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Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010 Review (X360)
Hunting games sell like crazy despite not being popular with the hardcore gaming population. The latest hunting title is Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2010, and we have a full review right here.
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 Review (X360)
Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 is anything but a typical hunting game. This is more survival horror that normal hunting, and it is remarkably well done. We liked it. Find out all of the details here in our full review.
Cabela's North American Adventures Review (X360)
Hunting games tend to be a little half-assed. Sorry, but someone needed to say it. The presentation is usually poor and there generally isn't...
Cabela's Outdoor Adventures Review (X360)
Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures is the only videogame that lets you both fish and hunt in the same title. If you’re the outdoorsy-type, it is pretty much a dream come true. The execution is a little uneven, unfortunately, as the hunting is pretty fun and the fishing is really bad, but together they make up a decently fun overall package. Find out all of the details right here.
Call of Duty 2 Review
Call of Duty 2 is easily the best FPS available for the Xbox 360 launch. The single player campaign mode is great and the graphics and sound are simply outstanding. It doesn’t tell as good of a story as the Brothers in Arms games, but the gameplay is a lot more fun and that is why CoD2 is the best WWII shooter yet. Xbox 360 owners, this is a must own game.
Call of Duty 3 Review (X360)
Call of Duty 2 was clearly the jewel of the Xbox 360 launch. It was a great game that ushered in the next generation of gaming in style. Call of Duty 3 doesn’t have quite the same impact, because it is a safe, by-the-numbers sequel that is basically identical to COD2. It looks a lot better, but it plays exactly the same and has a few too many glitches and other issues to place it on the same pedestal as the previous game.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review (X360)
So long World War II. Hello modern warfare! Call of Duty has made the leap from the heroics of the greatest generation to a horrifying vision of the future in CoD4, and the results are pretty darn spectacular. The single-player campaign is filled with tight gameplay and great moments you’ll want to play again and again, and the multiplayer is some of the deepest and most satisfying around. Call of Duty 4 is a great game that is highly recommended.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Review (X360)
Never before has a game shaped the release landscape like Modern Warfare 2 has. Other publishers were scared of Activision and Infinity Ward’s latest project and delayed their own games because of it. That is completely awesome. And you know what? It was justified. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is one of the best selling games of the HD generation and Modern Warfare 2 improves on that win…
Call of Duty: World At War Review (X360)
How do you follow what is arguably one of the best first-person-shooters ever? By imitating it as closely as possible, that’s how. And that is exactly what Treyarch has done with Call of Duty: World At War. It takes the amazing multiplayer, great controls, and amazing gameplay of COD4: Modern Warfare and tweaks and spins it (and takes it through a time warp back to World War II) to create a new adventure that is every bit as solid as its successor.
Cars Review (X360)
Cars is the best movie Pixar has released in a long time, so it seems fitting that Cars the videogame is also the best game based on a Pixar license. The game captures the fun and personality of the movie almost perfectly, and the result is a fun driving game that both kids and adults will really enjoy.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review (X360)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow isn't really Castlevania. Lets just get that out of the way right now. There is very little that really links Lords of Shadow to the Castlevania we all know and love. With that said, however, it is still an excellent game once you get over the title shock. Lords of Shadow looks absolutely stunning, and while the...
Chromehounds Review (X360)
Fans of giant mech combat, take note, Chromehounds on the Xbox 360 stands as one of the best giant robot games around. It looks gorgeous, introduces some nifty new gameplay mechanics, has a solid multiplayer mode, and plays very well overall. It won’t appeal to everyone, however, so it is definitely wise to rent it before you decide to buy.
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Review (X360)
If you are a fan of Vin Diesel’s Riddick character, this is a must buy. Even if you aren’t already a fan of the character and movies, the two single-player stories included in this package just might make you change your mind. It is dark and gritty and brutal and really showcases just what makes Richard B. Riddick tick as you try to escape from two of the toughest prisons in the galaxy. Find out all of the details on The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena right here.
