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May 2012

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Review

May 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

Hello all and welcome once again to The Backlog. Today we’ll be taking a look at the latest Tom Clancy offering from Ubisoft, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I have not played a Tom Clancy game for several years. The last one I played was HAWX, and Advanced Warfighter before that. Both of those games were fun to play and [...]

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Review

May 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

I suspect there are many male (and female) gamers in America, a majority even, who are completely like I was prior to receiving Atelier Meruru; totally oblivious to the Atelier franchise of JRPG alchemy games. And I suspect many would see the cute characters and the animation, and the fact that you play as a girl and immediately write the [...]

Game of Thrones Review

May 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Hello all and welcome to another edition of The Backlog. For the first time since we talked about Mass Effect what feels like ages ago, we will be venturing into the RPG world and discussing Game of Thrones. For those unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, here is a quick summary: A Game of Thrones is the first book in George R. R. Martin’s [...]

Max Payne 3 Review

May 21, 2012 // 8 Comments

It’s been over a decade since the first Max Payne game hit the market, and if you played it way back then odds are you still remember it. Not because it was some utterly amazing game, although it was great, but rather because Max Payne was rather unique and memorable with its dark story, noir narrative, comic cut-scenes, and of course the [...]

Predator Nation Review

May 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

You may know Charles Ferguson as the director and writer of the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary Inside Job, which examined the financial crisis from 2007-2010.  If you watched that documentary and liked it and agreed with it, then this book is for you. Predator Nation is essentially a book follow-up/extension to Inside Job. It’s also [...]

Sniper Elite V2 Review

May 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

This is the anti Call of Duty/Battlefield game. It’s also technically a third person shooter except for when sniping, which is what the bulk of the gameplay involves. If you’re itching for something completely different, and arguably the opposite of those types of first person shooters, then I can wholeheartedly recommend Sniper Elite [...]

TVE’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Wishlist: The Evolution of the Open World

May 15, 2012 // 5 Comments

The Grand Theft Auto series has been one of the pioneers of the third person open-world/sandbox genre, and with the upcoming GTAV, these are some things I hope to see implemented that would help push the franchise and the genre to a new level. Since the game is rumored to possibly be released this year, these also apply to future titles as well if [...]

Starhawk Review

May 14, 2012 // 4 Comments

When Starhawk was first announced and the details starting coming out, it immediately grabbed my attention in part because it was a space-western but also because it seemed like an ambitious and unique concept. As the spiritual-successor to a popular online only game, Starhawk has some pretty big shoes to fill. Now I’m not familiar with [...]

Spec Ops: The Line Demo Impressions

May 8, 2012 // 10 Comments

The demo for Spec Ops: The Line is available now on PSN and XBLM (for Gold members, regular LIVE members will get May 15th), and I’ve played through it and now I’m ready to give my impressions on the demo and what we can expect from the game. First off, I was surprised at the length of the demo; it’s easily 30 minutes, more or [...]

Shooter Review

May 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

A former marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) was living more of a solitary mountain life until he is visited by Colonel Isaac Johnson(Glover) who had received a threat on the President’s life. Reluctantly pressed back into service for his country, Swagger must figure out the assassin’s plan for attack and in which city it will occur. [...]

K-PAX Review

May 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

Kevin Spacey shows why he is the man in this adaptation of the 1995 book by Charles Brewer. Spacey stars in this drama as Prot, a mental institution patient who claims to be a visitor from the planet K-Pax. Prot falls under the care of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), who immediately dismisses “Prot” as delusional. Throughout the course of the [...]