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January 31, 2012

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Video Game Review: Skyrim, Batman: Arkham Asylum & NBA 2K12

by The Centinal

By Omar Sharif – Staff Writer

Skyrim- Lets start off with the game that won “Game of The Year”. I’ve explored the highest mountains and the deepest dungeons. I’ve killed hundreds of wolves, bandits and zombies, and been attacked by bears, trolls and giants. I’ve helped out lovelorn suitors, ghosts and a talking dog, and foiled the evil plots of vampires, evil mages and demon gods. After playing for longer than 75 hours of “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. I still have plenty of quests to conquer, all while I fulfill my other duties and obligations. Skyrim has taken over my life. But hey, at least it’s a good life. This role-playing game allows you choose your career unlike most other games in its category. In Skyrim, one will find tiny details and unexpected rewards. Once one enters into the game, they won’t want to leave; it feels lived in.

Batman: Arkham Asylum- Dissimilar from other sports games; it seemed that super heroes were destined to forever suffer from the curse of lousy games, but this changed in 2009 with the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game set a new standard by which future games based on comic books would be measured. Arkham Asylum captured the essence of what it was to be Batman. Combat was fluid and creative, exploration made wonderful use of the Dark Knight’s gadgets, and there was even the interesting inclusion of Batman’s detective skills. Relying on the experience of comic book and television writer Paul Dini to handle the script didn’t hurt, either. Arkham City is one of those rare gems that really gets it right. The people at Rocksteady Studios that made the game seem to get Batman. Everything from the expansive environment, amazing story and tons of extra content makes one ask just a single question – how do they top this? In the future, Arkham Asylum will set a standard for all comic-based games.

NBA 2K12- All of the other sport games just got schooled again. The NBA 2K12 buzz has been low due to the lockout, and the season cut nearly half of its games.  Now that the jam packed NBA is back in business, owning 2K12 became that much more exciting. The game took everything great from its predecessor, 2K11, had to offer and made it better. It was as if the new game was tailored to my liking. “It’s sweet how I can play my all-time two favorite players [Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant] against each other”, explained Sean Tresslar when asked about how he liked 2K12 compared to 2K11. One can now play as far back as the 1996 Bulls and play with all-time great, Michael Jordan. Wouldn’t you want to see Shaq vs. Magic? Of course you do, and NBA 2K12 allows you to bring back stars from forty or more years ago. This is the year’s biggest basketball videogame by far.

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