Backlog Quest II – Sidequest: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine – Gears of War(hammer)

Dear Journal, Today I played a Gears of War game set in the Warhammer 40k universe. Shortly after its release, I heard a lot of good things about Space Marine but with the abundance of higher profile titles I never got around to buying it.  When it popped up as a freebie on Playstation Plus, I knew the time was […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 20 – Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Don’t tread on me

Dear Journal, Today I saved the world from some smelly terrorist. In discussing the previous Medal of Honor I made the comparison more than once that Call of Duty was like any of Michael Bay’s many explosion filled films where as MOH was more along the lines of Saving Private Ryan or The Hurt Locker. Yes, there is action and […]

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Dr. Geek: What CES Meant for Gamers

Every year the best, most innovative, and oddest inventions in consumer electronics, the type of technological gadgetry that inhabit and enliven our daily lives, come together for an orgy of originality.  The International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES if you are cool enough, wrapped up last week, showcasing everything from Ultra HD television sets (or 4K sets since they have […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 15 – Battleship – You sunk my expectations!

Dear Journal, Today I played a generic FPS that actually had a fairly cool component tacked on. It seems that movie-tie-in games make up a fairly large portion of my backlog. Battleship joins the ranks. Based on the 2012 action flick, which is based on a board game, which is based on actual war, Battleship has you fighting an invading […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 14 – Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai – Tomb Raider meets Buck Hunter

Dear Journal, Today I learned to be careful for what I wish for. I made sort of a weird statement when I was reviewing Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012. I lamented the lack of a crazy mountain man father figure that made Dangerous Hunts 2011 so interesting.  Well Cabela’s brought back the crazy in Shadows of Katmai, as well as […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 12 – MIB: Alien Crisis

    Dear Journal, Today I play a budget game that actually had some real potential. MIB: Alien Crisis kind of screams money grab. Hell, the biggest selling point for this pseudo movie tie-in game was that you could go see Men in Black III for free if you bought the game. The game is also, very clearly, a budget […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 11 – Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL

Dear Journal, Today I found out that combining a bunch of things you like into one big thing doesn’t always make that big thing a thing you like. Let’s face it, there have been a number of Super Smash Brothers imitations over the years, all with various ways they try to attract gamers into buying in. Cartoon Network: Punch Time […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 10 – The Adventures of TinTin – TinTin is not the dog by the way

Dear Journal, Today I went on an adventure as a reporter who never really seemed to report anything… Odds are if you pay attention to the clearance section of just about any store that sells video games you’ve seen copies of The Adventures of TinTin pop up in its various platforms.  Ultimately the game is a platformer with a few […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 8 – Syndicate – Literal corporate warfare

Dear Journal, Today I engaged in some literal corporate warfare. Syndicate takes place in the year 2069, when a mega corporation named Eurocorp has developed a chip implant that has allowed people to directly interface with technology and has largely replaced many of the world’s electronics. As a result, Eurocorp, and several other mega corporations (or syndicates) control the world […]

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Backlog Quest II: Day 7 – Toy Story Mania – Licensed to disappoint

Dear Journal, Today I played a Toy Story game where you never play as any Toy Story character. That was the first and many let downs about Toy Story Mania, a “better with Kinect” game port of a previously released Wii title.  Two players can make their way through a variety of shooting galleries in an attempt to get high […]

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