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Also, we are still working out little things here and there, so expect to see changes throughout the next month.

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Modern Warfare 2 UNreview

It is two days after the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and I didn't buy it. In fact, I refuse to.

Here is the scoop: I own a PS3 and a PC. I love my PS3 for a lot of different reasons, but my PC is where the real magic happens. This is where I have come to expect little things like console commands, dedicated servers, modding capabilities, and cheaper titles. I can even say that I have shelled out thousands of dollars for games on the PC and haven't regretted it (mostly).

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Trine Review

Score: 85 / 100
Good: Very interesting story line with amazing support, including in game narration and music that complements the mood. Three characters in one which gives an interesting angle on game play and puzzle solving.
Bad: Puzzles could be more challenging. Rotating objects with the wizard is very clunky and frustrating. Enemies are easily defeated.
Reviewed On: PC

Trine is an adventure / puzzle side-scroller that brings an interesting spin to the genre. Unlike most side scrollers where you play as one character, you have the option to become any one of three characters at any given point in time by the push of a button.

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Aion Review

Score: 90 / 100
Good: attention to detail, new IP fresh lore, engaging and intelligent combat, high level of personalization
Bad: large time investment, the game doesn't really kick in till a quater through, class balance could use work to prevent flavor of the month
Reviewed On: PC

The Backdrop...

Aion is the newest in a list of many fantasy based MMORPG's on the market, The rookie on a field of veterans.

The latest release from Korean developer NCsoft (Lineage, Guildwars, etc.). Classifying itself as a PvPvE game, Aion pits two different factions of players against each other. The Elyos and the Asmodians, versus one another and the NPC AI controlled faction, the Balaur.

Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

League of Legends Review

Score: 80 / 100
Full Name: League of Legends: Clash of Fates
Good: Nice cell-shaded visuals, 40 heroes to choose from, tons of items, free-to-play feature, fun singleplayer mode
Bad: Monotonous, Warcraft III DotA...again
Reviewed On: PC

If you don't know what DotA (Defense of the Ancients) is: 1. get out from under your gamer rock, 2. you probably didn't own Warcraft III and 3. pay attention.

The Backdrop...

League of Legends is not just another DotA clone. League of Legends IS DotA, by the original creators of DotA, and what they wanted DotA to be all along.

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Resident Evil 5 Review

Score: 79 / 100
Good: Beautiful graphics, fun co-op, in depth item system
Bad: Not that scary, not very much fun to play through, slow paced shooting, lack of overall enthusiasm
Reviewed On: PC

I can remember sitting down and playing the first Resident Evil years ago. Though the game was somewhat scary to me as a child, I never thought that the franchise would bloom into what it is today. Movies, comics, and tons of sequels that each seem to take a different direction or perspective on the 'zombie' outbreak.

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Nvidia 3D Vision Review

Score: 90 / 100


The dream of true virtual reality has lingered in our gamer heads for a long time now. While no one can really offer true in-home virtual reality at the moment, Nvidia is providing a way to play all of your favorite games in 3D.

The Nvidia 3D vision is a pretty simple system. It consists of drivers, certain Nvidia GPUs, certain monitors/TVs/projectors, wireless glasses, and a receiver base that connects to your computer. Though some what pricey at around $600 for the 3D kit (consisting of a Samsung® SyncMaster™ 2233RZ 120Hz LCD and 3D glasses/receiver base), it is fantastic for what it offers the gameplay experience.


The Good...

First off, the 3D kit actually does what it says it does. It adds 3D to almost any popular game you can think of. WoW, COD4, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, COD: WAW, Battlefield 2, and many more. But what does 3D mean in this case? The 3D kit adds depth to games. It basically makes long roads look long and gun models look like they are actually in front of you. The 3D vision also gives depth to little things like armor and facial features...which really shine through in games like WoW.

Second, the kit is easy to use and requires almost no effort to integrate with your games. In fact, it is even easier to switch in between 3D mode and regular, on the fly, in any game.

Also, you don't need the special glasses to play and watch things in 3D. If you don't have the receiver base or glasses connected to the computer, you can just get cheap blue/red glasses. Though it doesn't offer the best 3D experience, they will do the trick.


The Disappointments....

The first thing that came to mind when I first saw this kit was how bad my head and eyes were going to hurt after using it. I am one of those people who can't see 3D flicks because the glasses, mixed with the actual 3Dness of the movies, gives me a pretty bad head ache. Though the glasses do give you a little head ache after prolonged use, you do adjust to them after a while. I only mention this in the 'disappointments' section because anything about a product that gives head aches is not a plus. But at least they are mild.

Another negative with the 3D kit is that it demands a lot of your system. If you don't have a nice gaming rig, forget running smoothly with high graphics and 3D turned on. While playing COD4, large fire fights with high graphics will feel pretty sluggish...even on a beefy system.

The final let down is the price to actually get the 3D rolling on your system. A GPU, the 3D kit, and a nice computer to run it all is not cheap.

Overall...

I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed shooting Nazis, killing alliance members, and beating zombies in 3D. Though the Nvidia 3D vision seems kind of pricey, the amount of entertainment you get out of it is totally worth it. My 60 year old father even played a few hours of video games just because they were in 3D. That may not mean much to most of you, but it is something I have written down in my log of 'crazy things I thought I would never see.' If you have the cash and a want to play games in 3D, this kit is for you.

- Tyler Sanders (Chiko)

Your rating: None Average: 3 (2 votes)