PlayStation 4 debuts to mixed reactions

One month of hype surrounded Sony’s Feb. 20 press conference heralding the official announcement of the PlayStation 4 or PS4. The two-hour presentation featured a brief rundown of the system properties, a glimpse of the new controller and several game demonstrations and announcements.

Glenn Harris | Video Games Editor

Video Game Review: ‘BIT.TRIP VOID’

Gaijin Games initially released “BIT.TRIP VOID” as WiiWare in Japan in 2009. Since then, it has moved to North America and Europe, the 3DS, and finally to the PC (Steam) late last quarter.

Glenn Harris | Video Game Editor

Video games for the holidays

Though 2012 has been a relatively lackluster year for video games, this holiday season aims to change that with a slew of major releases. Here are a few games to consider buying for yourself or for friends—as well several to avoid.

Glenn Harris | Video Games Editor

“Black Mesa” Review

Dismissed as vaporware for years, “Black Mesa,” the remake of the acclaimed “Half-Life,” has finally been released. Following the 2004 release of “Half-Life 2” and “Half-Life: Source,” “Black Mesa” was announced that September as a conversion of the original game using Source, the new game engine created by game developer Valve.

Glenn Harris | Video Games Editor

Wii U, TVii and the Future of Nintendo

Last week, Nintendo released specifics about its forthcoming console, the Wii U. The $299 price tag for the basic set and a slew of familiar franchises came as little surprise to analysts and consumers. More startling was Nintendo’s foray into the streaming video realm.

Glenn Harris | Video Games Editor

‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’

There’s something decidedly raw about CD Projekt RED’s second game, “The Witcher 2.” It’s in the unforgiving combat that punishes the player for every mistake. It’s in the story that forces players to make tough moral choices.

“Diablo III” beta

The first “Diablo” game was published in 1996 and the second in 2000, when I was eight. Seeing as my dear mother did not want my young, innocent mind to be tarnished by the M-rated game, I regretfully never played either of these storied installments.

Glenn Harris

‘Firefall’ beta shows potential

“Firefall” is a free-to-play, massively multiplayer online, third-person shooter game. With jetpacks. If you aren’t already sold by the mention of jetpacks, consider the talent behind the game’s developers, Red 5 Studios. The company was founded by Mark Kern, team leader for “World of Warcraft.

Kickstarting games: When the fever fades, will fatigue set in?

Early last February, Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine Productions turned to Kickstarter as a means of raising $400,000 to fund a new point-and-click graphic adventure game.

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‘Mass Effect 3′

On Tuesday, BioWare released the final installment in its RPG trilogy “Mass Effect.” As a huge fan, I spent a few hours waiting in GameStop for the midnight launch, and when I finally got my copy of “Mass Effect 3,” I was absolutely blown away.

| Cadenza Reporter