Fallout: New Vegas
The same busted and vaguely ugly engine, but this time around it's an actual RPG, with top-notch writing, way more lifelike NPCs, an environment that feels fully planned out, improved combat, and all the Sunset Sarsaparilla you can drink. 9/10
The framework of a fantastic game towers over the underwhelming moment-to-moment gameplay, and god damn it Peter Molyneux, if you're going to make players repair property for seemingly no reason other than to create the illusion of meaningful interaction (like so many other button prompts in the game) why can't you at least include a Repair All option on the map instead of making me poke around each and every house, and why is John Cleese telling me to buy DLC every time I visit your creative but ultimately time-consuming menu modeled after PlayStation Home? 7/10
In addition to the great writing and art that I've come to expect in a Double Fine game, this made me remember how awesome it was to care about holiday, before the truth of my mortality truly set in, and I realized that I am immortal. 9/10
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
For some reason, people were saying that $15 was too much for a 6-7 hour game like Costume Quest, while games with way less heart and 4-5 hour campaigns like this exist. 4/10
Rock Band 3
This is a very sad time for all the people like me, who think that music games with regular sequels pushing new instruments should go away. 8/10
The Sims 3
Instead of completely fucking up the appeal of the franchise as they've done with every console Sims game to date, this is a version of the PC game that's only been slightly hobbled. 6/10
More sliding and gunplay than Olympic Waterslide Target Shooting, and maybe even a few more robots. 8/10
EA Sports MMA
This superior MMA game doesn't have UFC's Brock Lesnar, but on the positive side it also doesn't have Brock Lesnar's tattoo. 7/10
DJ Hero 2
I don't care how much you improve your game in every other area, if you remove Daft Punk as playable characters you've taken a major step back. 7/10
More shooting than Vanquish, but it's all for naught since you can't shoot the terrible director/announcer. 6/10
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Half game, half "awwwww"-inducing fever dream. 8/10
The first time "fast", "decisive", and "efficient" could have been used to describe the Minecraft development team was when they snatched the $2.5 billion dollar check out of Microsoft's sweaty, shaking hand.
Paleo guru and definite non-idiot Luke K. clears the air about some of your favorite pumpkin treats this holiday season. Also he weighs in on the controversy surrounding a paleo wedding cake.
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