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February 28, 2017

A world of wonder in Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games has done something we rarely see in gaming these days - it went from developing a relatively by-the-books first person shooter series, to creating a massively ambitious new IP in the form of Horizon: Zero Dawn. What's most impressive, though, is that Horizon has lived up to the proverbial hype. It's simply awesome.

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May 10, 2016

Co-operation is key in solid Alienation
Swedish developer Housemarque takes its twin-stick top-down shooter formula from 2010 title Dead Nation, and spices things up with loot drops, endless particle effects, and a ridiculous amount of aliens in the new PS4 exclusive Alienation. The final product doesn't quite reach the highs of some of the developer's previous games, but it still has a lot to offer.

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May 2, 2016

Star Fox Zero misses the mark
A lot of ideas sound great on paper, but when implemented, do nothing more than crash and burn. Marrying a Star Fox game to the Wii U gamepad's unique control scheme sounds like a match made in heaven, but in reality, this combination just doesn't fly.

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Apr 7, 2016

The Show is a game so fine
Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes a game so fine, it's played on diamonds. The baseball season is barely a few days old, but many fans of the sport have already put on their cleats and hit the basepaths thanks to the Sony-exclusive MLB The Show 16. It's a superb baseball sim once again in 2016, although it strikes out in one very significant way.

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Mar 23, 2016

Twilight Princess a shady remake
While the Zelda faithful waits impatiently for the next all-new adventure in the long-running series, Nintendo is hoping a steady stream of remakes will sate fans. The latest game to get that treatment is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, and like the Wind Waker HD before it, this remake is good fun, but hasn't aged as well as we hoped.

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Mar 9, 2016

"Conquest" a true Fire Emblem experience
To be perfectly blunt, of the three Fire Emblem Fates titles, you won't find a bad game in the bunch. That being said, Conquest has more going for it than its Birthright counterpart. Anyone who takes on Conquest, though, had best be ready for one heck of a challenge.

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Mar 2, 2016

Dying Light lives on with The Following
If you think 2015's vastly underrated Dying Light was some kind of fluke by developer Techland, think again. One year after that game's release, the company has come out with a massive expansion called Dying Light: The Following, and it's as utterly thrilling and wholly addicting as its predecessor.

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Feb 22, 2016

Unravel reveals the ties that bind
We're not even two months into the year in gaming, and already we have an unforgettable hero named Yarny. He's the tiny protagonist of Unravel, which is a puzzle-platformer that adds some serious emotional weight to this genre's well-worn recipe.

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Jan 26, 2016

"Zero" highlights Resident Evil's fall
While Capcom presumably sorts out how its uber-popular Resident Evil series moves on from the disastrous Resident Evil 6, the company is leaning heavily on its back catalogue to fill the void. The latest remake, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster, is likely to appeal to those who played the original game back in 2002, but few others.

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Jan 14, 2016

Driveclub races to victory with "Bikes"
I won't claim for one moment to be an expert in the world of motorcycles, but I do know a fun game when I play one, and Driveclub Bikes is without a doubt one of the most thrilling racing games I've played in a long time.

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Jan 5, 2016

Just Cause 3 answers "why not?"
Just Cause 3 is a game whose entire focus seems to be on how much chaos and destruction can be caused at any given time. That chaos does indeed arrive in spades, but my favourite moments in the game were the ones where nothing was blowing up and no one was dying.

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Nov 17, 2015

Halo 5 multiplayer a true return to form
Halo: Combat Evolved helped revolutionize first person shooters on home consoles back in 2001, but that success was a double-edged sword. It helped spawn countless other games in the genre in the following years, and although still popular, the series is now playing second fiddle to Call of Duty as the FPS of choice for console gamers.

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Oct 27, 2015

Halo 5 campaign a guarded affair
This review is dedicated solely to the Halo 5: Guardians campaign. Stay tuned to G4 Canada in the coming days as we dig deep into the online features of the game and review the multiplayer portion in a separate review.

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Oct 20, 2015

Yoshi spins an adorable yarn
As silly as this may sound, it's the truth - video games can be really stressful. Whether you're grinding away for hours to take on a tough boss in an RPG, trying to keep your skills sharp in the latest online shooter, or making your hundredth attempt at finishing a game on the toughest difficulty, there's no shortage of challenges.

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Oct 13, 2015

Ambitious new Metal Gear not-so-solid
There's only one thing more ambitious than Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and that is any player who chooses to take on this latest entry in the critically acclaimed series. As finely-honed as the stealth gameplay mechanics have become, they're lost amid a thousand other features that eventually suck much of the fun out of the massive campaign.

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Sept 15, 2015

New Mega Man collection doesn't rock
As much as people don't like to admit it, a lot of games from decades ago simply don't hold up. We let our memories bias our opinions, though all it takes is five minutes with a game from a bygone era to clear the cobwebs of delusion. The original 8-bit Mega Man titles are far from perfect, but they're an exception to this rule nonetheless, and they still stand as shining examples of platforming goodness.

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Sept 11, 2015

Remastered "Gears" the ultimate guilty pleasure
Rarely have games lived up to their hype the way Gears of War did back in 2006. It was an Xbox 360 exclusive that was under intense pressure to keep at least some of the focus off of the newly-released Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. By all accounts it exceeded those expectations, and introduced an important new IP for Microsoft.

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Sept 4, 2015

N++ is endlessly engaging
So far this year, we have seen or will be seeing all the usual suspects in the video game world - zombies, robots, superheroes, war heroes, and plenty of familiar mascots. None of those characters can hold a candle, though, to the masochistic ninjas that populate the utterly brilliant N++.

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Aug 24, 2015

Red Goddess is far from divine
Red Goddess: Inner World is an ambitious game for a little-known developer consisting of half a dozen people. There's no doubt the odds are stacked against it, and despite all sorts of potential, Red Goddess ultimately falls flat.

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Jul 24, 2015

In a League of its own
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and features some immensely talented athletes. That said, matches are generally low-scoring affairs, and brushing up against a player is often treated like a violent assault, so contact is usually avoided at all costs.

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Jul 6, 2015

Sorry to say - ODST doesn't age well
It sure doesn't bode well for a game when it's released essentially as a big apology for fans, but that's essentially what the Master Chief Collection version of Halo 3: ODST is.

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Jun 18, 2015

E3: Ubisoft shows a bit of everything, Bethesda highlights Fallout 4
With the potty-mouthed actress Aisha Tyler once again MC'ing the proceedings, Ubisoft's E3 press conference proved the game company is moving - slowly, but surely - beyond the usual suspects in its large portfolio of existing IPs.

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Jun 16, 2015

Sony aims to KO competition at E3
Sony wasted no time whatsoever blowing people away at its 2015 E3 press conference. Long-awaited title The Last Guardian - which many people believed would never see the light of day - was featured in a lengthy gameplay demo. The game, which is being created by the same company behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, was first shown at E3 in 2009, but has been rumoured to be stalled since then due to development issues.

