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NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS REVIEW

NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS REVIEW

Ghost Games, the latest inheritors of the NFS series, may not have reinvented the wheel while making this year’s white-knuckle racer, but it has equipped Need for Speed: Rivals with all the right parts to make it a serviceable–and enjoyable–game. You won’t find ample engine customizations screens here, but you will get to enjoy some slick, easy-to-pick-up controls and one of the most populated environments you’ll ever see in a racing game–a good thing, considering it features an expansive open world. Taking place in the California Coast-inspired county of Redview, Rivals has dozens of events, races, and rivals (Need for Speed’s name for other lawless racers) scattered across its stunning landscape. You’ll drift around bends with a pull of the e-brake, careen off half-hidden jumps, fly through speed traps, and ultimately enjoy every minutia of the overloaded landscape. When it comes to stellar collision detection, however, Rivals doesn’t deliver. Where Burnout made the rush of speed and crunching impacts between cars feel like cartoonish fun, Rivals’ inconsistent crashes will undoubtedly infuriate you, especially during pursuits. Like its predecessors Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, Rivals is divided into two equally lengthy campaigns: cops and racers. You’re given assignments that range from winning gold in a race to taking down other racers in a chase, and while these are a great way to familiarize players with everything in Rivals’ spacious world, they do little to keep the game feeling fresh after a few hours. With an impressive open world that’s a blast to explore, and some enjoyable–if not repetitive–missions, Need for Speed Rivals sets the bar for what next-gen racing games.

BATTLEFIELD 4 REVIEW

BATTLEFIELD 4 REVIEW

The Battlefield series has built its reputation on memorable moments. Some epic, some intimate, some barely believable–YouTube is filled with clips of people far better at Battlefield than you, doing amazing things (to people like you). Battlefield 4 wants you–yes, you–to experience even more thrilling, more epic moments than ever before with a beefed up

DEAD RISING 3 REVIEW

DEAD RISING 3 REVIEW

Some recent zombie games have successfully told stories with emotional weight. The Walking Dead and The Last of Us come immediately to mind. But as I crafted my electrified garden rake for tearing apart shambling corpses, I knew Dead Rising 3 wouldn’t ever bring a tear to my eye, even in its regrettable moments of

CRIMSON DRAGON REVIEW

CRIMSON DRAGON REVIEW

The first time you battle an army of laser beam-shooting jellyfish with your fireball-shooting dragon, you’ll probably get destroyed. It’ll take a few missions to get the hang of dodging enemy projectiles (less a matter of threading the needle, more a matter of mashing the barrel roll button). You’ll no doubt fiddle with the sensitivity

LOCOCYCLE REVIEW

LOCOCYCLE REVIEW

Playing Lococycle feels much like you’ve crashed into an alternate universe where Quentin Tarantino and a cheap porn director got together to shoot a budget movie. A disastrously beautiful amalgamation of live-action cutscenes, on-rails shooting, GlaDOS-inspired voice acting, quick time events, awful racial stereotypes, an orchestral soundtrack, and–in one instance–Street Fighter-inspired 1v1 combat: this game

NBA LIVE 14 REVIEW

NBA LIVE 14 REVIEW

NBA Live 14 is a next-gen game, but not for the reasons you’d expect. Its graphics aren’t amazing, nor does it offer astounding, never-seen-before gameplay. In fact, for the first time ever, a major-label sports game arrives on store shelves as a work-in-progress. See, Live is wholly dependent upon a constant, daily stream of updates

RYSE SON OF ROME REVIEW

RYSE: SON OF ROME REVIEW

I’m Marius Titus and I’m a high-definition, next-gen whirling dervish of destruction, spinning in a blur of reflective armor and incredible lighting effects. I block a barbarian’s photorealistic axe with my shield and slash into his well-textured gut with my sword, casting particles of blood across the high-polygon ground. When I’ve slashed him up enough,

FIGHTER WITHIN REVIEW

FIGHTER WITHIN REVIEW

Wonder if Kinect 2.0’s new tech is sharp enough to register when you flip it the bird? You’ll have ample room to figure that out with Fighter Within, a shallow fighter that’s more infuriating than fun to play. Flailing and kicking at the air like a lunatic gets things off to an amusing start in

PEGGLE 2 REVIEW

PEGGLE 2 REVIEW

I only jotted two things down while I played through Peggle 2 on Xbox One. The first was: “joy-puke rainbows :)!!!!!!!!!!” Anyone who played the original likely knows why. Peggle, at its most basic, is a beautifully crafted symphony of simplicity. All you do is shoot balls at pegs, and yet it’s mesmerizing and magical,

KILLER INSTINCT REVIEW

KILLER INSTINCT REVIEW

Have you ever enjoyed a demo as much as a full game? If the core mechanics are fun enough, even a tiny chunk of a larger whole can provide hours of entertainment. I remember playing the TimeSplitters 2 demo over and over again, totally enamored with exploring every possibility in what little piece of game

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