October 2007

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Gary Willett's Animatronic Mod

It's a scary monkey/alien head! It's Gary Willett's Animatronic Mod!

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Lost Planet

If you’ve ever had that dream where all the awesome things you love are in one place, but everything is a little hazy and it all ends too soon when you wake up, you’ll have a good idea what playing Lost Planet is like. This ported Xbox 360 game is packed to the brim with enough giant insects, killer worms, armored mechs, and glorious explosions to enthrall any science-fiction geek. Its only major shortcoming is that all of this awesomeness is crammed into a package that’s all too brief—we completed the fantastic single-player campaign in just over six hours.

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Creative Xmod Wireless

Creative is a little late to the wireless music-streaming party, but the company comes with a gift its competitors can’t match: the X-Fi Crystalizer technology lifted from its X-Fi soundcard line.

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UFO: Extraterrestrials Review

Thirteen years ago, a little game called X-COM: UFO Defense debuted, pitting players against alien invaders and charging them with creating a network of bases around the globe, shooting down UFOs, capturing and researching alien technology, and then using it against the aliens in turn-based tactical squad combat. That’s the formula UFO: Extraterrestrials follows almost to the letter, falling just short of being a direct remake of X-COM.

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Game Theory: The Wii Effect

Will the Wii bring millions of fresh-faced newbs to gaming, or does its appeal lack crossover power?

Fast Forward: Out-of-the-Box Experience

Since when is setting up an off-the-shelf system trickier than building your own? Since now, apparently.