Review: Street Fighter X Tekken

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By Tony Maher
Contributor

“Street Fighter X Tekken,” the latest crossover fighting game, is great start to finish. The title maintains what made each of these franchises into classics, and introduces new accents to keep it interesting. Although each franchise has added recent releases to their histories, Street Fighter X Tekken seems to stay true to the original formulas that made the originals so legendary.

Since the days of my youth, “Street Fighter” has been the series I compare all other fighting games to. I spent many a quarter battling my friends at Maxwell Street Pizza with Ryu, Ken, Guile and the gang for the title of current champion. I honestly cannot count the hours we spent playing Street Fighter on any available system. Since then, there have been many different versions of Street Fighter and many other fighting games. Few of those, however, could hold a Hadouken to the original Street Fighter 2. But Street Fighter X Tekken is excellent as a new incarnation of an old breed.

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Forza Motorsport 4 is getting Porsche DLC

The excellent 2011 racing title Forza Motorsport 4 featured cars from just about every manufacturer one could think of.

Except Porsche.

That’s going to change, however, for players willing to shell out $20 for some simulated German engineering. The Porsche Expansion Pack is scheduled for a May 22 release and is set to include 30 Porsche models, as well as Porsche-themed racing events. Only two cars have been revealed so far: the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic and 2010 Porsche Boxter S.

Images of both cars are shown below:

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Forza Motorsport 4 is an XBox 360 exclusive. PlayStation 3 owners are free to debate whether Gran Turismo or Forza is the superior racing franchise for consoles.

Review, Part Two: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

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“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” is a game that, despite some frustrating moments, is a title that features some of the greatest experiences in any recent game or the venerable Zelda franchise.

This is the second part of a review I wrote based upon my first impressions of Skyward Sword. After completing the main quest, and then spending considerable time trying to decide what, exactly, I should write about the game, I find that many of more initial impressions remain unchanged.

In short, that means Skyward Sword is an excellent, if imperfect, game that should entertain any Zelda fan. Its successes, however, are largely built upon a foundation of previous Zelda titles. Although Nintendo’s promotion of the Wii’s motion controls can be considered a bold attempt to change the way players approach games, I can’t help but feel the Zelda series is needs a major shake-up when its time for the next chapter.

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Review, Part One: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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By Jahmal Peters
Contributor

What hasn’t been said about Bethesda’s latest installment in the Elder Scrolls series?

Critical acclaim? Definitely.

Game of the year candidate? Without question.

A vast open ended environment with hundreds of hours of replayability? It’s been said.

Quite possibly the best way to sum up Skryim would be to say this review is late is because all the reviewers are still playing it.

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Review: Starfox 64: 3D

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Star Fox 64 3D is a decent remake that like Nintendo’s remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, offers cleaner graphics and few tweaked controls to a popular Nintendo 64 title.

In the case of Star Fox 64, the new Nintendo 3DS version features gyroscopic controls that let players control their star fighter by moving their 3DS handheld itself instead of using traditional controls. Otherwise, the game is basically the same as the original version, and ace pilot Star Fox is still teamed up with a rabbit, falcon and toad who fly at his side in an interplanetary war.

And yes, Slippy Toad will still advise Fox to “do a barrel roll.” The Internet is eternally grateful for that line.

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Review: Mario Kart 7

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Mario Kart 7 may not be the most essential release of the year, but it’s a fun diversion that carries on the ridiculous traditions of the Mario Kart franchise to the Nintendo 3DS handheld.

For anyone who has somehow avoided the first six games in the Mario Kart franchise, the game places characters in the role of Super Mario characters (I like Donkey Kong) who race against each other in absurdly cute vehicles on silly tracks inspired by levels in various Mario games as well as other Nintendo games.

And, of course, everybody cheats. Mario Kart has always combined cuteness with anarchy, as competition means attacking your opponents with turtle shells, fireballs, ink-shooting squids and more weapons. The arsenal still includes the notorious blue shell, an advanced Mario Kart weapon that targets and hits whoever is in first place. Is it fair? Of course not, but what is?

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Review: Forza Motorsport 4

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Forza Motorsport 4 is, quite simply, a lovely game.

The latest racing offering from Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft Studios, Forza Motorsport 4 is one of the most visually appealing games to appear on the XBox 360 console. From the scenic vistas of the game’s Bernese Alps track to the detail applied to each of the vehicles, Forza Motorsport 4 is a game that is wonderful to look at, but more importantly, boasts smooth controls and a variety of customization options that make it fun to play.

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NCAA Football 12. more new releases

NCAA Football 12 (unasked-asked-for editorializing: I always preferred it to Madden) comes out today for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

The 2012 edition of EA Sports’ college football franchise not only lets players assume the role of head coach or player, but also conference executive. The game’s features include an option to realign conferences, allowing fans to relive the fun of the last off-season’s conference moves and (I assume) create their own Pac-Integer or put San Diego State in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Whatever players do, it can’t be much loss logical than the Big 10 having 12 teams and the Big 12 having 10 teams. (You’ve heard that joke before? Sorry.)

Other features include the “Road to Glory” and “Coaching Carousel” career modes as well as animal mascots and team-specific pregame traditions. I haven’t had a chance to play this game yet, but college football is generally awesome.

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Review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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(This version of the review is edited from the initial version posted on July 5.)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D recaptures everything that was so great about the game’s original 1998 release, making its 3D version a healthy dose of nostalgia for those who first enjoyed the game 13 years ago.

Nintendo first released Ocarina of Time in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. Its new Nintendo 3DS version features not only 3D visuals, but improved character models, more detailed environments and refined controls that add freshness to a nearly 13-year-old title.

The new release also includes the more difficult “Master Quest” and a new feature allowing players to replay boss battles.

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