If Guitar Hero is The Beatles of music games, Harmonix would be John Lennon and RedOctane would be Paul McCartney. After the duo split for good, Harmonix started work on Rock Band, an ambitious game that will surely do well critically but may not be a commercial success.
I am a relativist in my critical methodology. I replace the idea of any inherent empirical value in a game with the idea that games can only be judged relative to their direct peers, which is why I can still think of games that were released two decades ago as being among the all-time greats.
[center]I'll come back. I'll slay every lice-ridden peasant, anything that moves and can't climb a tree. Or you can try to lead honorable lives, clear your conscience, and start again. The choice is yours. - Geralt, The Witcher
"My body parts also double as splendid items, though I'm the only one who can use them." - Barbaros, a chatty disembodied skull
Zack! Wiki! The golden floating skull of the Ghost Pirate Barbaros needs you to find and re-assemble his scattered body parts for a huge reward! What could go wrong?
Game over too quickly? Want to prolong your experience? The mod community is here for you. Who can forget such classic mods as Windowless Room of a Dozen Enemies, or Exploding Barrels Spell Out My Girlfriend's Name (Please Come Back Edition)? Let's say you've always wondered what your favorite game would play like with some overly specific game-breaking feature.
I'm a fetishist. Not the rubber masks and high-heeled shoe kind. Or at least that's not what I'm talking about right now. No, I imbue inanimate objects with emotional context out of all proportion to their utility. My work environment is cluttered with tribal totems that establish my place in the geek.
Beautiful Katamari is the latest iteration from Namco Bandai in a series that began with the surprising, addicting and charming Katamari Damacy. Unfortunately none of those pleasant adjectives do a good job describing the next-gen treatment of the series.