Best of 2011 - Best Ending
——- BEST MOMENT THE END - BATMAN ARKHAM CITY There are certain moments in our video game careers that remind us why we play. Areis’ fate in Final Fantasy 7. Finding out the truth about Darth Revan. Psycho Mantis reading our mind and our memory card. Every gamer has these moments they willl always remember, and 2011 wasn’t short on memorable scenes. Virtually every set piece in...
Best of 2011 - Best Multiplayer
——- BEST MULTIPLAYER PORTAL 2 In a year dominated by big-budget first person shooters, one might think our favorite multiplayer game would come out of the online arena. Battlefield 3 blew us away with realistic destruction physics, incredible gunplay and vehicle mayhem. The revamped Gears of War multiplayer suite kept us hording out for months, gleefully eviscerating the Locust with...
Best of 2011 - Best Story
As the year draws to a close, we’ve decided to look back on the best video games of 2011. Every Reset Games employee has voted for their favorite games and through that process we’ve determined which games we thought were the best of the best. ——- BEST STORY UNCHARTED 3 As video games mature as an entertainment medium, the quality of storytelling seems to have gotten better and...
Review - Skyrim
Ironically, your first experience in Skyrim will be controlled, on-rails, and wholly detached from the rest of the game. You’re lead from point to point with little input or choice, and it feels strikingly similar to most other modern titles. I like to think that this was developer Bethesda’s way of easing your transition from other games into an experience that I can only describe as...
Review - Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
“Video games can never be art.” This sentiment, expressed by renowned film critic Roger Ebert and shared by many others, ignited a firestorm of debate on the internet which has yet to be extinguished. Are games simply entertainment, meaningless little distractions from everyday life? Or do they have the potential to be transcendant experiences, like books or films? And what does the word “art”...
Review - Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary
I used to have a friend named Bob who worked at a QFC when I lived in Seattle in the summer of 2001. Bob was a good guy. He hooked me up with chicken strips and jojos. He often had coupons I didn’t know existed that cut the cost of my groceries in half. He even jump-started my car when my girlfriend left the lights on, once. More importantly, though, Bob always had the inside knowledge on...
Review - Super Mario 3D Land
Nintendo has always dominated the handheld gaming market. The potent combination of accessibility, software, and innovation has kept Nintendo devices light years ahead of the competition, ultimately dooming other handhelds to obscurity. It wasn’t until this generation that Nintendo’s throne was legitimately challenged; the rise of mobile and tablet gaming has threatened to best them...
Review - Modern Warfare 3
Ah warfare, for as horrible as the reality of the concept may be it provides millions with entertainment, joy and rage everyday through such mediums as Xbox Live, the Playstation Network, and the wild world of the inter-web. And what better way to celebrate the ever climbing digital body count, than with Activision’s biggest release of 2011: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. With an...
Review - Uncharted 3
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is the best movie I’ve played all year. . That might sound a little strange, but bear with me for a minute. It’s no secret in either the gaming world or in Hollywood that films based on video games tend to be pure crap. Ask any gamer to choose a quality theatrical release that got its start as a video game, and he or she will more than likely be...
Review - Goldeneye 007 Reloaded
Chances are, if you ever owned a Nintendo 64, you played GoldenEye 007. It was the second-highest selling title on that long-lived and legendary console, and was so influential on the burgeoning first person shooter format that it has deserved legendary status in all of FPS gaming. As a movie tie-in, it was an absolute triumph. Even though it came out two years after theGoldenEye feature...
Review - Battlefield 3
I grew up on first person shooters. From the first day I grasped the NES Zapper and started blasting ducks out of serene blue sky of Duck Hunt, I was hooked. Now I’m not a particularly violent person yet somehow my digital bloodlust has always seemed to be due for a filling. Seeking a better FPS experience is what drove me to titles such as Goldeneye, Battlefield 1942, the Halotrilogy,...
Review - Batman Arkham City
When it comes to the wide pantheon of comic book superheroes, I don’t think there is anyone more compelling, complex, or awesome than the nocturnal guardian of Gotham City. The young man who saw his parents taken from him in a hailstorm of pearls and blood decided, through his trauma, that he would use his vast wealth and resources to travel the world and gain the skills necessary to hone his...
Review - Spiderman Edge Of Time
Beenox, the creators of last year’s critically acclaimed game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, retain the keys to the webslinger for this year’s sequel, Edge of Time. Where the distinctive part ofShattered Dimensions was the ability to play as four different Spider-Men from across the vastness of time, space, and universes, Edge of Time partially continues that trend with a narrative that...
Review - Dark Souls
It is a bleak and dreary sight that I am presented with; standing alone on a narrow cliff ledge, an armor-clad warrior slowly advances. My health is dangerously low; one wrong move and I plummet to my death, one misjudged swing and I will be run through. Off in the distance, I can see the hazy outline of a massive castle standing like a silent guardian, instilling both a desire to reach its...
Review - RAGE
To anyone remotely familiar with the history of first-person shooter games, the name “id Software” should ring a bell. The company did, after all, basically invent the genre. Though id first made a name for itself with the wonderful Commander Keen series of platformers, the developer is better known for shooter series like Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake. It should come as no surprise...
