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We found Shaun White Snowboarding to be a solid diversion, but its bewildering coin-collecting focus and unlockable skills, like busting down obstacles with nary a scratch, must have thrown off those seeking a straight-up simulation of the sport.
Normally, we'd wince at the mere thought of seeing an expanded edition of a game in the same calendar year as the original, but even we had to ignore our cynical impulses for Stoked: Big Air Edition. It's not the robust sequel we'd hoped for, but this super-sized iteration addresses so many of the Stoked's already minor concerns that we can forgive the need to buy another lift ticket for a second jaunt down the mountain.
Many games have tried to solve the elusive problem of bringing Real Time Strategy to console over the past few months. EndWar, with its voice command, was excellent. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, although not perfect, was entertaining. Halo Wars was a little limited, but still not a bad effort. Stormrise…? Well, Stormrise is the latest addition to the RTS party and it seems to have brought the cheapest bottle of wine.
In the realm of fighting games, few are held in as high regard as Capcom's 1999 effort, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. The second follow up to 1997’s Street Fighter III, 3rd Strike is beloved by die-hards as one of the pinnacles of the genre. It doesn't take a genius to realize that replacing M.Bison with an anime version of Fabio in a banana hammock is going to cost you some fans, but Capcom wanted a different experience, and made sure 3rd Strike played and looked differently than Street Fighter II. So does this HD Remix live up to the hype?
It's been a long, long time coming, but Street Fighter X Tekken is finally here. It's arguably the biggest crossover game since Mario and Sonic put their differences aside to compete in the Olympics. Do the fisticuffs outdo the relay race? We think you can figure out the answer...