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Video: Sonic Unleashed speed run illustrates Sonic's former glory

After the launch of Sega's ridiculous Sonic and the Black Knight, it is fitting that I came across this video (posted on Sega's PR blog no less). It is a speed run done in Sonic Unleashed for the PlayStation 3, by an unknown Japanese gamer who displayed a level of skill and reflexes in the game that definitely deserved recording and saving for prosperity.

In the level, the unknown player puts Sonic through his paces at breakneck speed. From the word "GO!", he is a blue blur and more amazingly, the world around him is nothing but a beige blur. Okay it is just a speed run, but when you watch enough of them starring Sonic, and especially those taken from the new Sonic titles, if you're like me, you get an intense feeling of nostalgia.

Lit Review

Casting light, though slightly dimmed

Lit Screenshot

HIGH Unique premise, strong visual style.

LOW Finicky controls, frustrating rooms with repeated deaths.

WTF Who did the atrociously poor job of wiring the school?

Lit

Deadly Creatures Review

It's what entomologists dream about

Deadly Creatures Screenshot

HIGH One of the few titles that explores the untapped insect kingdom.

LOW Not enough time spent terrorizing households.

WTF No multiplayer fight mode? The game screams for it.

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Review

"Remember kids, licensed video games are NEVER good." - Strong Bad

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People

HIGH Teen Girl Squad choose-your-own adventure mini-games.

LOW Metal detector use gets a little tedious.

WTF All the WTFs are acknowledged and made fun of by Strong Bad at some point.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 10: God Hand, River City Ransom, Streets of Rage 2

When we asked you to pick any game for us to discuss, we certainly didn't expect you to pick God Hand. But you did, so we did. Plus, what makes a critic a critic, Streets of Rage 2 (no, that's not a typo), and at long last, Chi Kong Lui on River City Ransom. Warning: This episode contains a revelation that will BLOW YOUR MIND. Featuring Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim Spaeth.

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The formula for a good game

Call of Duty 4

The great film director Howard Hawks once said that "A good movie has three great scenes and no bad ones." Lately, I've taken to pondering how this sentiment might apply to video games.

When I think about big cinematic games like God of War, Resident Evil 4, Call of Duty 4, and Metal Gear Solid 4 (damn, that's a lot of games with "4" in the title), I think the formula holds. These are all games that, for me anyway, never really had any bad parts, and had at least three great segments that really stand out in my memory. I can still vividly recall fighting the giant hydra, clashing knives with Krauser, getting hit by a nuclear blast wave, and riding a motorcycle through an eastern European city. I'm a sucker for games that give me only a few amazing moments, even if the rest of the game never rises above being merely not bad.

The Horror Geek presents: Dead Space: Extraction officially announced

Wow, a game for the Wii I'd actually play (and isn't a GameCube game or something on the virtual console). What the f**k is up with that? What's next? Original horror movies?

Anyway, Electronic Arts officially confirms Dead Space: Extraction, a Wii-based prequel to the popular survival horror game Dead Space. Even better, it's slated for release this fall. Speaking about the title this morning, VP and General Manager of EA's Redwood Studios had this to say about the game:

"We could not be more excited to extend Dead Space into an experience exclusive to the Wii. Nintendo has a wonderful history in the horror genre and we are thrilled to build on that tradition with Dead Space Extraction. As we were developing Dead Space, we realized that there was so much of the story going untold. Dead Space Extraction tells that story with all of the intensity, blood and gore that fans would expect."

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