Category Archives: XBOX 360

RAGE Review

Genre | First Person Shooter
Developer | id Software
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://rage.com

RAGE is a game in which the player takes control of Nicholas Raine, a marine who emerges from an underground hibernation vault into a post-apocalyptic Earth. Nicholas then aids a rebellion against the ruling authority, which is known as “the Authority,” by shooting Authority soldiers and doing whatever else the leaders of the rebellion ask of him. Throughout this process the player engages in car races and can play a card game and pick flowers.

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Alpha Protocol Review

Genre | RPG, Third Person Shooter, Action, and Interactive Fiction
Developer | Obsidian Entertainment
Platforms | PC, PlayStation 3, XBOX 360
Website | None

Alpha Protocol is a third person RPG in which the player controls Mike Thorton, a secret agent recruited into the eponymous Alpha Protocol, an intelligence agency. Mike is tasked with assassinating a terrorist responsible for an attack on an aircraft. After reaching the end of that mission, the player is then given a series of missions that they can go on, some of which are optional and all of which involve conversations and choices. Between missions, the player can answer emails, purchase weapons, and grow a beard. With the correct skills, Mike can slow down time and fire multiple pistol shots, sense enemies through walls, and punch harder.

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Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter with optional RPG elements
Developer | BioWare
Platforms | PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U
Website | https://masseffect.bioware.com/downloads/

In Mass Effect 3 Citadel DLC, the player controls Commander Shepard, who attempts to discover the force behind a plot against Shepard’s life. The player also throws a party, talks with squad mates and other characters, and purchases furniture if they so desire. Eavesdropping on conversations is possible.

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Spec Ops: The Line Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter
Developer | Yager Development
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, OSX
Website | http://www.specopstheline.com

Spec Ops: The Line is a third person shooter in which the player takes control of Martin Walker, the leader of a three-person Delta Force team sent into a ruined Dubai in order to determine what occurred there. Walker and his squad become involved in the conflict that is taking place in the city, and the player must engage in combat with a series of individuals in order to progress to the end of the game.

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Mirror’s Edge Review

Genre | First Person Shooter, Platformer, Puzzle
Developer | EA Digital Illusions CE
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, PlayStation 3
Website | http://www.mirrorsedge.com/

Mirror’s Edge is a first person platformer game with shooting and puzzle elements. The player controls Faith, a “runner.” Runners traverse the rooftops and streets of a city to deliver packages. In the game, the player delivers one package in the prologue and then becomes embroiled in a plot that does not involve delivering packages. Faith must navigate through the city by jumping, climbing, running, riding in elevators, and engaging in other acrobatic maneuvers while also encountering enemies, helicopters, and enemy helicopters.

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Bastion Review

Genre | Action RPG
Developer | Supergiant Games
Platforms | PC, XBOX 360, Linux, iOS, OSX

Bastion is an isometric action RPG in which the player controls a character named the Kid as he progresses through the remnants of a ruined world and attempts to rebuild it. The Kid is able to equip different weapons and abilities that allow him to attack in various ways, like smashing things with a large hammer. Narration by one of the game’s characters accompanies the player’s actions and alters based on what the player chooses to do.

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FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage Review

Genre | Racing Sim
Developer | Bugbear Entertainment
Platform | PC, XBOX 360

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is a racing game in which the player drives cars in an attempt to win motorsport events against AI opponents or other players. Races take place on tracks full of destructible scenery and props such as wooden fences, old tires, and garden chairs. Collisions between cars and props cause debris, car parts, and drivers to fly through the air in several directions. Most crashes allow the involved cars to keep going. If the player’s character exits the car through the windshield, they can press ‘R’ to place the driver back in the driver’s seat and continue the race, unless the car got wrecked, in which case the player loses the race.

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BioShock 2 Review

Genre | Shooter
Developer | 2K Marin, 2K China
Platforms | PC, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

BioShock 2 is a first person shooter in which the player controls Delta, a Big Daddy. Delta is revived after having been dead for a number of years and must rescue Eleanor Lamb, a girl he was charged with protecting, from Dr. Sophia Lamb, a psychologist and Eleanor’s mother. Delta has a drill for an arm.

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Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC Review

Genre | Third Person Shooter with optional RPG elements
Developer | BioWare
Platforms | PC, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U

The Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC is downloadable content for the third game in the Mass Effect series.  It allows the player to visit the eponymous Omega, a space station that has been taken over by Cerberus. While on the space station, the player can engage in conversations, shoot enemies, and locate a couch.

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Portal Review

Genre | Puzzle, Platformer
Developer | Valve Corporation
Platforms | PC, Linux, OSX, PS3, XBOX 360

In Portal, the player controls a character in a testing facility made up of a series of test chambers. The player uses a device that creates the eponymous portals on flat surfaces. The player can enter one portal and exit the other so as to traverse through the world in contradiction to the rules of Euclidean geometrical space. This device allows the player to solve puzzle in each test chamber and progress to the end of the game. 

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