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Back to the Back to the Future Game

Great Scott! Telltale Games clearly has a winner with the Back to the Future Game, the new episodic story RPG released just in time for Christmas. Telltale has a pretty unique gaming model that involves bringing back popular titles like the Monkey Island series or, in this case, Marty McFly and Doc Brown of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Do you remember all those old roleplaying games from Sierra Online from back in the 80’s like King’s Quest, Space Quest, and Quest for Glory that we played in 256 colors? Well imagine those games brought back to life and improved with 21st century graphics and gameplay techniques. That is what Telltale has done. They focus purely on the story, and telling it in a fun and interactive way. I found myself immersed in the first episode of the Back to the Future Game, which takes place right where the third movie ended.
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Game Review: Call of Duty Black Ops

I hate military shooters. These games have never really been that great, are highly repetitive, and largely stereotypically. I tried to stay away from the latest in the Call of Duty line of games, but with the record-breaking sales numbers and the gross media hype, it would have been neglectful to have not given the seventh game of the Call of Duty line a try. Believe it or not, I had fun. Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops’ single-player campaign felt like I was the star of a military feature film; the Matt Damon, if you will, of video games!

Joking aside, that is how the single-player campaign plays out. You are the star of an episodic made-for-tv psychological thriller. Most of the time you play the role of Alex Mason, ex-military special ops badass that is being mind-probed by some apparently unknown assailant. This allows you to re-live a number of Mason’s memories in the form of 15 episodes that make-up the 9-hour rollercoaster ride through the Cold War Era.
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Game Review: Fallout New Vegas

Our adventures in New Vegas starts with a murder – your murder – shot and left for dead in a shallow grave outside of GoodSprings, Nevada. If it weren’t for a robot named Victor, you would have never recovered. Nursed to health by the local Doc, it isn’t long before you wake up primed on revenge. This sets the stage for the next 50 plus hours of game play as you run all across the Mohave Desert in search of a wise guy in a blue checkered suit, the last thing you saw while looking down the barrel of a gun.

Fallout New Vegas does not continue where its predecessor left off. This isn’t an expansion or even a part 2 of the storyline. While New Vegas takes place chronologically after our previous adventures in the Capital Wasteland, the Mohave Wasteland sports all new characters, all new storyline, and a whole new futuristic post-apocalyptic world that is now stuck in a Dean Martin 1950’s era after nuclear destruction forever changed the land.
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