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Summer-Fall 2009 (#42)

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142 MacDirectory GAME REVIEW TOP VIDEO GAMES COMPILED BY KEONI CHAVEZ UP: The Video Game A rollicking adventure based on the events of the latest animated film from Pixar, "Up." The game puts you in charge of Carl Fredricksen, an elderly retired balloon salesman; Russell, the 8- year-old Wilderness Explorer; Kevin, a prehistoric flightless bird; and Dug, a talking dog, as they navigate the exotic and gorgeous landscape of South America in their mission to stop famous adventurer Charles F. Muntz as he tries to capture Kevin. $29.95 Braid game/NNONE-000001-01/ Indie game designer Jonathan Blow stunned the gaming world with this at-first seemingly simple platformer. The gameplay uses time as an unlimited resource, allowing the player to rewind actions for as far back as desired. While that may appear to be a fault, the game requires mastery of the mechanic to make it through to the title's satisfying ending. $14.95, digital download only The Path ThePath/buy.html Tale of Tales brings us their take on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale, introducing six sisters and their individual journeys to Grandmother's House. Extremely atmospheric in both visuals and graphics, the game grants a look into the personal and emotional worlds of these six characters, and gives the player more to think about in a half hour than most games do their entire running time. $9.99, digital download only CSI: NY detail.php?ProductID=1128 Take the roles of Detectives Mac Taylor and Stella Bonasera in CSI: New York and investigate and solve five new heinous crimes. Use amazing technologies like facial reconstruction, physics simulation reconstructions, and code breaking to run down the prime suspects and bring them to justice. $29.99 LEGO Batman game/legobatman/ The popular LEGO game franchise rolls on with the newest addition to the line- up: Batman! Featuring similar gameplay mechanics to the other LEGO games, LEGO Batman lets the player take control of the Dark Knight as he cleans up Gotham City. For the first time in the LEGO series, play as either the hero — Batman, Robin, or Batgirl — or as the villain — The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman! Explore all areas to collect LEGO parts, and defeat classic Batman enemies like The Riddler, The Penguin, The Scarecrow, and Poison Ivy. $39.95 Kung Fu Panda: The Game activision/kung-fu-panda/ Relive the fun and magic of the movie with Kung Fu Panda: The Game! Play as Po, the fat panda destined to become the Dragon Warrior of legend, as he learns kung fu at the feet of the red panda Master Shifu. Your journey will take you through 13 levels as you progress, picking up new martial arts abilities and unlocking the members of the Furious Five — Tiger, Monkey, Crane, Snake, and Mantis. Collect the golden coins scattered throughout the game to upgrade Po's abilities and increase his power and health. Tai Lung the snow leopard awaits you at the journey's end; will you be ready to face him? $19.99 Commander: Napoleon at War game/?id=9001 From the makers of Commander: Europe at War, comes Commander: Napoleon at War, the game that places you squarely in the boots of France's most infamous military general. Play through Napoleon's greatest military battles, including the 1805 assault against Austria to his final battle at Waterloo in 1815. Manage resources, build battlefield units, research new technologies, and recruit some of the greatest strategic minds of Napoleon's era to crush the enemy forces and turn the tide of history around. $49.95 Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 ea/red-alert-3/ One of the greatest real-time strategy game series of all time returns to provide more time- bending adventure. In Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, you'll take build and take control of a huge variety of units across three global superpowers: the Allies, the Soviets, and the Empire of the Rising Sun. $39.99, digital download only

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