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NO! We’re not talking about frigging hockey masks! Nobody has ever strapped on this mouthless, empty-eyed, bone-colored facial façade with the intent of instilling a victim with the fear and intimidation that comes with facing down a goaltender. No, virtually every game character not playing for the NHL who’s ever put on a hockey mask is doing it for one reason, and one reason only: to crib from Jason Voorhees. And that’s our incredibly loose criteria here.
With that in mind, we tried to find as many instances of characters dressing up as Friday the 13th’s hero (yes, he is the hero) in honor of Halloween. So turn out your lights and put the lawyers to bed... it’s time for Jason Masks. Let’s start with the obvious...
It's funny how the games business works. Big successes become popular franchises, we keep buying 'em because they keep getting better, and developers keep churning 'em out. Later, we'll complain about Call of Duty being the same stupid thing, buy it, verify our complaint, and keep the cycle strong. What about the stuff that doesn't review well, though, or doesn't sell, or doesn't quite live up to the hype? Those games are usually left for dead, and an original IP hoping to make its big break becomes a one-shot failure.
Aren't these the games we should see sequels to? Disappointing games are the ones that need the most improving, and are the games that'd benefit the most from a second chance. Remember, Assassin's Creed eventually became Assassin's Creed II. We'd love to see some of this generation's biggest bummers – even if they had a lot going for them – take off bigger than they have...
We're getting into the Halloween spirit a bit early thanks to Dark Meadow, a slow-paced, horror-tinged adventure that takes strong cues from Infinity Blade. But the rest of this week's fare is decidedly more vibrant, starting with Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots HD, which pairs the hit mobile sensation with the upcoming Shrek spin-off film. And over on page two, we're spotlighting...
We talk GTA III's 10th anniversary, more Batman and say farewell to a great man...
It’s a little hard to believe, but this Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Grand Theft Auto III – and whether you love the brutal, free-roaming car-crime game or hate it, it’s impossible to deny that it’s one of the most important games of the past decade. It was a cultural milestone and a watershed moment for a lot of gaming-industry trends, and it’s had a strong influence on the way games have developed since. To mark our dawning (and slightly horrifying) realization that it’s already been a full decade since GTA III rolled onto the scene, we’ve got a whole week of GTA-themed content planned, starting with this look at the ripple effects this amoral hooker-beating sim had on the industry...
We're all over the map with this week's iPad appraisals, starting with the iOS mash-up version of Scribblenauts, followed by Warm Gun, an Unreal Engine 3-based online first-person shooter. And on page two, we're tackling the just-released iPad version of edutainment classic The Oregon Trail, as well as the retro-stylized space shooter, Hypership Out of Control. All but...
We talk insane heroes, adorable monsters and the best Batman game ever made
One in five Americans are born with some sort of personality disorder – something that makes them zag when everyone else zigs. It might be as subtle as a nervous tic, as confusing as Asperger's or as overt as psychopathy. But mentally unstable individuals are part of the real world – and part of the world of videogames as well. Sometimes their damage leads them to be horrible, monstrous villains, and other times it can make them loyal friends, or complex protagonists. No matter what it does to them, though, it's usually hard not to be sympathetic to their problems, and to, in a way, fall in love with them... even if they're murdering sociopaths...
All we really want to do is talk about the iPhone 4S and all the amazing-looking games we'll be playing shortly thanks to the pairing of the A5 processor (from the iPad 2) and the Retina Display (sadly still not on the iPad), but we have a job to do, and this week's slate of iPad offerings is superb throughout, thanks to...
We're digging into some quick-hit offerings this week, headlined by the long-awaited native iPad appearance of the Katamari Damacy franchise, along with Monsters Ate My Condo, a wild match-three puzzler from Adult Swim Games. And on the second page, we've got the awesome asteroid-dodging affair, Bit Pilot, as well as a blaze-battling, family-friendly physics puzzler called...
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