Civilization Revolution Review (X360)
Civilization Revolution takes the award-winning formula of the PC series and gives it a little tweak and a nudge to work a little better on consoles. The result is a game that isnÂ’t quite as deep as before, but it still offers plenty of amazingly addictive civilization building gameplay to keep both series vets and newcomers busy for a very long time to come. Civ Rev gives you the freedom to lead your civilization any way you want to, whether that be through peace or war, it is all up to you.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Review (X360)
With three fairly good real-time-strategy games already under its belt for the Xbox 360, EA LA pretty much has the genre nailed down on the consoles. Its latest game, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, tweaks the already finely tuned gameplay to near-perfection and pairs it with unique and fun to use factions to create an amazingly well crafted RTS game. It also offers a bit more depth and challenge that C&C3 offered, which is much appreciated. Find out more right here in our full review.
Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath Review (X360)
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars was an amazing success last year on the Xbox 360. It brought extremely solid controls and gameplay to a genre that had, up to its release, struggled to get a foothold on consoles. Now, with a solid foundation in place, EA is back with a stand-alone expansion pack for C&C3 that tightens up the controls and adds a few new bells and whistles to an already great experience. C&C3: KaneÂ’s Wrath is highly recommended for fans of C&C3. Find out more right here.
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Review (X360)
After a successful test run for RTS games on consoles with Battle for Middle Earth II, EA is back with another Xbox 360 real-time-strategy game. Only this time, it is one of the biggest and best franchises the genre has to offer, Command and Conquer. Fast and smooth gameplay, easy to learn controls, a cool storyline, nice graphics and sound, Command and Conquer 3 does pretty much everything right and it is highly recommended for Xbox 360 owners.
Condemned 2: Bloodshot Review (X360)
One of the surprise hits from the November 2005 launch of the Xbox 360 was SEGA and Monolith’s horror beat-em-up, Condemned. It put a new spin on horror and first-person gameplay that critics and consumers alike loved. Now they’re back with Condemned 2: Bloodshot. Bloodshot is improved in just about every area and makes a few key additions that really round out the experience and make a better game overall. Find out all of the details in our full review.
Crackdown 2 Review (X360)
Even more than three years after its release, the original Crackdown still stands as one of our favorite games on the Xbox 360. The combination of shooting and platforming in a huge open world city was, and still is, just about perfect. With Crackdown 2, Microsoft and new developer Ruffian Games didn't aim to change the formula, but instead give gamers more of what they liked the first time aro…
Crackdown Review (X360)
Crackdown, or Riot Act as it is called in Japan, mixes GTA-style “sandbox” gameplay with special abilities you’d usually only find in a Marvel superhero to create a game that actually stands out among the increasing number of GTA wannabes. It looks gorgeous, plays amazing well, and is one of the most addictive and satisfying games around. Crackdown is highly recommended.
Culdcept Saga Review (X360)
Culdcept Saga is one of the most surprisingly enjoyable games I have played in a while. I ignored the demo, but when the retail version arrived for review I gave it a shot. And I have been completely hooked ever since. There is just something about this strategy-CCG that is incredibly addictive and very rewarding. It isn’t for everyone due to the investment of time and the hardcore nerdiness it usually takes to play any CCG, but Culdcept Saga is amazingly fun and well worth checking out.
Dance Dance Revolution Universe Review (X360)
The Dance Dance Revolution makes its next-gen debut on the Xbox 360 with DDR Universe, and it stands as one of the most accessible DDR games yet. Lots of songs, lots of modes, and tons of options including a “Basic Edition” that eases newcomers into the world of DDR. It isn’t without some flaws, but DDR Universe is a good dancing game that most Xbox 360 owners will be very happy with.
Dante's Inferno Review (X360)
To put it simply, Dante’s Inferno is as close to playing God of War on Xbox 360 that we’re going to get. It isn’t anywhere near as refined and polished as Sony’s mega-hit, but it gets the basics mostly right and can be fun for a while. Or, at least its fun until the cheap deaths, lame puzzles, and mediocre gameplay start adding up. Find out all of the details here in our full review.
Dark Sector Review (X360)
On a console stuffed with shooters, a new entry in the genre has to do something special to really stand out. Dark Sector brings the heat with a bladed throwing weapon and ability progression that keeps you playing just to see what nifty stuff you’ll get to do next. For every great thing Dark Sector does, however, other aspects are decidedly average, which tempers whatever rush you get from slicing enemies up. Dark Sector is fun, but it can’t really stand up to the Xbox 360’s elite.
