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Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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My Rating: 8.8 out of 10
I used to never like fighting games. I didn't understand them, I thought they were too hard and the thought of stringing fancy combos together seemed, to me, better suited to 3D titles such as God of War, and Kingdom Hearts. Well, Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds changed that for me completely. Such rich textures, colors, and animations bring me back to my childhood days of watching Saturday morning cartoons. Not to mention, MvC3 features a Simple mode that, admittedly, got me started, and allowed me personally to hone my skills.
Not a whole lot actually holds Marvel vs. Capcom 3 back from the almost holy 10/10 ratings across the board, except for a few minor "nit-picky" things such as; online capabilities, bland "stories" tied to each of the characters, a lot of lackluster and expensive DLC, along with some very small things that I would have liked to see in the game, such as a "live view" of what costume (palette swap)…

Mortal Kombat

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Rating: 9/10 Ah Mortal Kombat, such fond childhood memories of trying to hide the cartridge from mom.  This game introduced me to the fighting game genre, a genre I admittedly don't play often. Truth be told, if it wasn't for my friend Maja I would not own this game.  This title caught my eye awhile ago when I first heard they were doing a reboot of the series.  This game takes characters from multiple titles of the series and blends them together in a slightly new narrative that is challenging (don't even get me started on Goro) and that draws you in. So first off, this is NOT a game for kids.  It's rated M and it's rated M mostly for violence and bloodshed out the whazoo. Now personally I'm ok with this, but I do know more than one person who told me they can't play it just for that reason.  The fighting itself is surprisingly doable, in fact you actually have time to do combos and things of that nature.  Some of the fights are super super maddening, like…

Portal 2

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Rating: 9.5/10

So I've been gone awhile, this is sad but true.  But now I'm back and reviewing the first game of the "most anticipated of 2011" list I made awhile ago.  With us we have Portal 2, Valve's sequel to the original Portal (found as part of The Orange Box), released in 2007.  With Portal 2 Valve has really upped the bar, managing to turn an add on into a full fledged game.The game itself is superb, a mix of clever game play, humor, and ingenious new ideas.

In an effort to mix things up a little I'm going to review the co-op campaign first.  You and your partner play as P-Body (Orange) and Atlus (Blue).  Together, and with the use of 4 total portals, you and your partner solve a variety of puzzles together while GLaDOS tries to split you up.  The co-op campaign manages something that is just simply astounding in that while challenging and mind bending is doable!  The campaign manages to take the new elements from the single player campaign and uses …