Feature: Top 10 Red Hot Games of 2011


2010 was a rebound year for the gaming industry and gamers alike. The country’s economic woes and belt tightening across the board had a lot of folks concerned for the future, but the dire situation finally turned around enough for the gaming world to breathe a momentary sigh of relief. With a fresh start and a new slate of hot games coming down the pike, 2011 is already shaping up to be a great year for gamers. Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest and most-anticipated games of 2011.

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Feature: High and Lows of 2010


Before I wrote about games I spent years covering a local beat as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. Eventually, I decided I wanted to branch out into other kinds of writing and explore the possibility of freelancing. I’ve been a gamer since I was old enough to hold an Atari 2600 joystick, so aside from music, gaming seemed a perfect fit for my choice of a writing career. Cheat Code Central was my first paid freelance gig in this industry, and in 2007 when I started seriously delving into freelancing, it was a great place to cut my teeth and get re-acquainted with the video game world. Looking back, I’ve come a long way since those first steps into the realm of freelancing. It’s been a wild and fun ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to many more exciting years to come. In any event, this past week was the first time I’ve written for CheatCC in almost a year. I’ll be doing some feature work for the site again heading forward.

You can check out my “first” feature at the newly designed site here. Enjoy!

Review: Shadow of Destiny


“When it comes to death, most people don’t get a second chance, or a third, or a fourth. However, they also don’t have a creepy disembodied entity watching over them and offering “friendly” advice on how to best stay alive. Armed with this insightful info and a device that lets you go back in time, you have nothing to lose in Shadow of Destiny – aside from your life. Warping between the past and the present to change your fate in Konami’s time traveling adventure doesn’t change the fact it’s a dusty port of a decade-old mediocre PS2 game.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: The Sky Crawlers – Innocent Aces


“After gunning and bombing through far too many uninspiring WWII flight combat games, it’s easy to be sucked in by the way The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces almost teasingly rolls out a compelling far-out story of airborne warfare built around wingman camaraderie and some intense flying and fighting. The game is based on the Sky Crawlers anime film and sports a cinematic progression that anime fans will immediately appreciate. And the fact it’s put together by the Project Aces team means it doesn’t skimp on the crazy dog fighting action in the least.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter


“With games that daringly straddle the past and the present, there can be a fine and delicate line between being old-school and being freaking obnoxious. First-person shooters are pretty fancy these days, and modern gamers have been spoiled with newfangled ideas that push the genre in new and occasionally exciting directions. However, once you’ve progressed beyond a certain point of innovation, it’s sometimes best not to look back and revisit the “good old days.” Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter really drives that point home with a spiked gauntlet.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Review: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God


“Bringing everything together and wrapping up the crazy tangle of outrageous loose ends that comically unraveled throughout the Tales of Monkey Island series, Telltale Games really pulled out the big guns to make Chapter 5: Rise of the Pirate God the grand finale that we’d hoped for. This high seas adventure full of voodoo, pirates, and zombies had us hooked from the get go, and anyone who’s followed along with each episode will find the last chapter offers a stellar ending to what can easily be considered some of Telltale’s best episodic work to date.”

Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.

Worldshift Review


“There’s a lot of cool stuff found in WorldShift’s sci-fi fantasy world. Magic and tribalism is married with high-tech warfare in a real-time strategy conquest that should be somewhat satisfying based on its premise alone. But, for everything that truly works about the game, you’ll find something that’ll get under your skin.”

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