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The Score of Lollipop Chainsaw

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Sound is always an important part of any game. It can do many things besides setting a tone. In this dev diary for Lollipop Chainsaw we get an idea of how the composer and audio director created the score for some of the games bosses.

Game of Thrones Gameplay Trailer

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Fans of the Books and the television series will also come to enjoy Game of Thrones the game. This new trailer reveals some of story for the upcoming game.

Review Round-Up: Armored Core V

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Armored Core V is the latest installation in the Armored Core series. It comes packing a few tweaks and more customizations than you can fit in a single clip. Does the improvements allow Armored Core V to flourish or does it die in a hail of gunfire.

MetaCritic: 69/100
Destructoid: 3.5/10
GameInformer: 6.5/10
IGN: 7.5/10
GameSpot: 6.0/10
GamesRadar: 7.0/10
OXM: 6/10

Review Round-Up: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

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Resident Evil is a long running franchise and has the reputation of being one of the best in the genre. Operation Raccoon City does it alittle differently by offering a co-operative experience with four players. How was this new spin on an old franchise received, see what the critics had to say below. As always each respective score leads to the full review.

MetaCritic: 53/100
Destructoid: 7.5/10
GameInformer: 6.0/10
IGN: 4.0/10
GameTrailers: 6.5/10
OXM: 5/10
GameSpot: 4.5/10

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Behind the Scenes

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After we got the launch date for Fall of Cybertron yesterday (check out the trailer in the Video Roll if you missed it), today we take a closer look at the game. Matt Tieger, Fall of Cybertrons Game Director, gives you an idea of what it will be like to play as some of the characters.



[via X360A]

Transformer: Fall of Cybertron Release Date Announced

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Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the followup to Transformers: War for Cyberton now has a release date. On August 28, you'll be able to continue the battle between Autobots and Decepticons. Word comes from an exclusive trailer courtesy of Gamespot that you can watch HERE.

Mass Effect 3: Operation Raptor

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The latest event from BioWare for Mass Effect 3's multiplayer is codenamed Operation Raptor. The goal of Operation Raptor is to have players promote 150,000 characters and 2 characters per individual. If the goal is reached players will be awarded a Victory Pack and individuals will be awarded the Commendation Pack. The event begins Friday at 5PM PST and ends Monday 5AM PST. Get full details HERE.

Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Gameplay

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Max Payne 3, due out May 18, doesn't just bring bullet time to singleplayer it is also woven into the multiplayer experience. The new gameplay video highlights several multiplayer modes and the various mechanics.

Asura's Wrath DLC Trailer

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Take a look at what Capcom and CyberConnect2 has in store to keep your rage alive. New episodes, cameos and more.

Review Round-Up: Kid Icarus: Uprising

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The return of Pit has long been overdue. Finally he makes his return in Kid Icarus: Uprising. This is the one a lot of people have been waiting for since it was announced and since the 3DS launched. Was it worth the wait, here's what the critics gave the game and you can click the respective scores to get the full review.

MetaCritic: 83/100
Destructoid: 5.0/10
IGN: 8.5/10
GameInformer: 7.0/10
GameTrailers: 8.3/10
GameSpot: 8.0/10

PSA: A few Changes

This is to update everyone on a few changes that will be coming. The Video Roll, one of the changes already in place, is up on the site as a menu option. What this does is link you to a Youtube playlist that I've created. All the videos on the playlist are from several channels that I'm subscribed to and DO NOT belong to me in any way. The Video Roll will function as the place to watch all the latest trailers, developer diaries, interviews or announcements that are released and feel free to subscribe to these channels as well.

Next up are the Review Round-Up and Releases of the Week posts. Currently there's just a standard format for them, however I feel they need to standout some more so I'm working on a few format changes. They're not set it stone yet but hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have it worked out.

Lastly are the posts, I usually try to have a steady stream of news, trailers etc., but at times that doesn't happen. This means I have to come u…

Review Round Up: Ninja Gaiden 3

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Ryu Hayabusa continues to hack people to bits in the latest installment of Ninja Gaiden 3. With the series creator Tomonobu Itagaki not being involved in this release Team Ninja decided to try something new. What this a wise move of did it set Ryu up for a quick death. Here's what a few critics thought of the game. As always you can click the respective scores to get the full review.

