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2007 Stories by Gary Hodges

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  • Gaming's Greatest Hits

    published December 27, 2007

    Best Sleeper Hit: WordJong (Nintendo DS): It might not sell like Mario, but this mishmash of Scrabble and Mahjong... More >>

  • Xmas Present and Past

    published December 20, 2007

    Nothing says "holiday spirit" quite like stabbing a terrorist or hammering a goomba, as the hottest games this season invite us to do. But no... More >>

  • Future Shock

    published December 6, 2007

    For a game that's considered Microsoft's premier 360 title this holiday season, it's amazing how sloppy Mass Effect is. Graphical... More >>

  • The New Face of Evil

    published November 22, 2007

    The unsettling tone is established early in Call of Duty 4, when the president of a Middle Eastern nation is publicly executed on... More >>

  • A Little Sucky-Sucky

    published November 8, 2007

    Castlevania, the vampire-hunting series that spans 20 years and as many games, has basically two kinds of fans. There are the... More >>

  • Bang Bang for Your Buck

    published October 25, 2007

    Whether it's $600 PlayStation 3s, $50 a year for the option to play your Xbox 360 online, or the five bucks Nintendo shamelessly charges for... More >>

  • Hype Machine

    published October 11, 2007

    What's left to say about Halo 3? How about this: All the pomp and circumstance surrounding its launch sure have been distracting.... More >>

  • Down in Flames

    published September 27, 2007

    In terms of the yawning chasm between what was promised and what has been delivered, Lair earns the distinction of being the... More >>

  • Atlas Drowned

    published September 13, 2007

    First-person shooters are rarely more than virtual shooting galleries. Great fun, yes, but not exactly thought-provoking. That's why... More >>

  • Persona Grata

    published August 30, 2007

    The next-gen consoles are sexy as hell, but it's not all bad being the reigning "last-gen" champ either. With more than 100 million PlayStation... More >>

  • Fill in the Blank

    published August 16, 2007

    If you asked a random person five years ago what sudoku was, you'd be lucky if they mumbled something about Japanese ritual suicide. But go... More >>

  • Trick Play

    published August 2, 2007

    The concept behind All-Pro Football 2K8 is simply wonderful: Imagine a fantasy football league where you draft from a pool not of... More >>

  • Dim and Dimmer

    published July 19, 2007

    The last hour of The Darkness is exactly what the game should have been from its opening moments: a magnificent, bloodthirsty mix... More >>

  • It Takes a Village

    published July 5, 2007

    When Resident Evil 4 was originally released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2005, the game reinvented a lot of what had grown tiresome about... More >>

  • Elf Life

    published June 21, 2007

    Once upon a time, the world breathed magic. Some believed this magic should belong only to the powerful, while others felt it was for everyone. So... More >>

  • Car Lust

    published June 14, 2007

    I was driving home from work the other day when it occurred to me that, despite being college-educated and reasonably intelligent, I have no idea... More >>

  • Three's a Charm

    published June 7, 2007

    Bold proclamation time: There wouldn't even be an Xbox 360 without Halo. Microsoft lost billions on the original Xbox even... More >>

  • Superzero

    published May 24, 2007

    There's a unique challenge in designing superhero games: How do you make it fun to play a character who, by definition, is vastly more powerful... More >>

  • Lousy Hustler

    published May 10, 2007

    There was a time in my life when I might have actually enjoyed Pocket Pool a little bit. Back when I was 12, giving myself migraines from... More >>

  • Olympian Gold

    published April 12, 2007

    The residents of Mount Olympus haven't gotten a good night's sleep since Kratos moved in. Not only is the new god of war a grumpy, self-professed... More >>

  • My Name Is Mud

    published March 29, 2007

    In the poem "in just-," e.e. cummings described the world as "mud-luscious" and "puddle-wonderful" -- words so perfectly befitting... More >>

  • Concrete Jungle Gym

    published March 15, 2007

    Whether it's slaying dragons in Zelda, zapping aliens in Halo, or inserting foot A into ass B in Virtua Fighter, the best... More >>

  • Do Not Disturb

    published February 15, 2007

    Lately, the Nintendo DS has become a virtual You can play a defense attorney (Phoenix... More >>

  • Cold Hearted

    published February 1, 2007

    Anyone who played games back in the olden days (i.e., the late '80s) knows they used to be a lot tougher. Cartridges back then subscribed to... More >>

  • Paper Tigers

    published January 18, 2007

    Viva Piñata begins with you acquiring the deed to a barren patch of land on Piñata Island, a strange place where... More >>

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