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 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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CGR Undertow – KONAMI CLASSICS VOL. 1 review for Xbox 360

Just as we’ve seen with Capcom Digital Collection or Qubed – compilations of several XBLA offerings on one disc – it can be an effective way to get products that you’ve already developed on the shelves to get more attention. So Konami jammed together three of their own offerings in an appeal to the days of physical media: Frogger, Super Contra, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. All three received remakes from their original versions, courtesy of Digital Eclipse –

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CGRundertow SLEEPING DOGS for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

So John Woo and Michael Bay took a crack at a Grand Theft Auto-type Game called Sleeping Dogs. Not really, but you can’t blame me for making the assumption. Well, with all of Hijack-Jumps, the roundhouse kicks, mid-air car explosions, and slow-motion bullet time moves, it’s easy to see why I might think that. The truth is that Sleeping Dogs was originally supposed to be part of the True Crime franchise but was canceled. Square Enix swooped in, bought the

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CGR Undertow – BLOOD OF THE WEREWOLF review for Xbox 360

This review is really a story of two games. One game is, this…awesome action-platformer. A game that’s inspired by the past, but never bogged down by it. A game that packs a challenge, but plays so well that it’s rarely frustrating. This is the story of a great game. But it’s also the story of a surprisingly generic game. A game that seems to promise style, but never seems to deliver. A game that’s kind of boring, stylistically…and, honestly has

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CGRundertow XBOX 360 TRIPLE PACK for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

I’ve never been a big fan of downloading games onto my consoles. I don’t really feel like I actually HAVE the game if I don’t have the disc or the cartridge for it, so I’ve missed out on some XBLA games that I would’ve otherwise picked up. But Microsoft has my back, because with their Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged releases, they compile some of the best that the service has to offer and release it on one disc. Today, we

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CGR Undertow – DOLLAR DASH review for Xbox 360

How many friends do you have? I mean, not in total. In your vicinity. Like, do you live with some of the guys? You know, a little ménage à braj situation? Or hey, maybe your sister has some cute friends who dig Bomberman. In either case, you should get this game. Otherwise, you could probably pass on Dollar Dash. You could also…tell your sister to make hotter friends. I guess it makes sense for a multiplayer game to, uh…you know,

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CGRundertow NEVERDEAD for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

My favorite band is Megadeth. One of my favorite songs from their album Th1rt3en is “NeverDead.” That song was written for this game, and it is featured quite prominently throughout. And as if that’s not enough to pique my interest, cleavage. So obviously, NeverDead and I got off on the right foot. Along with the game’s killer song, sexy lady and pseudo-Suda style, its premise immediately caught my attention. NeverDead is based entirely on dismemberment, and blasting demons while blasting

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