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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Review

It’s time to be honest and admit that games could use more silly, stupid motivations to shoot stuff.

Basing an entire game around a gag is risky. What if the joke isn’t funny? What if it peters out after the first twenty minutes? So much could go wrong centering a game entirely on a goof. Thankfully, Ubisoft Montreal went all in with their giant farce, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and scored a big win.  By weaving well-crafted jokes into a quality shooter, they’ve created the perfect game for fans of satire and game-bullets that should inspire other devs to cool it on the artsy-fartsy stuff every once in a while.

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Far Cry 3 Review

The douche bag sim you never knew you wanted.

I never expected to become so enamored with a game where you inhabit the body of the hugest douche bag to ever visit the South Pacific, but it happened.  After suffering through a fairly irritating opening sequence, you eventually find that you are free to explore the Rook Islands at whatever pace you desire.  In some of my early self-paced explorations, I decided to stealthily capture an enemy outpost.  Hiding in the bushes and taking stock of what foes lay within the compound, I heard the loud roar of a tiger that charged into the outpost and slaughtered everyone inside while my knife and gun remained completely unused.  I conquered that outpost by letting the game’s systems collide and work in my favor.  These types of situations happen continuously in Far Cry 3 and whether they were to my benefit or demise, it’s always a blast to witness.  It’s these interacting systems that make Far Cry 3 a special experience that is worth playing, despite the grating narrative.

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Indie Developer Bidogames Announces Nioki Adventure

The inaugural title from the new studio is coming to PC and XBLIG.

Bidogames, a new studio comprised of two people, has announced plans to release its first independent game on PC and Xbox Live's Indie Games service. Titled, Nioki Adventure, the game will feature a Terraria-influenced experience.

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Square Enix Reveals Sleeping Dogs

Thankfully it isn't another Kane & Lynch game.

Last month information surfaced on NeoGaf that Square Enix had filed for a trademark on “Sleeping Dogs.”  Many presumed that this meant that another Kane & Lynch game would soon be forthcoming, as the last game in that series was subtitled, Dog Days.  Fortunately for us, Square Enix has put those dogs down and has instead announced Sleeping Dogs as a brand new, open-world action game set in the streets of Hong Kong.

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How Do You Celebrate the Holidays in Arkham City? Free DLC Of Course!

And no, you can't dress Bruce Wayne up like Santa.

Rocksteady wants you to enjoy the holidays by dropping from the housetops on henchmen skulls in style.  They've announced that they'll be making a new suit available for the World's Greatest Detective based on Batman Inc.  Here's a quote from their announcement on the official website:

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Saints Row: The Third Review

It's so absurd that it's hard to be offended by these Saints.

It only takes about 15 minutes to get an idea of what exactly Saints Row: The Third is about.  Actually, let me rephrase that.  It only takes about 15 minutes to understand that Saints Row: The Third is as illogical as it can possibly be without the dialogue being performed completely in pig latin.  The ends don’t justify the means here.  The means unapologetically justify themselves and you should just be glad that you get the pleasure to tag along.  In just 15 minutes you’ll commit mass murder dressed as a bobblehead, ride a bank vault being yanked into the air via helicopter, and jump out of a jet with your guns blazing.  There is no real justification for any of this, except that it’s fun to be absurd.

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Driver: San Francisco Review

Crazy Taxi and Need For Speed's illegitimate, violent son.

Whether due to hardware limitations or a reputation for simpler fare, the Wii hasn't seen much of the sandbox/open world genre. Considering the drop in horsepower and the inability to implement the “switch to any car, any time” gameplay, I'm surprised Ubisoft bothered making this Wii version at all. Still, effort was clearly spent in building this version from the ground up -- it uses the pointer controls for shooting (which is very handy), and it's got DS connectivity (remember this feature, Nintendo?). It does a decent job creating a large San Francisco-looking city to drive around in, free of load times. However, too many bad ideas and cut corners make it all seem pretty average.

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Saints Row: The Third Preview

People are strange in Saints Row: The Third.

There isn’t anything quite like Saints Row: The Third.  Sure, it may seem like a blatant rip-off of the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto franchise, but there is so much more to Saints Row than the open world and warring gangs.  Simply put, there is something wrong with Saints Row: The Third, and I mean that in the best way possible.

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Prototype 2 Hands On Preview

Prototype 2 Initial Impressions

Here at NYCC 2011 I was able to take some time to play the Prototype 2 demo, not having played the original it is hard for me to say what has changed, so my impressions are solely related to what I played in the demo.

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