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Microtransactions have given game companies a new way to profit

by Glenn Battishill

August 22, 2012


Filed under OPINION

Sometime a few years ago someone got the brilliant idea that instead of making people play a flat price to play a game on Facebook or on your phone it would be better to make it “free” or $.99 and then charge for convenience. This is evident in everything from “Farmville” and even “Angry Bir...

Simplicity is bliss

By Glenn Battishill

April 19, 2012


Filed under OPINION

There’s lots of rumbling and grumbling going on in the gaming world and oddly enough the complaining isn’t from the smaller companies barely scraping by, it’s from the giant corporations. EA and several other companies have begun adding single use “online passcodes” to all of their new rel...

‘Silent Hill: HD’ is classic horror with classic problems

By Glenn Battishill

March 29, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

If someone were to look up a list of the scariest games ever it would be a cold day in Hell if “Silent Hill 2” didn’t make the top three. “Silent Hill 3” often makes the same lists but is considered by many to be less scary but much creepier. Silent Hill 2 “Silent Hill 2” follows James ...

‘Silent Hill: Downpour’ is a step in the right direction for the series

By Glenn Battishill

March 23, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Silent Hill is easily considered one of the best survival-horror franchises ever. At it’s best, “Silent Hill 2,” the series piled on the atmosphere, creepiness and symbolism to create a perfect hell for the player to fight through. The series has notoriously declined since the Japanese developer...

‘Alan Wake’s American Nightmare’ cuts down story but improves gameplay

By Glenn Battishill

March 23, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

“Alan Wake” was a psychological-action game that came out in 2010 after being in development for five years and was a well told story wrapped in a few annoying game mechanics. It’s Xbox Live Arcade sequel, “Alan Wake’s American Nightmare,” functions as a sequel and a side story to its’...

‘Mass Effect 3’ packs serious action and serious emotion

By Glenn Battishill

March 23, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Since “Mass Effect” debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2007 it has been hailed as one of the greatest stories ever told in a video game series. Players were put in control of Commander Shepard, a human soldier who begins to uncover a plot that could mean the end of all life. Its’ developer, Bioware, did an ...

‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ is wonderfully original

By Glenn Battishill

February 16, 2012


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Dark fantasy is a hard genre of gaming to break into because new series will always be compared to "World of Warcraft," "Lord of the Rings," "Dragon Age" or "The Elder Scrolls." The game is noteworthy for having several prominent creators come together to create this game. Fantasty author R.A. Salvatore...

Resident Evil 4 HD has many things, but HD isn’t one of them

By Glenn Battishill

September 29, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

Re-releasing the "classics" of last console generation is a trend that is becoming more and more popular. The most recent game to receive this treatment is "Resident Evil 4," one of the best Gamecube games ever. The game is download only for Xbox 360 and PSN and retails for 1600 Microsoft Points or $...

“Dead Island” is a let down: A video game that fails to live up to its trailer

By Glenn Battishill

September 22, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT

At the beginning of this year an amazing trailer came out for a new game called "Dead Island." And it was arguably one of the most creative, inventive and controversial game trailers ever. It played forward and in reverse and showed a little girl being attacked by zombies, her parents fruitlessly tr...

“Deus Ex: Human Revolution” is divine

By Glenn Battishill

September 15, 2011


Filed under OPINION

After a lackluster start to 2011's gaming year, "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" comes like the hand of God to give gamers the action-stealth-rpg they've been waiting for. From Eidos Montreal studios comes "Human Revolution" the prequel to the critically acclaimed "Deus Ex" which was a glowing example to gam...