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Jun 9, 2015

Splatoon a shooter like no other
Splatoon is arguably one of the biggest risks Nintendo has ever taken. The gaming giant isn't exactly known for new IPs or for online shooters, after all. What's absolutely astonishing is that despite some terrible design choices in the game, Splatoon proves to be completely addicting.

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May 26, 2015

A valiant assassination attempt
Even when the Assassin's Creed series is being original, it's really not that original. Even so, the 2.5D stealth action game Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is a breath of fresh air for a series that shows absolutely no signs of creeping away anytime soon.

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Apr 28, 2015

New Mortal Kombat a mixed X-perience
It's been four long years since the last Mortal Kombat game, and while the newest title in the long-running fighting franchise, Mortal Kombat X, is somehow even bloodier than its predecessor, it proves no amount of gore can distract from what the game is - a step back for the series.

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Apr 15, 2015

Boxboy proves it's fun to be square
The creators of the Kirby series have really switched things up for their latest creation, a game known simply as Boxboy. They've gone from a hero who's round, pink, and uses his appetite to solve his problems, to a black-and-white cube who employs some sort of box mitosis to get through his brain-bending adventure.

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Apr 7, 2015

Bloodborne to be punished
What you're about to read isn't a review for Bloodborne - it's a warning. Because anyone who hasn't experienced the "Souls" games (Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, or Dark Souls 2) developed by From Software should know that describing Bloodborne as punishing is a vast understatement, and the level of dedication it requires is nothing short of mind-boggling.

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Mar 19, 2015

Devil May Cry is definitive once again
DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition proves that the original game, released back at the beginning of 2013, is like a fine wine and is only getting better with age. That being said, the only alcohol-related images this current-gen remake conjured in my mind while playing it was that of frat boys doing keg stands and downing funnels at an all-night party.

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Mar 6, 2015

New clay Kirby game doesn't fall flat
Kirby's latest adventure, this time on the Wii U, proves that this adorable sphere can do no wrong. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse features rehashed gameplay mechanics from a previous game in the series, and an art style that risks being little more than a gimmick, but everything comes together to form a charming and adorable package.

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Feb 19, 2015

Dying Light a rotten good time
Dying Light is the latest game featuring endless throngs of zombies, and it includes so many of the zombie tropes you've seen before - desperate survivors willing to do anything to live another day, friends being bitten and "turning," and countless skulls being bashed in.

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Feb 13, 2015

Majora's Mask: a link to the odd
The Legend of Zelda series has featured it all, it seems - a protagonist that fights his own shadow, a game that revolves around travelling via train, and some of the most fiercely violent chickens to ever grace a video game. Majora's Mask, though, takes strange to a whole different level.

 

 

Jan 28, 2015

Resident Evil creeps back
It's no secret that Capcom loves to milk its lucrative Resident Evil franchise. Case in point: the company has just released a remaster of a remake of the original game, for both consoles and PC. The title actually holds up very well - it's just G4 - Canadaa shame that anyone playing it for the first time likely won't be able to fully appreciate what it has to offer.

 

 

Jan 19, 2015

Super Mega Baseball is mega-surprising
Winter is the pits, and not because of the frigid weather, terrible driving conditions, or the constant need to bundle up every time you leave the house. No - it's because Major League Baseball is on hiatus, its players hibernating in far warmer climes.

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Dec 9, 2014

New Toad title a true treasure
Toad, that pudgy supporting character in countless Nintendo games of yore, is probably most famous for his numerous apologies in the original Super Mario Bros. game on the NES. In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for the Wii U, he proves that methodically traversing a level on foot can be just as fun as flying through the air as a raccoon.

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Nov 12, 2014

A masterful collection of Halo campaigns
It's no secret that we live in a world that loves to binge - from weekends spent plowing through an entire series on Netflix, to going up for fifths at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Now it's time for first-person shooter fans to put on their stretchy pants and turn off their phones, because Halo: The Master Chief Collection tempts gamers with oodles of top-notch content.

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Oct 20, 2014

Smash Bros. on 3DS a true knockout
Confession time: when Nintendo first announced that it would be releasing a new game in its wildly popular Super Smash Bros. beat-em-'up series for the handheld 3DS, I was convinced it would be a mere husk of its predecessors.

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Oct 14, 2014

Fan service can't save Hyrule Warriors
Nintendo is well-known for being extremely protective of its properties. For that reason, no one could be blamed for being surprised when it was announced that Koei Tecmo would be creating a Dynasty Warriors-esque game based in the Legend of Zelda world. Think of it as the Triforce of Wisdom, Courage, and Red Bull.

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Oct 7, 2014

Theatrhythm sequel a beautiful arrangement
Anyone can play and enjoy Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, but the people who will really take something away from it are the ones who are happy paying for entire game soundtracks and listening to them on repeat. It's for gamers who have the tune from stage one of Dr. Wily's Castle in Mega Man 2 memorized, and of course, it's for those who can instantly name their favourite Final Fantasy battle theme.

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Sept 30, 2014

Start the fight with Destiny
For some, the wait for Destiny has been nigh-unbearable, and the corresponding weight of expectations has grown ever-heavier.

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Sept 15, 2014

X14 Game Previews
Hands-on gaming is what Microsoft's annual X14 event is all about. G4TV had the opportunity to peruse the show floor and here our impressions of some of what we were able to get our hands on.

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Sept 8, 2014

Surgeon Simulator: A&E cuts like a knife
The world is full of some pretty demented people, so it really should come as little surprise that a game like Surgeon Simulator exists. What started out as something of a joke has grown into a fully-fledged console release on Playstation 4, but you should take heed before snapping on the latex gloves.

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July 18, 2014

Shovel Knight - can ya dig it?
Shovel Knight will grab your attention with its name, but it will dig its way into your heart thanks to its charming 8-bit aesthetic and tough-but-fair gameplay.

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July 3, 2014

Resogun Heroes Expansion
If you own a Playstation 4 and haven't yet jumped on the Resogun bandwagon, now is as good a time as any thanks to the release of this shoot-em-up's first expansion pack, "Heroes." Although there are only two modes available, they're sure to equate to hours of added time with the game, and for a mere five bucks to boot.

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Jun 12, 2014

Sony, Ubisoft make big plays at E3
The 2014 version of E3 is officially underway, and it would be an understatement the size of a titan to say that it would be difficult for Sony to follow up its 2013 E3 press conference.

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Mar 21, 2014

Yoshi's New Island is solid, baby
Nintendo is in danger of completely sullying the meaning of the word "new" by using it in far too many recent titles - New Super Mario Bros., New Super Luigi U, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, just to name a few. While none of these games offer anything revolutionary, they're all mostly-enjoyable entries in decades-old series, and the same holds true of Nintendo's latest 3DS title, Yoshi's New Island.

