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Hail to the Chief

Halo 4 gives the fans what they want, and then some

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GAMER They say you have to go away in order to make a comeback. To be fair, the Halo series never really "went away," having released two non-numbered titles and an HD remake in the four years since Halo 3, but those entries lacked the presence of the iconic Master Chief and, compared with the pop-culture phenomenon that was Halo 3, they didn't exactly set the gaming community on fire.Read more »

Good. But revolutionary?

'Assassin's Creed III' takes on the American Revolution

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'Assassin's Creed III'

(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

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Déjà vu all over again

Video game ourbouros: Warfighter is a sequel to a reboot.

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'Medal of Honor: Warfighter' (Danger Close/Electronic Arts)

Xbox 360, PS3, PC

GAMER I hate to start off a review by highlighting the competition, but — Call of Duty. The biggest name in gaming casts a long shadow, and a good number of publishers are happy to step aside and let Call of Duty have the holiday months.Read more »

Overkill

You in danger, girl! Resident Evil 6 has a lot going on.
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Resident Evil 6

(Capcom)

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Shoot to thrill

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Gamer stops, drops, and rolls into fall's fiery pit of video-game releases

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FALL ARTS At some point in the last 30 years game publishers decided that releasing in the summer was financial suicide. Maybe these publishers were under the mistaken impression that everyone is out enjoying the sun and, I don't know, hiking? But as those of us who also enjoy gaming will tell you, you make time for video games.Read more »

Same time next year

Sussing out the hits and misses of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo

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GAMER There was a moment when it seemed this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) would be the most exciting since way back in 2006, the year Wii and PlayStation 3 premiered. This January, rumors swirled around Sony and Microsoft, that they were developing next generation consoles, and perhaps looking to premiere them alongside Nintendo's big Wii U reveal.Read more »

Bullet blender

Rockstar Games' grizzled hero takes aim in Max Payne 3.

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Max Payne 3

(Rockstar Games/Take-Two Interactive)

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Beyond the glitz at the Game Developer's Conference

This is not a game: Cutting edge technology and top video gaming honors doled out right here in San Francisco

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GAMER There are only so many times we can celebrate the world's top-selling entertainment industry before it starts to feel self-congratulatory. The Game Developer's Conference, held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, marks the beginning of a year packed with conferences and expos that run well into September, each aimed at announcing new games and boasting new technologies. In kicking off the year's lineup, the GDC hopes to lead by example, putting the industry's stars and its someday-somebodies first.Read more »

Viva la Vita

Quick and slick, the Playstation Vita is tech geek heaven

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GAMER News of the Vita's death in Japan has been greatly exaggerated. Sony's new handheld console arrived on Japanese shores last November, with meager sales compared to 2005's PSP and even fewer than the much-ballyhooed Nintendo 3DS launch last spring. Analysts were quick to point to the 3DS's disappointing launch as the beginning of the end for dedicated handheld systems, and Sony's comparatively low sales had many pundits patting themselves on the back.Read more »

The bottom of the top

YEAR IN GAMER 2011: It's only when you approach the bottom half of a video game critic's top 10 that the real debate begins

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YEAR IN GAMER One of the most exciting release windows in recent memory, this year's fall gaming onslaught is officially behind us. And while most gamers are quick to rank the marquee experiences — battling dragons (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim), thwarting diabolical clowns (Batman: Arkham City), and riding giant birds in a green tunic (The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword), it's only when you approach the bottom half of a critic's top 10 that the real debate begins.Read more »