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Big decisions and reviews aplenty

So you want to review video games, huh? I’m not going to lie — it’s a great gig most of the time. But then there are times like this weekend, when I find myself facing a rather difficult decision.

Thursday, my review copy of “Saints Row: The Third” was waiting for me when I arrived at the office. Friday, I showed up to find “Uncharted 3,” “Lord of the Rings: War in the North” and, yes, “The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.” My problem now is trying to decide which of these epic games to play first.

OK, so it’s not exactly a terrible problem to have. But I’m torn, nonetheless. I’ve already put a few hours into both “Saints Row” and “Skyrim,” but a few hours barely scratches the surface of those games. “Saints Row: The Third” has been a riot thus far. I’m a huge Tolkien fan, so I’m excited to see “War in the North,” and I already know “Uncharted 3” is going to be something special, but I have been unable to tear myself away from “Skyrim.”

I had to force myself to turn off my Xbox this morning at 3:30 a.m. after a night of poking around the unexplored wilds in Bethesda’s epic RPG, and I can’t wait to jump back into “Skyrim” later tonight. I can’t say too much because reviews are embargoed until Nov. 10 and I’ve seen only a fraction of what the game has to offer, but so far, so good.

On to games that I can, and have, talked about. Click here to visit the Video Games section of and check out my reviews of “Spider-Man: Edge of Time,” “Forza Motorsport 4,” “Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One,” “Batman: Arkham City,” “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports: Season Two” and more.

That’s all for now. I have some dragons to slay…