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Updated: Aug 18, 2018 22:33
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Nintendo Switch

The Switch manages to blend Nintendo’s penchant for weird, gimmicky hardware with the high...

33 expert reviews | 597 user reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Ultimately, the Xbox One X offers some major performance upgrades that gamers will notice...

36 expert reviews | 459 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

So who is the PlayStation 4 Pro actually meant for? After testing it out for the past week, I'd...

38 expert reviews | 3642 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

Over the past nine years, Timothy’s covered everything from drag shows to heavy metal, and he...

19 expert reviews | 5139 user reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One S

Over the past nine years, Timothy’s covered everything from drag shows to heavy metal, and he...

48 expert reviews | 2046 user reviews

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New Nintendo 2DS XL

The New Nintendo 2DS XL isn't the best portable gaming console in the 3DS family, but if you...

24 expert reviews | 373 user reviews

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Nvidia Shield

The Shield is a pleasant surprise and quite an impressive device. It's not the portable console...

46 expert reviews | 613 user reviews

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PlayStation 4 Pro

A year after launch, PS4 Pro is still an easy buy for newcomers to the world of PlayStation...

2 expert reviews

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition is a fantastic retro throwback, standing as one of the best of its kind...

8 expert reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One

The Xbox One's controller is mostly a refined version of the last-gen gamepad, with the new...

128 expert reviews | 5001 user reviews

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Nintendo 3DS

Both of the new 3DSes bring enough improvements to warrant an upgrade from the original system...

468 expert reviews | 4790 user reviews

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Nintendo DS

Despite the oddball interface, it is simply enormous fun, filled with genuine possibility, and...

1 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation 4 / PS4

The DualShock 4 is everything gamers wanted from Sony's next gamepad. Unlike the DualShock 3, we...

92 expert reviews | 20105 user reviews

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Nintendo New 3DS

Portable games consoles are still a thing. As the Wii U flounders, it's almost easy to forget...

21 expert reviews | 417 user reviews

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Nintendo 3DS XL/LL (1st gen. 2012)

In the end, the 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro is little more than a larger, slightly more comfortable...

49 expert reviews | 4238 user reviews

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Nintendo 2DS

With a new low price, the 2DS offers a huge array of compelling games and makes for a great entry...

24 expert reviews | 2127 user reviews

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Tom Clancy's The Division- PS4

While there's no question that The Division has plenty of room to grow, it also gets a surprising...

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Far Cry 4- PS4

Even if it had made serious strides over Far Cry 3, even if the gameplay held true to the...

9 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

The newest PlayStation 3 is a step down from its predecessor, with a higher price, illogically...

56 expert reviews | 3461 user reviews

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Nintendo 3DS XL (2nd gen. 2015)

What we’re left with is a mid-generation upgrade that isn’t essential, but it could be at some...

19 expert reviews | 1427 user reviews

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Nintendo Classic MINI NES

The Nintendo Classic Mini should be the must-have gaming console this Christmas. It's a perfectly...

3 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo promised consumers a modern HD gaming console, and the Wii U delivers on that promise...

63 expert reviews | 3082 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita Slim is not a game changer in the console wars, nor will existing Vita...

100 expert reviews | 1060 user reviews

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Project CARS- PS4

Overall, Project CARS is... fine. I suspect it'd be superb to anyone who's never delved into a...

8 expert reviews

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain- Xbox One

It's kind of insane that the spiritual follow up to Peace Walker and easily the most ambitious...

4 expert reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Game Consoles

    Choosing a new video game console or portable device can be a difficult exercise. Consoles seemingly become obsolete after just a couple of years, and finding out which one is going to be the next big thing can be frustrating. Today, the market has stabilized and three major consoles and two portable units have seized the lion's share of the market: the Nintendo Wii, the Microsoft Xbox 360, and the Sony PlayStation 3, and the portable Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable.



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    Nintendo Wii – Fun for Everyone

    The Nintendo Wii is currently the most popular game console in the world. Geared toward a broad demographic of casual gamers, families, and children & adolescents, the Wii offers a vast library of titles, accessories, and support services. The Wii offers full online play free of charge.

