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‘Madden NFL 15’ scores on new consoles

Photo provided by EA Sports -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in 'Madden NFL 15,' which tosses players into a high-stakes playoff showdown.

If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you’d think the league was in serious trouble. Instead, it’s more popular than ever, and “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99) is here to remind you why. It tosses you right… Continue reading →

‘Valiant Hearts’ a grim WWI tribute

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The 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I has been relatively subdued, without much of the ceremony one would expect around such a historic date. Oddly enough, the most stirring tribute I’ve seen has come in the form of a video game — one that fully appreciates the grim ironies of “the war to end… Continue reading →

Nintendo’s ‘Tomodachi’ colorful but dull

Photo provided by Nintendo -- The game 'Tomodachi Life' has been a huge hit in Japan since its release last year.

Japanese imports have a mixed record of success in the United States. Sure, Americans love karaoke and Hello Kitty. Sumo wrestling and fugu, not so much. So while Nintendo has made a fortune selling Mario, Pokemon and dozens of other video-game heroes to us, not everything makes it safely across the Pacific. “Tomodachi Life” (Nintendo, for… Continue reading →

‘EA Sports UFC’ a respectable first round for EA

Photo provided by Electronic Arts -- 'EA Sports UFC'' comes in eighth on Game Informer's Top 10 games list this month.

After the closure of “UFC Undisputed” publisher THQ, it’s been a few years since gamers have been able to set foot in the virtual octagon of the most famous mixed martial arts brand. The ability to grapple with a video game controller is back, this time from an entirely new game publisher… Continue reading →

‘Murdered’ spins a spirited mystery

Photo provided by Square Enix -- The new video game 'Murdered: Soul Suspect' is, in some ways, a refreshingly old-fashioned mystery.

Death is rarely permanent in video games. Whether you’re Mario, Lara Croft or Master Chief, no matter how many times you get “killed,” you can always dust yourself off and leap back into the fray. That’s not the case for Detective Ronan O’Connor, who’s dead from the very start of “Murdered: Soul Suspect” (Square Enix, for… Continue reading →

Ubisoft cracks the code with ‘Watch Dogs’

Photo provided by Ubisoft --The video game thriller 'Watch Dogs' is an open-world game which casts players as Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago.

Since it was dramatically unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo two years ago, the hacking thriller “Watch Dogs” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, $59.99) has been called many things: a game for the Edward Snowden era, “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Hackers,” overhyped and revolutionary. In… Continue reading →

Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart 8’ defies gravity

Photo provided by Nintendo -- The video game 'Mario Kart 8' features 32 racetracks: 16 new ones and 16 repurposed from previous games and upgraded to high definition.

“Mario Kart” is one of those rare video game series that truly everyone in the family can enjoy. Little kids love its energy and silliness, while even the grouchiest geezer can figure out how to drive a go-kart. Heck, even Tony Soprano played it. “Mario Kart 8” (Nintendo, for the Wii U, $59.99) lives up to… Continue reading →

Alternate-history Nazis cry ‘Wolfenstein’

Photo provided by Bethesda Softworks -- Resistance fighters battle German troops in Nazi-occupied London in a scene from 'Wolfenstein: The New Order.'

As Indiana Jones once said: “Nazis. I hate those guys.” From classic World War II shooters like the original “Call of Duty” and “Medal of Honor” to this year’s farcical “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” Nazis have made dependable video-game villains. The trend dates back to 1981’s “Castle Wolfenstein,” an Apple II stealth game that… Continue reading →

‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4

Photo provided by Sony -- The players look more realistic than ever in 'MLB 14: The Show.'

The first edition of a sports game on a new console is like the first game in a new stadium: The place looks great, but management may not yet have worked out the kinks at the ticket lines or the concession stands. “MLB 14: The Show” (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99) is no exception. In… Continue reading →

‘Child of Light’ a luminous fairy tale

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- 'Child of Light' ranks at No. 2 on Game Informer's Top 10 list of Wii U games for May.

“Child of Light” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, $14.99) doesn’t look like any other video game. With its seemingly hand-drawn characters and watercolor backgrounds, it more closely resembles a children’s picture book, the kind your mom would read to you before bedtime. It’s a fitting look, since “Child… Continue reading →

‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real deal

Photo provided by Blizzard Entertainment -- 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' couldn’t be any less like its parent, the massively multiplayer online role-playing behemoth 'World of Warcraft.'

