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Reggie’s Top 10 Non-Metal Entertaining Things of 2013


10.  Tomb Raider (2013) (Xbox 360)

I pretty much gave up hope of playing Tomb Raider ever again because it basically got watered down and uninventive.    But when you throw 2013 into the new title it led me to believe the game was given a reboot.  My suspicions were correct, the 2013 version was more polished, interactive, and played more like an adventure game that gave me choices that affected the ending.  Though the puzzle solving aspect wasn’t as involved as the first couple of games, the developers didn’t lose sight of that which is good.  There are some challenging obstacles for Lara to get through.  They did add more bad guys that Lara would have to deal with and added numerous cinematic scenes for a thorough storyline.  If developers can keep this style of Tomb Raider on track, they’ll get me back in.  I guess technically I am back in because I am waiting for another new game.

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Top Ten Video Games I Played In 2013


Hipster_22013 has been one hell of a great year for gamers.  New consoles (which I probably won’t buy for quite some time, long live the PC master race!), the continued rise of independent games, and a ton of AAA publishers releasing quality titles that broke ground in what can and should be done in big budget games.  Seriously, right now is such a great time to be a gamer.  Of all the great games I played this year, the following ten stood above the rest not only in quality, but also in creativity, refinement of their respective genres, or just were flat-out fun.  A couple of entries on this list were games released during 2012, but since I wasn’t able to get into them until 2013 I’m qualifying them for my list.  So, enjoy reading and let me know what were some of your favorite games that you played this year.

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Game Review: BioShock Infinite


bioshock-infinite-box-artA little over 5 years a little game called BioShock was released and unless you happened to be in the know, it arrived on release date with little fanfare.  The lack of hustle and bustle didn’t last long until reviews started to pour out praising every aspect of the game, many even going as far as to call it the most revolutionary game to date.  The game went on to become a hit seller and many gamers, myself included, found themselves prone to agree with the high praise of the press.  While delivering some great FPS shooting and a neat super power system and a really great underwater city setting, the game really shined and revolutionized in the narrative department utilizing clever tricks at delivering exposition to transform a Maltese Falcon style story (oh, yeah, spoiler, but if you haven’t played it by this point, your fault) into a deep and attention grabbing sociopolitical commentary.  Whether you just wanted action or something deep to analyze, it delivered on all fronts and created a bar so high it became highly questionable if a sequel could ever come close to reaching the heights that it did.

BioShock 2 saw the return to Rapture, the once utopia under the sea.  Expectations were high and the hype around the development was closely monitored in the press.  While finding itself underdevelopment from much of the original team, a key member was missing, lead designer Ken Levine.  When the game landed it was a hit and a damn fine game that worked well at expanding the first’s universe, but it just lacked that extra pinch of inspiration and love that sent the first over the edge and it could be accredited to the absence of Levine.  Fortunately Mr. Levine wasn’t just passing the reigns of his baby off to someone else while he disappeared, instead he slunk back into hiding and began almost immediately working on the game under the microscope today.  And after 5 years of work and polish and an incredible amount of hype from both fans, press, and Ken Levine and Irrational Games themselves BioShock Infinite is upon us looking to not only reach the bar first set at the start of the series, but surpass it and yet again revolutionize the landscape of gaming as we know it.  So, if you’ve been following the game you’ve probably already heard the unanimous praise by critics and fans and what can I say, they are all spot on.  From this day forward, when you dig up the old Websters-Merriam to look up the word success you will find a picture of BioShock Infinite sitting there in all its glory.

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