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Review: Bastion

A Bastion of creativity for Xbox Live Arcade
At the start of Bastion , the Narrator feels like a contrivance.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  August 09, 2011

Children's Party at the Museum of Fine Art

The party games are a little ... different.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 03, 2011

Don’t fear the sphere: The tao of wiffleball

The Sporting Life I
If you're the type of person that spent your youth perfecting that Nomahh Garciaparra batting ritual, or you still find yourself bragging about the wicked riser you used to throw in your backyard, then head to Slater Park this weekend and show your stuff.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  August 03, 2011

Review: Child of Eden

Sensory overload
Although the list of video game auteurs is short, few would deny Tetsuya Mizuguchi a spot.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 26, 2011

Review: InFamous 2

Power out
InFamous 2 is the worst game I couldn't stop playing since — well, since inFamous 1 .
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 22, 2011

Review: Outland

Inspiration meets execution
Rare is the game whose controls are so finely calibrated that the gamepad seems to vanish from your hands. Outland , a downloadable sidescroller for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, is such a game.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 07, 2011

Review: Brink

Brink trips over itself
There's an old joke about shooters: "No one plays the campaign." Everybody just skips ahead to the multiplayer. So why should developers even include that pesky story mode?
By MADDY MYERS  |  June 09, 2011

Review: Mortal Kombat 9

Gross miskonduct
Mortal Kombat 9 represents everything that's awful about video games. It's trashy, it's corny, it's gory, it's sexist, it's racist — and it's deceptively addictive.
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 10, 2011

Review: Portal 2

Spatial tension
At its core, Portal 2 is a simple concept. Using a handheld device, you can shoot an orange and a blue portal that will instantly link any two points in space.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 27, 2011

Review: Yakuza 4

Gangster’s paradise
At one point in Yakuza 4 , a grizzled old gangster gives some advice to an upstart.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 13, 2011

Crossword: ''Not What You Think''

Be prepared for some criticism
"Not What You Think" -- be prepared for some criticism.
By MATT JONES  |  March 29, 2011

Duncan Jones on solving Source Code

Game plan
It's the elephant in the room when you're talking to Duncan Jones: this guy is Zowie Bowie, Ziggy Stardust's son. It's uncool to bring it up, but how can you not at least mention it?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2011

King's folly

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
If your name were King Bishop, you'd know how to play chess, right?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 23, 2011

Crossword: ''IQ Test'

Apply your smarts here.
Apply your smarts here.
By MATT JONES  |  March 16, 2011

Should sportswriters be allowed to gamble on sports?

Sucker bet
Halloween 2010 kicked off a rough week for Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons.
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  February 05, 2011

Beer bottle football

It's a sad, sad day for beer bottle football ...
By DAVID KISH  |  February 02, 2011

Corsets, goggles, and game geeks in Warwick

Role playing
Are you an aspiring warlord, dragon slayer or munchkin? Do you find Queen Victoria strangely sexy? Well TempleCon 2011 might be right up your alley.
By DANIEL MCGOWAN  |  January 26, 2011

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Crown Jewel

Balls, pucks and monster trucks
My neighborhood buddies and I have a friendly Texas Hold 'Em poker game. We've played four times coming into last weekend; of those games my neighbor, Jewel Rechsteiner, the pride of Lubbock, Texas, has won three. She dominates.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 08, 2010

Review: Hydro Thunder: Hurricane

Hurricane Force: riding a high tide
Another summer, another wave of critically acclaimed downloadable games.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 01, 2010

Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

The latest Metal Gear Solid sends mixed signals
For a couple of hours, I was enjoying the latest iteration of the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, which is called Peace Walker . Unlike the massive, bloated, self-important Metal Gear Solid 4 , this portable installment felt lean and mean.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 02, 2010

Review: Red Dead Redemption

Grand Theft Oater?
The land doesn't care. Not about the storms that blow across its plains. Not about the animals that stalk one another through its grasses. And certainly not about the men who occasionally appear over the horizon and try to build a civilization on its sands.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 21, 2010

Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Star-crossed: not quite super
Say this for Super Mario: he still seems to be having a good time.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 14, 2010

Game Changer

After decades of lackluster releases, the video-game-turned-film genre may have finally found its royalty
For the worse part of two decades, Hollywood has been trying to discover the formula for successfully adapting video games to the big screen.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2010

Review: Alan Wake

Shadowplay: Remedy Entertainment puts on a light show
Alan Wake  proves, once again, that developers don’t need to reinvent entire genres to make a good game — they simply need to play to their strengths.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 01, 2010

Review: 3D Dot Game Heroes

Linking to the past
The story of 3D Dot Game Heroes ’ kingdom of Dotnia might ring a few bells. An ancient hero of old defeated an evil king by trapping him inside one of six magical orbs.
By MADDY MYERS  |  May 25, 2010

Barbarians, legions clash at Holiday Inn

Repeating History
On Saturday morning, more than a hundred men crowded into the banquet hall of the Holiday Inn beside the turnpike exit in Westbrook. They came with armies in tow, prepared to refight many of the most famous battles of history.
By WHIT RICHARDSON  |  May 05, 2010

Review: The Freebie

R eveals lifetimes of intimacy
As can be seen in the opening bliss montage, these two almost disgustingly in love with each other: they hug, kiss, tickle toes, do crossword puzzles — everything, it seems, except have sex.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 15, 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

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