Video game publishers don’t take many risks with their most popular franchises. You know exactly what you are going to get from a new “Call of Duty” or “Madden NFL” game — it will probably be pretty good, but won’t offer any surprises. That’s part of what makes “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” (Blizzard Entertainment, for… Continue reading →

‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experience

Photo provided by Microsoft -- Microsoft hopes its new 'Kinect Sports Rivals' compels Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus.

When the Xbox One was unveiled last year, Microsoft boasted the Xbox 360 successor would feature an updated — and mandatory — version of its camera-based Kinect sensor with more accurate movement tracking and voice detecting. Then, when the Xbox One was released last November, there were hardly any games that actually… Continue reading →

‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle super

Photo provided by Sony Computer Entertainment America -- A scene unfolds in Sony's new video game, 'inFamous: Second Son.'

Ah, Seattle, home of a thousand coffee shops, almost as many tech startups and the loudest fans in the NFL. Also, gangs of armed drug dealers, an oppressive paramilitary presence and a handful of superpowered rabble-rousers. Deslin Rowe, the star of “infamous: Second Son” (Sony, for the PlayStation 4, $59.99), is one of those malcontents. He’s… Continue reading →

‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a game

Photo provided by Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment -- A scene unfolds in the frenetic video game, 'Titanfall,'

I fear I won’t survive. My vision is blurred. I’m being chased by a pistol-packing militia member across the rooftops of an abandoned neighborhood. He’s already shot me. One more shot and I might be dead. Then I hear: “Your Titan is ready to drop. Signal when ready.” I point to a… Continue reading →

‘South Park’ Raunchy new game has its humor

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- A scene is featured from the video game 'South Park: The Stick of Truth.'

Remember when “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humor and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you’ll have some idea of what you should expect from “South Park: The Stick of Truth” (Ubisoft, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,… Continue reading →

‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gems

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Video games are filled with scenarios where the only solution is to blast your way out. That’s why I have a soft spot for “stealth” games like “Metal Gear Solid,” “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” and 2012’s brilliant “Dishonored.” There’s something more mentally stimulating about finding ways to outwit your enemies without filling them with lead. In… Continue reading →

Shaq seeking funding for new ‘Shaq Fu’ video game

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaq wants to be back in a video game. Shaquille O’Neal says he’s seeking redemption for “Shaq Fu,” his infamous fighting game originally released in 1994 that’s now considered to be among the worst games ever made. The four-time NBA champion is launching a crowd-funding campaign to create a “Shaq Fu” follow-up titled… Continue reading →

Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’

Photo provided by Nintendo -- A scene unfolds in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze,' which provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for.

Donkey Kong: He jumps. He punches. He swings on vines and swims with sharks. He wears a monogrammed necktie. He’s kind of boring. Still, “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” (Nintendo, for the Wii U, $49.99) provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for. As with its predecessor, 2010’s “Donkey… Continue reading →

‘Wii Fit U,’ ‘Xbox Fitness’ feel the burn

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- 'Just Dance 2014' features the return of the series' 'just sweat' mode, which counts calories as players shake their groove thangs.

While video game consoles can’t help users save money or stop smoking — yet, anyway — there are a few recently released games that can help with the most popular of New Year’s resolutions: exercise. Here’s a look at four titles that offer an alternative to working out at the gym or… Continue reading →

N.Y. man secures Guinness title with 10,607 video games

Photo provided by BRIANNA BLANK -- Michael Thomasson poses in the basement of his suburban Buffalo home, where he stores his collection of video games. Thomasson is featured in the just-released 'Guinness World Records 2014 Gamers Edition,' for having the largest collection of video games, 10,607.

Maybe it was getting his first video game, “Cosmic Avenger,” for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.… Continue reading →

AP critics pick the year’s best video games

Photo provided by 2K Games/Irrational Games -- The character Elizabeth is shown in a scene from the video game '

The top 10 video games of 2013, according to Lou Kesten: 1. “BioShock Infinite” (Irrational Games, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC): The latest adventure from provocateur Ken Levine asks tough questions about the bloody path of American history. And it doesn’t provide easy answers — indeed, the more you learn about its setting,… Continue reading →

Mario back on the prowl in ‘3D World’

Photo provided by Nintendo -- 'Super Mario 3D World' tops Wii U games for January, according to Game Informer.