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Apr 7, 2014

New inFAMOUS not quite incredible
Every time I see the title to developer Sucker Punch's newest game series, I can't help but think of a scene from comedy classic The Three Amigos. Martin Short's character explains exactly what it means to be "infamous" - and gets the definition completely wrong.

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Mar 13, 2014

Strider reboot is quirky fun
The gameplay, plot, and style of Capcom's rebooted Strider may scream "generic," but the game is a fun downloadable romp nonetheless. As long as you don't take it too seriously, this side-scroller proves to be a solid action title, despite a few hiccups along the way.

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Mar 6, 2014

Fable best left as a memory
With a name like "Fable," it makes sense that a decade after the release of this 2004 Xbox RPG, the game is best talked about and reminisced over, and not played. That's because the newly-released "Fable Anniversary" edition for Xbox 360 only shows how badly the game has aged, and a fresh coat of high-definition paint simply can't hide that fact.

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Feb 28, 2014

Square Enix roles the dice with Bravely Default
Nintendo provided 3DS owners with plenty of lighthearted fare in 2013, letting gamers decorate in Animal Crossing, nap the days away in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and enjoy some minigame goodness in Mario Party: Island Tour. It's now 2014, and Square Enix is ready to challenge gamers the world over with Bravely Default, a 3Ds exclusive that serves up a healthy dose of JRPG goodness.

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Jan 31, 2014

G4 Canada's 2013 Game of the Year Awards: Best of the Best
Last week, we celebrated the achievements of each individual console. This week, there are no limits or confines as we announce the awards in all of the mainstream categories. Congratulations to all!

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Jan 21, 2014

G4 Canada's 2013 Game of the Year Awards: Consoles
Console launches and news dominated 2013, with gamers being introduced to both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, while Nintendo's Wii U continued to gather an audience. 2013 launched a new era of gaming, in which next-gen graphics, audio, and gameplay highlight just how far the industry has come as a whole.

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Dec 18, 2013

Island Tour not quite an all-inclusive
Following an underwhelming minigame collection on the Wii U, the party - and we use that term loosely - continues on the 3DS with Mario Party: Island Tour.

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Dec 10, 2013

New Zelda adventure offers worlds of fun
With The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Nintendo has created a game in the acclaimed series that may not be perfect, but is a perfect fit for the 3DS. It lightly treads outside of the typical Legend of Zelda tropes, while still very much offering enough fan service to keep series devotees plenty happy.

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Nov 29, 2013

Impressive Resogun helps launch PS4
The building blocks of the Playstation launch title Resogun are the millions of tiny onscreen cubes known as "voxels," but as levels fracture and disintegrate around you and your score climbs ever higher, it's clear that there's much more to this masterpiece than meets the eye.

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Nov 22, 2013

Frustration awaits in Killzone: Shadow Fall
It seems European developer Guerrilla Games borrowed a phrase - literally - from a past Playstation 3 motto while creating its latest shooter, Killzone: Shadow Fall, for the Playstation 4. "It only does everything" fits the newest entry in the Killzone series, but the game isn't any better for it - not by a long shot.

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Nov 15, 2013

Black Flag an open-world masterpiece
There have been video game mashups of all types over the years, with countless genres being mixed and matched to differing levels of success. With Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft has somehow managed to successfully marry the worlds of silent killers and pirates, and what results is a bonafide masterpiece, easily making this the best game in the series.

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Nov 11, 2013

Wii Party U minigames offer mini fun
A man is only as good as his word, a team is only as good as its worst player, and a minigame compilation is only as good as its, well, minigames. That bodes poorly for Nintendo's newest collection of bite-sized digital distractions, Wii Party U.

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Oct 18, 2013

Falling for Rain
As more and more artistic games make their way onto consoles, the very definition of what a game is becomes ever blurred. Rain is the latest download-only exclusive for the Playstation 3, and while the gameplay and content equates to nothing more than a light drizzle, the game as a whole is capable of hitting players like a torrential downpour.

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Oct 11, 2013

The Wonderful 101 a hot mess
If games were given scores based on how polarizing they are, The Wonderful 101 would no doubt be a perfect 10 out of 10, and would easily be the top contender for 2013's game of the year. As thrilling and inventive as it can be, though, there's far too much holding it back, and it only leaves us wondering "what if?"

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Oct 9, 2013

Wind Waker remake will blow you away
Nintendo has actually gone a little overboard with its high definition remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for Wii U. It's been polished to a bright sheen, and while it still holds up as one of the greatest Zelda adventures ever made, there are still a few issues that hold this game back from perfection.

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Sept 17, 2013

Killer Is Dull
It's impossible to review a Suda51 game without mentioning that it is, in fact, a Suda51 game. Killer Is Dead is the latest bizarre tale from this wildly eccentric video game director, and while it's a Suda51 title through and through, that doesn't mean the final product is worth playing.

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Aug 15, 2013

Everything old is cute again in Pikmin 3
Most gaming trilogies are rushed out in successive years to capitalize on their success and popularity, but from the genius mind of the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto, the Pikmin series isn't your typical trilogy.

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Jul 11, 2013

Ware is the real Wario?
Eclectic cast of characters? Check. Wacky games that take advantage of Nintendo's latest hardware? Check. Easy-to-learn multiplayer modes, laugh-out-loud moments, and nose-picking minigame? Check, check, and check. Despite Nintendo's recently-released Game & Wario title possessing these series staples, it feels much different from Wario games of years past, and unfortunately, things haven't changed for the better.

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Jul 2, 2013

New Leaf revives Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: New Leaf may borrow a lot from its predecessors, but it also has pushed the boundaries of a little-known gaming genre - the Miniature Multiplayer Online Tree-Shaking Game (MMOTSG). You, of course, can describe it however you'd like, but one thing is indisputable - New Leaf's endless charm is matched only by its addictive gameplay.

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Jun 20, 2013

Revelations goes big and goes home
Something awful happened to Resident Evil: Revelations from the time it was ported from the Nintendo 3DS to home consoles. This is still essentially the same game that first appeared on Nintendo's handheld - and it certainly has some superb moments - but bringing it to a larger screen has only exacerbated the issues it does have.

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Jun 6, 2013

Donkey Kong on 3DS is bananas
The following people will get the most out of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D: handheld gaming aficionados, old-school platforming fans, people who grew up with the banana-loving ape, and more than anyone else, masochists.

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May 29, 2013

Minis still offering huge fun
After years of being pitted against each other in the long-standing "Mario vs. Donkey Kong" series of handheld puzzle, the latest entry receives a slightly less competitive title. Regardless of its name though, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is very much like its predecessors.

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May 21, 2013

Far Cry goes commando with Blood Dragon
Schwarzenegger. Stallone. Weathers. Watching these action movie legends violently defeat bad guys while spewing endless one-liners onscreen in the 80's amounted to some of the biggest thrills a young kid could possibly imagine. In the distant future of 2007, Ubisoft has given gamers who grew up with those films the chance to play out every action movie cliché imaginable with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

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May 10, 2013

The Chase Begins - like stepping on a Lego
For decades now, Lego bricks have provided kids and adults alike with an outlet for a seemingly endless supply of creative possibilities; if you can imagine it, you can make it with Lego. The same can't be said for developer TT Games' new 3DS title, Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins. In this Lego world, even a ceaseless amount of bricks isn't enough to make the game fun.

