The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Overview

Bethesda’s flagship fantasy role-playing series returns to PC with a new storyline and more detailed, open-world environment. Taking place centuries after the events chronicled in 2006’s Oblivion, the game finds the continent of Tamriel in chaos after the High King of Skyrim is found murdered. Yet political turmoil is only the beginning of the problems. Dragons, long believed to be a relic of the past, are now flying across the lands and threaten to tear away the fabric of civilization in one fell swoop.

You are Skyrim’s last hope, a descendent of the fabled Dragonborn, who can speak the language of dragons and channel their mystical powers after slaying them. The main quest involves discovering why the dragons have returned, but as with previous games in the Elder Scrolls series, you are free to embark on your own adventures. There are five major cities in Skyrim, each home to a different culture and way of life, and an estimated 500 distinct places of interest. The publisher claims the game offers 300 hours of content for those looking to explore every nook and cranny in the 3D world.

You can adapt your male or female hero to fit your playing style, whether it’s hacking and slashing at creatures directly, slinging arrows from the cover of darkness, or casting powerful spells. There are hundreds of pieces of equipment and weapons to find or purchase, allowing you to mix and match shields, staves, swords, and spells to suit your needs. Defeating enemies earns you experience that can be used to level up attributes in three key areas: magica, health, and stamina.

A new graphics engine brings the province of Skyrim to life with surging rivers, rolling clouds, changing weather, and more varied terrain at different elevations. The interface features a more minimalistic scheme than what was used in Oblivion, and the number of voice actors has increased to offer more diversity in the speaking roles. Quests include more dynamic elements, and dragons will appear randomly throughout your travels, giving you the option to flee or to stand your ground and fight.

Dual wield weapons and/or magic
Increase your proficiency at skills with repeated use
Explore over 150 hand-crafted dungeons
Unlock words of power from the souls of conquered dragons
Customize weapons and armors through enchantments

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Cities XL 2012 Reviews and more

Based on 4 critics – Overal Score:68 / 100

GameInfo: Cities XL 2012 is a city simulator developed by Focus Home Interactive. Cities XL 2012 is the third game in the Cities XL franchise. New features include new structures, new maps, a starter guide, opens the game to modding and allows you to share your mods. It will be fully compatible with Cities XL 2011 version with a discounted upgrade available. An expansion pack is being released simultaneously.

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WGTC At the end of the day, Cities XL 2012 is a solid simulation game. It feels like it’s meant for players who have been playing simulation games for a long time. I don’t suggest it for people trying to get into simulation games, but it’s definitely worth being in the collection of anyone who plays them frequently. It’s not the most amazing thing since Sim Ant, but it’s fine where it stands. Read Full Review 80/100
The Digital Fix City building games appeal to a certain type of player, those people who favour ‘god-sims’ where their every decision effects the life and well-being of the virtual world they control. Some of these players can still be found whiling away a Sunday afternoon playing Sim City 4 wanting nothing better than to build and control their very own little metropolis only to destroy it later with meteor strike or alien invasion. So with the release of Cities XL 2012 they have a chance to see how the genre has moved on since 2003. Read Full Review 70/100
Destructoid It’s been awhile since I have played a good city builder. I’ll admit that it can be a hard genre to sell, and we don’t see a whole lot of them today. Thankfully, Cities XL 2012 is out, and it’s a great expansion to Cities XL 2011. If you already own 2011, you can pick up 2012 for just $14.99. This makes it more like an expansion for some, and if you are a newcomer to the series, it’s still worth $39.99. Read Full Review 65/100
Home improvements Imagine a house. Just a simple, ordinary house. It’s functional and cosy, even well-designed when viewed from certain angles; but the extremities of the building have some ugly flaws. The gutters were attached at a wonky angle, and someone left a few Christmas decorations stuck up on the roof, which now look sad and slightly creepy when it rains. Read Full Review 60/100




Genre: Simulation
Style: Construction/Building Sim
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

City of Heroes Freedom Reviews

Based on 1 critics – Overal Score: 86 / 100

GameInfo: City of Heroes Freedom is the world’s most popular super-powered MMO, that you can now play for free. Create your own Hero or Villain with completely customizable powers and millions of costume options. Soar across fantastic cities, journey to alternate dimensions, or team up to battle epic otherworldly creatures. Join millions of players as you take part in the greatest super-powered adventure.

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PCGamer Surprised that City of Heroes went free-to-play? Of course not. Make a list of all the RPGs that could easily get away with gouging their audiences into oblivion, and an ageing but popular one that’s already built on genuine character customisation is always going to come top. Can’t you just see the accountants now, dancing naked through their editors with a pricing-gun, before retreating to their dark lair to watch the money come tumbling in from all those fire swords and boob-windowed leotards and whatnot? Read Full Review 86/100


SkyDrift Reviews and more

Based on 1 critics – Overal Score: 85 / 100

GameInfo: Get closer than ever before to the world of adrenaline pumping sky-racing where flyboys can test and master their flying and combat skills against the deadliest opponents! Admire amazingly detailed terrains. Unlock state-of-the-art planes and personalize them with unique racing skins.Be the first on the single and multiplayer challenges, where possibilities are limited only by your own imagination. The goal is simple: If you can’t overtake them, shoot them down!

