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Halo: Reach Microsoft; X360

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Activision; X360, PS3, Wii, DS

Are you ready for more Space Marine madness?! Well, Microsoft is certainly ready to give it to you! Taking place in the days shortly before the original Halo kicked off a galactic firestorm, Halo: Reach follows the tale of Noble Team, a squad of pre-Master Chief Spartans who are earth's last of hope of turning back an attack by the alien conglomerate known as the Covenant, which, as we know—SPOILER ALERT—didn't really work out. But that's okay, because it's the journey, not the destination (or some shit), and boy, what a journey Reach is! At different times allowing you to choose from a small variety of all-new weapons and abilities, ranging from hologram decoys to jetpacks, with which to crush the alien hordes, Reach offers several new experiences for veterans of the series—even the ability to helm a starfighter, albeit briefly, in order to repel an attack on an orbiting space station. Pure badassery abounds here. In addition, no technical or visual detail has been left unpolished, making Reach the best-looking, best-playing Halo game in the series' near decade-long existence by an impressively substantial stretch. It doesn't stop there, either, as the game's multiplayer capabilities take full of advantage of Halo's prestigious online multiplayer and level-building by re-imagining and significantly bolstering just about everything that has made the previous entries so popular. For any fan, Reach is a must-have. For any detractor, Reach will change your perspective. RR

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While most of us are familiar with the friendly neighborhood Peter Parker story of SpiderMan, there have actually been several Arachni-Dudes spread throughout many parallel universes, four of which come together in the far-out buttonmasher Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, each one displaying different strengths and weaknesses. After an artifact of arcane divination that affects different dimensions manages to get destroyed during a battle between Spidey and Mysterio— as those sort of things tend to do—it's up to the four WebHeads, ranging from a 1930s detective-style Spider-Man to a bio-mechanical badass, SpiderMan 2099—to bring order out of chaos. Expect plenty of Marvel mayhem as friends and foes across the various books drop in and out of this game's tangled web of fanboy fury! RR

XLR8R 135 (Sept/Oct 2010)  
XLR8R 135 (Sept/Oct 2010)  

Indie rock's most talked-about band of the last couple years, Salem, starts off this issue we're dubbing The Chi-Light Saga, in which we dig...

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