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May 3, 2013

Motocross Madness is wheel good
The Xbox 360-exclusive Motocross Madness may not offer the insanity suggested by its title, but there's no doubt it's a solid, if predictable, entry in the arcade racing genre.

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Apr 19, 2013

Check out Battleblock Theater right meow
Whether it's Grumpy Cat, Simon's Cat, Maru, or surprised kitty, the world is loaded with famous felines, and many of them are ridiculously adorable in their own way. You haven't seen anything, though, until you check out the cats in Battleblock Theater, a new title exclusive to Xbox Live Arcade.

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Apr 9, 2013

Fire Emblem: Awakening a huge triumph
It's often difficult to find a video game with a single memorable character or noteworthy relationship. Fire Emblem: Awakening may be as technically-sound as any game released in the last decade, but what makes it such a superb title is that it has an entire cast you're sure to remember long after you're finished playing.

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Mar 20, 2013

"Mirror of Fate" shows two sides
It seems as if Spanish developer Mercurysteam is cursed to face something even more terrifying than Dracula himself, and that is the wrath of devotees of the storied Castlevania series.

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Mar 15, 2013

Praying for change in new God of War
If only Kratos were a little more approachable, someone, somewhere, would be a bit more willing to tap him politely on the shoulder and tell him he needs to change things up a bit. With God of War: Ascension, a prequel to the PlayStation trilogy, it's not just the story that's regressing, it's the gameplay.

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Feb 26, 2013

"Revengeance" - 10,000 cuts and counting
It may not seem like it on the surface, but "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance" is a huge gamble for developer Platinum Games and publisher Konami. In today's gun-obsessed video game world, "Revengeance" and its focus on swordplay may be rough around the edges, but it's thoroughly refreshing - and plenty entertaining - all the same.

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Feb 5, 2013

"Anarchy Reigns" a chaotic mess
There's no better way to describe Platinum Games' new brawler than by simply uttering its title, so here goes - "Anarchy Reigns."

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Jan 25, 2013

A delicious slice of "Revengeance"
The cut scenes, the script, the sound effects, the exclamation marks, and of course the title all scream "Metal Gear," but "Revengeance," the newest game in the storied series from Hideo Kojima, is something much, much different from past Metal Gear games.

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Jan 8, 2013

3DS Games Review
The 3DS is officially home to some of the most unique puzzle games in years, and with the release of "Crashmo" and "Fluidity: Spin Cycle," things are only looking better for gamers who are eager to challenge their minds.

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Dec 21, 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 needs sharpening
Assassin's Creed 3 is the antithesis of so many AAA games released in the 21st century. Yes, it has massive set pieces, superb graphics, and it employs a brand new engine, but its focus on story, stealth, and slow buildup make it a much different beast from the usual blockbusters.

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Dec 7, 2012

Forza Horizon realizes epic scope
Here's a statement you can stuff under your hood, in your glove box, or wherever else tickles your fancy: the Forza series is the best racing series on consoles today, and the latest title coming off the assembly line, Forza Horizon, further cements its simulation domination.

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Nov 23, 2012

Paper Mario: Sticker star wears thin
Gamers always knew Halo 3 wasn't going to be the last they would see of the green-armoured Spartan known as Master Chief. What wasn't as obvious was how successful or unsuccessful developer 343 Industries would be taking over a series that until now was lovingly created and crafted by Bungie.

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Nov 13, 2012

Halo 4 guns for familiarity
Gamers always knew Halo 3 wasn't going to be the last they would see of the green-armoured Spartan known as Master Chief. What wasn't as obvious was how successful or unsuccessful developer 343 Industries would be taking over a series that until now was lovingly created and crafted by Bungie.

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Oct 29, 2012

No hope for Resident Evil 6
One of the great things about the Resident Evil series is the way it innovates and isn't afraid to try new things. With Resident Evil 6, things are at a standstill, copying not just other games, but numerous past titles in the series as well.

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Oct 10, 2012

Heartfelt "Dust" is unforgettable
It's a wonder that expensive, bloated, joyless AAA titles are even being created when you consider a download-only game like Dust: An Elysian Tail exists. This Xbox Live Arcade release packs more emotion, fun, and beauty into its campaign than just about any game released thus far in 2012.

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Sept 21, 2012

Not-so-New Super Mario Bros. 2
How much you enjoy New Super Mario Bros. 2 will depend a lot on how much stock you take in a game's originality, because even diehard Super Mario Bros. fans will have a hard time arguing that the new entry in the series could be considered unique.

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Aug 22, 2012

Final Fantasy feels the rhythm
There have been a lot of failed games in the music and rhythm genre over the past few years, due in no small part to oversaturation. Despite this, Square Enix's quirky new title, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, proves just how great a game can be when it's given a healthy dose of tender loving care.

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Aug 10, 2012

"Spec Ops" a fine line
It doesn't take long to get a grasp on the overriding theme for Spec Ops: The Line, which is developer Yager's new military shooter. That theme, which is drilled into your brain like a shotgun blast, is simple: you're damned if you do - period.

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July 12, 2012

Wii U picture becomes clearer
For the second hardware generation in a row, Nintendo is facing an uphill battle when it comes to explaining to consumers what its new console has to offer. And for the second console generation in a row, explaining what the system does seems almost counterintuitive; the games speak for themselves once controller is in hand.

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June 22, 2012

Down on the upside of 'Inversion'
Have you ever eaten a lousy-tasting hot dog that was made by someone else and thought to yourself "how did they manage to screw that up?" Saber Interactive's new third-person shooter "Inversion" is kind of like that hot dog.

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June 1, 2012

Everything new is old again in "Future Soldier"
It's been five years since the last Ghost Recon game on consoles, and the famed Tom Clancy series proves beyond a doubt it's the undisputed leader in subtitle synonyms.

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May 7, 2012

Latest Ridge Racer nearly self-destructs
Ridge Racer: Unbounded simply can't decide what kind of game it is. One minute it's relying on the drifting that the Ridge Racer series has been built on over the years, the next minute it's a silly arcade game in the vein of the "Burnout" series.

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Apr 3, 2012

Shoot Many Robots, and not much else
The plot for "Shoot Many Robots" - yes, technically there is one - isn't explained through a flashy opening sequence or by way of detailed cutscenes. You learn all you need to know via text snippets that are displayed during loading screens.

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Mar 21, 2012

'Dillon' shows us the wimpy, wimpy west
The tower defense genre may not be as popular as first person shooter or role-playing games that have saturated the market in recent years, but it's not for lack of quality or entertainment value.

