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  • Rating:9
    For the voracious fans of the series like me, it's another fine feast of heraldry, blood, and glory. Banzai!<br />

    Total War: Shogun 2

    For the voracious fans of the series like me, it's another fine feast of heraldry, blood, and glory. Banzai!<br />

    Eleven years after the first strategy masterpiece from Creative Assembly, Shogun 2 returns to its Far East roots and envelops us in a rich world of strategy and combat, making it the most beautiful and brutal game of the... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    The king of strategy games has stumbled for the first time in ten years, but still dons a new crown.

    Empire: Total War

    The king of strategy games has stumbled for the first time in ten years, but still dons a new crown.

    Let me start off by saying I love this game, and it has certainly earned its place in the Total War franchise. I got my copy of Empire: Total War right at release and played it for three days straight before taking my f... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.7
    Creative Assembly continues its standard of rich historical detail and depth of gameplay.  Once more into the breach!

    Medieval II: Total War

    Creative Assembly continues its standard of rich historical detail and depth of gameplay. Once more into the breach!

    Since Shogun: Total War in 2000, Creative Assembly has proven that they are the standard by which the hybrid strategy game is set. CA puts more game play and history in both the turn-based campaign map and the real-time... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Fun combat, incredible story, but short on "mass".

    Mass Effect

    Fun combat, incredible story, but short on "mass".

    When I first heard the title Mass Effect, I received a vision of a huge, endless, role-playing game with epic story. When the title has the word "mass" in it, I expect something heavy or full of substance. While Biowar... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    If you like Westerns and you love a good Wild West shootout, snag a copy today.

    Call of Juarez

    If you like Westerns and you love a good Wild West shootout, snag a copy today.

    I had wanted to play Call of Juarez since it came out last year but had to wait for a beefier rig. When I finally got my hands on a faster computer I quickly felt rewarded for my patience. Techland could have easily de... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.2
    It’s far from perfect, but if you have a little forgiveness and a lot of patience, The Guild 2 certainly delivers...

    The Guild 2

    It’s far from perfect, but if you have a little forgiveness and a lot of patience, The Guild 2 certainly delivers...

    The Guild 2 is one of those games that can only be described as “an acquired taste”. That does not mean it’s only for the uber-intelligent or hoity-toity gamer crowd, but it most certainly will not please gamers who lik... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    M&B offers little more than brutal, bloody, frantic combat in a true medieval setting.  That's NOT a bad thing.

    Mount & Blade

    M&B offers little more than brutal, bloody, frantic combat in a true medieval setting. That's NOT a bad thing.

    From the outside looking in you may not understand the hype surrounding Mount & Blade from Tale Worlds. There seems to be an awful lot of fans screaming and yelling about how awesome this game is, with its mediocre grap... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Comes up short for new weapons but the maps are good.  A must buy only if you really enjoyed the original.

    SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate

    Comes up short for new weapons but the maps are good. A must buy only if you really enjoyed the original.

    Why it took this long to make an expansion for SWAT I don't understand, but I was more than happy to pay for it. SWAT 4 is the last of the mature shooting games where you don't bounce around like an idiot and frag every... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    AC2: I love her and I hate her at the same time.

    Assassin's Creed II

    AC2: I love her and I hate her at the same time.

    I wasn't going to write a review for Assassin's Creed 2 at Gamespot because there are a lot of people blindly giving "thumbs down" to any PC review that is above 5.0. While the game is definitely more than "zOMg worsst ... Read Full Review

    2 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    The rare gem that not only lives up to the hype, but surpasses it.

    Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut Edition

    The rare gem that not only lives up to the hype, but surpasses it.

    I'd failed twice before, executing multiple targets in the market area without being spotted. There were guards everywhere and one of the marks just kept walking back and forth between two guard posts. I had tried jump... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Overlord is innovative, creative, humorous, pretty, and a nice challenge.

    Overlord

    Overlord is innovative, creative, humorous, pretty, and a nice challenge.

    It's hard to believe Overlord, from Triumph Studios, has been out for over a year already. It seems like just a few weeks ago I had downloaded the demo and was immediately attracted to the style and gameplay, but had to... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    It’s called The Godfather because of the movie, and in the movie plot is where you’ll stay.

