Why Don’t Mystery Games Need Mechanics?

There is nothing I love more than a good mystery story, whether it’s classic novels like The maltese falcon, more modern televised sleuthing shows like Twin Peaks and even mystery movies like the brilliant clue or Knives out. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for mystery-focused videogames… which have been a little bit hit and miss. In L.A. Noire, the crimes don’t require any sort of thought on the player’s part to solve because Cole’s magical ability to tell whether

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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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Nintendo References in WWE

– [Zach] Wrestling and video games are like the two best things in the world, and WWE and Nintendo are both leaders of their respective industries. While both companies produce different forms of entertainment, that hasn’t stopped them from crossing over. It’s rare, but we have seen Nintendo references slip into WWE, so let’s take a look at a few. Long before he was smashing thrones with sledgehammers, Cody Rhodes was a happy go lucky, second-generation star in WWE. Cody’s

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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 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 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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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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