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Dragon Age: Origins

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Created by: BioWare Genre: RPG
Systems:
Xbox 360, PS3, PC Release: 11/3/2009 ESRB Rating: M My Score: 8.5
BioWare nowadays maybe faltering nowadays, but in 2009 they impressed with the great RPG, Dragon Age: Origins. Made as a spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate, the game that put them on the map, BioWare delivers an excellent story with difficult decisions. At the same time, the gameplay for the console versions are lacking to say the least.                 The one common theme that will start all playthroughs of Dragon Age is that there is a race of corrupted creatures called the darkspawn that ravage the land in events called blights. These blights were caused by the hubris of men and mages and have threatened to destroy the world four times. A group of warriors known as “Grey Wardens” stopped these blights from enveloping the world. Now the darkspawn return in force and another blight is at hand. It is on this precipice that your character enters the world.                 In Dragon …

Star Wars the Old Republic

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Created by: BioWare Genre: MMO Release: 12/21/2011
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PC ESRB Rating:
T (Teen) My Score: 8.5                 After five months of slaying sand people on Tatooine to Sith Lords on Correllia, I can unequivocally say that Star Wars the Old Republic is a great MMO for those who can afford it. BioWare may have disappointed with Dragon Age 2 and the ending of Mass Effect 3, but they did an excellent job returning players to a galaxy far, far away.                 Star Wars the Old Republic takes place around 500 years after the events of Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2. All of the heroes of the previous games are gone and the Sith Empire foreshadowed at the end of KOTOR 2 has invaded. Their invasion devastated the galaxy, including the Republic capital of Coruscant. The war ended in a fragile peace treaty that both the Sith Empire and Republic test the limits of every day. It is this world that you must choose a side: the Sith Empire or Republic.                 When starting the game …

Zelda Skyward Sword

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Created by: Nintendo Genre: Fantasy Adventure Release:
November 20, 2011 ESRB Rating: E My Score:
9.75/10

Zelda is one of the greatest video game series in existence. Zelda Skyward Sword continues this tradition and amounts to one of the best games in the series. If you haven’t already played Skyward Sword, one of the greatest games of 2011, it’s time to dust off your Wii and enjoy this amazing experience. Skyward Sword is the chronological beginning of the series and starts out in a land named Skyloft, a floating island in the sky. The main character, Link, attends an academy to become a Skyloft knight, someone who rides atop a giant bird to protect the realm. After a bit of misadventure with your lifetime friend, Zelda, you are finally promoted. Once you ride with Zelda in celebration, however, a storm takes her and she falls to Earth. Following a premonition of evil covering the land and a visit by a holy sword known as the skyward sword, Link begins his momentous adventure that results …

Mass Effect 3: From Ashes DLC

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Created by: Bioware Genre: Shooter RPG Systems: 
Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release: 3/6/2012 ESRB Rating: M

My Score: 7.5
Mass Effect 3 is living up to be one of the most controversial games of the year and its DLC, “From Ashes,” is no different. The DLC adds an interesting character that fits right into Mass Effect 3 along with an awesome weapon. However, the content in question costs $10 and is already on the disc. Everything about From Ashes must be weighted by this fact. From Ashes carries on the tradition of additional character DLC started in Mass Effect 2 with the characters Zaeed and Kasumi. There is both some progress and regression from the bar Bioware set.   The DLC brings players back to the planet Eden Prime, where the series started out. The reasons given for your return fit in perfectly with the story. I personally forgot that I was there as part of a DLC mission. The map is excellently laid out with countless combat strategy options. To get to a necessary location, you can sneak ar…

Saints Row 2

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Created by: THQ, Volition Inc. Genre: Action Release: Oct 14, 2008 ESRB Rating: M (Mature) My Score: 9.5 out of 10
The Third Street Saints are at it again in this amazing action packed sequel to try and take stilwater back for themselves.

In Saints Row 2 you start the game off waking up from a comma in prison after escaping a boat blowing up at the end of the first game. (spoiler) And as your waking up the young man laying next to you introduces himself to you as Carlos who said you and his older brother use to roll in the saints together back in the day. And from there on Carlos helps you escape the prison, steal a boat, and gets you back to stilwater while he explains to you whats happened since you've been gone.

You learn that since you've been gone three new gangs have taken over stilwater, The Japanese Ronin gang, The Sons of Samedi, and The Brotherhood. So in order to take these new gangs down you decide to go out and find three new generals for your crew. And after saving Jo…