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  • Completing the Trilogy
  • Completing the Trilogy

    Mass Effect has finally arrived
      Some of them linger in Shepard’s memory and haunt his actions. Others join the battle. The only flaw is that the characters and story are overwhelmed by the trilogy’s climax of “our guns vs. their guns.” By the time the big battle rolls around, there’s little room for subtlety.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    Another in a series of surprisingly adequate recent sitcoms. Plus, a new old videogame and new work by Stephen King
      Say this for Stephen King, the famed master of horror: Where the man could have just made a living writing about evil household appliances come to life, he has crazier ambitions. That ambition euro;” good or bad euro;” created the Dark Tower series, the seven-book sci-fi/ horror/fantasy/western that occasionally featured a character named “Stephen King.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    Like The Hunger Games? You'll love this stuff.
      Battle Royale, Ender's Game and Galcon €” a multimedia corncuopia for Hunger Games fans.
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  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft

    Adventure and survival too often give way to mindless crafts in this building-block simulator.
      There are two ways to make a giant scale-model of the Death Star using only lumber that youâeuro;™ve personally harvested by hand. The first method involves chopping down a lot of trees, converting them to lumber and then building, board by board, a giant scale-model of the Death Star.
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  • Invizimals: Shadow Zone
  • Invizimals: Shadow Zone

    There's nothing worth seeing in Invizimals: Shadow Zone.
      âeuro;™m walking around my house holding my PSP in front of me while it clicks like a Geiger counter. The PSP has a small camera âeuro;” about the size of an AA battery âeuro;” attached to the top of it, and the slow ratchet of clicks continues as I wander around, aiming the camera at books, pieces of furniture and articles of clothing.
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  • Tekken Hybrid
  • Tekken Hybrid

    Pigtails and power tools. Ah, anime!
      But it can also make learning the dozens of individual attacks seem pointless. Based on the preview, Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
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  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is the ultimate version of an already solid fighting game.
      What does âeuro;œultimateâeuro;� mean? For starters, it means that players can select from all 48 of the gameâeuro;™s characters from the beginning âeuro;” no need to unlock them.
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  • Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
  • Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns

    Alpacas and horses and cows - oh my.
      The only solution is for the player to display a pioneer-grade green thumb or to prove that they can run a ranch with the best of wranglers. The two towns cannot know tranquility until someone comes along who knows how to both farm and ranch. You see, cooking contests seem to be the only things that the two villages have in common.
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  • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One
  • Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One

    All lined up and ready for a party game.
      The new galaxy is clearly much cheaper. The graphics in said galaxy are terrible. Giant monsters look like twisted balloon animals in a windstorm âeuro;” overinflated and over-animated.
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  • Mario Kart 7
  • Mario Kart 7

    Mario and friends take flight but have nowhere to soar.
      is the seventh time that Mario has jumped into the go-kart circuit. At first, cartoonish races in zippy little vehicles were perfect for the not-too-complex Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. Then Nintendo started developing gimmicks to make the formula feel fresh.
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  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

    Classic Zelda held aloft by some innovative swordplay.
      The difference between the bird and boat âeuro;” aside from the type of fluid they travel through âeuro;” is that Link can dive off the bird and parachute to the ground.
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  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Heads up, Homer and Virgil - Bethesda is the new epic bard in town.
      the distance, as still as an enormous gargoyle carved by some deity. Catching my breath, I turned and began a rapid descent down the mountainâeuro;™s steep slopes, sliding part of the way and running the rest.
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  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Super Mario 3D Land

    It may look like classic Super Mario, but the landscape in 3D Land is outstanding.
      But now that I can perceive distance in the background, Marioâeuro;™s threats can also attack him from the side as he runs left to right. The pointed ends of giant spiked battering rams rush forward, their momentum made clear by their growing approach in 3D.
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

    As clean as it is dirty
      This looks fake. We are advancing down a road alongside a river. The air is chocolate-milky with dust from gunfire and from the bombing of bridges further downstream. The riverbanks and roads look
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  • Kinect Sports: Season Two
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two

    A sports sim that finally makes me feel like I'm on the green.
      And the system has gotten much better at detecting the speed at which Iâeuro;™m moving. If I throw a dart with a direct, rapid flick, it flies with a solid thunk towards the target. But if Iâeuro;™m lazier, and donâeuro;™t throw with as much direction and force, the dart might sail onto the screen in a sloppy arc.
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  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

    Uncharted 3 tries to look like a movie and play like a game
      The bar looks and sounds wonderful. Every footstep, shuffle and fall to the floor is given its own unique sound. The rooms echo distinctly âeuro;” the warm muffle of the wood floor contrasts with the echo of the bathroomâeuro;™s hard tile.
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  • Dark Souls
  • Dark Souls

    A bright example of serious fantasy combat.
      Actually seeing and hearing these things brings them to life. It makes it possible to experience the thrill of medieval battle. It’s like using an Apple after computing in DOS for years — you can finally see what you’re doing. You don’t have to imagine it.
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  • Rage
  • Rage

    For badlands, they sure look pretty.
      But as games have become more detailed and lifelike, they have also started to show their seams. Every fake-looking eyeball and each unnatural movement spoils the game’s illusion. Whenever I see the landscape ripple and tear as the graphics engine attempts to draw it into existence, I’m thrown out of the world that I’ve been pulled into.
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  • NBA 2K12
  • NBA 2K12

    Realistic action and unreal intelligence are uneasy teammates in NBA 2K12.
      As I’m writing this, there is a very real chance that there won’t be an NBA season in 2012. The dispute between the players and the team owners has already postponed the pre-season. Unless someone capitulates, there might not be an official season at all.
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  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War 3

    Epic ambitions are undercut by average action in Gears of War 3.
      And character development doesn’t happen in a pre-rendered cut-scene. While Marcus might go through an emotional journey, it’s something that I watch, not something that I do. My choices are between splitting a glowing alien in half with a chainsaw or peppering him with rifle fire.
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