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A Grapple-Swinged Blast From the Past: Bionic Commando Review

Fashion, movies, books, all forms of media, are susceptible to the perpetual cycle that is “hip-unhip.” Case in point, Donnie Darko, due to poor marketing and a delayed release date (the movie involves a plane crashing, and was set to debut around 9/11) is rarely noticed when it premieres, does poorly, falls off the radar. […]

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The Simpsons Game–A Review

While it’s been over twenty years since we were introduced to the new found exclamation of “Do’h” and informed that we should take care not to own a bovine creature, man, it’s sadly been almost that long since we’ve seen a good Simpsons video game. Understandably, the only great titles were those that firmly latched […]

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Battlefield Bad Company–A Review

Summary in a sentence: EA’s D.I.C.E studios makes a remarkably competent foray into “single player campaign-land” with its new title, sporting a remarkable appetite for open-ended destruction…with a brand spankin’ new graphical engine to boot. During the summer of 2008, Electronic Arts bestowed upon a parched populous of gamers two seemingly similar titles. Indeed, it […]

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Mirror’s Edge: An Exercise In Innovation

I recognize that by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed Mirror’s Edge, with few issues and exceptions, I am somewhat in the minority. Few individuals extensively trashed it, but…well, hmm…as much as I hate to use numbers and other quantifiable methods for something I’d otherwise deem unquantifiable, most people probably ranked this game between 70 and […]

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Resident Evil 5: Proudly Not Fixing What It Doesn’t Think Is Broken

Somehow attempting to “blend in” strikes me as a somewhat futile gesture, when you happen to be the only white person in the village. Unlike the majority of my reviews, allow me to start this with a fairly straightforward statement: If you enjoyed Resident Evil 4, and wouldn’t mind playing the game over again, with […]

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The Force Unleashed Review

Hey all, my review of The Force Unleashed was supposed to be in Kalamazoo College’s “Week 2″ issue of The Index. Instead, due to some planning/executive decisions, it has found its way into the third week issue. That being said, I’ve decided to give all my blog fans (is there a term, or some sort […]

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Retro Review, Reminisce, Relevance: The Bourne Conspiracy

Once again, I’ve taken it upon myself to create another series of posts that I will likely never continue. If I recall my track record to this point, I have yet to follow up any categorization of a post with a second entry. Actually, to be more honest, many of my posts probably fall into […]

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Dead Space: Proof Activision is the New EA

This is the plasma cutter, don’t let the fact that it is your starting weapon fool you into placing it into a storage locker. You’ll find it remarkably more useful than many of the other ones. Preface: This article was originally published in Kalamazoo College’s newspaper The Index. While this is not the actual edition […]

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My Journalistic Foray AND…Fallout 3 Review

Sometimes non-violence is the best path to conflict resolution; other times incinerating mutated creatures into piles of ash with a laser pistol does the job. Over the past couple months I’ve been busy with school, but have also been taking the time to write some video game reviews for my paper at school, The Index. […]

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Not Revolutionary, but Still Remarkable: A Review of Project Gotham Racing 4

This is just one of those situations where a compressed screenshot will not do the full size image justice…it’s sad, but that’s just the way it is. Just know this: when it rains in Gotham, it pours. While the perpetual debate over whether motorsports deserve to be grouped into the more-or-less overarching category of sports, […]

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