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Angry Birds I don't think anyone has quite milked the potential of launching on the iOS platform quite like Rovio has with their mega-hit "Angry Birds." This brand began as one game, grew into 8+ others and then spawned a wide-reaching merchandise empire that rivals any Hollywood entertainment property. Speaking of Hollywood, they've even partnered with films in the past (Rio) and more recently with the Star Wars brand. It's quite possible to be sick of seeing Angry Birds everywhere even if you've never played it. But, this is the game that started it all, and it still holds up as an excellent slingshot-puzzler, so this weekend while it's free, be sure to download both iOS versions. For iPhone & iPod: Download Angry Birds For iPad: Download Angry Birds HD   Tomb Raider Nitty Gritty LaraLara Croft is back. Sort of. Technically this is the first time we're meeting Lara, because Crystal Dynamics have partnered with publishers Square Enix and have breathed new (and improved) life to the iconic video game heroine. Expect my full review sometime in the next two weeks, as I'm currently in the thrall of the campaign, but read on for my initial take. Original developer/publisher team Core/Eidos had stretched the original Tomb Raider series just about as far as they could when they partnered up (and eventually handed over) Lara to developers Crystal Dynamics. CD actually managed to put their own decent spin on the series, releasing "Legend", a 10 year anniversary remake of the original titled, aptly, "Tomb Raider: Anniversary" and a finally a continuation of their own original storyline called "Tomb Raider: Underworld." Underworld was actually quite good and felt modern, while still very true to the original intent. But sales just weren't keeping up, so the Lara think tank went back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how to make an essentially nine-sequeled game exciting again. Next, Eidos badly damaged by investments, was absorbed by publisher Square Enix (publishers of hits like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts & Hitman) and Crystal Dynamics retained developer rights. As a result, we now have "Tomb Raider." Sharing a name with the original best-selling and trend-setting game that essentially launched the 3D exploring adventure genre, the newest version of Lara's exploits is easily her best to date. Definitely worth your $60 to check out. The gameplay is the best combination hybrid I've seen in a game like this, borrowing back the best pieces from so many games that borrowed from the original series. To buy Tomb Raider *while* supporting #nerdjizz, go here! Halo 4 Promethean KnightAt this point, I'll play anything Halo Related. They've taken a more methodical approach to releases than the original Tomb Raider series did. As such, their candle hasn't burned out yet, and likely won't be needing a reboot any time soon. The newest exploits of everyone's favorite couple who can't consummate their relationship finds Master Chief and his Artificial Intelligence assistant Cortana uncovering secrets of the creators of life in their universe. The Elite are certainly back for action too, but they can't quite match up to the killing prowess of new enemies like the Promethean Knights. (Pictured to your left.) Seriously, Promethean Knights are a bitch to take down in the game. Especially on Legendary (the hardest difficulty setting, for non-Halo folk.) So, if you loved the outings of Master Chief before, you're probably going to love them again. Might as well go pick it up and start playing today!       Walking Dead The final entry I'll mention today is a particularly interesting game. Based on the hit comic book series "The Walking Dead" from which the universally-loved tv show comes from, this game began and exists as an episodic adventure. Originally there were a couple of months to a few weeks between releases giving the game a true sense of originating from the world of Kirkman's comics. If you're not much of a gamer, this installment-based adventure might be perfect for you. The game is driven by about 70% story and 30% action. It comes close to achieving a perfect rendition of "interactive storytelling." Not only that, but there are more on the way! These first five "episodes" complete the first "season" of the game. Season two is on its way soon! And given that it's available on just about every platform available, from your phone to your XBox to your computer, you don't have many excuses not to try it. For XBox 360 owners, you can find it here. For Mac users :: For PC Users PS3 folks can buy it here. For iOS users, pick up your copy on the app store. The Walking Dead by Telltale Games

These birds are mad as hell!

And they're not going to take it anymore! If you're one of the few people who've not given in to the Angry Birds craze, I'm going to attempt to persuade you to jump on the bandwagon. I understand your skepticism. I really do. I was never a fan of "catapult" style games. Flash versions have existed online for years, and each one is just a sad rip off of the other. Some of them incorporated tower defense-style gimmicks, but the gameplay remained largely unchanged. So what makes Angry Birds different? I think it boils down to three things: style, widespread adoption and challenge. Style: There's no denying the game has character. Each bird is designed with it's particular "power-up" in mind. The rotund green pigs are amusingly loathsome. A level design often seems simple, only to later test one's mettle during the 15th attempt. Adoption: As I said above, I wasn't a fan of catapult games. The reason I ended up giving in was because so many of my friends had done so. A game becomes far more interesting when you can engage in some friendly social competition. Challenge: One thing that keeps this game interesting is not only upping the difficulty level slightly with each new "world" of levels, but interspersing a few easier levels before a particularly difficult one. Momentum of success builds and then BAM! Now you won't stop playing the difficult level until you finally succeed because you don't want to break that stride, now do you? The best thing about the app is that once you've made your purchase, all subsequent updates are free. Note: Console releases of the game, including the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are not likely to follow this same format. That means pay your couple of dollars (or 99 cents if you find it on sale like I did) and all new levels and content will be included as updates for free. Once you've finished the available levels of the original Angry Birds, invest in Angry Birds: Seasons. It began as Angry Birds: Halloween, and then evolved into Seasons once the Christmas levels were included in an update. I haven't heard any rumors as to what holiday Rovio will include next, but these birds are just quirky enough to pull off either Valentine's Day or St. Patricks Day with ease, so don't be surprised if levels full of hearts or shamrocks show up after you've made your purchase. Click on any of the pictures to purchase the apps.