Trine 2 might be one of the prettiest games ever made, and it makes some small but important additions to its predecessor's formula, too.
This game is practically a war crime.
Skylanders is probably aimed at kids, but whatever. I am a legal adult who can drink, buy pornography, rent a car, and vote... and I think it's still pretty cool.
The interactive elements of To the Moon exist solely in service of pushing you through its story, but it's a story very much worth pushing through.
Confident execution of a familiar formula makes for a fun multiplayer experience, when the circumstances are right.
Though it's miles from perfect, WWE '12 represents the biggest step forward THQ's wrestling franchise has made in years.
It's easy enough to look past the original Halo's more dated qualities given Anniversary's tasteful visual refresh and a combat formula that's still plenty exciting.
The Run starts with an incredible idea for a racing game, but everything surrounding this year's Need for Speed feels like a cross-country calamity.
The laws of diminishing returns have started to affect Assassin’s Creed, and while Revelations doesn’t quite live up to the promise of its subtitle, there’s still plenty to like about what may be Ezio Auditore’s final adventure.
Rayman: Origins is as gorgeously rendered a platformer as you're ever likely to see--and hey, it plays great too!
Super Mario 3D Land wastes a bit of time up front with some levels that are a little too basic, but once it gets going, it reveals some terrific moments that make the 3DS make sense.
Saints Row: The Third redraws the line for sheer absurdity and violence in video games several times over, then proceeds to rub it out entirely with a giant purple dong.
For mostly better and only a little bit worse, Skyward Sword is the best Zelda game in years, and makes a strong case for motion controls when done right.
Bethesda's latest, seemingly endless fantasy role-playing experience is unmissable, technical flaws be damned.
Modern Warfare 3 feels split between the great excitement of its time-tested multiplayer and the feeling that this whole style of game has just gotten old.
It's not exactly the Burger Time you remember, but World Tour is a decent little multiplayer game in its own right.
A few valuable gameplay additions and thick Halloween atmosphere make Festival of Blood easy to bite on for its modest price.
A short, derivative campaign does little to get in the way of the best version of multiplayer Battlefield yet.
Snappy support for the PlayStation Move makes it easier to appreciate the loving grindhouse aesthetics stitched over this otherwise familiar light-gun shooter.
A terrific, varied soundtrack, plus some conceptually interesting new community features get marginalized by gameplay that is demanding and indifferent in equal measure.
Harmonix makes its original standard-setting dancing game all but obsolete with a little more structure, a few new features, and a fresh playlist of danceable new songs.
Nathan Drake's new adventure doesn't rewrite the book like his last one did, but damn if it's not a great action game anyway.
Bank heists meet Left 4 Dead in this sometimes exciting shooter.
Ratchet & Clank with multiplayer is strange, crazy, and mostly fun...but might not be for you.
TrackMania 2: Canyon is a weird, wonderful driving game, but everything surrounding the game itself feels like it's actively trying to discourage you from playing at all.
2K's latest hoops simulator isn't without issue, but those few problems barely register compared with the sheer volume of incredible content contained within this package.
Gaming's greatest melee combat system gets even better with a few key improvements, while the rest of Arkham City gives the existing Batman formula some extra size and scope to keep things interesting.
Save for some occasionally witty banter, this generally generic brawler is too concerned with the window-dressing of time-travel to capitalize on Spider-Man’s character, abilities, or mythology.
In some important ways, Off the Record is the best Dead Rising yet. It's just a shame you've probably seen most of it before.
Forza Motorsport 4 is a fantastic driving game, but the improvements over Forza 3 feel pretty incremental.
Rage won't set new standards for game design, but if you want to drive and shoot in an incredible-looking wasteland, this is your game.
As mediocre as it is half-finished, X-Men: Destiny’s rare glimpses of something better make it all the more disappointing.
A collection of truly great games unfortunately marred by frame-rate-breaking 3D.
Pure vehicular mayhem should be a lot more fun than it is in Burnout Crash.
The fundamentals of hockey are polished to a glistening sheen in this tightly focused, if not particularly revolutionary sequel.
Top-down vehicle shooting hasn't been this much fun in ages.
Star Fox 64 3D is too short and feature-deprived at $40 to satisfy newcomers while missing some of the nostalgic hooks that made its predecessor beloved.
Gears of War 3 is a fantastic follow-up that answers important questions about the nature of the Gears universe while backing it all up with an even bigger, better multiplayer suite.
Space Marine's balance between melee and ranged combat separates this savage and brutal game from so many other copycat shooters.
Twisted Pixel’s plucky, “let’s put on a show!” can-do attitude has never been as prominent as it is in The Gunstringer.
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