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  • Ubisoft cracks the code with ‘Watch Dogs’ Jun 2, 2014 5:15 AM
    Since it was dramatically unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo two years ago, the hacking thriller “Watch Dogs” has been called many things: a game for the Edward Snowden era, “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Hackers,” overhyped and revolutionary. In reality, it’s a little of each. The open-world adventure casts players as Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago. After the murder of his young niece, he embarks on one of those cliched action-movie quests for vengeance that involves lots of shooting and car chases.

  • Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart 8’ defies gravity Jun 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Mario Kart” is one of those rare video game series that truly everyone in the family can enjoy. “Mario Kart 8” lives up to that tradition, keeping the franchise high on any list of terrific multiplayer games. Beyond slicker graphics, it doesn’t represent a great evolution from 1992’s “Super Mario Kart.” This time around, there are 32 racetracks: 16 new ones and 16 repurposed from previous games and upgraded to high definition.

  • Alternate-history Nazis cry ‘Wolfenstein’ May 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nazis have made dependable video-game villains. The trend dates back to 1981’s “Castle Wolfenstein,” an Apple II stealth game. The series eventually morphed into “Wolfenstein 3D,” a 1992 first-person shooter that introduced all-American hero William “B.J.” Blazkowicz. He returns in “Wolfenstein: The New Order,” which begins with an assault on the headquarters of Nazi Gen. Wilhelm “Deathshead” Strasse. The mission is a disaster, and a comatose Blazkowicz ends up in a Polish asylum. Flash-forward to 1960, and the Nazis have taken over most of the planet and even a small chunk of the moon.

  • 'Halo’ TV series, ‘Halo 5’ game launching in 2015 May 16, 2014 10:14 AM
    Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announced plans Friday to release the video game sequel “Halo 5: Guardians” for the Xbox One and a “Halo” television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015.

  • ‘MLB 14’ makes solid contact on PS4 May 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    The first edition of a sports game on a new console is like the first game in a new stadium: The place looks great, but management may not yet have worked out the kinks at the ticket lines or the concession stands. “MLB 14: The Show” is no exception. In the latest upgrade of the stellar baseball franchise, the players look more realistic than ever. The most notable flaws are some excruciating loading times, especially when starting a new game or switching between different play modes.

  • ‘Child of Light’ a luminous fairy tale May 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    “Child of Light” doesn’t look like any other video game. With its seemingly hand-drawn characters and watercolor backgrounds, it more closely resembles a children’s picture book. It’s a fitting look, since “Child of Light” is an interactive fairy tale. It’s the story of Aurora, a princess who is transported to a strange world called Lemuria where the sun, moon and stars have vanished. She’s armed with an oversized sword and the ability to use light as a weapon. She can also fly, in slow and smooth motions that add to the game’s dreamlike mood.

  • ‘Hearthstone’ card game is the real deal Apr 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    Video game publishers don’t take many risks with their most popular franchises. That’s part of what makes “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” such a delight. It couldn’t be any less like its parent, “World of Warcraft.” Essentially, it’s a one-on-one card duel. And then there's “Hitman Go,” which takes another AAA series in an unexpected direction, transforming the violent assassination thriller into a battle of wits for the iPad.

  • E.T. phone home? The ‘Atari grave’ is real Apr 28, 2014 6:55 AM
    A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered “E.T.” Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.

  • Gaming-themed restaurant planned for Woodfield Apr 22, 2014 5:26 PM
    Namco Entertainment Inc., the Wood Dale-based company affiliated with the makers of Pac-Man, plans to open a high-end, gaming-themed restaurant and entertainment center at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The new concept restaurant, including eight lanes of bowling, will open in 40,000 square feet of warehouse space formerly used by Sears on the upper level of the mall, according to the village.

  • Nintendo brings ‘Tomodachi’ game to U.S., Europe Apr 10, 2014 9:31 AM
    Nintendo is bringing its “Tomodachi” game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan. Called “Tomodachi Life,” the game geared mostly toward kids is similar to “The Sims” and Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing.” Tomodachi means “friends” in Japanese.

