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24
Feb
11

Video and text review — NightSky (PC)

“NightSky” is a new game from independent game studio Nicalis, best known for their work on the WiiWare version of “Cave Story.”

Those familiar with their version of Pixel’s masterpiece likely won’t find much familiarity in the world of “NightSky,” a puzzle-platform hybrid that demands mastery of the physics of a rolling ball.

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14
Jan
11

Gran Turismo 5 video review

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29
Dec
10

Review — Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)

DKCR art - playwisegaming.com“Donkey Kong Country Returns” marks the revival of Nintendo’s immensely popular, vine-swinging, barrel-blasting, side-scrolling platformer. The game was developed by Retro Studios, which is quite a surprise considering they’ve been making first-person Metroid shooters for the last 12 years. After his 14-year hiatus, does Donkey Kong blast out of retirement with a vengeance or merely slide out of his rocker and break his hip?

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05
Dec
10

review — Gran Turismo 5 (PlayStation 3)

Game developer Polyphony Digital has been crafting its masterpiece, “Gran Turismo 5,” for almost six years. After countless delays and numerous additions to this racing simulator, does the final product show this generation of racers why it’s “The Real Driving Simulator?”

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29
Nov
10

Review — Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360)

Enslaved“Enslaved: Odyssey to the West” was created by Ninja Theory, a videogame development team that is known for its PlayStation 3 title, “Heavenly Sword.” The team has progressed since its PS3 debut, but the real question is: Did Team Ninja do enough or will it just enslave your wallet this fall?

WARNING: Text beyond this point may contain spoilers!

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“Enslaved’s” story gives a nod to a famous Chinese folklore, “Journey to the West,” with its main character Monkey, who must go through a unique journey to reach enlightenment in a fictitious world.

As the game opens, Monkey is being held captive by a group of robotic slavers on a gigantic airship. Monkey finds a way to escape his holding cell and meets up with the game’s supporting female character, Trip, who plays a major role in the story but a minor role in gameplay.

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30
Oct
10

Review — Costume Quest (PlayStation 3)

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“Costume Quest” is a Halloween themed role-playing game crafted by Double Fine Productions, the development studio headed by Tim Schafer that birthed gaming gems such as “Psychonauts” and “Brutal Legend.” This time around, Schafer was no longer at the helm, and Tasha Harris, former Pixar artist, took his place as lead developer. Was Harris able to pull off another clever creation for Double Fine, or does “Costume Quest” suffer from the curse of Schafer-itis?

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02
Oct
10

Review — Halo: Reach (Xbox 360)

Halo: Reach” signifies both a beginning and an end. In the timeline of the Halo games, the events of “Reach” begin the story that all the previously released games are based upon. Bungie, the developer of Halo, has announced that this is the last Halo title they will develop, a motion that is mirrored in the bittersweet events of “Halo: Reach.”

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