    The Wii also offers a unique and wildly popular wireless controller interface, the famed Wii Remote, which detects movement in three dimensions. Wii games are typically very active, and players act out the motions of what they would like to do onscreen in the game world. For example, the game Wii Sports includes golf, tennis, and bowling, and in each of these games players must swing the remote like a golf club, a tennis racket, or mimic the motion of rolling a bowling ball. In other Wii games, you may be called upon to use the Wii Remote to swing a sword, throw punches at a opponent, or drive a car.

    An added advantage is that the Wii is backward compatible with the Nintendo GameCube, and gamers who upgrade can keep and play their favorite titles from the older platform. Many classic titles from even older platforms are available to play online at the Wii website.

    Microsoft Xbox 360 – Gamer's Paradise

    The Xbox 360 has been embraced by avid gamers and fans of online play. The Xbox 360 is the only platform to play games from the wildly successful Halo series, and the Xbox 360 has distinguished itself among fans of first-person shooter games and sports titles. The Xbox 360 is available in three distinct models:

    • Xbox 360 Arcade – This is the entry level version, and includes a wireless controller and five free games on a single disc: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Uno, and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
    • Xbox 360 Pro – This model includes everything from the Arcade version, and adds in a detachable 60GB hard drive loaded with additional games and content, and an upgraded motherboard.
    • Xbox 360 Elite – The Elite features a 120GB hard drive, and various game bundles that include Halo 3, Fable II, Lego Indiana Jones, and Kung Fu Panda.

     

    Xbox Live is the online component of the Xbox 360 gaming experience, and offers both free and subscription account services. Xbox Live also allows users to download television shows and movies from an extensive content library. The Xbox Live Arcade service provides access to classic games from a number of different platforms.

    The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with the original Xbox, and supports the full range of older games. The Xbox can also be the centerpiece of a multifunctional entertainment system – it can play DVDs, and is HD and HDMI compatible.

    Sony PlayStation 3 – The Blu-ray Advantage

    The primary distinguishing factor of the PS3 is that it supports the Blu-ray Disc format. Not only do the games look more vivid and realistic, but you can play Blu-ray movies as well, making the PS3 the most versatile of the game consoles. For consumers looking to combine gaming with an entertainment center in one convenient package, the PS3 is a popular choice.

    The Sony PS3 has more titles than any other gaming system, and users have responded enthusiastically to the wide range of available games and entertainment. Popular titles include games of the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear Solid, and Assassin's Creed. The PlayStation Network offers online play to PS3 users, free of charge. Older PS and PS2 titles can be downloaded for a modest fee.

    The PS3 currently offers limited backward compatibility with the PS and PS2 – some older games work, others do not. Sony has pledged to make the PS3 completely backward compatible with forthcoming software updates. In September 2009, Sony launched a new version of the PS3, the PS3 Slim, which is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and more energy efficient than previous models, and features an upgradeable 120GB hard drive.

    Nintendo DS – The World's Most Popular Portable

    The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming device with broad demographic appeal. Like the Wii, the DS features a unique input device (in addition to the standard buttons): the DS Stylus, a pen-like device that allows you to manipulate sprites and enter information on the touch-sensitive screen. The DS has limited Internet capability via an add-on cartridge. The DS also has a built-in microphone that can be used for speech-recognition, online chat, and other game applications.

    Sony PlayStation Portable – Console Gaming on the Go

    The Sony PSP has met with acclaim and enthusiasm from the hardcore gaming crowd because of its robust technology that allows a portable gaming experience that is the graphical and gameplay equivalent of console performance. The PSP uses optical discs, and has advanced multimedia functions that include a photo, music & video organizer, Internet microbrowser, VoIP access, and remote play.

    As the PlayStation Vita was first shown at E3 2011 and released in February 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was previously codenamed Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable). The PlayStation Vita is easily the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with dual quad-core processors, an 5-inch OLED touchscreen display, front and rear facing cameras, optional 3G connectivity, a rear touch panel, and a built-in accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a digital compass.

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