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DeltaGamer It’s easy enough to make a racing game these days, so it’s nice to see a developer forge a path all its own to offer a deep, unique racing experience. SkyDrift does just that, injecting nuanced tactics and strategy into the all-out arcade racing genre while never forgetting the fun factor. There’s a lot to appreciate in the careful design and execution of SkyDrift, but the bottom line is that you’ll find yourself forgetting to breathe throughout the game’s nail-biting races. At $10, it’s an easy recommend. Read Full Review 85/100



Genre: Racing, Indie
Developer: Digital Reality
Publisher: Digital Reality
Release Date: 21 Nov 2011

Serious Sam 3: BFE Reviews and more

Based on 2 critics – Overal Score: 84 / 100

GameInfo: Pretty much everything in Serious Sam 3 wants to kill you. The kleer skeletons pounce at close range and toss chain bolos from afar, the ape-like Gnaar try to eat you, and the headless suicide humanoids with bombs for hands want to kill you so badly they can’t resist screaming while they charge. The action starts in Cairo and within minutes you’ll be sledgehammering enemies in the head. The plot and dialogue aren’t meant to be taken seriously; aliens are invading, and Sam fights back with a bunch of one-liners, bullets and rockets.

Critic Score
Dealspwn “I’m having trouble finding the words to describe just how insane this is. It’s an orgy of chaos; a blood-soaked, intense and outrageous affair that still provides a stern technical challenge thanks to the upscaled enemies. It’s stupid, brilliant, inexplicable, wonderful fun. Speaking as a gamer first and a journalist second, I haven’t had this much fun since… well… The Second Encounter.” Read Full Review 90/100
Hooked Gamers As a whole generation of gamers grows older, we can mark this year as a threshold. It is the swivel point at which we filter out old gaming practices from earlier decades, in a harsh but fair sentiment. As part of this, we all desperately placed our hopes in Duke Nukem Forever to prove that the classic first-person shooter can be brought with us into the forthcoming decade. Disgracefully, it only moved towards hammering another nail in the coffin. Due to this mishap, it seems that Serious Sam 3 may be the last chance for the classic uber-masculine, twitch shooter to survive the cull. All that back-pedalling does not exactly get us started in the right direction though. Read Full Review 78/100



Developer: Croteam
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release date: November 22, 2011
Genre: First-person shooter
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer

Sequence Reviews and more

Based on 3 critics – Overal Score: 51 / 100

GameInfo: Sequence combines elements of both rhythm and role-playing games to create an entirely unique experience. Join Ky on his ascent of a mysterious Tower, guided onward by a mysterious girl named Naia. Encounter deadly monsters and ridiculous characters, and discover the grand scheme behind Ky’s mysterious imprisonment…that is, if you can survive the journey.

Critic Score
IGN Sequence is, on paper, an interesting concept. You take a rhythm game (in this case, you play with a control pad or a keyboard, not by stomping on particular areas of the floor), slap on a whole mess of RPG elements and a lot of unnecessarily snarky dialogue and voila: you’ve got yourself a “hybrid” game, right? Well, not quite. Read Full Review 65/100
Gamespot Sequence is a disappointment–a game with some good ideas that fails to build on its initially impressive showing. The rhythm battle system might be marvellous, but when it’s deployed in service of an RPG that’s so vacuous and so repetitive, any enjoyment is quickly replaced with boredom. It’s immensely frustrating that such innovative ideas have been so recklessly squandered. This is a game to try for that singular wow moment, perhaps–just don’t expect to stick with it for long. Read Full Review 50/100
SideQuesting Sequence tries so hard to succeed at a task that no one else gives much effort to, and unfortunately, it still isn’t enough. From the repetition in songs and the jarring battles, all the way to the conflicting fantasy and modern elements in them, nothing feels cohesive enough to warrant pushing forward in the already dull narrative. It is an intriguing attempt at revitalizing something in the rhythm game genre, flawed as it is, however it might be more appropriate to leave the genre alone until someone is willing to give it the full attention it deserves. Read Full Review 40/100



Genre: RPG, Adventure
Developer: Iridium Studios
Release Date: 20 Oct 2011

Jurassic Park: The Game Reviews and more

Based on 4 critics – Overal Score: 68 / 100

GameInfo: On the stormy night when Jurassic Park fell apart, a desperate smuggler infiltrates Isla Nublar, hunting the precious canister containing the contraband dinosaur embryos. She collides literally with park staff trying to evacuate, and they become stranded amidst the collapsing park ruins, with the newly-freed dinosaurs on the loose. When InGen launches a perilous rescue operation, mercenaries, saboteurs, and survivors are thrown together in the struggle to escape the island.
In this intense adventure game based on the blockbuster film franchise, the survivors agendas clash, secrets of the park are exposed, and a new threat emerges: an eerie, nocturnal predator stalking the group, hunting them relentlessly across the island.