While Sony and Microsoft are spending this holiday season asking video-game players to invest in the future — namely, their respective new consoles, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One — Nintendo is reminding us of the great times it gave us in the past. Remember how much you enjoyed “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past”… Continue reading →

‘Rivals’ a fast, furious ‘Need for Speed’

Photo provided by Electronic Arts --A scene unfolds in the video game, 'Need for Speed: Rivals.'

LOS ANGELES — It’s no secret the light launch lineup for next-generation consoles leaves a little something to be desired. However, there’s at least one game that’s sure to get next-generation owners’ engines running — and their eyes bugging out. It’s the dazzling street racer “Need for Speed: Rivals” (Electronic Arts, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox… Continue reading →

‘Link Between Worlds’ a ‘Zelda’ with depth

Photos provided by Nintendo -- These four screenshots are from the new video game, 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,' from Nintendo.

LOS ANGELES — For nearly three decades, spikey-eared hero Link has captained a boat, mastered a magic flute and flown a giant bird in the name of rescuing Princess Zelda from dastardly foes. In his latest quest, he’s morphing into walls. That may sound like a flat development for the wholly untarnished “Legend of Zelda” franchise, but it’s as… Continue reading →

A look at what next-next-gen games could offer

Photo provided by Valve -- A scene is shown from the teleporting puzzle game 'Portal 2.' Games that bend the rules of space and time were among the topics discussed at the Game Developers Conference Next at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 5-7.

Sony and Microsoft are launching their new super-powered consoles in the coming weeks. However, gamemakers at last week’s Game Developers Conference Next in Los Angeles were already contemplating outside-the-box innovations — from wearable controllers to illuminated living rooms — that might… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Link Between Worlds’ a ‘Zelda’ with depth

Photos provided by Nintendo -- These four screenshots are from the new video game, 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,' from Nintendo.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For nearly three decades, spikey-eared hero Link has captained a boat, mastered a magic flute and flown a giant bird in the name of rescuing Princess Zelda from dastardly foes. In his latest quest, he’s morphing into walls. That may sound like a flat development for the wholly untarnished “Legend of Zelda” franchise,… Continue reading →

‘Assassin’s Creed IV’ a swashbuckling romp

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- A scene unfolds in 'Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag,' now available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U.

Pirates have gotten a bad rap in 21st-century pop culture. There are the desperate, haggard pirates tangling with Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips.” Or the stumbling, soused Capt. Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Or even the freeloading pirates who destroyed the music business. “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (Ubisoft, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation… Continue reading →

Batman’s Christmas black-and-blue in ‘Origins’

Photo provided by Warner Bros. -- The Caped Crusader battles Firefly over the streets of Gotham in 'Batman: Arkham Origins.'

It’s Christmas Eve in Gotham City — not the merriest time to be Bruce Wayne. For one thing, he’s probably had enough of the “Jingle bells, Batman smells” carolers. This year, he’s having a particularly blue Christmas, for the nefarious crime boss Black Mask has put a $50 million bounty on his head. Perhaps Bruce… Continue reading →

New ‘Skylanders’ divide and conquer

Photo provided by Activision -- Two robots, Boom Jet and Magna Charge, switch body parts in 'Skylanders Swap Force,' the latest in the Skylander franchise.

As Activision’s Skylanders franchise has exploded in popularity, more parents have asked me: Is it as cool as it looks, or just an insidious plot to separate my kids from their allowances? Who says it can’t be both? Look, collectible toys have been around for most of our lifetimes, whether we’re talking about Barbie fashions,… Continue reading →

In ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ the spirit is weak

Photo provided by Sony -- A scene is shown from 'Beyond: Two Souls,'  a promising tale that gets bogged down in thriller cliches.

David Cage doesn’t care if you have fun. The lead designer of “Heavy Rain” and “Indigo Prophecy” has loftier goals for his video games. He wants them to make you feel something, and not just the adrenaline rush you might get from blasting hordes of alien invaders. He wants to make you sad, or nervous, or… Continue reading →

New ‘Grand Theft’ triples the intensity

Photo provided by Rockstar Games -- A scene unfolds in the new video game, 'Grand Theft Auto V.'

I had such a fun weekend. After seeing a movie, I went down to the beach to ride the roller coaster on the pier and go jet skiing in the ocean. Afterward, I got a haircut and bought a new suit, and then I returned home to unwind with some fresh… Continue reading →

‘Madden NFL 25’ takes a victory lap

Photo provided by EA Sports -- An animated version of Redskins' Pierre Garcon, center, catches the football in 'Madden NFL 25.'

