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Portal 2 ReviewPortal 2 Review
By James Best
The first Portal was a rousing success. With a great story and tremendously unique gameplay, it was a groundbreaking work for video games as an artistic medium. As can be expected, the developers at Valve decided to take another shot at the Portal series. Not content with simply recreating the same game with new challenges, they took the series into a new direction and the results are just as stunning as the original.
Portal 2 picks up a long time after the original. Once again, Chell attempts to escape the confinement of the Aperture laboratories. But Aperture is no longer made up of sterile, white test chambers. Over the years, the buildings have fallen into dilapidation and are now broken up and overgrown with plant life.
Of course, the story of Portal 2 is far more expansive than simply exploring a ruined Aperture. Partway through the game, players will have the opportunity to
Xenoblade Chronicles ReviewXenoblade Chronicles Review
By James Best
This generation has not been kind to the Japanese RPG. The genre has been linked to negative stereotypes such as dull, repetitive fetch quests and linear level design. Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii is a game that sets out to break these stigmas with its vast, open world. In essence, Xenoblade is a game that tries to revolutionize the JRPG, but, in the end, it merely winds up repeating old mistakes that have plagued the genre since the beginning.
When Xenoblade begins, players immediately have a sense of the game's epic scale when they see two titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis, locked in a deadly sword fight. When the two giants kill each other in their battle, the game soon reveals that its story will take place on the standing corpses of the huge combatants.
The game tells the tale of Shulk, one of the many human (or Hom as the game refers to the species) inhabitants living on the body of the Bi
Pushmo ReviewPushmo Review
By James Best
Over the past few months, the Nintendo eShop on the 3DS has been on a roll. There are many titles receiving a strong critical reception. While none of these titles are part of an established franchise like Mario or Zelda, they are still making a name for themselves and bolstering Nintendo's previously sparse library of downloadable games. At the forefront of this renaissance was a little puzzle game known as Pushmo.
The titular Pushmo are blocky, murals that can pushed in and out, allowing one to climb the structure. Although intended for amusement, many children were trapped inside these puzzles by the work of a delinquent. Mallo, a kind-hearted young lad, takes it upon himself to solve the Pushmo puzzles and free the children trapped inside them.
It may seem like a dark story, but Pushmo's presentation keeps it from being anywhere near grim. Set in a colorful world, Pushmo is host to a cast
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