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Weekly Video Game Newsletter–Vol. 3

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Well, it took much longer than I anticipated but here’s the latest edition of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter. I should be back to having it as a weekly feature. I already have several things written for next week’s issue so it shouldn’t be a problem unless something comes up like it has the last couple of weeks.

Inside you’ll find a full review of the E3 conference that took place a few weeks ago. I also voice list the games to keep an eye out for. There are also several reviews and Hall of Fame write ups, a look at Rockstar games throughout the last couple of years, and an analysis of the first week of sales for the two biggest games of the year so far: Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Red Dead Redemption. It’s a whopping 20 pages so there’s plenty of material to feast on.

The Weekly Video Game Podcast will be up on Tuesday. I spent way too much time fighting with the columns to work in Microsoft Word for the newsletter. The podcast is looking to be around 90 minutes long and is very light on E3 nonsense. It’s definitely going to be good stuff.

The Weekly Movie Podcast will be up Tuesday night supported by three movie reviews (of movies that are still in theatres!!!).

Project Gotham Racing 4 (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Project Gotham Racing 4
Microsoft Xbox 360
2007
Developed by: Bizarre Creations
Published by: Microsoft Game Studios

Racing games are a dime a dozen on the Xbox 360. Microsoft has published almost as many racing games on the system than any other genre combined. Bizarre Creations and Microsoft Game Studios’s Project Gotham Racing 4 is a solid addition to anybody’s 360 racing library. It’s fast, fun, and gorgeous. It’s not perfect and has some serious issues but still stands as one of the superior racing games of the HD generation.

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Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Video Game Review)

Video Game Review
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
Microsoft Xbox 360 (Xbox Live)
2008
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Activision

It’s hard to imagine what Bizarre Creations and Activision could do to the Geometry Wars formula to make a sequel worth buying but Retro Evolved 2 is probably as interesting an evolution to the formula as we’re going to get short of the fantastic Geometry Wars: Galaxies. The game that basically defined the twin-stick shooter genre is at its downloadable best here although it does suffer from a few shortcomings.

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