The Magic of Gaming is a weekly column with news and mini-reviews of fantasy games.
The video game tie-in to the upcoming Warner Bros. movie The Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Xbox/PS3/Wii/DS) was released this week.
Flying around as an owl dropping fire bombs is surprisingly fun, but not worth $50 when that’s pretty much all you do. You’re better off just playing the free demo.
IGN published an article this week criticizing the recent Wii game Metroid: the Other M for Kiling Samus, contending that Nintendo turned the ruthless bounty hunter and heroine of the classic Metroid series into “just another generic, overly emotional female character.”
As this new game would have it, the same Samus who single-handedly destroyed an entire alien species and murdered countless space pirates was actually a fragile, emotional mess beneath all that armor.
I haven’t played the game myself, but I’ve read similar complaints online from other Metroid fans. If you’ve played the game, let me know your thoughts on this issue in the comments.
A new storyline trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011 Xbox/PS3/PC) was revealed at the Tokyo Game Show this weekend.
The hero looks cool, but so does the villain with the half-shaved head — I wish we had the choice to play either. Although deciding between wings or invisibility would be a tough call.
The just-released 4th Edition Red Box of Dungeons & Dragons aims to return the classic card game to its roots, after complaints that the previous version deviated too much from the game’s core appeal.
There’s a brand new Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Nov 2. Xbox/PS3/PC) trailer showcasing Ezio’s new combat moves.
Last but not least, the list of achievements for Fable III (Oct. 26 Xbox/PC) has been released. The strangest one is “Henry VIII” — I won’t spoil it for you, but you know anything with his name attached can’t end well!
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