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September Xbox Review Round-up

If you’ll turn Gears of War off for just a few minutes and pay attention, we’d like to tell you about some of the other games you could be playing now.  While you were out slaughtering locusts with your chainsaw, you probably failed to notice all the other great Xbox games that came out last month, so here’s our September Xbox Review Round-up. 

The Gunstringer

The Gunstringer manages to be both silly and gritty at the same time.  It’s narrated in authentic frontier gibberish by a grizzled old cowpoke, and tells a yarn about a feller who was betrayed and murdered. But he was too mean to die, and crawled from his grave in search of vengeance against the sidewindin’ bushwackin’ hornswaglin’ cracker croakers what done him wrong.  Read the full review.


Bloodrayne Betrayal
The shooting, slashing and sexy goth chick are still present in Bloodrayne Betrayal, but this a completely different game, and that’s actually a good thing.  Every game is someone’s favorite game, but I doubt that there are many hardcore Bloodrayne fans who’ll lament the changes to the series. The older games weren’t terrible. They were just unremarkable, aside from the visual design of the main character, and the cleavage-jiggling component of the physics engine.  Read the full review

Dead Island

Will you shoot zombies?  Yes.  Will you slash them to pieces with machetes? That too.  But you’ll also talk to NPCs about their woes, and run quests for them, while doing yet more side quests for other NPCs.  You’ll also gain XP for doing so, and level up a character chosen from four classes with different skill trees. This isn’t a complaint.  Dead Island gives the player zombies by the truckload, but rather than being Left 4 Dead meets Dead Rising, it feels more like Mass Effect with zombies, or even Grand Theft Auto: Raccoon City.   Read the full review.

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
The ‘space marine’ trope has been used in many games over the years, but now the originals are here to reclaim their crown in the newest Warhammer 40K game to hit the 360: Space Marine, a third-person action-brawler/shooter which treats the venerable WH40K franchise with the respect it deserves. Relic and THQ, the team behind the critically-acclaimed Dawn of War series, have brought the camera in a little closer than on their previous RTS games, allowing the player to directly control the actions of one of humanity's greatest warriors in the unending struggle against Chaos and the Xeno threat. From the off, Space Marine feels like the Warhammer 40K game that should have happened a long time ago.  Read the full review.



NHL 12
NHL 12 can be summed up in one word: refinement. Over 300 gameplay improvements have made the game more balanced and appealing to newcomers of the franchise. One of the many tweaks in this year's version is the goaltending play. For far too long, goaltenders were a soulless defender. Even though goaltenders are the last stand against opposing offenses, they do so much behind the scenes that previous NHL games have failed to capture. NHL 12 reinvigorates the goaltending position in the NHL series.  Read the full review.

Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
I’ll save everyone the trouble of bringing up the less than stellar relationship between game adaptations of films/television shows and their original medium.  Those of you who spend even a moderate amount of time playing games usually know well enough to stay away from these abominations.  Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon is by no means an abomination (unlike some of its characters), but there are enough problems with both the gameplay and the overall design that it comes perilously close.  Read the full review.

Resident Evil 4 HD
Resident Evil 4 is the greatest Horror game ever. I was eager to buy it due to my interest of seeing a HD version of the game and improved controls. What we have here is a direct port with no touch ups. It's a missed opportunity to bring RE4 into next generation but instead it will be easily forgotten. - Alex Martinet


Gears of War 3
What can I say?  Gears of War 3 was the biggest blockbuster this month by far, with 3 million copies sold in its first week.  For Gears fans, the game delivers just as much as one would expect from the finale of a triple-A trilogy.  For those who could never get into the first two games, it doesn’t really do anything different enough to change your mind.  That being said, the incredible amount of content and polish has me still pumping hours and hours into Gears 3 with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  I have a lot of games on my backlog that I want to get through, but the majesty of Gears of War 3 will force them to sit on my shelf for a little longer.  Read the full review.


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