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Mar 7, 2012

3DS games a platform for greatness
There are a few certainties in life - death, taxes, and retro gaming. The latter in particular will surely never go away, because video gamers are some of the most passionate and loyal fans you'll find anywhere.

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Feb 21, 2012

Kirby does some retro dreaming
There are a few certainties in life - death, taxes, and retro gaming. The latter in particular will surely never go away, because video gamers are some of the most passionate and loyal fans you'll find anywhere.

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Jan 31, 2012

G4 Canada's 2011 Game of the Year Awards
2011 was a stellar year for the video game industry. While the quantity dropped slightly due to projects being delayed or bumped, the quality of the material released into the marketplace was amazing. With so many fantastic games, it has been very difficult to narrow the field down to the best of the best but we have here at G4.

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Jan 24, 2012

Fanatec keeps it wheel
Few gamers will argue that the number of plastic peripherals available right now sits somewhere between "way too many" and "you have to be kidding me".

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Jan 4, 2012

New Zelda gazes beyond the sky
Link, the iconic protagonist of the Legend of Zelda series, has taken on a dizzying array of enemies over the last 25 years. Everything from Octoroks and Skulltulas, to the grotesque Ganon and even a dark version of Link himself have been felled by the Master Sword's blade.

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Dec 12, 2011

'Rayman Origins' imply-say erfect-pay
Rayman creator Michel Ancel deserves a hearty thank you - heck, he deserves a slap on the back and a giant hug - for his latest creation, Rayman Origins.

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Nov 29, 2011

'Forza 4' a race anyone can finish
By all accounts, it's a wonder simulation games exist at all as a racing sub-genre. Sims feel so niche, with their focus on spending time in virtual garages while tweaking engine and suspension settings, mixing and matching paint jobs and decals, or putting vehicles you spent dozens of hours of work into on the line in a single winner-takes-all race.

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Nov 21, 2011

Attack of the Kirby clones
There are certain rules in Nintendo-dom that simply can't be broken. Mario jumps, Link swings the Master Sword, Samus shoots from her trusty arm cannon, and Little Mac trains in his pink jumpsuit.

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Nov 11, 2011

'Driver: San Francisco' a real treat
Driving video games can be separated into two types: simulators, and everything else. The former puts a focus on minute realism, vehicle customization, jaw-dropping graphics and accurate physics. The latter typically throws all of that out the window, and no game proves this point more than Driver: San Francisco.

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Oct 26, 2011

Sony uwraps gaming goodness
If Sony's Holiday show was any indication, Santa's sack is gonna be full this December. With titles for the PS3 and yet to be released PlayStation Vita, Sony flooded the scene with releases to satisfy any and every gamer.

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Oct 12, 2011

Strange journey ends in 'Resistance 3'
Few Playstation 3-exclusive series are as memorable as Insomniac Games' "Resistance". The first game was a launch title for the system in 2006 and is still a PS3 standout. The sequel, meanwhile, was mostly well-received but for some, didn't live up to the lofty expectations brought about by its predecessor.

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Sept 22, 2011

New 'Call of Juarez' is unforgiveable
Every so often, a game comes out that nearly defies explanation; a game that's in a class all its own. One can only wonder how a group of developers managed to put together something so ... mind-boggling.

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Aug 29, 2011

A new dimension for iconic 'Halo'
As Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary nears its release date, the people in charge of remaking the much beloved classic have more to show fans than a fresh coat of paint in the graphics department. In fact, what the folks at developer 343 Industries showed at the X'11 event in Toronto recently required a pair of 3D glasses.

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Aug 19, 2011

X'11 hints at big things to come
A lot of Microsoft's focus for the last year or so has been on its new Kinect motion-control system. It's clearly an attempt to take a piece of the casual market that so many other companies covet so dearly.

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Aug 9, 2011

Not enough meat in 'Mercenaries'
Everyone who finished Resident Evil 4 or 5 was treated to one of the best unlockable features ever put in a video game - the Mercenaries.

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July 18, 2011

'Shadows of the Damned' a twisted turn
For some people, subtlety is simply not an option. Salvador Dali had his melting clocks and lobster telephones, Robert Plant has his obvious and endless sexual innuendo, and Michael Bay has his extreme close-ups and nonstop explosions.

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June 29, 2011

New Transformers game doesn't have the touch
No one said it would be easy to follow up the greatest Transformers video game ever made, 2010's "War for Cybertron". If anyone could do it, though, it would be the developers of that game, High Moon Studios, right?

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June 17, 2011

New "Red Faction" falls apart
There's something to be said for simplicity - a horror movie without all the gore and fancy CGI; a roadster that doesn't need a fancy sound system, heated seats, and power everything; an acoustic guitar and a great voice.

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May 19, 2011

'Mortal Kombat' bloody great fun
The days of coin-ops are all but gone, but they won't soon be forgotten thanks to games like the new Mortal Kombat, which is a love letter to old-school gamers if ever there was one.

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May 12, 2011

'Crysis 2' needs a new plan
Despite being set in one of the most renowned cities on the entire planet, Crysis 2 often manages to be about as exciting - and unpredictable - as a trip to the corner store in Newark, New Jersey.

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Apr 19, 2011

'Uprising', 'Stacking' polar opposites
More than 20 years after the first Contra game was released, gamers get yet another entry in the series in the form of Hard Corps: Uprising. And two-plus decades later, the Contra staples are still there: the Spread Gun, the Konami code, and most importantly, an absolutely punishing difficulty.

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Apr 11, 2011

'Gears' begin to turn once again
It's been well over two years since Gears of War 2 launched, which is an eternity in gaming terms. How quickly gamers forget about everything that made that blockbuster so great. Horde mode, superb cover mechanics, visceral executions - there was a lot to love about the game.

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Mar 21, 2011

'Bulletstorm' brings the bravado
Just as every movie can't be Citizen Kane, The Godfather, or The King's Speech, not every video game can be Ico, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, or Half-Life 2.

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Feb 23, 2011

'Dead Space 2' screams silently
At first glance, Dead Space 2 has everything a horror game needs to be considered great - one of the most harrowing opening sequences ever made for a game, terrifying creatures, amazing lighting and sound effects that will have your pulse racing, and a handful of spectacular setpieces.

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Feb 14, 2011

3DS an eye-opener and then some
The release of Nintendo's new 3DS handheld is quickly approaching, and believe it or not, Nintendo seems to be doing its best to sell the system short.

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Jan 27, 2011

'Majin' pure magic
'Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom', developed by Game Republic, Inc., is many things. It's part platformer, part puzzle adventure, part co-operative action game. Above all, though, it is the ultimate bromance game.

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Jan 18, 2011

G4 Canada's 2010 Game of the Year Awards
Another year has come and gone and it is time for us to look back at the year that was. Some familiar faces returned and some exciting new ones graced us with their presence. 2010 was a year of unexpected successes and unpredictable flat-out failures. From the best to the worst, we submit our picks for your approval, amusement and a few cheap laughs.

