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Fuse game review: Fun with friends but short on new ideas

Fuse allows the player to leap instantly between

(Credit: Insomniac Games)

After cutting through a ceiling grate, stealth assassin Naya activates her camouflage mode and silently takes out two armed guards before her squad mates burst into the room and the bullets start flying in full force. Squad leader Dalton Brooks activates his Magshield and the team gets behind him as enemy shots ping uselessly against the shimmering green force field.

After finding cover, tech-wiz...

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A patriot is born in Ubisoft's epic title 'Assassin's Creed 3'

Play as Ratonhnhake:ton, also known as Connor Kenway

(Credit: Ubisoft)

In the “Assassin’s Creed” series, Ubisoft has immersed players in key historical cruxes like 12th Century Damascus and 15th Century Venice through the eyes of “Brotherhood Assassins,” who track down and kill assigned targets (usually the Assassins’ archenemies, the Templars). Ezio Auditore, the charming Venetian as adept at taking maidens’ hearts as he is taking contracts’ lives, has been the focal...

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' launches

The official "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2"

(Credit: Acitivision)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is in stores now and Activision is already sweetening the deal on the game's optional 'DLC Season Pass'.

A Nuketown Zombies bonus map will be included with the digital download of the 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass,' according to the game's publisher and Treyarch.  This map was only available with purchasing either the Hardened or Collectors Editions. ...

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Review: '007 Legends' is a "SkyFail"

Gamers can join in the celebration of 50

(Credit: Eurocom)

"...developers dropped the 'Thunderball' in making a proper game for James Bond."  - Warp Pipe

This past weekend was the beginning of a celebration looking back on half a century of all things shaken, not stirred. While those portraying Agent 007 have varied throughout 23 feature films, almost as many video games have attempted to place gamers in the shoes of England's most...

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Review: Kickin' it old school with 'Midway Arcade Origins'

'Midway Arcade Origins' is available now for XBOX

(Credit: Backbone Entertainment)

"...a terrific port that keeps the retro flame burning bright."  - Warp Pipe

In the 1980s, arcade cabinets stood proudly side-by-side in dark rooms, collectively chirping out digital soundtracks and static noise like a bird's nest of newborns calling for their first meal of the day. On their menu was our quarters, and at arcades across the country those coins were spent as pockets...

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Review: 'Borderlands 2' is a laugh-out-loud blast

'Borderlands 2' is available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation

(Credit: 2k Games)

"I cannot get enough of this game and highly recommend calling three of your friends to take a joy ride into this wild, wild space western."  - Warp Pipe


Treasure hunters and pyromaniacs alike found Gearbox and 2K Games' role-playing shooter 'Borderlands' to be a great blend of action and XP driven gameplay. But the game did lack where open world games thrived on...

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Combat 'Resident Evil', vote for Adam Benford

Warp Pipe received a campaign kit from 'Resident

(Credit: Daryl Thomen)

War, economics, terrorism and zombies...

While President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney continue to make headlines this election year, one man is stepping up to remind the American people that there is hope left for our nation's safety and security.  That man is Adam Benford.

In a press kit sent to us at Warp Pipe, President Benford in a written address...

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'Rock Band Blitz' tackles your DLC library

'Rock Band Blitz' is a rhythm game in

(Credit: Harmonix)

I love you Harmonix.  There I said it.

I love that you continue to keep the Rock Band product alive when most of the gaming world has put away their plastic instruments and shut the door on what use to be a must have at any house party.  Karaoke and rhythm-based button-pressing fun is still alive and kicking thanks to the developers' weekly support of downloadable song additions...

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'Sleeping Dogs' is a eye-opening joy ride

"Sleeping Dogs" was developed by United Front Games

(Credit: Square Enix)

Open-world gaming has a ton to offer yet some titles have found themselves lost within their own sprawling massive cities. The developers at United Front Games were up for the challenge and impressed publisher Square Enix with the original IP.

Players assume control of Wei Shen, crossing the line between federal agent and criminal. Wei is an officer of the San Francisco Police Department assigned...

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Review: 'Spec-Ops: The Line'

"Spec-Ops: The Line" was released in North America

(Credit: 2K Games)

If you’re looking for another military shooter to hold you over, you might be in for a bit of a surprise. On the surface, "Spec Ops" seems like just another action-packed terrorist hunt in the desert, but there’s more to see and play here than you might expect.

In "Spec Ops: The Line", players take on the role of Captain Martin Walker, the leader of an elite delta squad...

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