Bland. Very bland.
Firaxis honors the XCOM name with turn-based strategy that shepherds players as expertly as it punishes, confidently balancing the micro and the macro all the while.
Plenty of racing games have tried to split the difference between simulation and "arcade" racing in the past, but there aren't many that do it as well as Forza Horizon.
The Journey's heart is in the right place. It's too bad Kinect is the only way to play it.
NBA 2K13 lacks the big, flashy hooks of its more recent predecessors, but it's still a pretty terrific basketball game all the same.
If you love yourself some Deus Ex, you're going to really like Dishonored, and if you've found the genre impenetrable in the past, I've got some good news for you.
Resident Evil 6 may be the most lavishly produced bad game in history.
For a game that sounds like the setup for a bad SyFy film, Tokyo Jungle is a well-designed, supremely funny video game well worth your time.
Fire Pro Wrestling for XBLA is an inexplicable, almost likable fiasco.
Mark of the Ninja is one of the most playable, rewarding, and downright fun stealth games ever made.
Borderlands 2 gives you more Borderlands. No more, no less.
On the ice, NHL 13 is the strongest sequel in the series to date. Off it? That's a bit more complicated...
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 works great online and offers enough variety to make it stand out from other recent Tekken efforts.
The ideas behind Madden NFL 13 are great ones. It's the execution that lets this year's installment down.
Harmonix builds on its collective knowledge of rhythm games for a downloadable experience that offers something old and something new.
Hybrid's less-is-more approach somehow makes shooting other players on an Xbox feel sort of new again.
Fall of Cybertron has some truly excellent moments, but you'll need to look past some serious downsides to enjoy the overall package.
Deep and involving mechanics, lavish, fluid artwork, and an emotionally resonant storyline--Dust pretty much has it all.
Minority Media's debut game is at once a beautiful, affecting tale of childhood tragedy, and a generally lackluster puzzle platformer.
It's derivative as hell, but Sleeping Dogs' borrowed ideas are of a high enough quality to form an entertaining open-world experience.
Darksiders II builds upon the previous game in some really exciting ways, but even people who can't make that comparison will enjoy the weighty combat and multifaceted character development.
Both aesthetically and mechanically, Sound Shapes is an absolute delight.
Whether you're interested in the Arc school of fighting game design or reading a Persona 4 visual novel set two months after the events of the real game, Persona 4 Arena has you covered.
The Expendables 2 somehow manages to turn the act of blowing anything and everything up into a dreadful bore.
The zombie-survival setting fits nicely with its deliberate style of 2D action, but Deadlight sometimes plays too fast and loose for its own good.
There are flashes of old brilliance in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, but a lot of those moments are buried under questionable design decisions and a sterile feeling that leaves this downloadable release feeling a bit flat.
Skyrim's first DLC offers a broad array of quality new content that smoothly integrates into the game without feeling forced.
Tapping your way through the memorable Final Fantasy themes of the past two decades is more fun than you'd think.
The Xbox Live Arcade update of Spelunky is as madly brilliant as it is maddeningly pitiless.
Spec Ops: The Line is a mostly standard shooter with its share of rough edges, but it handles the subject matter of armed conflict in some extremely interesting ways.
Some of Lego Batman 2's new ideas work better than others, but at least this isn't just the same old Lego game.
If this is the best Kinect can do with a "hardcore" game, you should just pack it up and wait for the next Xbox.
Civ V's first real expansion is no revolution, but it's as good an excuse as any to take the plunge back into Firaxis' wonderfully addictive strategy game.
Though Gravity Rush's gravity shifting mechanic is genuinely awesome, the game itself doesn't offer enough interesting ways to use it.
Ghost Recon Future Soldier has everything you'd expect from a modern shooter, but it doesn't really complete any of its tasks in an especially satisfying way.
Capcom has delivered an open-world game with tremendously fun combat, a hilariously crazy ending, and not much else.
There is probably a great role-playing game to be made out of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but Game of Thrones isn't it.
The first Diablo game in over a decade is also one of the most insidiously satisfying loot treadmills in almost as long.
Prototype 2 gives you some interesting abilities that can be fun to use, but it doesn't give you enough good opportunities to cut loose with all that power.
Rockstar Games modernizes and makes Max Payne its own, creating something grittier and more grounded in reality, if not quite as singular.
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