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Dec 15, 2010

Newest 'Minis' is big on sharing
There have been some great video game rivalries to develop over the years - Ken vs. Ryu, Samus vs. Ridley, Mega Man vs. Dr. Wily, Kratos vs. his smile. The list goes on and on.

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Dec 1, 2010

'DJ Hero 2' turns the tables on convention
The DJ Hero franchise is to the music game genre what Nirvana was to rock music in the early 90's. Both DJ Hero and Nirvana brought something new and fresh to the table after years of music video game fans and rock fans, respectively, being force-fed the same stuff over and over again.

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Nov 17, 2010

Tickled pink with Kirby's new epic
There's no denying that Nintendo's playful pink puff of a mascot known as Kirby has sucked for far too long.

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Nov 5, 2010

'Limbo' stuck in the middle / Hydro Thunder Hurricane
It's happened dozens, if not hundreds of times before: someone tells you about a game that looks amazing, has rock-solid mechanics, and is downright fun as hell to play, but has no multiplayer and only takes about four or five hours to complete. Therefore, the reasoning goes, it's barely worth more than a rental.

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Oct 12, 2010

New 'Metroid' not quite super
It would be wise to get a few things out of the way right off the bat in regards to the latest game for one of Nintendo's many high-profile series, Metroid: Other M.

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Sept 28, 2010

'Reach' a towering achievement
It's been quite a ride for the Halo series under the control of developer Bungie, but there is absolutely no doubt that from top to bottom, Halo: Reach stands as the best entry in the series.

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Sept 7, 2010

'Sin' sequel formidable but fun
Are gamers still interested in earning high scores? Japanese developer Treasure is betting that they are with its latest hardcore shooter, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor.

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Aug 25, 2010

'Lost Planet 2' fails big
The tagline for Lost Planet 2 is 'kill big'. Turns out Capcom did a spectacular, monumental, and grandiose job at sabotaging its own game, a game that could have been one of the greatest action titles so far in the 21st century.

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Aug 6, 2010

A whole other Metroid universe
So you've put hundreds of hours into the 'Metroid Prime' series and can name off every boss, every weapon, and the placement of every secret powerup without breaking a sweat. You've scanned everything right down to the tiniest plant species and couldn't imagine another Metroid game without a first-person view. Well, if you're looking forward to the newest entry in the series, 'Metroid: Other M', you'd better forget everything you know and love from the 'Prime' series.

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July 5, 2010

Prognosis not good for 'Trauma Team'
The critically-lauded 'Trauma Center' series is four games young with the release of 'Trauma Team'. With it borrowing heavily off of popular hospital-based TV dramas like House, ER, and Grey's Anatomy, one could be forgiven for thinking the franchise is already jumping the shark.

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June 16, 2010

First taste of 'Crackdown 2' satisfies
The original 'Crackdown' was certainly one of the biggest surprises of 2007. Many people originally bought the game simply as a means to gain access to the Halo 3 beta. Yet a large number of people who played it were pleasantly surprised by the new IP that featured superhero-like cops that were able to wreak havoc in an open-world city.

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June 2, 2010

New 'Dead to Rights' is so wrong
What happens when you mix 'Gears of War', 'Robocop' and every heroic dog ever put on the big screen into one video game?

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May 26, 2010

'3D Dot Game Heroes' a one-dimensional homage
For those who grew up with a Nintendo Entertainment System and played the original 'Legend of Zelda' in its entirety over and over again, a visit to the original adventure across Hyrule is only a Wii Virtual Console download away.

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May 6, 2010

Wario not Ware-ing out his welcome
Most gamers know a good game when they play one and will appreciate it till the cows come home by investing hours upon hours into it, defending it from haters, and downloading add-on content.

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Apr 27, 2010

Bungie revamps with 'Reach'
The newest (and possibly last) Halo game from developer Bungie, 'Reach' and its upcoming multiplayer beta is the current talk of the town for players on Halo 3, and like any Halo game, it has latched onto gamers' minds. This series has dominated Xbox Live for years and it all signs point to it continuing that trend with the upcoming Reach beta. Bungie's last two 'beta' projects have probably garnered more chatter than other full retail releases.

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Mar 30, 2010

'No More Heroes 2' a blood-soaked success
There's no tip-toeing around it - No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle is quite likely the strangest game that will be released in 2010. It has detached heads carrying conversations with the main character, a woman who narrates from a sex club, a boss battle with a football player that takes place in outer space and ... a cat exercise mini-game.

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Mar 18, 2010

An ending fit for a god
That ash-covered, tattooed, blade-wielding killing machine known as Kratos is back for one last adventure in God of War 3, and fans can rest assured knowing that this is a video game of mammoth proportions. It exceeds every expectation, and does what it's supposed to do perfectly. Jaws will drop and exclamations will be gasped as the ghost of Sparta takes on the most famous of characters from Greek mythology in his quest for revenge.

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Mar 11, 2010

Raining on this parade
'Heavy Rain' isn't so much a video game as it is an interactive movie. It's obvious that developer Quantic Dream is attempting to break down, in one fell swoop, the idea of what exactly a video game is and can be.

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Mar 5, 2010

New 'Zelda' game lacks real spirit
It's not easy being a game in the 'Zelda' canon. Gamers quite simply expect nothing more than utter excellence while playing as that sword-wielding boy in the green outfit.

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Feb 5, 2010

'Dark Void' needs a little more filling
It doesn't matter what industry you can think of, there's simply no denying the fact that consumers are in general a fickle bunch, and tend to latch onto whatever's popular.

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Jan 22, 2010

New 'Army of Two' has split personality
It's difficult to argue the immense popularity of co-operative gameplay these days. It's being added to seemingly every other title, spanning what feels like every genre there is.

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Jan 14, 2010

Not your everyday assassin
Finally! An open-world third person action game set in Italy during the Renaissance, with a storyline that involves everything from the ancient group known as the Knights Templar, to travelling through centuries-old memories using a machine that would fit perfectly in a movie like The Matrix.

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Dec 16, 2009

OMGOW - what a collection!
Subtlety has never been a strong suit of the God of War series, so we'll just come right out and say it - the God of War Collection for PlayStation 3 is pound-for-pound one of the best deals you can find on any current-generation hardware.

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Nov 27, 2009

Bros. slip in new mini-RPG
As lighthearted as most games featuring the famous Mario and Luigi are, the handheld RPG games featuring the two Italian plumbers are especially known for their sense of humour, ludicrous plots and memorable characters.

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Nov 11, 2009

'Borderlands' wicked in more ways than one
Fire up your high-definition console of choice, let Borderlands load, and as the slide guitar from Cage the Elephant's groovy track 'Ain't No Rest for the Wicked' emanates from your speakers, it'll be instantly apparant that this game is going to be quite the departure for Gearbox Software, developers of the sombre Brothers in Arms series.

