‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’ is Surprisingly Good

By Jef Haught DEVELOPER: High Moon Studios PUBLISHER: Activision SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars (out of 5) When Michael Bay punished mech fans with the moronic sequel to his enjoyable “Transformers” movie, I was done with the series. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered… Continue Reading ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’ is Surprisingly Good

E3 Celebrates Exploration of the Virtual Realm

By Jeb Haught Every year, thousands of journalist, analysts, vendors and game developers descend upon Los Angeles for the largest gaming convention in the world. Billed as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, this dazzling show displays future cutting-edge video games and related technology. Now that 67 percent of American households play video games, everyone from the… Continue Reading E3 Celebrates Exploration of the Virtual Realm

Practice Offensive Driving with ‘Blur’

By Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: Bizarre Creations PUBLISHER: Activision SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360, PC) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: E10-plus REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) I don’t know about you, but watching cars race around circular tracks isn’t my idea of high-octane fun. Now throw in some ear-deafening explosions with vehicles slamming each… Continue Reading Practice Offensive Driving with ‘Blur’

‘ModNation Racers’ is Sony’s Version of ‘Mario Kart’

By Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: United Front Games PUBLISHER: Sony SYSTEM: Sony PlayStation 3 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Everyone REVIEW RATING: 4.0 stars (out of 5) Welcome, one and all to “ModNation Racers,” the most customizable game on the planet (I’m talking about planet Earth, not “Little Big Planet”). Other racing games offer the ability to… Continue Reading ‘ModNation Racers’ is Sony’s Version of ‘Mario Kart’

Players Explore the Mind of ‘Alan Wake’

By Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: Remedy Entertainment PUBLISHER: Microsoft SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 4.5 stars (out of 5) “Alan Wake” doesn’t follow established gaming conventions. He’s just a regular guy looking to enjoy a peaceful vacation. Sure he can use firearms, but he’s no soldier. As a result, this… Continue Reading Players Explore the Mind of ‘Alan Wake’

‘Monster Hunter Tri’ is Not Endorsed by PETA

By Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: Capcom PUBLISHER: Capcom SYSTEM: Nintendo Wii PRICE: $59.99 (includes Classic Controller Pro) ESRB RATING: Teen REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) For years, promising huntsman have donned their virtual armor, sharpened their mighty cyber-blade and ventured out into the wild to slay enormous creatures while playing “Monster Hunter.” Unfortunately, these… Continue Reading ‘Monster Hunter Tri’ is Not Endorsed by PETA

Fisher Goes Rogue in ‘Splinter Cell Conviction’

By Jeb Haught DEVELOPER: UbiSoft Montreal PUBLISHER: UbiSoft SYSTEM: Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC) PRICE: $59.99 ESRB RATING: Mature REVIEW RATING: 4 stars (out of 5) Stealth games are more difficult to find than real ninjas nowadays, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Splinter Cell Conviction” was finally going to be released. In development… Continue Reading Fisher Goes Rogue in ‘Splinter Cell Conviction’