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Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011

Nintendo 3DS: Is 3D gaming a fad?

In 1893, British photographer William Friese-Greene filed a patent for a 3D film viewing process that placed two images side by side, creating a "joined"...
By Wei-Huan Chen  |  July 08, 2011
Nintendo's big reveal and other gaming excitement at E3 2011

Nintendo's big reveal and other gaming excitement at E3 2011

E3 is now! Any reputable gamer knows that the biggest gaming news of the year comes out at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los...
By Wei Chen  |  June 06, 2011

Odd Future blew up out of nowhere. But they didn't do it alone.

By now you've heard about how post-this, uber-that, and pre-apocalyptically radical the Los Angeles collective Odd Future is. Or maybe your little sis came home with ringleader Tyler the Creator's tag tatted on her teenage ta-ta's.
Making the brand
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 06, 2011

PlayStation Network hack knocks service out "indefinitely"

Six days ago, the PlayStation Network went down. Although some users can manage to get Netflix and other services to work, video gaming online continues...
By Maddy Myers  |  April 26, 2011

The Royally Screwed Tenenbaum

After more than seven years and dozens of petitions, motions, and court appearances, the title fight over the future of music washed up on the South Boston waterfront this week.
Sharing is caring
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011


Review: Killzone 3

It's come to this. As if mandatory system updates and routine software patches weren't enough, console games now support so much peripheral hardware that folks with different set-ups might as well not be playing the same game.
What if you don't play Killzone 3 in 3D?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 18, 2011

The Top 10 Video Games of 2010

The most frustrating thing about being a gamer is trying to keep up with the hype train.
Heavy reign
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 24, 2010

The Big Hurt: Pretender to the throne?

On December 14 — just in time for the holidays, if you hadn't noticed — Sony will release Michael , a posthumous collection of unreleased songs from the King of Pop's later years.
Will the 'real' Michael Jackson please stand up . . .
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 19, 2010

Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

For a couple of hours, I was enjoying the latest iteration of the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, which is called Peace Walker . Unlike the massive, bloated, self-important Metal Gear Solid 4 , this portable installment felt lean and mean.
The latest Metal Gear Solid sends mixed signals
By MITCH KRPATA  |  July 02, 2010

Review: God of War III

What is Kratos so angry about — again? There used to be a good reason for his non-stop temper tantrums.
New console, same game
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 02, 2010


Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010

New Microsoft Stores: Good News for Gamers

Today, Microsoft opened the first in a chain of retail stores designed to mimic the success of the Apple Stores. Mac and PC users alike...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 26, 2009

Review: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Nathan Drake walks like a man. Not so much in a macho, John Wayne kind of way — though there is plenty of that in him — but as if he were a real person occupying physical space.
A real treasure
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 23, 2009
The Phoenix's non-exclusive sarcasm riddled E3 coverage

The Phoenix's non-exclusive sarcasm riddled E3 coverage


E3: Every Element Expected

The biggest gaming conference of the year, Los Angeles's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), this week gave Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo the opportunity to talk about why their console is better than everybody else's console (and why their dad can beat up your dad) as each company held its usual exclusive press conference. How disappointing was this year's shameless hypefest? Only you can be the judge (but The Phoenix can help you see the truth).

By webteam  |  June 03, 2009

The simple pleasures

The PSP is usually touted as the less innovative of the two modern handhelds, and that makes games like Sony's music/strategy franchise Patapon — the second installment of which is out now — sort of a big deal.  
Patapon 2 marches to its own beat
By MIKE ROUGEAU  |  May 15, 2009


Review: Killzone 2

For fans of the chronically underperforming PlayStation 3, each new exclusive title is a potential savior. The latest great white hope is Killzone 2 , the sequel to a not especially beloved PS2 game.
Can Killzone 2 save the PlayStation 3?
By MITCH KRPATA  |  March 17, 2009

PS3, please

Sony's Resistance , a PS3 shooter, is getting lost in the shuffle.
Resistance 2 deserves a shot
By MADDY MYERS  |  December 02, 2008


It helps to think of LittleBigPlanet not as a game but as a toy — more like digital Legos or Lincoln Logs than a typical narrative-driven experience.
A platformer with little, big problems
By MITCH KRPATA  |  November 18, 2008

Oh, and also: Metal Gear Solid 4 in June

Metal Gear Solid 4 in June. Bucking market trends, if nothing else.
By Ryan Stewart  |  February 26, 2008

More E3: Nintendo and Sony press conferences, Metal Gear Solid 4, more Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3

Why?Quick and dirty analysis, based on reporting from the scene here, here, and here: Microsoft didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know, Sony...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 12, 2007