Review
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist

Let's just get this out of the way: Sam Fisher is no longer being voiced by Michael Ironside, and that sucks. I'm comfortable calling Ironside's work one of the most iconic performances in the gaming industry (yes, more so than David Hayter as Solid Snake), and the actor's absence leaves a gaping hole in the series that, unfortunately, his replacement can't fill. Eric Johnson mutters, mumbles and murmurs his way through the entire script, reducing one of the most memorable protagonists of the last two generations to a guy who sounds like he needs his coffee. And let's face it – Splinter Cell has always been a bland mix of indecipherable government lingo and eye-rolling spy movies clichés. It was Fisher's gravelly menace and dark sense of humor that kept us engaged in what was going on, and

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Review
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

There are approximately a million things that I love about Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and I'm hesitant to tell you about any of them. It's not that I'm worried about spoiling the story, either – there really aren't any big twists or unexpected developments, and the whole game is presented as an Odyssean adventure, a string of miniature escapades that's more about the journey than the destination. That's the thing, though. Developer Starbreeze uses the basic setup, vibrant setting and unique control scheme as jumping-off points for a healthy chunk of the year's most memorable sequences, and every chapter stands out in a unique way. The game's biggest strength is its capacity to surprise you – be it with clever puzzles, some shockingly morbid subject material or even its occasionally jaw-

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Opinion
The unbearable imperfections of Lost Planet 2

Lost Planet 2 is not perfect. Which is really disappointing. How is it that Capcom makes a game so good, but they can't be bothered to go that little bit of extra distance to make it perfect? Are they lazy? Negligent? Oblivious? Just teasing us? We may never know. We can only consider the missed opportunity that is Lost Planet 2.

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Opinion
The sins of Alpha Protocol

Why didn't Alpha Protocol, last year's best RPG/shooter hybrid, find its place on more "best of the year" lists? The easy answer is that a) people liked other games better, and b) who cares? But as a bona fide, card-carrying, state-certified, legally designated Alpha Protocol apologist, I'd like to consider a few reasons it didn't find a wider audience among the dudes who adored Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and other highly glossy, middling fare that earned big bucks and stratospheric Metacritic scores.

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Opinion
Games for Lunch: Rock Band 3

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developer: Harmonix
Publisher: EA
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2010
Systems: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3, Wii
ESRB Rating: T
Official Web site

In a nutshell: The piano, man.

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Opinion
Games for Lunch: Super Meat Boy

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developer: Team Meat
Publisher: Team Meat
Release Date: Oct. 20, 2010
Systems: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PC, Mac, Wii
ESRB Rating: Teen
Official Web site

In a nutshell: There’s meat juice EVERYWHERE!

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Review
Fallout: New Vegas

I should warn you this is going to be a bumpie ried. If I were to write a review the way Obsidian has made Fallout: New Vegas, ev

I should warn you this is going to be a bumpie ried. If I were to write a review the way Obsidian has made Fallout: New Vegas, I'd just stop typing every so often. Then you'd have to

If I were to write a review the way Obsidian has made Fallout: New Vegas, I'd just stop typing every so often. Then you'd have to back up and read the same bit agin. And then I'd get half way in and just stop writing.

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