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‘Stacking’ review online

Who says it isn’t cool to play with dolls? Check out my review of the latest from Double Fine Productions here, or visit the Video Games section at

‘First Strike’ landing on PS3 in March

Activision announced Wednesday that the “First Strike” map pack for “Call of Duty: Black Ops” will arrive on PlayStation 3 March 3, less than a month after the DLC debuted exclusively on the Xbox 360.

Featuring four new multiplayer maps as well as a new Zombie Mode map, the “First Strike” pack will retail for $15.

No release date has been revealed for “First Strike” on PC.

In a press release Wednesday, mega-publisher Activision announced plans to “disband” the company’s “Guitar Hero” business unit and has halted development on the next entry in the series, which was likely to be released later this year.

The announcement coincided with the publisher’s annual revenue report which revealed a $233 million loss in the latest quarter. For 2009, Activision reported a $286 million loss during the same period. Net yearly revenues dropped from $1.56 billion in 2009 to $1.43 billion in 2010, despite the release of the commercial smash “Call of Duty: Black Ops.”

The company also announced plans to shelve its “True Crime” franchise, and rumors of layoffs at “DJ Hero” developer Freestyle Games were swirling Wednesday afternoon.

Looking for a way to pass the time this weekend while watching the snow fall? Why not prestige a time or three in “Call of Duty: Black Ops”?

Developer Treyarch is celebrating the release of the First Strike map pack with a Double XP multiplayer weekend. From now until noon Monday, gamers can earn double the experience points in “Black Ops” multiplayer matches, making the climb up the ranks just a little easier.

So if going outside isn’t an option, curl up with your controller this weekend and watch the XP pile up.

‘Dead Space 2’ review online

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Is it spring yet?

No, but like a hungry grizzly bear I have awakened from my long winter nap. The new year has already seen a couple of notable releases, including Sony’s “LittleBigPlanet 2” (which you can read about here.) I have also posted my review of the fantasy RPG “Two Worlds II” (get it here) and will be posting my review of “Dead Space 2” soon.

It’s good to be back …

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.

Continue reading…

‘Fallout: New Vegas’ review online now

Click here to read my review of “Fallout: New Vegas,” the follow-up to the hugely successful “Fallout 3.” Can this game live up to the high standards set by its predecessor? Click here and find out.

‘Medal of Honor’ review available now

The embargo has lifted and I’m now free to post my review of EA’s “Medal of Honor.” You can find it here on the Video Games section of

New reviews: ‘Enslaved,’ ‘Castlevania: LoS’

I’ve posted reviews of “Enslaved” and “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” on the Video Games section of Check them out here.  Also, check back Tuesday morning for my review of EA’s “Medal of Honor” reboot.