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Updated: Feb 22, 2020 18:25
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Nintendo Switch Lite (2019)

The Switch Lite is something that most of us probably assumed was inevitable. Nintendo loves to...

6 expert reviews

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UFC Undisputed 2010

UFC Undisputed 2010 on PSP is going to be an interesting case study. Here, you have a portable...

11 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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Hyperkin RetroN 5

The RetroN 5 retro game console brings 720p upconversion, HDMI output, and emulation tricks to...

3 expert reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft's next major update may allow anyone with Windows 10 to play Xbox One titles. According...

5 expert reviews

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Anarchy Reigns

With Anarchy Reigns, PlatinumGames will be using their hallmark creativity and technical...

4 expert reviews

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Call of Juarez: The Cartel

It’s not entirely without merit, but in the busy FPS game space, there’s little to recommend Call...

4 expert reviews | 104 user reviews

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International cricket 2010

While the product is meant for PS3, I was sent the same game meant for XBOX. This is the most...

72 user reviews

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G.I. Joe - The rise of cobra

I know less than nothing about what makes these games playable but it was a fairly reasonable...

16 user reviews

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Tron: Evolution

My boy's love Tron and they both like this game. Good value now as well, keeps them quiet for a...

38 user reviews

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Guitar Hero Aerosmith

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys guitar hero or even Aerosmiths music, such fun to...

34 user reviews

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Way of the Samurai 3

A fun time burning game, time flys when your having fun deffinetley applys to this game. You get...

19 user reviews

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This game could have been passable even if they had pushed the campy tone or worked on making the...

4 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Def Jam: Icon

If you are an extreme hip hop fan who idolizes rappers such as Mike Jones and Ludacris and also...

7 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2- 360

Better but still not brilliant.

2 expert reviews

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Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

I bought this for my son (9). He loves it. Great graphics and the audio is superb. It doesn't...

41 user reviews

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Genji: Days of the Blade

While the game isn't principally bad, it doesn't take a step out of the conventional box or do...

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Dynasty Warriors 6- 360

The Achievements in Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires isn’t that difficult to achieve, especially if...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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It is a very good game.I don't like violent games very much and this was a game I enjoyed played...

1 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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Vancouver 2010

The game arrived on time and as expected. Unfortunately they game itself isn't what I was hoping...

21 user reviews

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Virtua tennis 2009

My nephew wanted buy this game for his wii console. He loved it! He plays it all the time...

105 user reviews

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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War

Bladestorm takes the action/strategy combo of the popular Kessen series and sets it against the...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Soldier of Fortune: Payback

In the end, Payback is a decent enough game that won't leave much of a lasting impression. It's...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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TNA Impact

TNA Wrestling is the exclusive Total Nonstop Action wrestling game based on the top-rated weekly...

1 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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Operation Flashpoint: Red River

Now you’re probably thinking I didn’t like this game at all, and yeah, it was a painful...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

I'll be brutally honest: Matt Hazard is not a great game. It falls victim to a lot of the cliches...

2 expert reviews


    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.


    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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