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Oct 26, 2009

'Uncharted 2' a spectacle like every other
In a year where holiday gaming blockbusters are surprisingly few and far between, Naughty Dog's 'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' is most certainly a standout. You may not remember it quite so easily once Santa comes around next year, but it's still a game that should make your wish list if you're a PS3 owner.

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Oct 13, 2009

Bizarre 'Muramasa' has a certain edge
The quirky Wii exclusive 'Muramasa: The Demon Blade' has no right being as addictive as it is. Made by Japanese developer Vanillaware, the game is full of odd characters, nonsensical dialogue, and boss fights that are just plain weird. The combat isn't terribly deep and the RPG elements are shallow.

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Sept 15, 2009

Batman flies high in 'Arkham Asylum'
The story takes us to the insane asylum from the game's title, where Batman is helping Gotham police escort the Joker after an apparently all-too-easy arrest. Batman is wary from the get-go, wondering why the Joker seemed so easy to capture. It's not long at all before the guano hits the fan and the Joker has escaped deep into Arkham Asylum. It's up to Batman to find him and take him in.

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Sept 1, 2009

A retro gaming Complex
'Shadow Complex' comes to the Xbox 360 courtesy of developer Chair Entertainment (makers of 'Undertow') and Gears of War creator Epic Games (which produced the title). Though at first glance it looks like a lot more than a basic run-jump-shoot-collect side-scroller, that's in essence exactly what it is. Think Super Metroid with an extremely glossy coat of paint.

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Aug 19, 2009

'Dark Corners' worth exploring
Epic Games has done something a little different with its newest downloadable add-on pack for its Xbox 360-exclusive hit 'Gears of War 2'. The 'Dark Corners' DLC doesn't just include new maps (seven, to be exact), it also includes a deleted scene from the campaign mode.

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July 14, 2009

Handheld 'Guitar Hero' loses lustre
Before the current Battle of the Peripherals being waged in living rooms across the world, music games were a lot more simple. Before drums and turntables, gamers would rock out with one instrument and one instrument only - the guitar.

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June 22, 2009

'inFAMOUS' is exCELLENT
inFamous starts mysteriously enough. Set inside the fictional Empire City, the game begins with a massive explosion that levels the entire city. The main character, Cole, wakes up with electrical powers that he has no idea how he got.

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June 11, 2009

'ExciteBots' equals excellence
For those who may have missed that gem, fret not. 'ExciteBots: Trick Racing', the spiritual successor to Excite Truck, has been released for the Wii, and is developed by Monster Games, the developer of the original.

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May 26, 2009

'Pikmin' as stunning as it ever was
It's not shocking to find a select number of games every year that are completely underrated. These releases aren't usually given a lot of fanfare compared to other AAA games, but are critically acclaimed and loved by the relatively small number of people who end up playing them.

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May 8, 2009

'Riddick' assaults a new generation of gamers
With such an intriguing video game alter ego, it's a mystery why Vin Diesel would ever want to go back to the big screen and rehash his character in the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, or any other for that matter.

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April 8, 2009

'Killzone 2' is a beast with beauty
If it's one video game genre that seems to get more attention than any other, it's the first person shooter genre. It seems every developer on the planet is looking for the next big FPS.

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March 16, 2009

The good, the bad, and the Evil
There's a lot of talk about how the Resident Evil series has moved away from its 'survival horror' roots. The games in the series are now less about hoarding what little ammo you can find, taking out slow, plodding zombies, and solving strange environmental puzzles, and more about bigger weapons, epic battles and extremely smart enemies.

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March 3, 2009

Damned good
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is without a doubt some of the best downloadable content to come out in a long time and definitely worth the price of admission.

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Dec 15, 2008

Nothing new to see with 'City Folk'
LittleBigPlanet begins simply enough. You're introduced to the game's protagonist - the endlessly adorable Sackboy - and then whisked off to the first of several levels. The first few act as training, teaching you how to do things like jump, grab, and fly, but you're quickly thrust into the real levels, where you begin amassing stickers, costumes, vehicles and other items.

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Nov 17, 2008

LittleBigPlanet is just heavenly
LittleBigPlanet begins simply enough. You're introduced to the game's protagonist - the endlessly adorable Sackboy - and then whisked off to the first of several levels. The first few act as training, teaching you how to do things like jump, grab, and fly, but you're quickly thrust into the real levels, where you begin amassing stickers, costumes, vehicles and other items.

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Nov 7, 2008

War rages; 'Gears 2' reigns supreme
To say that the original Gears of War was important for the Xbox 360 would be an understatement the size of a Brumak. 'Gears' was going head-to-head not just with other AAA games that year, but with two brand new consoles from Sony and Nintendo, the Playstation 3 and Wii, respectively.

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Nov 3, 2008

'Fable 2' an extraordinary tale
Is the Xbox 360-exclusive Fable 2 worthy of being one of those games that you spend your hard-earned money on this holiday, or can it wait until a much slower time in the gaming world? Or should it be skipped altogether? We'll try to answer that right now.

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Oct 9, 2008

Pure racing bliss
In an industry where sequels are usually king and many publishers prefer to stick with what's safe, it's good to know that gamers can still be treated to a real sleeper hit every once in a while.

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Oct 3, 2008

LittleBigPlanet a masterpiece in the making; SOCOM only so-so
It's always a treat to walk into a grocery store and spy a 'free samples' table set up. You get to try something for free, pretend you're interested in buying some of whatever it is and walk away with no further commitment.

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Sept 15, 2008

Two remakes and an original
For gamers, summer usually means several months of lackluster titles, or a complete lack of games altogether. Thankfully, with every major home console currently embracing inexpensive downloadable games, and plenty of developers eager to take advantage of this opportunity to show their wares, gamers are the biggest winners.

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Aug 26, 2008

'Too Human' too addictive
The following is a game review for the new Xbox 360-exclusive action game 'Too Human'. It isn't a review of the development cycle of the game. It isn't a review of the developers who made the game at Silicon Knights, and it most certainly isn't a review of Silicon Knights' president and current whipping boy of gamers the world over, Denis Dyack.

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July 31, 2008

Patience a virtue with stellar 'Ninja Gaiden II'
For anyone who has ever played a Ninja Gaiden game (yes, even the ones released on the NES years ago), it's no secret that they're difficult. Very, very difficult. But that's not a bad thing. It's almost a badge of honour players wear when they manage to complete one of these bad boys.

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July 16, 2008

A Solid contender for game of the year
Solid, Otacon, Meryl, and the rest of the gang in the Metal Gear series all make it out one last time for the epic finale on the Playstation 3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

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April 30, 2008

A Prologue to greatness on PS3
It's not surprising that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue had plenty of detractors before it was released. From a typical gamer's perspective, it looked like they were being asked to pay a good chunk of change for what sounded like a demo, which are typically released every week free of charge.

