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<< BACK COMMENT NEXT (9) >> Modern video games are incredibly complex creations, more so than we give them and their countless programmers, artists and exploding barrel technicians credit for. The feelings video games elicit, however, can be simple. Mirror's Edge is a complicated b...

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<< BACK (10) COMMENT NEXT (8) >> Many of us found our hearts eviscerated by Electronic Arts' welcome, if financially maddening, newfound appreciation for original property. And while survival horror is hardly an unexplored genre, it's rare that any company, even a juggernaut like E...

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<< BACK (4) COMMENT NEXT (2) >> "So there we were, just the four of us on the pier, the boat nowhere in sight and a tank charging at us through the trees..." You've probably heard plenty of variations on this story over the past few weeks. But what's more surprising: That Left 4 De...

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<< BACK (7) COMMENT NEXT (5) >> When a game has you sitting on the edge of your seat, your heart pounding out of your chest, and the feeling that you might have a stroke any second, then you know the developer did something right. Even if that something might result in a nervous ...

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<< BACK (8) COMMENT NEXT (6) >> Upon further reflection, choosing LittleBigPlanet as one of our ten favorite games of the year is the ludological equivalent of Oprah adding an empty journal to her revered list of "must-buy" literature, or the Art Institute of Chicago proudly adding...

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<< BACK (3) COMMENT NEXT (1) >> Is it a cliché to call Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots the gamer's game? Of course it is. But that's the thing with clichés, they're just so perfect at explaining what we're too unimaginative to express in fantastic detail. Fitt...

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<< BACK (2) COMMENT AGAIN! In many ways, Peter Molyneux and friends at Lionhead had a steeper hill to climb than most of the games on this list. Fable 2 is, after all, the sequel to 2004's Fable – one of gaming's great "disappointments." It went something like this: the delta betwe...

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<< BACK (6) COMMENT NEXT (4) >> People exhibit different reactions upon playing Braid. Some, like Soulja Boy, show a child-like appreciation for the unique implementations of time manipulation in the game. It's hard not to smile, or let out a laugh, when your character gets hit by ...

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<< BACK (5) COMMENT NEXT (3) >> There was a point -- maybe three hours in -- when we were half convinced that Fallout 3 was intentionally trying to make us not like it. Here we were, in what is probably one of the most stunningly realized game worlds ever designed, feeling like we'd...

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<< BACK (9) COMMENT NEXT (7) >> Would you believe that Far Cry 2 is a lot like the original Star Wars trilogy? It's true! Before he took to bludgeoning audiences with obnoxious special effects, director George Lucas delivered a coherent, lived-in world that seemed more cobbled toge...

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Every Wednesday, Chase Christian of Encrypted Text invites you to enter the world of shadows, as we explore the secrets and mechanics of the Rogue class. In this special edition, we cover the top 10 changes of 2008. We've been through a lot in 2008. I hit 70 on my current Rogue last January, and so ...

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While we at Joystiq like to be fashionably on time with our Game of the Year picks, our network of sites has already named some winners, and in case you've missed them: PS3 Fanboy Awards, now with one PSP category! More importantly, though, we've learned the staff is very good at making PSP and...

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Time to face some harsh facts, people: this time next year, none of us will have two pennies to rub together, and nobody will care anyway, because we'll all be fighting to the bloody death over scrap metal, rat carcasses, and clean drinking water. The good news? You can slow your inevitable descent ...

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One of our New Year's resolutions is to do better at keeping up with all the XNA Community Games (it's a long-time-coming, we know). In the meanwhile, GamerBytes and XNPlay have picked up the slack, and have chosen the top games on the service from 2008. Taking the top slots are Johnny Platform's ...

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Even without consulting the weekly popularity charts found on the Nintendo Channel, it's pretty simple to know whether a Virtual Console game was successful in 2008. Success on the VC was reserved for Nintendo franchises and the very biggest names in third-party releases, like Sonic, Mega Man, and...

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Following up yesterday's conversation at DSF, we figured we'd bring the topic over to today's Wii Warm Up. So, who do you think is the publisher of the year on Wii? Is it Nintendo (that's too easy, though), or a third party? What about in 2009? Who do you think is going to publish the upcoming yea...

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PSP may not have had a lot of games this year, but it certainly had a lot of great games. But only ONE can be PSP Game of the Year. What is it? Well, find out here....

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Finally! We're done counting all the votes. This is the best of the best. Check out our winners, and find out what you (the readers!) voted for. Did your favorite games win? Find out! See all the winners!...

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The Nintendo Wii has been a hit since it released over two years ago. For popular retail site Amazon.com, Nintendo's latest console has been a big cash generator for Amazon during its time on the market, especially in 2008, as the site has released its 2008 best-of lists and guess what was the top-s...

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Well folks, the year is coming to a close and we're all about nostalgia here, even if it's only short-term reminiscing. So, we've compiled our list for the 10 best gaming experiences that released on Wii this year. We're talking about the best commercial releases, as well as WiiWare (sorry, no Vir...

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