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‘Dead Space 3’ offers thrills, lacks feeling

By David Stenger | February 17, 2013

Horror video games are part of a genre that has been disappearing over time. As Resident Evil became more and more action-oriented and Silent Hill’s quality began to reduce, it seemed a good horror game would be hard to find. That is, until the first...

Halo 4 packs great story, graphics

By Roy Herrera | November 12, 2012

“Wake up, Chief. I need you.” Those are the words Halo fans all around the world have been waiting to hear. Master Chief has returned from his slumber and he is ready to get back into action. The last time we saw Master Chief, he was stranded in the...

Microsoft updates Xbox software, holiday prices

By Roy Herrera | October 23, 2012

If you have an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, you might have come across a few changes in the past couple of days. Microsoft released an update for the Xbox 360 Dashboard last week. If you are one of the few who didn’t receive the update, don’t worry; Microsoft...

Free-to-play game isnt particularly fun-to-play

Free-to-play game isn’t particularly fun-to-play

By Roy Herrera | October 21, 2012

With today’s economy, it is difficult to buy all of the most popular games on the market. As a result, game companies are not making as much money as they would like. Instead of making the consumer purchase the game at a full retail price, the game...

New bundle offers Doom game classics

By Roy Herrera | October 16, 2012

As Halloween gets closer, TV channels are showing marathons of popular scary movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. While the movies are great and scary, they can’t provide a frightening experience like a video game can. Survivor...

New game provides endless customization, thrills

New game provides endless customization, thrills

By Tim Ashton | October 10, 2012

In October 2009, 2K Games released the sci-fi first-person-shooter (FPS) video game Borderlands. Borderlands later received four downloadable content packages which added new story, maps, weapons and opponents. Its sequel, Borderlands 2, was released...

New NBA game offers extra features, modes

By Roy Herrera | October 8, 2012

With the NBA season just weeks away, there is no other way to get your daily dose of NBA basketball than to play NBA 2K13. Over the years, 2K Games has done a wonderful job making the best basketball simulation games on the market. With the September...

Pass/Fail: The Opposition Party and Cell Phones

By David Thomas | September 27, 2010

The Northern Star doles out grades for current events. But, unlike your least favorite professor, we reveal the explanation behind the grade we give. Opposition Party: PASS. For managing to break Venezuela President Hugo Chavez's stranglehold on the...

This video game image released by Bungie Studios shows a scene from Halo Reach. (AP Photo/Bungie Studios)

‘Halo: Reach’ worth grabbing for

By Joshua Michaelson | September 20, 2010

Rating: 4.5/5.0 "Halo" is a series that could be considered just as big as "Madden" in terms of hype and appreciation from the general masses. So, it's only natural that "Halo: Reach" would be an incredibly big deal. This importance of the game is only...

Frugality is tough for a gamer with GOTY

By David Thomas | September 6, 2010

The current generation of video game consoles has given us gamers a reason to celebrate: downloadable content (DLC).Once reserved for PC games as expansion packs or third-party mods, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 allows Internet-connected gamers to download...