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Blind Review – Homefront

Invading Stores Tuesday Homefront is publisher THQ’s first real attempt to assault the Call of Duty Throne. Unlike last year’s Medal of Honor from EA, THQ has chosen not to compete head to head with Activision in the crowded Fall, preferring instead to bring their modern military shooter to market in a lighter Spring market. Although March is not traditionally considered the best time for a major release, more and more publishers are pursuing the same strategy of getting out of CoD’s way. Battlefield: Bad Company 2 found some success last year, but can Homefront measure up in terms of[…]

No CCR in this game.

Exclusive Blind Review! Call of Duty: Black Ops

Another fall, another Call of Duty from Activision. With the massive shakeup at Infinity Ward earlier this year, Treyarch is finally poised to take the reigns of the franchise as the “A” team. To that end, they have put forth their latest effort, Black Ops. It’s an ambitious title from a huge team and a reportedly enormous budget, but the question remains: how will the millions of Modern Warfare fans react to the series’ new direction? As the game’s full title suggests, Tyler Perry Presents: Call of Duty: Black Ops was designed in full cooperation with the famed filmmaker, Tyler[…]

This is what success looks like.

Blind Review – Medal of Honor (2010)

A Terrorist’s Tale Electronic Arts’ reboot of their classic WWII shooter series is finally upon us. Where the previous games endeavored to recreate famous battles between the Allied forces and Nazi Germany, developer Danger Close has taken a more controversial path, creating what is, essentially, a Taliban simulator. Players take the role of a nameless member of the Taliban in a rural part of Afghanistan. The early levels teach you the controls and basics of combat as you and a cadre of Taliban enforcers visit a nearby village to root out Coalition collaborators and punish women bold enough to go[…]

You'd build statues to yourself, too, if you had god-like powers.

ZOMG, Legit Review! – Singularity [PC, PS3, 360]

Singularity: How the Time-Space Continuum got her Groove Back! It would be easy to dismiss Singularity, Raven Soft’s first new IP since 2000’s Soldier of Fortune, as a derivative and forgettable entry into the crowded FPS space, but that would be a real disservice to the actual enjoyment the game provides. Clearly influenced by Bioshock and Half-Life 2, Singularity is also in many ways a throwback to the way shooters were a decade ago. At times its ambition outstrips its reach, but the fundamentals are so solid and the mechanics so clever that the odd absurdity in the narrative is[…]

The resemblance is definitely there.

A Very Lego Harry Potter Musical

Is it just me, or does it look like Traveller’s Tales based Hermione from the new Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on the likeness of Bonnie Gruesen, who played Hermione in the highly unofficial A Very Potter Musical? Judge for yourself: It’s hard to tell from that promo shot, but in game Hermione’s expressions are far more reminiscent of Bonnie’s portrayal than any other incarnation of the character. In any case, the game is out now and pretty cool. The PC version is only $30 and plays great with a gamepad. You will also be able to see A Very Potter Sequel[…]

ZOMG, Legit Review! – Alpha Protocol [PC, PS3, 360]

Programmed for Etiquette and Alpha Protocol You would have a hard time finding a game in recent memory that provoked such wildly divergent assessments of quality, from professional reviewers and fans alike, than the recently release Alpha Protocol. Developed by Obsidian and published by Sega, opinions and scores range from the enthusiastic gushing of Tom Chick over at Fidgit and 1UP’s B+ review score, to the middling verdicts from Giant Bomb and Eurogamer, all the way to the furious, vitriolic bile of Jim Sterling’s 2/10 review for Destructoid. Although no one would claim Alpha Protocol is as supremely polished as[…]