Game Of The Year Awards 2010

Over the last month we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on titles we missed, taking notes, and debating the virtues of our favorite titles.

It all culminates in our annual list of worthy titles.

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Game Review: Rock Band 3

It’s hard enough to find a game sequel that is dramatically better than the original, and even more difficult to find a third installment that’s even better.

Maybe that’s why I was prepared for disappointment with Rock Band 3.

Hopeful? Yes, but I was also ready to be let down.

Fortunately, in all the ways that matter, Rock Band 3 is better than it’s predecessors, and if you’ll pardon the pun (if you play the game, you’ll understand) it delivers in Spades.

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Game Review – Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Jumping, wall running, jumping some more, hanging off cliffs, swinging, dodging swinging axes, rolling under spinning blades, and scaling walls of various surface types, yes this is a Prince of Persia game. I have been told that this game follows the new movie but as I have yet to see the movie I cannot confirm this wild rumor. If its true then I don’t need to see the movie now and will never know for sure. (My daughter says “no the game is cooler than the movie” but I think she is just trying to get me to watch the movie to compare for myself.)

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E3 Video: Just Dance 2 Trailer

The first one kinda scared me, but apparently people like the game cause Just Dance 2 is coming soon. Check out the trailer here!

E3 Video: GoldenEye 007 Trailer

Another awesome reason to have a Wii. Check out the trailer for the updated classic GoldenEye 007!

Product Review: Hyperkin 3-Port USB Hub For PS3

hub1Normally I wouldn’t get too excited about a USB hub, but the Hyperkin USB Hub for PS3, has some things going for it.

On the surface, the device is a standard USB hub, expanding the standard two ports available on current PS3 models to four.

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Product Review: Hyperkin Wii Sound Plus

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Since the launch of the Wii, there have been many assorted sports peripherals released to enhance your experience when playing.

I always wondered if these really enhanced the title, or if they were merely a gimmick and just further cluttering up my gaming area with more plastic or foam items that I would most likely never use.

When I received the Wii Sound Plus kit for review, I was pleasantly surprised that they were not overly large and could easily be disassembled at the handle to make storing them easier.  A common problem that I see with most peripherals of this type is that they are either too flimsy or too rigid and it will either break. Or you end up with someone getting injured.

The Wii Sound Plus peripherals were just the right balance of soft and durable. I even allowed for my girlfriend to smack me around a bit with one, not only did it not break but it didn’t leave a mark or hurt.

This is definitely a bonus when you have a five year old and two year old running around.

The feature that separates the Wii Sound Plus from other peripherals is the “Built-in Sound Device”. This feature is designed so that when you swing the tennis racket or baseball bat, a device inside it slides and you hear the sound of hitting something as well as a little bit of feeling that something is being hit.

Overall, a very simple design but works quite well and adds a bit more immersion to a game. If you have a motion plus sensor attached to your controller, there is no need to remove it as it will fit into either of the kits.

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There is only one item to keep in mind and is not a design flaw or problem. If you happen to have your sensor bar placement above your TV, you will need to move it’s placement to the bottom as the racket or bat will obstruct the beam when trying to navigate menus.

Not a huge deal as most people have their bar placement already at the bottom.

If you’re in the market to pick up a Sport accessory pack for your Wii, at a MSRP of $19.99 I would recommend checking these out.

Buy Wii Tennis Kit with Sound Plus – White, Pink, Blue
Buy Wii Baseball Kit with Sound Plus – White, Pink and Blue