Plugged In

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…


The fun never stops at Plugged In HQ, as I’ve just posted reviews of “NBA 2K12,” “Mercury Hg” and “Kinectimals: Now with Bears.” Click here to check them out.

‘Rage,’ ‘X-Men: Destiny’ reviewed

Head over to the Video Games section of to check out my thoughts on “Rage” and “X-Men: Destiny” or click the respective links to go there now.

‘FIFA 12’ review takes the pitch

Click here to check out my review of EA Sports’ “FIFA Soccer 12.”

‘Resistance 3’ reviewed and more

OK, so business has officially picked up at Plugged In HQ. I finally wrapped up “Resistance 3” and posted my review, which you can read here. I’ve also received my review copy of “Rage” and am just beginning to tear into that gem.

 “FIFA 12” should be here today and I’m hoping to see “NBA 2K12” and “X-Men: Destiny” before the weekend. And then there’s the “Battlefield 3” demo and “Batman: Arkham City” is just around the corner.

It’s official — I may not see the sun again until after Christmas.

New Kinect titles reviewed

I’ve just posted my reviews of “The Gunstringer” and “Rise of Nightmares,” two games built specifically for use with Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. Check them out here or head over to the Video Games section of

‘Madden NFL 12’ review online

Check out my thoughts on EA’s “Madden NFL 12” by clicking here or visiting the Video Games section at

‘Gears of War 3’ review online now

What better way to kick off the return of the Plugged In blog than with a review of one of the year’s biggest titles, “Gears of War 3.” Click here to check it out, and get your Lancers revved up — “Gears 3” arrives in stores Sept. 20.

…They pull me back in. OK, so maybe the “they” in question here is really me, but you get the point.

It’s been quite some time since I posted an update the ol’ Plugged In blog, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slacking off on giving you quality video game reviews. In fact, staying away from the blog has allowed me more time to play and review more games than ever before. Shoot, I even started a YouTube channel since my last visit.

But a funny thing happened on the way to leaving this blog in the past. I realize now that I need it. Sure, it’s another way to promote my reviews elsewhere on the Gazette web site. And Lord knows I’m not above some shameless self-promotion.

More importantly, though, it allows me the opportunity to not only keep you, the readers, up on the latest gaming news, but also to share my views and opinions. And I’ve got plenty of those to go around.

So expect to see this space become a little more active in the coming days and weeks. The fall is the busiest time of year in the gaming industry, and I’ll do my best to cover it all for you. So feel free to post a comment or make a suggestion. I look forward to seeing if anyone is still listening out there …

Surprise! ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ delayed

OK, so who didn’t see this one coming? Developer Gearbox Software today announced that the long-delayed “Duke Nukem Forever” has been, you guessed it, delayed again.

Originally scheduled to arrive in early May, “Duke Nukem Forever” is now slated for a June 14 release in the U.S. You can check out the video announcing the delay by visiting our YouTube channel here.