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Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault Review

In the ten years the Ratchet & Clank series has been around for, developer Insomniac perfected its formula. With the series distilled to an exact science, where do they go next? How do they keep the series fresh? The answer: tower-defense. Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault is a multiplayer-centric entry in lieu of 2005’s Ratchet: Deadlocked. Multiplayer is the main attraction, its single-player campaign a shallow bundle of levels that act primarily as an extended training mode. Competitive play is thrilling and well-executed, but if the desolate state of the community is any indication, this game’s got a short life ahead of it. Full Frontal Assault is equal parts tower-defense and tower-assault. The campaign serves to introduce you to the game’s concepts, its five brief stages providing little in the way of entertainment. The story goes that a new villain by the name of...
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Halo 4 Review

Halo is in confident, risk-adverse hands. Developed by 343 Industries, the torchbearer for Bungie’s universe after Halo: Reach, Halo 4 is a passionate labor of love developed through caution and carefulness. Little can be said about Halo 4’s faults, if only because the faults of Halo 4 can extend to the rest of the series. If you love the Halo series, you’ll love Halo 4; there is nothing lost in the transition from Bungie to 343i, no cheap imitation to infuriate you. Unfortunately, Halo 4 isn’t perfect. Despite its accolades, its far from deliverance. Despite its strengths – which there are many – a key note is its incredible budget: over a hundred million dollars is spent on this blockbuster of a game. Therefore, “is Halo 4 worth the money spent for Microsoft?”, and “is Halo 4 worthy of its position as the current flagship...
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The Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left Review

Here we are. It’s time to cash in our chips and suck up to our decisions. The Walking Dead end is here and not only does it close out the season brilliantly, it propels it to the top of the ‘best of 2012’ list. No Time Left has us guiding Lee through a ravaged Savannah in search of Clementine, who’s been abducted by an unknown party. To make things worse, Lee’s been infected and it’s only a matter of time before he bites the dust (or someone’s neck). As in recent Telltale Games releases, The Walking Dead is more of an action focused adventure game, with light to no inventory management. You have direct control over the main character, Lee, for most of the time, while on others, you’re either button mashing to get out of sticky situations or engaging in dialogue that present multiple...
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