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Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer

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I've been meaning to get to this game for a while now. Not because it's been out for some time, but because I really loathe it. Side-scrolling action games for Xbox Live Arcade, Wii Virtual Console and PlayStation Network seem to be the chic thing nowadays, but it's amazing how painfully mediocre most of them are. It's obvious to me that with Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer, the developers were out to make the ultimate side-scrolling shooter.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 33: Roger Ebert Again and Games with Great Storytelling

Why do so few video games have truly great stories? We have some suggestions for developers and share some of our favorites. Plus: Roger Ebert breaks our hearts, and Chi and Tim finally have a reason to talk about Wing Commander. Brad is thrilled! Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Likely Going To Hell" Gallaway, Richard Naik, and Tim Spaeth.

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Has Activision killed the golden goose with the Infinity Ward firings?

83% (615 votes)
17% (127 votes)
Total votes: 742

Just Cause 2 Review

A Nice Place to Visit, but...

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HIGH Insane chopper-to-chopper grappling hook action.

LOW The sheer number of missions to finish before credits roll.

WTF Falling 10,000 feet and grappling towards the ground for safety.

Section 8 Second Opinion

No Relation to the Federal Low-Income Housing Subsidy

Section 8 Screenshot

HIGH Finding my depth in the online multiplayer.

LOW The armored walkers are nightmarishly unbalanced.

WTF I know manuals are for noobs, but I would've still appreciated one with the DLC version of the game.

3D Dot Game Heroes Review

Because True Heroes Dream in 3D

3D Dot Game Heroes Screenshot

HIGH: Seeing the huge full-power sword for the first time.

LOW: The dungeon play can get a little monotonous.

WTF: Seriously, that sword is friggin' huge.

God of War III: A disappointing finale

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In between dissertation writing sessions, I recently managed to eek out enough time to play through God of War III. I purchased my Ultimate Edition copy the day it came out, and I just couldn't hold off any longer. I consider the first two God of War games to be the best action games of their kind and I was dying to see how the series wrapped up.

Be warned, spoilers abound.

Why does game storytelling have such low standards?

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Screenshot

Storytelling is an art form in and of itself, just like painting or music. And of all the art forms that comprise video games, story is often at the low end on the totem of importance. This is perfectly acceptable to me-games are more often than not held up by mechanical and/or aesthetic components, leaving the story as icing on the cake. However, this does not mean that any game that even attempts to have a deep and/or dynamic story can automatically be heralded as storytelling mastery.

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