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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

You know how people rip on Dynasty Warriors games for never doing anything different, no matter how they re-skin the series? That style of criticism has recently hit the juggernaut Call of Duty series. Essentially the same game we have be...

 
 
 

History of Soulcalibur's Guest Characters

With the announcement that Ezio Audiatore de Firenze will be in the upcoming Soulcalibur V, I've decided to transcend history and the world to rate the Soulcalibur guest characters! These often out-of-place characters have always been a st...

 
 
 

Gears of War 3 review

Here it is, the end of one of the most celebrated trilogies in recent gaming memory. Gears of War 3 has a lot of significance for many gamers, as it was the first “next-generation” series for the round of gaming consoles that we enjoy toda...

 
 
 

In Defense of...

Before I begin, I'm going to say this right now: I am not going to make any claims about being right on this topic. The logic may be flawed, the argument laughable, but dammit, I'm trying to do something other than rank-and file reviews! (...

 
 
 

Homefront Review (X360)

Let it be known that 2011 was the year that shooters attempted to take down Call of Duty. One major player this year is the vaunted Battlefield 3, while a relative unknown is also attempting to take down Activision's juggernaut series. Th...

 
 
 

MLB 11: The Show Preview

Ah, MLB: The Show. One of two baseball series that makes me proud to be a PS3 owner. I've been playing the series on a yearly basis since MLB 08, and while it's been good, MLB 10 felt...too samey for some reason. The mechanics were still...

 
 
 

Apropos of Nothing: JRPG Quirks

Regular readers of my blog (all five of you) know that I usually don't go beyond the realm of the textbook review. Considering how many people do editorials and they're on myriad different topics, this one likely will make people just look...

 
 
 

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Review (PS3)

When I first saw Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit at E3 2010, I said, “It's about damn time.” Up until last year's excellent (but shallow and formulaic) Need for Speed: Shift, I hadn't truly enjoyed a NFS game since the original Hot Pursuit on ...

 
 
 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Review (360)

The name Call of Duty strikes fear into the hearts of everybody else who wants to release a game during the holiday season. Since 2007, the CoD franchise has been a sales and critical juggernaut, but the series slips every other year when ...

 
 
 

Medal of Honor Review (PS3)

While I do like first-person shooters, I will admit right now that they are not my forte. While they are the most popular genre these days, especially on consoles, they are also the genre that seemingly does not even attempt to innovate. ...

 
 
 

MLB 10: The Show Preview

Now that the painful part in previewing MLB 2K10 is out of the way, the real fun begins in my preview of MLB 10: The Show. Those who have played The Show since its debut on the PS3 know that it has come a long way since the delayed and und...

 
 
 

MLB 2K10 Preview

Anybody who has read my blog (all three of you) knows I'm nuts about baseball. Even though I'm a Red Sox/SoftBank Hawks fan, I can appreciate good baseball, and will even go all the way to Asia to get it. My first two reviews were about M...

 
 
 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review (PS3, 360, PC)

This is it. This is the game we have all been waiting for. Months of hype, days of early releases, all for the sequel to the best-selling first-person shooter of all time. Is the hype all justified in Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern...

 
 
 

Uncharted 2 Review (PS3)

It's been a long time since Uncharted 2 came out (at least in gaming time) and it's been longer since I last blogged about the disappointment that was Prince of Persia. However, I'm back and I have a lot to say about games that have come o...

 
 
 

Prince of Persia Review (360, PS3)

Ubisoft has done an excellent job of handling the Prince of Persia franchise over the past five years. First, we got 2003's Sands of Time, an excellent game that was also fun to play, and then there were the two sequels, Warrior Within a...

 
 
 

Mega Man 9 Review

Mega Man 9 Review (XBLA, PSN, WiiWare) Let's party like it's 1987! Mega Man 9 is here, and it's a nice and affordable $10 across all platforms (1000 Wii Points, 800 Microsoft Points). The real question is, does Mega Man still have the ...

 
 
 

Microsoft E3 Press Conference Review

The frontrunner in the console wars as of right now, the Xbox 360 may be a little stagnant right now, but E3 was a great showcase for the future of the system. Every serious gamer knows that summer is never really one of those times to g...

 
 
 

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Review (PSP)

Any gamer in his right mind should know what Final Fantasy VII is. It's easily one of the greatest games ever made, and for a myriad of reasons. The storyline was great, battle system complex but not grinding, the Materia system was great...

 
 
 

The World Ends With You Review (DS)

A major debate has been raging in this vast internet video gaming ether the last 5 or 6 years. The debate is whether games can stand on their own as a genuine art form or not, and there are a few schools of thought. First up is the camp I...

 
 
 

Pro Yakyu Spirits 4 Review (PS2/PS3)

As promised, here is my Pro Yakyu Spirits 4 (Professional Baseball Spirits) review. I'm going to give some quick backstory on the PYS series to give the uneducated something to think about as this review progresses. Pro Yakyu Spirits got ...

 
 
 

MySpace Reviews: MLB 08: The Show

Well, now that all the anger in me has been directed towards MLB 2K8, let's move from that train wreck to a much more pleasant game, MLB 08: The Show. This is as good as baseball games are going to get (at least for 2008) in the USA, as th...

 
 
 

MySpace Reviews: MLB 2K8 (Multi-Platform)

I’m glad the PS3 has more than one baseball game (three to be exact for 2008), because if I had just this on Xbox 360, I think I would shoot myself. This game is exactly how NOT to do a baseball game. The brain donors at 2K Sports obviously...

 
 
 

New Blog: Monologue on Casual Games

OK, I got word of this website from a guy who I talked with at GameStop today, so I decided to give it a try. I write my own game reviews, and most of them are on my MySpace page, but since I can actually get some views on a site that is a...

 
 

About Yakulto27one of us since 9:08 PM on 04.20.2008

My name is Jim, but a lot of people call me Jimbo. I'm a budding journalist, and I write about two things in general: video games and baseball. I love fusing the two into my baseball game reviews to try and find the perfect baseball experience. There probably will never be one, but there are ones that come close.

My favorite games of all time (not named Zelda, Mario, or Sonic) are ActRaiser for Super Nintendo, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan for Nintendo DS, Ninja Gaiden on Xbox/PS3, and the best golf game ever made, Arnold Palmer Tournament Golf for the Sega Genesis. As you've seen (and will see), I like imports, especially since the Japanese get games we will either never see, or will see about 10 years after they originally come out (see Yakuza 2 and 3).