John Madden’s name has been synonymous with video-game football since 1988 — which means most current NFL players don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a “Madden” game to teach them the ins and outs of the gridiron. But for anyone who’s been playing all these years, “Madden NFL 25” (EA Sports, for the Xbox 360,… Continue reading →

‘Splinter Cell’ saves the world, sneakily

Photo provided by Ubisoft -- A scene unfolds in the new video game 'Tom Clancys Splinter Cell: Blacklist.'

What does America need to fight terrorists? Pervasive surveillance, missile-firing drones, even torture — everything’s open to debate. “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist” (Ubisoft, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC, $59.99), like most contemporary war games, has all of the above. But its most effective weapon is one guy: Sam Fisher, the grizzled… Continue reading →

‘Disney Infinity’ invites you to dream big

Photo provided by Disney -- Characters from the films 'Monsters University,' Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'The Incredibles' are featured in the game 'Disney Infinity: The Toy Box.'

In ancient times B.V.G. (Before Video Games), here’s how kids played: Take all your toys — dolls, soldiers, cars, blocks, that thing you got from a cereal box — and dump them on the floor. Forget about logic or plot consistency because the most important goal is to create an entertaining adventure. (My neighborhood is still reeling… Continue reading →

'The Last of Us' revives zombie genre

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It's sometimes difficult to think of "The Last of Us" as a game, as opposed to a series of yelps, skipped breaths and sighs of relief. This is not a "fun" game. It is an emotionally and mentally exhausting journey that dips its toe into every zombie movie cliché in the book and, yet, still manages… Continue reading →

Humanity abides in The Last of Us

Photo provided by Sony -- Sony's new The Last of Us takes place 20 years after the apocalypse. It differs from other post-pandemic America games in that it gives players a few people to care about.

Pop culture has shown us so many apocalypses that we all know what the real problem is going to be. It’s not the feral animals, the nuclear mutants or the lumbering zombies that will kill us. It’s the most dangerous predator of all (all together now): man. So forgive me if I approached The Last… Continue reading →

'Remember Me' a mind-blowing head trip

Photo provided by Capcom -- The new video game Remember Me is ranked 10th among Xbox 360 games for July by Game Informer magazine.

Amnesia is one of the most resilient plot devices in video games, from early classics like Deja Vu to this year’s BioShock Infinite. It’s so common that, by now, forgetful game protagonists may outnumber their counterparts on daytime soap operas.… Continue reading →

Humanity abides in 'The Last of Us'

This video game image released by Sony/Naughty Dog shows a scene from

Pop culture has shown us so many apocalypses that we all know what the real problem is going to be. It's not the feral animals, the nuclear mutants or the lumbering zombies that will kill us. It's the most dangerous predator of all (all together now): man. So forgive me if I approached "The Last of Us" (Sony,… Continue reading →

Animal Crossing: New Leaf charms on 3DS

Photo provided by Nintendo -- A scene unfolds in 'Animal Crossing: New Leaf,' which leads the Game Informer Top 10 List this week.

They’re whiney, materialistic, gossipy and co-dependent. If they weren’t so darn cute, I would really hate the little animal people who populate Rooty, a seaside village I inadvertently became mayor of in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the fourth edition of the adorable Nintendo social simulator that casts players not just as citizens but as managers of… Continue reading →

EA’s sci-fi shooter Fuse lacks spark

Associated Press photo/Electronic Arts -- This video game image released by Electronic Arts shows a scene from 'Fuse.'

If you discovered an energy source as potent as Fuse — a combination of alien and human technology that promises unlimited power — how would you use it? Would you deliver electricity to poor countries? Or try to end humanity’s dependence on polluting fossil fuels? Or just build a decent cellphone battery? Don’t be silly. You’d… Continue reading →

Metro: Last Light digs deep under Moscow

Photo provided by Deep SilverA scene is shown from Metro: Last Light, the sequel to 2010’s Metro: 2033.

What are you doing after the apocalypse? Video-game creators have been asking that question for years, with results ranging from Bethesda’s sublime Fallout 3 to id Software’s forgettable Rage. Ukrainian developer 4A Games fell somewhere in between with 2010’s Metro: 2033, based on the bleak fiction of Russian novelist Dmitry… Continue reading →