Review - NBA 2K12
Over the past two weeks I’ve learned more about the game of basketball than I have growing up watching hoops. NBA 2K12 has coached me through the core fundamentals of the sport, while simultaneously teaching me about the rich history of the league and its players. Never before has a sports game held me captive like 2K12 has; I can’t see myself putting it down in the foreseeable future. It’s a...
Review - Gears of War 3
Blood erupts from the freshly eviscerated carcass of my former enemy. With a guttural scream, I ran the Locust beast through with my chainsaw-tipped weapon and now the two halves of its body drop to the ground at either side. The brutal manner in which I dispatched my enemy, and the gore that comes with it, is neither celebrated nor glorified; it’s merely a part of life in Gears of War 3. It is...
Review - X-Men Destiny
One of the most well known comic book properties on the planet is the mutant team of the X-Men. Famously protecting humanity in a world that hates and fears them, the X-Men have managed to strike a chord with many people across the world as an allegorical tool for racism, xenophobia, and inequality. Because of their status as one of the most popular and enduring characters both in comics and now...
Review - Captain America Super Soldier
The final comic book movie-to-game adaptation of 2011 has hit game stores everywhere in Captain America: Super Soldier. I’m holding a particular standard with this game maybe more than the others, because Steve Rogers happens to be my favorite character in the entire stable of Marvel Comics. Because of this, I think Cap deserves a great gaming experience (whether it’s tied to a film or not), and...
Review - Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
It is December 24th, 1998, and my teenage self is restless; more restless than I’ve ever been on any previous Christmas Eve. I knew that when I woke up, after all the hype and anticipation, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time would finally be mine. The proceeding weeks provided some of the most memorable and influential moments of my gaming history. Ocarina changed everything. After playing...
Blog - Video Game Characters I Wish Existed In...
When people ask me what I do in my spare time and I reply “play video games”, one of my favorite expressions is the one they make when they wait for me to say something else. If they ask me to continue, I’ll add “turning oxygen into carbon dioxide” or “thinking about video games”. It’s at this time they leave me alone and I can continue to write articles. I really do believe that some people...
Review - Deus Ex Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game about choice and consequence, both immediate and far-reaching. Are you a cautious pacifist, taking the less visible route for some potential hidden secrets, or are you a one-man wrecking crew, slaughtering your enemies and looting their corpses for easy cash and items? Do you put a bullet into the man you were sent to neutralize, or weigh his motives and let...
Review - Catherine
The quickest way to irritate almost any gamer is to dismiss his or her hobby of choice as “kids stuff.” Video gaming has long labored under the impression that it’s solely for children, as all of us who grew up during the alarmist media outcries against Mortal Kombat and Night Trap will vividly remember. It’s easy to get defensive about the issue when games have been...
Review - Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
The Lego video game series is built on a solid formula: combining the ridiculously successful plastic building bricks with a variety of popular epic franchises and releasing them as light-hearted video games. Yet too often, games which are based on a licensed brand, whether it be a toy or a movie, tend to produce less than…spectacular results. So video games based on the merging of TWO...
Reset Review - F.3.A.R.
Alma is in labor. One of her sons is imprisoned and the other is dead. The world is crumbling, literally tearing apart with each of Alma’s contractions. If you aren’t familiar with the F.E.A.R. story from previous games, you’re going to be a little lost. Point Man, the surviving son of Alma and protagonist of the first F.E.A.R. game, is being interrogated in an Armacham Security prison. With...
PAX - Prey 2 Impressions
I never got a chance to play the original Prey. It always intrigued me and for $3 I probably should have already gone through it. After watching the incredible live walkthrough of Prey 2 today the Bethesda booth, I’m definitely going to play the original. The demo starts in 2006 where an Air Marshall named Killian wakes up in the wreckage of a terrible plane crash. He proceeds to get his...
PAX - Skyrim Impressions
Come November 11th, no one will see or hear from me for at least a month. I had the pleasure of playing The Elder Scrolls 5 Skyrim today and it was everything I could have hoped for! Reset Mark and I abused our early access to the exhibitor hall and got in the Skyrim line before the doors opened. The friendly Bethesda employee greeted us with a promotional helm and after dawning our armor we...
PAX - Battlefield 3 Impressions
Battlefield 3 is near the top of my list of day one purchases in 2011. With every trailer EA releases BF3 somehow looks better and better, culminating in the “Caspian Border” trailer a couple weeks back that introduced fighter jets in multiplayer matches. Seeing as how I’ll be doing the Reset Review for Battlefield 3, I thought it would be fun to get a sneak peak while at PAX. After grabbing...
PAX - Mass Effect 3 Impressions
Since the day we booked a booth at PAX Prime 2011, my mission had been clear: I had to make a B-line to the Mass Effect 3 booth first thing in the morning. When 9:45AM rolled around, I used the advantages of my exhibitor badge and got in line with a group of 10-12 other eager Shepards before the floodgates opened. After signing an agreement to not video tape the demo, we headed in for my most...