  • ‘Kinect Sports Rivals’ a moving experience Apr 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Kinect Sports Rivals,” a stylish collection of virtual athletic pursuits crafted by veteran game maker Rare, hopes to compel Xbox One owners to use Kinect for more than just navigating menus. The game itself is composed of six activities: Jet Ski racing, bowling, rock climbing, tennis, target shooting and soccer. For better or worse, the quasi-futuristic sports depicted in “Rivals” more closely resemble those weird sports the Enterprise crew would play in the holodeck on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” For example, rock climbing features electrical obstacles and soccer has holograms.

  • See more of your favorite 'Game of Thrones' stars Aug 3, 2014 10:07 PM
    "Game of Thrones" Season 4 begins Sunday on HBO, but hardcore fans want more. Sean will tell you how can meet some "GoT" actors later this month.

  • ‘inFamous: Second Son’ makes Seattle super Mar 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Ah, Seattle, home of a thousand coffee shops, almost as many tech startups and the loudest fans in the NFL. Also, gangs of armed drug dealers, an oppressive paramilitary presence and a handful of superpowered rabble-rousers. Deslin Rowe, the star of “infamous: Second Son,” is one of those malcontents. He’s on the run from the Department of Unified Protection, a government agency that’s understandably twitchy around mutants, given the apocalyptic meltdown unleashed in 2011’s “inFamous 2.” Deslin has his own score to settle with the DUP, so Seattleites had better hold onto their lattes.

  • Google Glass leads video-game makers to test wearable market Mar 22, 2014 8:00 AM
    Wearable technologies including Google Glass, Oculus Rift headsets, smartwatches and smartbands mark a fresh challenge for the $93 billion video-game industry. While the public tends to focus on the consoles wars among Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co., insiders at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week are striving to develop titles for a new generation of disruptive products.

  • Search for old Atari games to go on in New Mexico Mar 21, 2014 4:18 PM
    “E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari’s decline.

  • New Dave & Buster's part of Westfield Hawthorn one-stop shop strategy Mar 21, 2014 5:21 AM
    Dave & Buster's opening next week in Vernon Hills is part of a strategy to repurpose the Westfield Hawthorn mall into a destination for entertainment."This is the kick off to the new Hawthorn," said Michael Golden, the mall's general manager. “Our goal is to be everybody's destination for restaurants, entertainment and retail.”

  • ‘Titanfall’ a beauty and a beast of a game Mar 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    “Titanfall” is the ambitious inaugural game from Respawn Entertainment, a studio that includes developers who worked on the landmark “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” series. It’s clear after spending a few days clashing with Titans that they’ve changed the game again, refreshing the static shoot-’em-up genre with this fabulously fluid sci-fi shooter. There are so many different ways to play as either a free-running pilot on the ground or inside a lumbering Titan that it’s always entertaining, no matter if you’re a shooter newbie or hard-core “Halo” and “Call of Duty” devotee.

  • Raunchy new 'South Park' game is sweet Mar 11, 2014 9:58 AM
    Remember when “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997? Remember how shocking the cursing, toilet humor and black comedy seemed? Take that level of shock and multiply it by, oh, 20 and you'll have some idea of what you should expect from “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” the new video game written by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Like its cable TV counterpart, “The Stick of Truth” gleefully tackles issues like gun control, racism, sexism and pedophilia. If you're not a “South Park” fan, by all means avoid it. Even if you're a fan, there are moments that will make you say “ick” — even as you're laughing at the game's audacity.

  • ‘Thief’ delivers some unpolished gems Mar 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Video games are filled with scenarios where the only solution is to blast your way out. That’s why I have a soft spot for “stealth” games. In 1998, Eidos Interactive’s “Thief: The Dark Project” introduced the idea that light is your enemy and darkness your friend. The Eidos Montreal studio is now trying to reclaim that legacy with “Thief,” a game whose bright spots are sometimes overshadowed by thoughtless design and technical shortcomings. The protagonist, Garrett, is a jaded master thief in a fog-drenched city (called “the City”) that looks like Victorian London.

  • Donkey Kong stumbles in ‘Tropical Freeze’ Feb 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Donkey Kong: He jumps. He punches. He swings on vines and swims with sharks. He wears a monogrammed necktie. He’s kind of boring. Still, “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” provides all the action that fans of the big galoot are probably looking for. Right from the start, though, players expecting a laid-back island vibe will discover that “Tropical Freeze” is hard.

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