    The Godfather

    It’s called The Godfather because of the movie, and in the movie plot is where you’ll stay.

    When I looked for The Godfather at my local retailer, I couldn’t find it under RPG’s. I stumbled upon it in the Action games section and thought that was odd. I had researched the game a bit, being leery because I’m no... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    The orginal "thinkin man's shooter" formula is all there, now you just have to think harder and shoot a lot faster.

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2

    The orginal "thinkin man's shooter" formula is all there, now you just have to think harder and shoot a lot faster.

    You may or may not have noticed I've been absent a lot these few months in terms of writing stuff out. I have taken a complete break from strategy gaming after totally burning myself out. My desire to play games that m... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5.5
    Excellent format, poor execution, but apparently I'm the only one that thinks so.

    Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30

    Excellent format, poor execution, but apparently I'm the only one that thinks so.

    Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (BIA) by Gearbox is supposed to bring the realism of a tactical shooter to the WWII settings, something that was reserved for the action shooter crowd because Nazi’s were made to be "pwn... Read Full Review

    4 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    The plot hasn't been concluded, but the series is obviously lost.

    Assassin's Creed III

    The plot hasn't been concluded, but the series is obviously lost.

    With Assassin's Creed 3, I threw myself into late 18th century North America and landed hard, with a crash, and ended up limping through the rest of the game. After the mediocre AC: Revelations title was released, I had ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Instead of another well thought-out Hitman engagement, we're left with a steaming pile of Hollywood script.

    Hitman: Absolution

    Instead of another well thought-out Hitman engagement, we're left with a steaming pile of Hollywood script.

    The Hitman formula has surprisingly remained stable from the "tactical strategy" games of the early 2000's. While games like the Rainbow Six series eventually fell from "plan, then execute" to "rush and kill", Hitman hel... Read Full Review

    2 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    A brilliant, stable game crossing genres and inviting a variety of different styles of play.

    Dishonored

    A brilliant, stable game crossing genres and inviting a variety of different styles of play.

    One of the greatest gifts a game developer can give a player is choice. Choice gives dimension to the game world, making it more real as it seemingly bends and warps according to the player's actions. Choice is the diffe... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    XCOM is a wonderful revival of turn-based unit combat and a welcomed addition to the console games arsenal.

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    XCOM is a wonderful revival of turn-based unit combat and a welcomed addition to the console games arsenal.

    I had played a download of the original XCOM years after it was already fading from other people's hard drives. Being a student of Lords of the Realm and Total War, I had an appreciation for turn-based tactics but not on... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    The good news is it's the same game we fell in love with back in 2001.  The bad news is it's almost exactly the same.

    Tropico 3

    The good news is it's the same game we fell in love with back in 2001. The bad news is it's almost exactly the same.

    It was eight years ago that the gentle strains of guitar strings brought us into the new worlds of Tropico. PopTop Software gave gamers a new angle on the real-time strategy genre by introducing a slower, more methodica... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Fun, exciting, and a welcome balance between the slow, deliberate old-school Ghost Recon and today's action shooters.

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

    Fun, exciting, and a welcome balance between the slow, deliberate old-school Ghost Recon and today's action shooters.

    "Slow down and think." That's all I ask of my shooter games. This latest installment of the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon series, Future Soldier, tries to cling to the standard set eleven years ago of plotting, planning, and ai... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6.5
    A sloppy, unrealistic environment hinders gorgeous ballistics, keeping Sniper Elite V2 from changing the shooter genre.

    Sniper Elite V2

    A sloppy, unrealistic environment hinders gorgeous ballistics, keeping Sniper Elite V2 from changing the shooter genre.

    I love to snipe. I've always played the role of sniper in my games, whether Ghost Recon, Battlefield 2, and even archery in Oblivion. In 2005, tactical military shooters were waning to action shooter games, as were prope... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:4.5
    A beautiful tragedy.  Worth playing for the multiplayer, but the campaign is an absolute disgrace.

    ArmA II

    A beautiful tragedy. Worth playing for the multiplayer, but the campaign is an absolute disgrace.

    When I was in grade school, if I only turned in half my work then I only got half a grade. Whether or not I got every problem correct, there were no excuses for not completing the assignment. I keep thinking about this... Read Full Review

    6 of 9 users found the following review helpful