Darkest of Days Review (X360)
Darkest of Days is a great concept marred by unquestionably mediocre execution. The idea of traveling back through time with modern weaponry is awesome, but the presentation and gameplay are so bottom of the barrel that it isn’t worth the effort to scrape through just to see the things the game actually does right. On the bright side, it does give you an Achievement for punching a horse, so it isn’t all bad. Find out all of the details right here.
DDR Universe 2 Review (X360)
Konami has delivered its second Xbox 360 DDR game of 2007, but we’re not sure if we should be excited or concerned. DDR Universe 2, unfortunately, has the exact same flaws as Universe 1 – a weak song list being the biggest offender – which makes it pretty hard to recommend if you already put down $70 back in February for the first game. The core gameplay in DDR Universe 2 is as solid as ever, but it really struggles in terms of overall value.
Dead or Alive 4 Review
Dead or Alive 4 is easily the best DOA game to date. Gorgeous graphics, tons of modes, lots of unlockable goodies, and online play make this a pretty sweet package. Laggy online play and cheap AI sour the experience somewhat, but overall it is very good. DOA4 is a must own game for Xbox 360 owners.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 Review (X360)
Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is the follow-up to one of our favorite Xbox games, and I am happy to say that DOAX2 is better in pretty much every way. It looks great, plays great, and packs in a ton of extra minigames and other fun stuff to keep you occupied. Oh, and it is filled with attractive women playing beach volleyball. Fans of the original will love it.
Dead Rising 2 Review (X360)
Dead Rising 2 is more of the same, but we mean that in the best possible way. You get a huge new area to explore, more and better weapons, smarter survivors, great characters, and hundreds of zombies onscreen at once to chop your way through. It is everything that made the original Dead Rising great, just turned up to 11. This is a sequel...
Dead Rising Review (X360)
Recommending Dead Rising is easy based on your reaction to the following statement: All you do in Dead Rising is run around a mall and kill thousands of zombies in hundreds of different ways. If you first thought is “Wow, that will get repetitive after a while”, you should probably rent it. If, however, your first thought is “That is everything I ever dreamed of and wished for in a zombie game”, then Dead Rising is worth a purchase. It really is as simple as that.
Dead Space 2 Review (X360)
The original Dead Space rocked the survival horror genre by being one of the most accessible and polished horror games ever. Dead Space 2 improves on that winning formula, but takes baby steps instead of giant leaps of improvement. The result is a great game and a great sequel, but one that still retains some of the wrinkles of the original...
Dead Space Review (X360)
Dead Space is one of the surprise hits of 2008. It matches amazing presentation with a great story and solid gameplay to produce an incredibly fun, engrossing, and surprisingly accessible survival horror experience. For genre veterans it doesn’t present anything exactly new, but Dead Space does everything with a level of polish that few other survival horror games can match. Dead Space is a thoroughly enjoyable horror game that is highly recommended. Find out all of the details right here.
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm Review (X360)
Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm is a pretty easy game to recommend. Either you are a fan of the TV show and will enjoy it or you aren’t a fan so you’ll hate it and see nothing but flaws. It isn’t pretty, it isn’t without some bugs, and boy does the gameplay crawl along at a snail’s pace, but when you’re cruising around the Bering Sea on the Northwestern, crashing through 40-foot waves, and catching king crab 100 to a pot, it is hard not to have a smile on your face.
DeathSmiles Review (X360)
The arcade shoot-em-up genre has seen a bit of a resurgence in the U.S. on the Xbox 360 thanks to a couple of Raiden retail releases and a growing number of XBLA and Indie titles. Now publisher Aksys Games and infamous shmup developer Cave want to get in on the action as well with the Xbox 360 exclusive release of DeathSmiles. With that kind of pedigree it has to be good. And it is good. Craz…
Def Jam ICON Review (X360)
To say our expectations for the new Def Jam fighting game were high would be an understatement. We loved Fight for New York and included it in our Top 10 Xbox Games of 2004. Things have changed with ICON, however, and not all of the changes were for the better. We like the gorgeous graphics, the roster of real life rappers, and the uncensored music, but the actual fighting is horrible. Fans of the music and the artists will probably like it, but look elsewhere if you want a fighting game.
Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon Review (X360)
The original Destroy All Humans was a fairly entertaining romp through classic 1950’s sci-fi clichés where alien probes, mind reading, and pop culture references made for a pretty funny game. It was rather shallow, however, and the jokes and gameplay wore out their welcome surprisingly quickly. That was fine for one game, but here we are a few years and two sequels later and DAH just isn’t interesting anymore. Read our full review of Destroy All Humans: Path of the Furon right here.
Dirt 2 Review (X360)
Dirt 2 is the best offroad racing game of this gen so far. It takes everything that made the first Dirt good and polishes it even more to produce a bigger, better looking, better playing game that is a must buy for racing fans. The gameplay is a satisfying mix of arcade and sim that is surprisingly forgiving, so players of all skill levels will be able to pick it up and have fun. It also doesn’t hurt that it is one of the prettiest looking racing games yet.
DiRT Review (X360)
When you mix the hardcore rally feel of the Colin McRae games and tweak the gameplay towards the arcade-style, Rallisport Challenge side of the fence, you get DiRT. An amazingly fun, accessible, and highly polished game that rally fans and casual race fans alike will both love. Not only does it play very well, but it is one of the best looking racing games ever. So strap in and get ready for the ride of your life.
DJ Hero 2 Review (X360)
DJ Hero was the surprise hit of 2009, so you shouldn't be shocked that Activision is back just a year later with a sequel. This isn't some quick smash and grab where they are just trying to crank out sequels (insert Bobby Kotick is evil picture here), though, as DJ Hero 2 features a lot of improvements that make it even better than the...
DJ Hero Review (X360)
Just when you thought you couldn’t stomach another “Hero” game, Activision trots out DJ Hero. But wait, what is this? It is completely fresh and fun and unlike anything else on the market. DJ Hero will remind you of the first time you played Guitar Hero, back when it was new and interesting and you just had to play it constantly, and that is a good thing. Find out all the details on what makes DJ Hero so good right here in our full review.
Don King Presents: Prizefighter Review (X360)
With two years to analyze and improve upon the Fight Night Round 3 formula, you would think that someone out there would be able to come out with a better, or at least equal, boxing game. And, yet, here we are two years later, and the first boxing game to challenge FNR3 is basically dead on arrival. Don King Presents: Prizefighter has a better career mode than Fight Night, but offers terrible gameplay with outdated controls and so-so graphics. Find out what went wrong right here.
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit takes the traditional fighting game core of previous
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit takes the traditional fighting game core of previous DBZ games and brings it into the next generation of game systems. The result is a great looking and very accessible and fun fighting game that DBZ fans will love. It doesn’t quite have the feature list of some recent DBZ games on other systems, but it is a great start for the series in hi-def and is definitely worth a look.
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast Review (X360)
My secret shame as an Anime fan is that I have always really liked Dragon Ball and DBZ. I know it’s not particularly deep or well animated, but darn it, I like it, which is why I always look forward to the yearly DBZ fighting games. This year’s game, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, does a lot of things right – it looks and sounds great and has tons of characters and modes – but it is cripple…
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 Review (X360)
Dynasty Warriors Gundam is a series that seems to make a lot of sense. Giant robots fighting other giant robots is always a good thing. Plus, Gundam has a long history with tons of great characters and storylines to draw from. Of course, the “Gundam” part is only half of the equation and it is the “Dynasty Warriors” part that ultimately messes everything up. Does Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 rise above or is it "just another Dynasty Warriors game"? Find out right here.
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Review (X360)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is exactly what the title implies. It is a Dynasty Warriors game with giant robots rather than ancient Chinese warlords. This combination works surprisingly well, and even though the gameplay is basically unchanged, hacking up hundreds of robots is just plain more fun than hacking up hundreds of enemy Chinese soldiers. For Dynasty Warriors and Gundam fans alike, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is a fun game that is worth checking out.