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Opinion: Characters, The Building Blocks Of Your Reality Exclusive 15
by Christian Nutt [05.13.10]
In this opinion piece, Gamasutra's features editor Christian Nutt analyzes why so few games have characters "you can even imagine having... a meaningful inner life", and highlights what gives game worlds emotional realism.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Analysis: Examining Prey - A Reluctant, Uncertain Predator Exclusive 7
by Tom Cross [05.12.10]
In this design retrospective, writer Tom Cross looks back at Human Head's FPS Prey and explains where the title revolutionizes, and where it lost its way in its quest to be "about something."
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Critical Reception: Electronic Arts' Skate 3 1
by Danny Cowan [05.12.10]
This week's edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to EA's extreme sports sim Skate 3, which reviews describe as "the next best thing to real skateboarding."
Console/PC, Columns

Analysis: Way of the Samurai 3's Execution of All Things Exclusive 4
by Quintin Smith [05.11.10]
Writer Quintin Smith looks at Acquire's scrappy vagabond simulator Way of the Samurai 3, the merit of games with less-defined objectives -- and some crucial limitations of gaming he feels this title circumvents.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Release This: Lost Planet 2, Skate 3 Premiere at Retail  
by Danny Cowan [05.10.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Lost Planet 2 and Skate 3 to multiple platforms in North America, as Xbox 360 owners in the UK get an early look at Alan Wake.
Console/PC, Columns

Saling The World: Peace Walker, Just Dance Head Global Charts  
by Danny Cowan [05.07.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom compiled Amazon.com charts find Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker maintaining its lead in Japan, as Just Dance again heads multiplatform sales results in the UK.
Console/PC, Columns

In-Depth: What The (Game) Papers Say - May 2010, Pt. 1 Exclusive  
by Kevin Gifford [05.05.10]
Kevin Gifford's regular "What The (Game) Papers Say" roundups chronicle the world of video game magazines, this time looking at how mags get creative in the pre-E3 news lull.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Analysis: Can't Someone Else Do It? AI Advisors In Strategy Games Exclusive 1
by Troy Goodfellow [05.03.10]
Examining design issues and gamer experience within the strategy genre, writer Troy Goodfellow looks at how two different games -- Distant Worlds and Hearts of Iron -- approach the problem of AI advisors.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Release This: Picross 3D, Iron Man 2 Debut in North America 1
by Danny Cowan [05.03.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Iron Man 2 and Picross 3D stateside, while the UK gets Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies.
Console/PC, Columns

Saling The World: MGS: Peace Walker, 2010 FIFA Lead Worldwide Charts  
by Danny Cowan [04.30.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom compiled Amazon.com charts find Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker heading cross-platform sales in Japan, as 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa leads the UK's console charts.
Console/PC, Columns

Opinion: Final Fantasy XIII And The Cutscene's End Game Exclusive 11
by Andrew Vanden Bossche [04.29.10]
In a Gamasutra opinion piece, Andrew Vanden Bossche discusses the evolution of the Final Fantasy format to discover precisely why FFXIII's structure is drawing criticism from so many fans.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Analysis: Metro 2033 And Post-Apocalyptic Realism Exclusive 8
by Tom Cross [04.28.10]
Writer Tom Cross examines 4A Games' Metro 2033 and how its particular successes in the areas of dialogue, timing, and characterization create genuinely believable post-apocalyptic communities.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Critical Reception: Capcom's Super Street Fighter IV 9
by Danny Cowan [04.28.10]
This week's edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Capcom's one-on-one fighter upgrade Super Street Fighter IV, which adds "a host of improvements, balance tweaks, and new characters."
Console/PC, Columns

Release This: Super Street Fighter IV, Dead to Rights Debut in US 1
by Danny Cowan [04.26.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom-compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Super Street Fighter IV and Dead to Rights: Retribution to North America, while Japan gets Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
Console/PC, Columns

Critical Reception: Capcom's Monster Hunter Tri 9
by Danny Cowan [04.21.10]
Gamasutra examines online reaction to Capcom's Wii online multiplayer adventure title Monster Hunter Tri, which reviews describe as "slicker, smoother and more polished than any of its predecessors."
Console/PC, Columns

Saling The World: Splinter Cell: Conviction Leads in U.S. and UK 1
by Danny Cowan [04.16.10]
Gamasutra's custom compiled Amazon.com charts find Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction leading Xbox 360 sales in North America and the UK, while No More Heroes for Xbox 360 heads the charts in Japan.
Console/PC, Columns

Analysis: Heavy Rain's Storytelling Gaps Exclusive 14
by Emily Short [04.14.10]
Writer and designer Emily Short finds Heavy Rain's story "oddly paced and full of holes," and in this spoiler-heavy analysis, she analyzes where the narrative-driven game just doesn't succeed.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Critical Reception: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction 3
by Danny Cowan [04.14.10]
This week's edition of Critical Reception examines online reaction to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction, a stealth-action sequel that reviews describe as "the most accessible Splinter Cell game yet."
Console/PC, Columns

Analysis: The Status (Quo) Effect Exclusive 3
by Jamie Madigan [04.12.10]
Psychologist and gamer Jamie Madigan looks at people's tendency to keep with the status quo, particularly with regard to sign-up options for media -- and how that principle could be applied to games.
Console/PC, Columns, Exclusive

Release This: Splinter Cell: Conviction Premieres Stateside 2
by Danny Cowan [04.12.10]
Gamasutra's latest custom compiled worldwide release list explores a week that brings Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction to North America, as Japan gets No More Heroes: Eiyuutachi no Rakuen.
Console/PC, Columns