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Alternative Magazine Online You can tell that Telltale are huge fans of the films by simply pausing to soak in the little details. The soundtrack by Jared Emerson-Johnson intersects beautifully with the original score. Minor mistakes from the original film have also been addressed, such as the live-link to the dock having a video status bar underneath, or the Velociraptors being far bigger than they were in real life. Heavy Rain was a far more technically polished game, but in the end, Jurassic Park: The Game tells a much more satisfying story. If you hate QTEs, by all means steer clear. Everyone else should be able to look past the occasional glitch and the lack of difficulty to enjoy what is undoubtedly the best Jurassic Park game ever made, yet no doubt destined to become the most underrated. Read Full Review
Nave360 “Telltale are sort of like Valve (in a way) as they can’t seem to release their games on time. This was the case with Jurassic Park, where people on Steam had to wait a further 7 hours extra on the day of this games release. But at least this game was only delayed a few hours and not a few weeks. Jurassic Park: The Game is set out across four episodes all bunched together as one game package, whereas Back to the Future: The Game (also done by Telltale) was five episodes spread out across almost a year. From the entire game itself, I think it was a good choice that Telltale released all the episodes together in one complete package, because I don’t think the game would have held out if they were released separately across the months.” Read Full Review
DeltaGamer It’s not a game for everyone. The gameplay is definitely not for everyone. It’s not a bad game, but it’s not a good game either. It’s just an “interactive experience”. You know how many people said that if Heavy Rain was a movie, it would be an abysmal one? Well, at least Jurassic Park: the Game would be an alright one. That’s gotta count for something? Read Full Review
Game Rant Jurassic Park: The Game follows a pretty archetypal family doing very archetypal things. The story plays it safe at the beginning, with the typical fractured daughter/father relationship that we’ve seen plenty of times before. Luckily, some witty writing and good, but not top tier, voice acting makes up for the cliches – still, Jurassic Park: The Game‘s narrative doesn’t venture anywhere near the intrigue captured on film. Read Full Review



Genre: Adventure
Style: Third-Person Adventure
Themes: Dinosaurs
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games

Saints Row: The Third Reviews and more

Based on 8 critics – Overal Score: 90 / 100

GameInfo: In Saints Row: The Third, fame and fortune come at a bittersweet price for the kings of Stilwater. Faced with serious demands from the legendary criminal fraternity, the Syndicate, the Saints must hit the streets of Steelport to trample their new rivals – and defend their status. Get ready for intense action, grueling gang violence and outlandish situations to spare as you take on a decaying city of sin in an all-new battle with the Saints. Buckle up and take a massive tank on a wild ride – through the sky. Duke it out against trained military forces and call in a strategic airstrike on a Mexican wrestling gang. With grit and guts galore, you and your gang will never kneel to an enemy. After all, just because you’re a Saint doesn’t mean you have to behave.