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April 25, 2008

One for the ages, one for the aged on 360's Arcade
There's no need to dance around the fact that Ikaruga is quite possibly the best game on Xbox Live Arcade, as well as the most difficult. This gem first appeared in 1995 on the Dreamcast and later appeared on the GameCube.

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March 25, 2008

New 'Rainbow' is sinfully good
What could have been a simple expansion pack for the latest Rainbow Six adventure has turned out to be a full-blown sequel, and instead of feeling like we're just getting a rehash of what happened in Vegas back in 2006, it feels like a whole new game.

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March 12, 2008

'Rainbow' rocks Vegas again
The way the developers of Rainbow Six Vegas 2 talk, you'd think the upcoming sequel to last year's hit would be taking place in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.

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February 16, 2008

Turok makes a thundering return
The new Turok is simplicity at its finest, right down to its name. If you enjoy A) shooting guns or B) dinosaurs, then you owe it to yourself to give this game a try.

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February 15, 2008

Doomed to the bargain bin
It's rare for a game sequel to get things so wrong as in Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom. Whereas previous entries in the series had you controlling several troops in a real-time strategy setting, 'CoD' has you controlling one character in a hack n' slash (and I use that term loosely) free-for-all, with some role-playing elements scattered here and there.

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February 12, 2008

Wii ready to host a massive Brawl
The brawl to end them all? A video game tagline may never be so fitting.

G4 Tech TV Canada had a chance to sit down and play a near-final build of Nintendo's 'Super Smash Bros. Brawl', the latest in the series of uber-popular fighters, and it's shaping up to be an insanely fun, mind-bogglingly huge title.

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February 06, 2008

The List's 4 surefire Xbox Live Arcade games
G4 TechTV Canada had a chance to sit down with a a number of newly- or soon-to-be-released Xbox Live Arcade games recently and came away so thoroughly impressed, we had to list 'em all off for you. Here are four games that are sure to be hits in 2008.

 

January 18, 2008

The List's Most Anticipated Games of 2008
It was a banner year for video games in 2007, but 2008 could easily give it a run for its money with some of the most anticipated games in recent memory. But besides the blockbusters that everyone that doesn't live on the moon is aware of, there are plenty of smaller games that should gain a lot of attention in the next 12 months.

 

January 09, 2008

G4 Canada’s Game of the Year Awards
So there was quite a lot to plow through in 2007 and the holiday period especially had game reviewers pulling their hair out when their hands weren't attached to their controllers, but G4 Canada's John Powell and Daniel Barron have crowned winners in several Game-of-the-Year categories

 

December 02, 2007

Zombies and crossbows and wars, oh my!
Well, this Christmas, it looks like shooter fans will be going into overdrive with all kinds of choices on the Wii. Here is a quick run through of three of the most high profile shooters you'll find for the holidays.

 

November 30, 2007

The Lists guide to holiday game shopping
As a gamer who spent many Christmases and birthdays trying to explain the nuances of why the Xbox is good and the N-Gage is bad to a less-than-informed mother, I understand that it isn't easy for a non-gamer to simply walk into a store and know the difference between a good game and a bad one. Which is why I have decided to write a very simple and very specific guide to what is a good bet for your gaming daughter or son, and what to avoid at all costs.

 

November 30, 2007

'Contra 4' one of the best DS games yet
Contra 4 is a return to the side-scrolling style of the first three games in the series. It's pure 2D shoot-'em-up fun from beginning to end, and it barely lets up for even a moment through its nine levels.

 

November 24, 2007

Super Mario Galaxy' flies high
Super Mario Galaxy is not perfect. In fact, it's not Game of the Year. Nonetheless, it dishes out massive doses of platforming fun, making it an easy recommendation for anyone who owns a Wii and knows a thing or two about gaming.

 

November 20, 2007

A LoLo for the 21st century
Third party developers take notice: it is possible to make games for Nintendo's Wii that aren't A) pathetic ports with even more pathetic controls or B) mindless minigame collections.

 

November 14, 2007

Where to now, Mega Man?
It's the 20th anniversary of the Mega Man series this year, and it seems ironic that the game to celebrate this milestone does nothing new to add to the series.

 

October 25, 2007

A web-slingingly good time
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe is easy. Some may say a little too easy. In fact, I'm still not sure if it's actually possible to die and end your game in 'FoF', but it really doesn't matter. Because this game is all about non-stop action, awesome, high-flying moves and one-liners that will have you laughing out loud.

 

October 17, 2007

The Top 5 Zelda games
With the release of the latest Legend of Zelda game - Phantom Hourglass for Nintendo DS - I thought it was the perfect time to rate the top Zelda games ever made. I'll tell you right now that you'll notice a glaring omission here, that being Ocarina of Time. I'll tell you now that I never did finish that game, though for what it's worth I have had more fun with a lot of the other titles in the series on my list.

 

October 12, 2007

Mini-Zelda a fun little romp
In true Nintendo fashion, the company waited quite a long time for a brand new Zelda title to appear on the DS. With the exception of Twilight Princess, fans have always been forced to wait patiently for Zelda games to appear on new Nintendo systems. But is Phantom Hourglass worth the wait?

 

October 05, 2007

Three best and worst things about Halo 3
With Halo 3 finally getting released, I thought I'd take some time to look back at the three best and three worst things about this year's biggest gaming release. It's not the best game to be released (and there's a lot more competition coming in the months before January), but there's always plenty to say about the Halo world.

 

October 03, 2007

‘Halo 3’ a powerful online force
Halo 3 is finally here, and the fight is far finished, folks.

 

October 01, 2007

The sky’s the limit in ‘Warhawk’
It seems the open skies are where it's at for online gaming. Warhawk is the Playstation 3's first big online-only game, and the first game to truly show how robust Sony's Playstation Network can be.

 

September 21, 2007

Top five video game movies
Movies and games. Games and movies. History tells us they don't go together quite as well as peanut butter and jelly or Mario and Luigi, but that won't stop film studios from making 'em, though.

 

September 14, 2007

'Lair' nothing more than a four-letter word
Lair is not an epic. More accurately, it is a failure of epic proportions. What was supposed to be one of the first huge Playstation 3 exclusives to prove that this mammoth system was worth its weight in pixels, instead has become easily one of the worst games that the 'next generation' of games has to offer.

 

September 10, 2007

NHL 2K8 sticks it to the pros
The NHL is going through all kinds of changes. New superstars like Crosby, Ovechkin and the Staal brothers are quickly making their mark on the ice. New features like the shootout, and the dropping of old rules like the two-line pass are changing the way the game is played. And new uniforms are popping up faster than Leafs haters in Ottawa.

 

September 06, 2007

The Top 5 Offline Multiplayer Games of All Time
With the release of Halo 3 inching ever-closer, I thought it would make sense to write a 'Best Of' list of the top multiplayer games of all-time. To switch things up a bit, though, I wanted to list the best games that DIDN'T have any online capabilities. Just a split screen or link cable seperating the men from the boys (and girls from the women).

 
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