Peter Galvin

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Gamer singles out the mainstream videogame hits of 2013 — and a few smaller picks, too

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YEAR IN GAMER The year 2013 has been a triumphant, confident peak in a particularly long generation of gaming, and as we gather around various top ten lists to send off the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in style, let it be remembered that the pair received a more-than-decent eulogy. Most of the year's accolades will likely fall upon three games, and while all involve guns, shooting and explosions, the refinements of those mechanics demonstrate the medium is unquestionably evolving.Read more »

Pros and cons(oles)

Will Microsoft or Sony win the battle for consumer love? Gamer tests out the new consoles.

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GAMER The next generation of game consoles is officially in stores and consumers demand to know — definitively — which is the superior console. Is it the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One?Read more »

Goin' back to Gotham

It's heroics as usual in 'Batman: Arkham Origins'

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Drive time

'GTA V' creates the ideal world for doing bad, bad things

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GAMER Yes, it's time to talk again about the game in which you steal cars and kill prostitutes. And it's another chance for the national news media to organize roundtables to discuss violence in video games, and the effects it might be having on the nation's youth.Read more »

Big game hunting

FALL ARTS: GAMER 'GTA V' and the rest

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FALL ARTS As summer slips away for another year, our consolation prize is that we are about to witness one of the most jam-packed seasons gaming has ever seen. Not only are we welcoming two spiffy new game consoles for the first time in six years, but here are six games that prove those suddenly less-shiny systems you already have are not going quietly.

 

 

GETTING IN EARLY

Before bidding summer a true farewell, we can enjoy a few releases that sneaked in at the tail end of August.Read more »

Console prizes

Gamer reports on E3 — and 2013's best title so far

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GAMER The days of game consoles being all about pretty graphics are over. The leap in visual fidelity when we went from PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3 isn't going to happen this time, which is one reason it's been seven years since the current consoles have been refreshed. All that changes this year, with the impending release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.Read more »

Loud, with clouds

'BioShock Infinite' takes players on a fantastic voyage

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GAMER BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games; Xbox 360, PS3, PC) presents an experience that video games are best suited for: plopping players in a captivating fantasy world and saying, "Check it out!" The sequel to BioShock, a first person shooter set in a city beneath the sea, Infinite takes us instead to the clouds, in an alternate version of 1912 America that includes a floating city called Columbia.Read more »

Back to life?

Aging titles strategize to attract new interest

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GAMER There's no single trick to staying relevant in today's game market. The past month has seen three overt attempts to kick-start flagging franchises, and the different approaches developers have taken to boost sales demonstrate just how wily this second Wild West has become for the industry.Read more »

Threequel blues

GAMER: Impressive graphics can't save the too-familiar 'Crysis 3'

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GAMER Crysis 3 (Crytek/Electronic Arts; PC, PS3, Xbox 360)is a very familiar experience, and not just for players versed in the story and mechanics of the Crysis series. If you've played a futuristic shooter in the past 10 years, you've seen everything Crysis 3 has to offer: a hodgepodge of sci-fi clichés, stealth combat, and big alien guns. It's an exercise in déjà vu that leaves little in the way of a lasting impression, but it's a really good-looking hodgepodge.Read more »

Scare tactics

Old spaceships, desolate planets, unloading bullets into undead creepy-crawlies: horror videogame 'Dead Space 3' gets it mostly right

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