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ClickOnline Saints Row: The Third has finally taken the series out of the shadows cast upon it by RockStar’s Grand Theft Auto series, and has masterfully carved its own place in video game folklore. To call it brilliant wouldn’t be an overstatement, and we strongly suspect that this will be ranking high when it comes time to compile our games of the year list. Read Full Review–saints-row-the-third/4237/
ZTGD Saints Row The Third surprised the heck out of me. The GTA comparisons are inevitable, but they are vastly different games. While both hold a mirror up to reality, the reflections are vastly different. As absurd as GTA gets, it still keeps one foot firmly planted in reality. Saints Row has taken a flying leap off the roof of reality, howling the F-bomb while chugging a licensed energy drink all the way down… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Read Full Review
Joystiq Having only played SR3 in the Saints Row series, I can’t say for sure whether or not there were massive leaps taken with the latest entry, but I can say that it feels brand new. Beyond the dense, dangerous, opportunity-filled open world, there’s another mission type around every corner. Saints Row: The Third doesn’t play like recent THQ efforts have — all bark and no bite — but instead feels like a labor of love. It feels like the developers had fun, and they wanted you to feel it too. And I promise, you will. Read Full Review
IGXPRO Saints Row: The Third is worth every penny spent on it. It was even worth the dick-face back-order I had to sit through. The smartphone menu is convenient idea without being annoying like in GTA 4. The graphics are smooth and streamlined, and the animations work well together. The new and extra content is very different from its predecessors. The character customization is just a big orgy of fun. There’s even an achievement for being transsexual for two hours. If you like manipulating the size of your genitalia, this game is pretty much entirely for you. Read Full Review
GotGame “I’m not going to lie to you, I have been waiting for Saints Row: The Third to come out for a loooooong time. Pretty much ever since Saints Row 2 came out, I played the living hell out of it and authoritatively declared that it was everything the Grand Theft Auto series used to be and now held the title of most extremely awesome over-the-top third person sandbox thrill ride I have patiently counting down the days to the sequels release. But now that it’s actually here I find myself at a crossroads. Do I like this game or am I in love with it?” Read Full Review
AtomicGamer Even with a style that can be a bit overbearing after a while, I had a ton of fun playing through Saints Row: The Third on both 360 and PC. There were some issues to be found here and there, but most of these unscripted bits of broken action make the game better and funnier – even if they are bugs – and make the whole thing an intensely amusing, high-octane action game that makes it seem like the whole engine’s barely holding up, but it’s generally doing just fine. I have no idea where the Saints go from here, but then again, I didn’t after SR2 either, and it turned out that they had an even wilder and more entertaining adventure this time. If you get this game, make sure to play it with a friend, because that’s the best way to play. Read Full Review
AusGamers “Saints Row: The Third is The Jersey Shore of videogames: fake, stupid, garish and endlessly amusing in a terrible and compulsive way. You’ll hate yourself for loving it, but it won’t stop you from coming back for more. Throw it on at a party and watch people tear themselves apart in laughter. The hallmark of a big, dumb fun game…” Read Full Review
G4MERS “What you doing in Steelport, the main town of Saint Row: The Third, that even James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan would not be ashamed. “Candy GTA” offers a full-fledged council, making the man who plays in it, it focuses only on how Effects deprive another of life encountered form, and by the way that you can earn a bit of (currency in the game), then all sorts of ideas come to us from ease.” Read Full Review




Genre: Action
Style: Action Adventure
Themes: Crime Pays, Urban
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Developer: Volition, Inc.
Publisher: THQ, Inc.

Minecraft Reviews and more

Based on 6 critics – Overal Score: 92 / 100

GameInfo: Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. At night monsters come out, make sure to build a shelter before that happens.

The game is focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. The game has two variants – free Classic and paid Beta. Classic is focused entirely on construction with unlimited material supply, whereas Beta has two modes: Survival requires players to acquire resources themselves and keep their health and hunger up, whereas in Creative the player has an unlimited supply of resources. Both Beta modes contain many more features than Classic, as well as the addition of mobs. The gameplay is heavily inspired by Infiniminer by Zachtronics Industries,and Dwarf Fortress by Bay 12 Games.

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Gamer Nation We don’t take giving perfect 10′s easy here at Gamer Nation. There’s been sleepless nights and heated arguments. But here it is; our first 10. Because this is a game that is a triumph of users and creators collaborating to make something special, a game which inspires great things from even the most mediocre of us, a game that can genuinely be enjoyed by people from all ages (because you never truly grow out of Lego). If that game doesn’t deserve a 10, then frankly nothing does. Nothing. survive.” Read Full Review 100/100
TGX Minecraft is a game that will leave a footprint on this generation and generations to come. Ever since the beta, the game has been played by millions and with the growing popularity to this date, Minecraft has been officially released as a retail version. Read Full Review 100/100
Eurogamer “How would you review Tetris, if you were reviewing it today? “The puzzling is very tight, and the soundtrack is catchy.” That’s the thing – Tetris is so much more than that by now, but it’s almost impossible to disassociate it from its cultural resonance. Minecraft, the free-form building and survival game, hasn’t yet seeped into the global consciousness to the same degree, but it has become something far more than a mere game.“ Read Full Review 100/100
Beefjack More than anything, Minecraft has become what we perceived it could be: like the worlds of Survival mode, it has grown to accommodate us. Notch provided the tools, but we built the cathedrals. So, developers and players alike, pat yourself on the back for the greatest game you’re ever likely to have a hand in making. Read Full Review 95/100
OMGN A new genre that hasn’t fully established a name for itself is soon becoming a new craze on the PC platform. It’s for anyone who has ever played with Legos or MegaBloks, or simply any gamer looking for something new. At heart, Minecraft is a first-person sandbox game, similar FPS controls. It’s a game about building and surviving. It’s about collecting. It’s also about blocks. Lots and lots of blocks. The land is made of blocks. Leaves are made… Read Full Review 82/100
Redhead “Minecraft is an open world adventure game with corny, cube-based graphics. There are no quests. There is no story line. There is no objective. There’s the main charcter, you, and there is one thing to do: survive.” Read Full Review 75/100




Genre: First person, sandbox
Developer: Mojang
Publisher: Mojang
Release Date: November 18, 2011