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Adam Pavlacka's Articles


Editorial - 'Getting the Xbox Live Banhammer'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Editorials

We don't often think of "online" as being an integral part of the console experience, but that's only because the integration has slowly crept in over the years. On Microsoft's Xbox 360, being online is the default rather than the exception.

Editorial - 'Media, Ethics, Tomb Raider and the Streisand Effect'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 25, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under Editorials

One of the most common criticisms heard by members of the games media is, "They must be on the take." Having written about video games for more than a decade and a half, I've seen it countless times, usually when someone disagrees with an outlet ...

Xbox 360 Review - 'Skylanders Giants'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Skylanders Giants uniquely combines collectible real-world toys with an epic virtual game world, creating a new platform for communal play that was embraced by parents and kids everywhere.

X360 Kinect Review - 'Dance Central 3'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 16, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The Dance Central universe continues to expand with electrifying new features that keep the party going, including an all-new multiplayer mode for up to eight players, and the hottest, most diverse soundtrack yet, featuring Usher, Gloria Gaynor, 50 Cent and many more!

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Need for Speed: Most Wanted'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 13, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Lose the cops - your way. Hit jumps and shortcuts, switch cars, hide out or play to your car's strengths by driving off-road, hitting straights or diving into back alleys. Drive anywhere, explore the world, hang out with your friends or toy with the cops. It's about you, your friends and the wildest selection of cars in a heavily policed, urban landscape.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Far Cry 3' - The First Four Hours

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 12, 2012 @ 6:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

With Far Cry 3, players step into the shoes of Jason Brody, a man alone at the edge of the world, stranded on a mysterious tropical island.

PS Vita Preview - 'Assassin's Creed III: Liberation'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation includes key pillars of the franchise that fans of the series know and love, including combat, free-roaming navigation and a rich story full of intrigue and twists, delivering a true Assassin’s Creed experience to the PlayStation Vita.

XBLA Review - 'Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 7, 2012 @ 3:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Join Axel, Blaze, and company as they battle the evil Mr. X across all three Streets of Rage games. The classic brawler series has been updated for Xbox Live Arcade, with achievements, challenging game trials, leaderboards, and two-player local and online co-op.

PS3/X360 Multiplayer Preview - 'Assassin's Creed III'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 6, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratohnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage, encouraging gamers to experience the War not written about in history books.

3DS Review - 'Balloon Pop Remix'

by Adam Pavlacka on Oct. 5, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Balloon Pop Remix takes the classic Balloon Pop formula and turns it on its head. Use the stylus to draw lines on the puzzle board and all the balloons in the line's path will pop, leading to chain reactions. There is no shortage of content to pop through!