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Year End's Reflection: Fallout NV

I know Fallout NV reviews are old news, but I'd like to tackle some points that I haven't seen addressed, since I've had time to really soak up the game from different perspectives and played out a handful of the choices. While most critics...

 
 
 

Dead Rising 2: Not for the Uninfected.

The Dead Rising franchise gained its inception and inspiration from the 1978 Version of Dawn of the Dead and fulfills the fantasy of everyone who saw that movie and wanted to live in such in a environment. Sniping Zombies, stabbing Zombies,...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why do people LIKE Dragon Age?

Yes that title is a question? I couldn't have imagined a bigger disappointment than Dragon Age Origins provided. After working my way through my Game Queue, It finally showed up in the mail the other day and after I had wasted a good twent...

 
 
 
 
 

"Natal", Not end-all

ďYou mean you have to use your hands. Thatís like a babyís toy.Ē Marty McFly is told this in. 2015 by two kids after showing them how to play an 80ís light gun game. Back To the Future 2 may not be far off with their projection of tech...

 
 
 

Mother Ship Zeta-First Contact.

Okay, so the big bad Alien Add-on has finally invaded. Mother Ship Zeta went on Sale this morning, and I played the first couple hours to get a feel. So far, the game has its hosts of pros and cons, but a handful of my fears are already co...

 
 
 

Mothership Zeta: Better Land and Deliver.

On August 3, Fallout 3 will take its final breath when new DLC, Mothership Zeta, is released. The alien invasion had better bring with it, a host of new terrain, and some terrific elements of both battle and RPG. Wasnít that what has attra...

 
 
 
 

The Longest Journeyís Next Chapter...

With Funcom still toying around with how to continue their saga, I take a long sigh once more. Longest Journey was one of those games that everyone talked about as being the best of best of a dying industry. In 1999 with the adventure genre...

 
 
 

BEATING A LEFT 4 DEAD HORSE

I remember being about seven and hearing that Super Mario Brother 2 was coming out. I probably didn't know what the word sequel meant but I knew there was going to be more of what was, at the time, my favorite gaming experience. I think we...

 
 
 

BIOSHOCK the Movie

Combining that word with that phrase should give every gamer goosebumps, but the problem remains that video game movies have a greater potential for greater terribleness than any other movie adaptation. Indeed, I am pumped. The thought of ...

 
 
 
 

Where Fallout Fell Short.

Familiarity breeds contempt or we always hurt the oneís we love. Whichever adage applies I find that games we enjoy the most we look the hardest to find flaws and be critical of. Fallout 3 was very satisfying, one of the best games in a lo...

 
 
 

Left 4 Dead 2 Better Kick it up a Notch.

Iím aware that Left 4 Dead was the greatest thing to take a big slobbery bite out of the gaming industry since Pac-man. At least, thatís the way most of you act. Even though I enjoyed it thoroughly for about a month, I left the game feel...

 
 
 

BIOSHOCK 2: BIG DADDY SHOES TO FILL.

Letís face it. Weíre all pumped about Bioshock 2. Why, because Bioshock was awesome and we want more. My apprehension is that the developers don't realize what we need more of. Bioshock didnít succeed for its gameplay alone. The story telli...

 
 
 

A small word about "Rapelay"

After my article on Fallout's sexuality, I came across a write-up on the Japanese title, Rapelay. My piece that speculated what type of imagery should be considered unacceptable in mainstream RPGs seemed to have lost steam after reading abo...

 
 
 

Fallout 3 The Great Sex Debate.

Aside from the Australia Governmentís drug problem, Fallout 3 has filled forums, blogs, and chat rooms with another battle. Like Talon Company Mercs and Supermutants going at it on the steps of the Capitol Building, gamers seem to be gett...

 
 
 

Resident Evil 0= 4/5= RE6 Reboot

So following lastís months comment by Jun Takeuchi, about Resident Evil 6, I decided to check out the last time the series attempted a ďRebootĒ, Resident Evil 0. After playing through this thing, I have a little more empathy about why th...

 
 
 
 

IS Comedy in Video Games a Dead Art?

I remembering gaming in the early 90s. Just about every title was funny. Being fourteen and enjoying the adult humor in Leisure Larry was about the best kicks an adolescence could have before the internet was wide spread and affordable, bu...

 
 
 

A Portal into a New Point of View

Portal may have changed the gaming world for several obvious reasons, but thereís a little one that is seldom talked about. Portal may be the Christopher Columbus of the Second Person shooter. While this is a little stretch lets think abo...

 
 
 

The Commodore 64 Rides Again!

Seeing the Last Ninja run someone through on my giant HD flat screen is freaking priceless. The fact that I sat in front of a 12 inch monitor and played this game years ago with an Atari controller is hilarious since last night I found mys...

 
 
 

Silent Hill. Time for a Remake?

Since survival horror is running a little dry these days. I decided to track down the original Silent Hill. It would have been easier to find a ďRealĒ Zombie in a recent Resident Evil game than get my hands on this disc, but alas I did. $...

 
 

About Christopher J Oatisone of us since 12:50 PM on 08.20.2008

I am a staff writer for USAPROGMUSIC.COM, WWW.NOROOOMINHELL.COM and a freelance writer of all kinds of fiction. My most recent published work won GAMECOCK Media's MUSHROOM MEN Contest. I am currently earning my Masters in Writing and putting together my first Novel as a Thesis.

I am an old school Gamer at heart, and most of my work measures the new against the old as I feel some of today's games have sold their hearts for the price of innovation.
 
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