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In the NHL’s current salary cap era, building a Cup contender requires more diligence than simply poaching big-ticket free agents in the offseason and drafting a blue-chip blue liner.

  • Sept. 24th, 2010  |
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To avid fans of the sandbox-style gameplay of titles like “Grand Theft Auto IV,” playing “Mafia II” is like biting into a seemingly delicious slice of cheesecake only to discover it was made using a low-fat recipe.

Full disclosure: I love Lara Croft. It’s no secret but worth putting out there all the same.

  • Aug. 27th, 2010  |
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They say success on the football field starts with the running game. With all the crazy multireceiver and option formations in college football these days, this isn't necessarily as true, but it's a philosophy that "NCAA Football 11" uses to great effect. The new locomotion running engine gives the game a powerful foundation, and it drives the franchise forward by offering a fluid experience every time you touch the ball. It's one of the key components that takes this series to the next level.

  • July 23rd, 2010  |
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Arcade-style racing games like these three don't have the level of technical sophistication a simulation like "Forza" or "Gran Turismo" would have.

  • July 23rd, 2010  |
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“Singularity” is a thrilling, provocative, yet oddly familiar journey through the fabric of time. In this alternate take on historical events, Joseph Stalin’s role in the Cold War is heightened when Russian scientists discover a new element on the island of Katorga-12. This element holds untold power, and even though it’s unstable, Stalin accelerates the experiments. Death, contamination, and unexplainable phenomena are all Russia has to show for its efforts. Katorga-12 is quarantined and forgotten. History stays the course until you arrive on the island in 2010.

  • July 16th, 2010  |
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It takes a special kind of thread to maneuver a needle as well-established as "Tiger Woods PGA Tour." It's doubly difficult to please everybody in doing so. But in making changes that benefit those who want a more accessible golf experience and those who want a game that makes that first group cry, that's precisely what "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11" does.

Judging from the NASCAR fans in my family, there's some truth to the old gag that they really watch auto racing for the crashes.

Game Informer Magazine ranks the Top 10 PC games from June.

"Chaos Rising," the new expansion to "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II," builds on the blend of real-time strategy and role-playing elements introduced in the original game.

  • June 25th, 2010  |
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