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Outside the box: PC indie games of 2012

Here are five PC indie games of 2012 that serve as important counterpoints to the Halo s and Mass Effect s of the mainstream gaming world.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 19, 2012

Thinking man's action: Top games of 2012

At some point, it stopped being a trend and became the reality: the most interesting, thought-provoking games aren't mega-budget retail releases, but smaller downloadable titles.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 19, 2012

Boyfriend Maker 101: We have met the boyfriend, and he is us

Laser Orgy
Two weeks ago, references to an iOS game called Boyfriend Maker began flooding my Twitter feed.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 06, 2012

Review: Darksiders II

A tour of gaming tropes
"Gentlemen, I'm not going to mince words. THQ is in trouble. We're bleeding cash, and we need a hit game to save our ass. I want you to tell me what you're going to do to make Darksiders II that game."
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 04, 2012

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Mixed messages
At least this high-kicking, somersaulting, zombie-fighting, magical school girl protagonist is of legal ogling age!
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 29, 2012

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Review: Trials Evolution

On the right track
Trials Evolution is a game about launching dirt bikes off sweet jumps, gunning for record-breaking times, and occasionally doing backflips. It's like a modern-day Excitebike .
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 15, 2012

Review: Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

Zombies on the block
Few writers cover games with more depth and insight than Brad Gallaway, the senior editor for He plays everything, and he's not afraid to go against popular opinion.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 17, 2012

Review: Containment: The Zombie Puzzler

Zombies on the block
Few writers cover games with more depth and insight than Brad Gallaway, the senior editor for He plays everything, and he's not afraid to go against popular opinion.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 17, 2012
The Darkness review

Review: The Darkness II

The heart of the matter
Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 15, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 27, 2011

Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

What did you expect?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 felt formulaic — but, oh, what a wonderful formula it was. Modern Warfare 3 follows an identical trajectory.
By MADDY MYERS  |  November 29, 2011

Review: Uncharted 3

The Drake equation
What the hell happened? When Uncharted 2: Among Thieves came out just two short years ago, it hit like a bolt from heaven.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 15, 2011

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Slideshow: Video game heroes run amok in Boston

Video game characters take over the Hub
The Laser Orgy awards ceremony got a little out of control, and we followed our red carpet video game stars as they ran amok in Boston.
By BUDDY DUNCAN AND K. BONAMI  |  December 02, 2010

Review: Final Fantasy XIII

Paradigm shift!
I’m so old, I can remember when Final Fantasy VIII came out and everybody complained about it.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 06, 2010

Review: God of War III

New console, same game
What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 01, 2010

Review: Heavy Rain

A haunting thriller for PlayStation 3
Is Heavy Rain a game or a movie? Players have been asking the question since before its release.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 11, 2010

Review: BioShock 2

BioShock 2 dives under the surface
When Andrew Ryan said this to your player in BioShock , it was part of a plot twist of surprising power — about halfway through the game, you realized you'd been taking orders from your antagonist.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 24, 2010

Review: No More Heroes 2

Pain in the assassin
In the world of video games, one rule is ironclad: if a game is successful, there will be a sequel. Hell, sometimes if a game isn't successful, there will be a sequel.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 16, 2010

Review: Army of Two: The 40th Day

One step forward, but Army of Two steps back
When I reviewed the original Army of Two , I found myself in the unfamiliar position of being the guy who liked something everybody else hated (as opposed the guy who hated something everybody else liked).
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 27, 2010

Greatest video-game tragedies of the last decade

 Zeroes from the Aughts
Here are some of our favorite anti-victories of the past 10 years, in rough chronological order.
By LASER ORGY  |  January 20, 2010

Super 8-Bit Brothers | Brawl

The End (2010)
It's easy to forget how annoying certain pop-culture artifacts were in their heyday.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 13, 2010

Review: Bayonetta

Season of the witch
Here's the thing about Bayonetta : you have to take all of it, not just part.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 12, 2010

Review: The Saboteur

Pandemic Studios' swan song
When Pandemic Studios was shuttered on November 17, it seemed less another casualty of the economy than a mercy killing.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 06, 2010

2009: Year in video games

Swimming the mainstream
At the end of each year, there's the temptation to identify a common theme among the games that were released.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2009

Sexiest video-game studs of 2009

The cream of the crop
Video-game characters get more realistic all the time - and by more realistic, we mean sexier. This year offered a plethora of digital delights and graphical innovations, and although developers don't cater to their straight female and gay male audience nearly as much as they could, we still had no shortage of contenders for this list.
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 18, 2009

Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Hell to play
You're standing in an elevator with men wearing bulletproof vests and wielding machine guns. "No Russian," the leader reminds you, as the doors open to reveal a line of persons waiting at the airport security gate.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 24, 2009

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