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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Review

Jets!

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Screenshot

HIGH The greatest quick time event of 2011. It's fantastic. There's no better way to end a game.

LOW The bombing run mode repeatedly failing to activate.

WTF Jets with regenerating health? What?

Battlefield 3 Review

Two Halves of a Trick Coin

Battlefield 3 Screenshot

HIGH Driving a tank, running into an enemy tank, frantically trying to shoot each other, and then getting out and destroying both tanks with rockets.

LOW I have to launch the game through a web page? Is this 1998?

WTF OH MY GOD GUYS COME LOOK I'M FLYING THE HELICOPTER I'M SO COOL *crash*

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Kellee Santiago, Part Two

Here's our second episode of State of Play with Brandon Bales!

In this episode, we discuss with Kellee Santiago more about thatgamecompany's "Big Idea," as well as pretty much everything there is to say about their last hit game, Flower.

And next week: we discuss their delicious upcoming PSN-exclusive, Journey!

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Kellee Santiago, Part One

Welcome to the first episode of State of Play.

This show is a new voice in the gaming journalism world. Our interviews are long-form, personal, and in-depth. You should check it out, as I don't think there's much like it on the web right now.

Our first interview is with Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany, creators of the iconic Flow, Flower, and (the upcoming) Journey. In it, we discuss their company, their philosophies, and their first game, Cloud. If you like what you see, stay tuned: upcoming interviews will include Jonathan Blow and David Jaffe.

I am so super-excited to launch this show, as it's been a real labor of love.

How Jace Stratton nearly ruined Gears of War 3

Gears of War 3 Screenshot

While it's hardly high art, Gears 3 generally manages to craft a satisfying enough experience—except in one regard. For some odd reason Epic Games made the strange decision to saddle Marcus not just with his usual team of cohorts (Dom, Baird, and The Cole Train), but to also add in some new characters as well. The additions of female characters Anya and Sam to the mix works out well enough, but the decision to add Jace Stratton to the team is a disaster.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Second Opinion

Space? Where? All I've Seen is this Ugly Planet

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Screenshot

HIGH Combining the jetpack and war hammer for devastating results.

LOW The overwhelming sense of boredom that came over me when there was still six hours of game left.

WTF Does anyone honestly think that that giant armor looks cool?

Rage Review

A Beautiful Waste

Rage Screenshot

HIGH The Dead City section is a varied high point in the campaign.

LOW The end of the final mission is a turpid joke.

WTF Who races a "time trial" once the Apocalypse has gone down?

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Review

Crates for the Crate Throne!

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Screenshot

HIGH Charging across a bridge to take on the forces of Chaos with a squad of marines at my back.

LOW The disappointing final boss is a wave fight in a boring arena followed by a quick-time event.

WTF All these slow-moving platform elevators and no ambushes on them?

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Review

You Will Die and You Will Like It

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Screenshot

HIGH: The frantic struggle after walking smack into an enemy player in a small enclosed area.

LOW: Locking most of the tutorial missions based on completion of the single player campaign.

WTF: Killing myself and a teammate with a bomb that I thought was an ammo box.

Portal 2 Third Opinion

There Better be Some Cheese at the End of this Maze

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH Sabotaging a turret assembly line for hilarious results.

LOW A series of giant test rooms where the challenge stems from spotting the portal-able wall.

WTF How do you "freshen up" carbon dioxide, GLaDOS?

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