there are a smattering of games released each year – usually timed to coincide with Wimbledon – but compared to the vast iterations of baseball, hockey and of…

Hail to the Chimp – Xbox 360

For some, the Washington political scene can be as wild as the Amazon. Conniving snakes slither through the grass, looking to sidle up with equally loathsome lobbyists. Blowhard senator swine curry favor among their constituency while wallowing in the mud with the special interests. And when poor, defenseless votes are spotted in the great, wide…

UEFA Euro 2008 – Xbox 360

Timed to coincide with the real world UEFA EURO 2008 competition in Austria and Switzerland, EA has released their latest entry in the soccer field, UEFA Euro. While EA is also the developer behind the venerable FIFA series, UEFA differs quite a bit and offers up its own compelling sports package even if it seems…

Kung Fu Panda – Xbox 360

It used to be that licensed games were the bane of gamers. Once the mercury began to rise and the multiplex became dotted with a myriad of popcorn flicks, the companion software would follow suit, usually launching day and date of most high profile cinematic releases. And while you could often see every dollar spent…

Iron Man – Xbox 360

Comic book games, like the movies these graphic novels have birthed, are in the midst of a continued renaissance. Where comic games once suffered on weaker consoles (the less said about Spider-Man vs. Carnage the better), the technology has advanced to the levels required to bring gamers the true flights of fancy their superhero fantasies…

E3 2008 – The Top 5 Things I Learned from the Xbox 360 Press Conference

The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) begins Wednesday in Los Angeles. This is the annual conference where video game developers, publishers and press converge to present the hot new titles they’ve got cooking – with the focus on those games prepped to hit during the lucrative holiday buying season. As with last year, I plan to offer…