Plugged In

Reviews aplenty and some DLC love, too

If you haven’t checked out the Charleston Gazette’s Video Game section lately, you’re missing out on my reviews of many of the fall’s top new releases, including “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011,” “DJ Hero 2,” “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” “Fable III” and many more.

And don’t forget to check back soon to read my take on two of the year’s most anticipated releases — “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.” Remember, if you want to stay plugged in to the latest video game reviews, this is the place to be.

| Microsoft launched its latest Xbox Live dashboard update this week and I’ve been impressed thus far. Overall, moving between windows seems a little quicker. And I love the addition of a search function for Netflix and ESPN3.  It will be interesting to see how the new dashboard works with Kinect, which hits stores later this week.

| On the DLC front, the “Undead Nightmare” expansion for “Red Dead Redemption” is a must-buy. The game was outstanding before, but adding zombies to the equation only raises Rockstar’s wild-west epic to new heights. I can safely say “Undead Nightmare” is one of the finest pieces of downloadable content I’ve ever seen.

| Even though Halloween has passed, check out “Costume Quest” from THQ and Tim Shafer’s Double Fine Productions. You can read my review here. It may look like a kids game, but it’s fun grown-ups, too.   

| I enjoyed Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions” (read my review here), but not nearly as much as my two sons, who have each beaten the game several times over. Now Activision is giving them a reason to jump back into the action with the release of the game’s first batch of DLC. Included for 240 Microsoft Points ($2.99) are new Cosmic costumes for each of the game’s four web slingers, as well as a unique charge attack. Hopefully Activision and developer Beenox step up and deliver a new level or two (or four) to really extend the life of what is already a really fun game.