South Park: Tenorman's Revenge is Killer-Weak-Sweet [Review]

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm
South Park: Tenorman's Revenge -- it's, as Cartman might say, "pretty coo [sic]."

Let's get this out of the way -- the gameplay in South Park: Tenorman's Revenge is fine. If you're looking for a platformer that hearkens back to its old-school roots while incorporating the smooth animation and online functionality of modern gaming, it's a great fit. It has interesting, if not revolutionary elements like unique characters moves and a stage timer that can be rewound. The physics feel a little "floaty," and things get repetitive (as is common in platformers), but these aren't huge issues.

However, if you're looking for a groundbreaking game that discovers totally new possibilities for the genre, like Limbo or Braid, this will not meet your requirements. But you didn't expect a South Park XBLA game to play like Limbo. There's really only one reasonable explanation for why someone would want to buy a South Park game: they love South Park and are hoping some of the profane magic of the series can be captured in game form. As long as the gameplay is not downright bad, if the spirit of the series is intact, the developers have been successful.

And this game does a great job of converting the show as it is now into a generally fun, pretty challenging platformer. Any dissatisfaction with what the game is like probably stems from deeper dissatisfaction I have about what the show has become.

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Guys, last night I played a lot of Bastion. I intend on doing that again for many hours this weekend. Why, James, when Mass Effect 3 is out and you haven't beaten it?

Because I don't like RPGs at all, and Bastion's New Game+ mode allows me to zero in on the main focus of the game -- and that's the narrative section. Plus, I heard something about the end of Mass Effect 3 being a little disappointing or something. Anyway.

What are you playing? Anything I should be aware of?

Also, listen to that song because it is so catchy!

Hells Yeah to Video Game Warning Labels

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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Those crazy congressmen are at it again.

Virginia Representative Frank Wolf and California rep Joe Baca recently co-authored the "Violence in Video Games Labeling Act," a bipartisan bill that, if passed, would require all video games rated "E" and up to bear a warning label similar to those found on a pack of cigarettes. The proposed label would read "Warning: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior." Wolf and Baca proposed a similar bill back in 2009 which would have seen a warning label attached to all video games rated "T" and up.

It may come as a shock that I, too, am in favor of labeling video games in such a manner. Rather than take broad strokes like Wolf and Baca, however, I believe the warnings should be far more specific to the individual games. Following are a handful of examples for the types of warning labels I would like to see utilized. It should be noted that the research I've conducted is likely far more thorough than that backing Wolf and Baca's latest bill.

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The Rise of Draw Something [Infographic]

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Whoa, Comcast & Time Warner Don't Support HBO Go on Xbox Live

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Okay, so this news is a little old I admit. But it is very important information about your Xbox 360 experience. Or, rather, the lack of HBO Go experience you'll enjoy on your Xbox 360.

Currently, Comcast and Time Warner have not signed on to support Microsoft's attempt to partner with the smash cerebellum-stimulation module AKA HBO. See, you want it to be one way. But it's the other way.

If you have an Xbox 360 and Comcast or Time Warner, you're in the cold for now -- sorry to say. It could be a hitch based on contractual or legal agreements, something that will be resolved in coming days, but we're not for certain yet. If you hit the link, I'll give you a list of cable providers that are A-OK with HBO Go on Xbox 360. Hit it!

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Edifier Sound To Go Bar Is Great For All Devices

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
We've got another GearFest tip for you today, and it's about portable sound. I don't know about your gadgets, but the speakers on my laptop, tablet and portable gaming devices all suck. The Edifier Sound To Go Bar definitely does not. 
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Ninjas Are Not Cool Anymore [REVIEW]

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm


First, let me get this out of the way - I've beaten every Ninja Gaiden game on Master Ninja difficulty. I've also visited Team Ninja in Japan four times. I have a huge amount of reverence for the franchise, and most importantly, for the team behind them. I've held a special place in my gaming heart for Ninja Gaiden since the days of the arcade version, the NES games, and even the handheld games. Bottom line - I'm a huge, huge, huge Ninja Gaiden fan.

But then there's Ninja Gaiden III...

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Is MLB 12: The Show Too Real? [Review, Part 2]

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Sliding into reality.
Last week I raised the question about buying the PS3 or Vita editions of MLB 12: The Show, both of which are a few innings away from reality. Seriously, when I play these, I feel like I'm there, in Great American Ballpark, bringing the heat on a hot summer day and swinging for the banks of the Ohio River. The announcers, the "True Ball Physics" (mentioned last week), the batters' stances, the "True Broadcast" cameras  - these features and so much more amount to two outstanding videogames.

It's no longer a question about which edition I like more, though. The PS3 edition rules. Hands down. Still, I have a long way to go before I master its gameplay. Which is code that I once again (and again and again and again) lost to the Cubs, underperforming with the Reds. More on that in a moment.

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Tags: MLB, PS Vita, PS3

Sumioni: Demon Arts Makes a Splash on Vita [Review]

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm
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With mechanics that harken back to platforming games of old and an artistic flair akin to that of Okami, Sumioni: Demon Arts brings a unique action experience to the PlayStation Vita's early library.

While Sumioni looks great and controls well, however, a couple of design choices keep this title from jumping to the top of the must-have list for early Vita adopters looking to tackle a fully featured game at a bargain price.

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Verbatim Store N Go USB Drive Is Big Storage In A Small Package

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am
Need some more storage for your gaming computer? I recently had a chance to check out Verbatim's Store N Go USB Drive, and I'm super impressed. This relatively tiny hard drive adds 500 gigabytes of storage in a device slightly larger than a bigger smartphone. It hooks up with USB 3.0, and that's about all there is to say about it. Plug in and you're done. At between $75 and $100 and available in a variety of colors, I can't think of a simpler or sleeker way to buff up your gaming rig (PC or Mac). 

And that's about all there is to say, so head on below to watch a pug battle a duck. 

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