CGR Undertow – THE BUREAU: XCOM DECLASSIFIED review for Xbox 360

Making things takes other things. It takes creativity, it takes inspiration…and it takes time. In fact, that’s a big one. Time. Generally, the more of it you spend on something, the better it’s going to turn out, right? Well, except for when it turns out worse. That’s because there’s a tipping point, and the correlation between the time you spend on something and the quality of that thing…starts to change. Like the military’s response to the Roswell incident. The army

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CGRundertow MAGIC: THE GATHERING 2013: RETURN TO RAVNICA EXPANSION for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Man. This review almost collapsed already under the weight of its own title. Besides, I don’t know of anyone who uses that whole “Duels of the Planeswalkers” nomenclature anyway. Especially since planeswalkers aren’t really a part of this game. But no matter! There’s marketing to be done, after all, to remind you that the Return to Ravnica set is totally a thing that’s happening and that you should go buy some of those cards. And that marketing takes the form

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CGR Undertow – ARCADECRAFT review for Xbox 360

The year is 1980. Yes, I know that was 33 years ago, but follow me on this one. The year is 1980, and you’ve got a loan and a dream. And a lust for quarters. Look, I’m not gonna judge, I’m just gonna let you get your arcade management on. I realize there’s been simulation games in pretty much every genre, for every conceivable notion, from theme parks to hospitals to towers. But I can honestly say this is the

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CGRundertow TOM CLANCY’S HAWX for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Tom Clancy’s games have always been some of my favorites, but for the most part, the main series have only been in a few genres. The Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six games are both tactical shooters, and Splinter Cell is a stealth-action game, so I was looking for something a little bit different from Ubisoft’s team. Now, I’ve never been a huge player of flight games, mostly because I generally suck at them, but I’m usually willing to give an

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CGRundertow ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 for Xbox 360 Video Game Review Part One

I hate being serious. Serious, in common usage, often means “Stop having fun and think inside the box.” Serious means no items, Fox only, Final Destination. Great if you want to know, absolutely and objectively, who’s better than whom. Terrible if you want to have, you know, a good time. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 is fine-tuned for the highest echelons of tournament play, with better networking, new and rebalanced characters, and a brand-new Heroes and Heralds mode for additional

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CGRundertow CRACKDOWN for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Early in its lifespan, the 360 got some pretty good exclusive games. The game I have today was a pretty big deal when it came out. It mixed the exploration of GTA with an over-the-top gameplay style that really suited it well. It was also a fairly early 360 exclusive that helped to get the system more popularity before the launch of the greatly anticipated Halo 3 at the end of the year. This is Crackdown. Crackdown places you in

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CGRundertow ROGUE WARRIOR for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Hi everyone, it’s Gabe from CGRundertow. You know how there are some things that are just so bad, that they’re good? Think of movies like Road House, or any number of Kung Fu movies from the 70’s. You can tell that they just didn’t quite get what they were trying to achieve, but they succeed in their own way with some unintentional laughs. Now, games usually don’t fall into this category, because a bad game is usually just a bad

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CGRundertow RAVING RABBIDS: ALIVE & KICKING for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Times change. That’s one reason why a minigame compilation with demented rabbits was good in 2006 and annoying five years later, but if you don’t like that one, there are plenty of others. How about the fact that motion controls in video games seem to have actually regressed since then? How about the fact that controllers, even ones you’re waggling, almost always work better than a camera? Or maybe it’s because these hairy hares aren’t as funny as they used

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CGRundertow DOOM for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

I seriously have to question what there is left to say about Doom. Not many games have had the effect it’s had on the gaming landscape. Not many games have caused more hand-wringing and outbursts of “THINK OF THE CHILDREN!” Not many games have been mentioned more times in the Congressional Record. (Maybe Mortal Kombat. Maybe.) Doom changed the world, bringing FPS games to the forefront, dominating the PC gaming consciousness, inspiring a vibrant mod scene, catalysing the march of

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CGRundertow GRAND THEFT AUTO 3 for PlayStation 2 Video Game Review

Can you believe it has been over ten years since Grand Theft Auto III came onto the scene with the subtlety of curb stomping a hooker. Grand Theft Auto III is one of those games that you remember the first time you saw it. The Grand Theft Auto games were solid titles for the original Playstation but when they decided to move into 3D with the PS2, all things stopped. It was a new way to look at what a

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