A helicopter buzzes the rooftop, broadcasting a pre-recorded message instructing survivors to make their way to a nearby hospital for rescue. I would have added instructions for non-survivors to make their way into a nearby furnace for free human flesh, but that's just me.
While descending through the apartment building, you experience your first face-to-face encounter with true horror: carpeting from the 1970's. Just stick to your friends and keep moving. The nightmare will be over soon enough.
Emerging from cramped hallways into an open space is something of a relief, but it also means there are more blindsides to be flanked from. Take great care around parked cars, since setting off their alarms will alert crowds of civic-minded undead who take great offense to auto theft.
If you are the last one in the safe room, please shut the door behind you. If you are the second-to-last person in the safe room, please don't open the door a split second after the last guy closes it. If you are the second person in the room, please don't help the other guys by mashing the "Use Door" command. If you are the first one in the room, please just do everyone a favor and drop a molotov cocktail on the ground.
Grimy, vaguely eerie, littered with prone figures in ragged clothing, broken down subway cars - pretty much what big city commuters see every day in real life.
GET IT OFF GET IT OFF
Press a button, then watch in awe as a mechanism that pumps out 500 decibels of sound raises a security door at a rate of one inch per hour. Man the nearby minigun and fend off wave after wave of undead until the door opens, giving you access to the final safe room that serves as the demo's finish line. Congratulations, you've just - wait, who forgot to close the door? No, I'll get it. No, stop. Okay, you get it. Hello? Screw it, I'll get it. You just opened it before I could -
Gears Of War 2
Bigger and badder than the original in so many ways that the camera has been completely obstructed by your character's muscles. 8/10
Funny, the game promises to feature the most legendary monsters in history but the game's creators are conspicuously absent from the bestiary. 2/10
What it lacks in, well, everything that makes Rock Band and Guitar Hero enjoyable, it more than makes up in cutting edge BLOOM LIGHTING. 1/10
Any hate that you might have for anime is easily offset by recruitable characters with bizarre personality traits, such as the antisocial sniper that don't shower and wears fancy underpants. 9/10
"The gunplay in this game about running is terrible" is 2008's "the weapon selection in this game about portals is too limited". 7/10
The Legend Of Spyro: Dawn Of The Dragon
I thought the series came to an end in the original Playstation days, but least PS3 owners finally have a dragon game that's better than Lair. 5/10
If someone had approached Will Wright eight years ago and told him that the Sims franchise would morph into medieval adventure games featuring superdeformed characters and motion controls, he would have pushed you in a pool and taken away the ladder, then went back to figuring out how to make Spore without actually simulating ecology. 5/10
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
The game you dreamed about when the Wii was first unveiled is nothing like this. 5/10
There is a witch hunt going on right now and I promise you that you will not find any witches in the pleasure room in my congressional office.
To celebrate this week's announcement of Mega Man 11 - the first Mega Man game since Mega Man 6 on the NES - let's remember all the terrific bosses we've faced in this beloved series!
For fans of meaningless awards, these awards are extra meaningless.
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