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Adam Pavlacka's Articles


'Mafia II' (ALL) Developer Interview with Jack Scalici

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 17, 2010 @ 1:55 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Mafia II immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940s-early 1950s scenario by fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative. Players will easily become engaged in the game's cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'R.U.S.E.'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 16, 2010 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In R.U.S.E., players use their brain as the ultimate weapon, fighting a war of perception, where the ability to deceive and mislead the enemy determines success. A first in a strategy game, R.U.S.E. reinvigorates the genre by using deception to give new-found depth to the gameplay.

'Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions' (ALL) Developer Interview with Thomas Wilson

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 4:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Interviews

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will allow players to travel through four different worlds as distinctly different versions of Spider-Man from four universes across Marvel lore, including The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir. We had a chance to chat with Thomas Wilson, creative director for Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

'Modern Warfare 2' (ALL) Bug Grants Free SNK Games

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 9, 2010 @ 10:15 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2 continues the gripping and heart-racing saga with an unprecedented level of action as players face off against a new threat dedicated to bringing the world to the brink of collapse.

Wii/PS3/X360 Preview - 'DJ Hero 2'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 6, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Living rooms will transform into nightclubs to let budding beat chemists, singing sensations and all of their friends party together by firing up two turntable controllers and a microphone to experience their favorite music as they've never heard it before in DJ Hero 2.

XBLA Review - 'Castlevania: Harmony of Despair'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

This fast-paced 2-D side scroller takes vampire hunters on a chase to bring Dracula, the Lord of Darkness, to his eternal slumber. Designed by the producer of the legendary Castlevania series, Koji Igarashi, Harmony of Despair allows friends to play together via online co-op story mode or duke it out in Survival Mode to see who is the best vampire hunter.

PS3 Preview - 'Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Ar tonelico Qoga is the final installment in the Ar tonelico series. In Sol Cluster, a kingdom is ruled by Clustania, an organization with an ultimate goal of enslaving humans and ruling the world. Two key Reyvateils(humanoids) fight back against the injustice.

PS3/X360 Hardware Preview - 'Rock Band 3'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

XBLA Preview - 'Plants vs. Zombies'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Plants vs. Zombies combines real-time strategy, tower defense and collectible card games, but in a casual context.

NDS Preview - 'Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Ghost Trick blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge players' brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun.