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Drive By Wire: 5 Best Racing Games

You grew up on Mario Kart, but that’s just it — you’ve grown up. But… not entirely. You still want to grip a controller and curse at a screen and burn rubber without having to see (real) flashing lights in the rearview. You want risk life and limb in the pursuit of speed — but not actually, you know, risk life and limb. Stretch your thumbs and be prepared to make up for the drudgery of that godawful commute this morning: here are the best racing games for most every platform.

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There goes your weekend

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Whether you have the urge to gun down some terrorist types or get screamed at by whiny preteens, Call of Duty consistently delivers. The franchise is built on fast game play and fun online chaos; that continues in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which comes out Tuesday. This time, you play as the offspring…

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No Payne, No Gain

Max Payne 3

It’s been nearly 10 years since a video game pulled us through the living nightmare that was the life of Max Payne. Much to the pleasure of fans worldwide, everyone’s favorite tormented soul is back and so is Bullet Time. Max Payne 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) continues where the second installment left off, with…

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Ready for Round Two?

Batman: Arkham City

While Christopher Nolan certainly deserves the lion’s share of credit for molding the caped crusader into his 21st century, cash-raining form, the impact of game developer Rocksteady on Batman’s recent popularity can’t be downplayed. Batman: Arkham Asylum was slathered with praise in the video game community, leaving the follow up title, Arkham City, with some…

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The Future is Yours

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A sense of truly free will is an incredibly difficult thing to pull off in a video game. Taking into account a seemingly infinite number of player choices and possibilities just gets messy in the hands of typical game designers. Deus Ex: Human Revolution ($59) still requires some clunky traditional game baggage like boss fights…

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Putting the Axe in Relax

Dead Island

Zombie games are a dime a dozen, but Dead Island ($60) has a few intriguing tweaks worth paying attention to. The most obvious is its tropical paradise setting on the fictional South Pacific island of Banoi. Here, the flagship Royal Palms Resort serves as the ultimate vacation spot, until a contagious outbreak transforms most of…

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The Best of College Football (sans smuggling Bourbon in your pants)

NCAA Football 11

Depending in part on how and where you spent your formative years, you should understand the following statement: nothing in the sporting world compares to the excitement of college football. Of course, you’re entitled to disagree or to blow your vuvuzela in protest, but you’d be just plain wrong. That’s why today we salute EA…

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Just One More Thing to Anticipate

Gran Turismo 5 Collector’s Edition

It’s still going to be several months (Nov. 2) before you can experience the latest edition of Sony’s premier racing title at home, but true fans with an obsession for memorabilia should look alive and pre-order this limited edition set now. Besides the game, this exclusive set features a 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R…

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Ancient Deities Behaving Badly

God of War III (PS3)

So in case you didn’t know it, this is big – as in Mount Olympus big. Released today, God of War III is to the PS3 what Halo 3 was to Microsoft’s Xbox 360. It’s a massive action hit and the title has Sony fanboys and button-mashers everywhere with their knickers in quite the twist….

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Drake Returns. Adventurous Hijinks Ensue.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Sequels can be tricky to pull off. Whether you’re talking movies, books, or, in this case, video games, experiencing the follow-up to a much-loved original work is conflicted with expectations. The 2007 PS3 hit Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was one of the first must-play games for the then-fledgling system, serving as a shining star in an…

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F*$%&@#! Finally

Netflix Streaming On PS3

After what seems like ages, it finally appears that Sony and Netflix have reached an agreement to bring the movie company’s glorious streaming service to over 9 million U.S. PS3 units in November. This is a major boon to current PS3 owners, as it finally provides a key service that the competing Xbox 360 has…

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Your Guide to the Next Big Thing(s)

10 Best, Most Anticipated Video Games (Late 2009)

There’s nothing like waking up to a crisp Autumn morning, your body shivering thanks to the open bedroom window, to remind you that time flies. Somehow, summer is behind us, and we are on a steady march towards the holidays and the new year to come. Don’t fret though, as 2009 still has a few…

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Beating Thugs with The Bat Just Never Gets Old

Batman: Arkham Asylum

We’ve heard it said that Batman: Arkham Asylum is the year’s best game. We wanted to spend some quality time of our own with the Dark Knight, before passing judgment. Having done so, we’re hard pressed to disagree with all the hype. Check our full take here.

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Gear Patrol Details the Cream of the Playstation 3 Crop

10 Best PS3 Games (Late 2009)

Your Gear Patrol editors certainly appreciate good video games. In fact, those of us hailing from the University of Tennessee could likely pool our credit hours sacrificed before the throne of N64 and have a whole undergrad degree left over. We’re trying to establish some credibility here for what’s coming next: our take on the…

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Not Unlike Your Other Favorite Games, This One's Better In The Dark

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Way back in the waning months of the original Xbox’s life-cycle, the little-known Swedish outfit Starbreeze Studios released a surprise gem in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I say surprising because, generally speaking, movie tie-in games are destined for pure suckdom. Escape from Butcher Bay was anything but. Escape, which came packed…

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Call of Duty: World At War

There Are Few Better Ways To Celebrate Veterans Day So, by now your gaming budget has probably been crushed to a bloody pulp by the relentless parade of A+ titles that have been released over the past few weeks. Prepare to part with another sixty bucks, as today marks D-Day for the latest in the…

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Gears of War 2 and Resistance 2

It’s Easier To Pick The Leader Of The Free World The only choice able to rival the consternation facing undecided civic duty-doers today might be taking a stand for one of this week’s blockbuster new releases. Fear not, for unlike your singular opportunity to pull that hallowed lever, nothing but your budget can prevent you…

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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

If you haven’t played any of the Meetal Gear series then MSG4 is a good way to get your feet wet. Guns of the Patriots is the fourth installment of the Metal Gear Solid series, by Kojima Productions and if you’ve seen the game trailers then you know this game is nothing short of bad…

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Resistance 2

Resistance 2 is an upcoming science fiction first person shooter video game for the PlayStation 3. It is currently in development by Insomniac Games and will continue to be published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The game is scheduled for a European release in November 2008 and a North American release in Fall 2008. The…

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PS3 DualShock 3

Behold, the ridiculously long overdue PlayStation 3 DualShock controller. Aptly named “DualShock 3″. Starting April 15 you’ll be able to finally add rumble features to many of your favorite games like every other system has been doing for, oh, 10 years. There are no other differences in the controller, only rumble. It will continue to…

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Rock Band Special Edition

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you know about Guitar Hero. Well, like any good thing in America it hasn’t been left alone. We’re already up to Guitar Hero III and now comes the ultimate collection of virtual thrashing – Rock Band Special Edition It’s got all instruments covered from lead guitar to drums…

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Heavenly Sword

The much anticipated Heavenly Sword is finally out for the PS3. If you haven’t noticed the initialy roll out of games for the PS3 has been underwhelming. If you have noticed then we don’t really need to go into further detail. Either way, if you’ve got a PS3 then make sure and pick this game…