MetaCritic: 58/100
GameInformer: 6.75/10
IGN: 3.0/10
Destructoid: 5.0/10
OXM: 8/10
Gametrailers: 7.7/10

BioShock Infinite Heavy Hitter Part 4

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Lets take a look at one of Infinite's Heavy Hitters--the Siren.

Assassin's Creed III Special Editions

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Assassin's Creed III is on its way to be released later this year and today Ubisoft has announced three Special Editions for the game. There's the Freedom Edition, the Join or Die Edition and a regular Special Edition. The Freedom Edition, the most notable of the set, offers the retail game (obviously), a 24 cm HQ figure of Connor, a steelbook case drawn by comic artist Alex Ross, George Washington's notebook containing all the secrets about the Assassins and Templars of the American Revolution, one exclusive Lithograph, 2 in-game Single Player Missions: Lost Mayan Ruins & Ghost of War and an in-game Multiplayer Package containing a new character, the Sharpshooter, a relic, emblem, special picture and title.

The Join or Die Edition contains the game, The medallion of the Assassins, George Washington's notebook, an in-game Single Player Mission: Ghost of War and the in-game Multiplayer Package.

The Special Edition features a special packaging, the game and a specia…

This Week In Releases

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3DS/DS
-50 Classic Games 3D [3/27]
-Alien Chaos 3D [3/27]
-Funky Barn 3D [3/27]
-ARCH STYLE: Soccer!! 3D [3/29}
-90's Pool [3/29]
-Deer Drive Legends 3D [3/31]
-Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure [3/31]

PC
-Gettysburg: Armored Warfare [3/27]
-Rayman Origins [3/29]
-Solar Struggle [3/29]

PS3/PSVita
-Closure [3/27]
-Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII [3/27]
-Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 [3/27]
-Wheels of Destruction: World Tour [3/27]
-Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted (vita) [3/27]
-Ridge Racer Unbounded [3/30]

XBOX 360/XBLA
-Capcom Digital Collection [3/27]
-Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII [3/27]
-Country Dance All Stars [3/27]
-Gears of War 3: Forces of Nature (XBLA) [3/27]
-Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 [3/27]
-Warriors Orochi 3 [3/27]
-Wrecked: Revenge Revisited [3/28]
-Ridge Racer Unbounded [3/30]







Rumor has it, Prey 2 has been Cancelled

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Rumors are floating around that Prey 2 has been cancelled by Zenimax. Prey 2 is the sequel to 2006s FPS, Prey, developed by Human Head Studios.

Say it ain't so, after the trailer was released for this game last year a lot of gamers were excited by this new game.  We'll get to find out next week if the rumors are true when an official announcement will be made.

[via IGN]

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Co-op Gameplay

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Ghost Recon: Future Soldier allows you to play the entire campaign with 4 player co-operatively. Here's some gameplay to give you an idea of how brilliant it will be.

Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer: Operation-Fortress

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This weekend player of Mass Effect 3's multiplayer will be able to enjoy a 25% experience boost. Operation: Fortress goes into effect today at 5PM PST (8PM EST) and ends 5AM PST (8AM EST) Monday the 26th.

That's enough time to get all your characters to just where you want them.

[via BioWare]

Epic Mickey 2 Announcement Trailer

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Here your first look at the upcoming sequel Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

11 Reasons You Need Prototype 2

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Here's eleven reasons you need to play Prototype 2 or looking at it another way eleven ways to cause mayhem.

XBLA 'Arcade Next' Announced

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Xbox Live's House Party maybe over but Microsoft already has the next set of game priced and dated. This promotion dubbed 'Arcade Next' comes packed with four games and will be released starting April 18th. Here's what's going to be on Arcade Next, their release dates and prices.

Trial Evolution, April 18th for 1200 MS Bloodforge, April 25th for 1200 MS Fable Heroes, May 2nd for 800 MS Minecraft, May 9 for 1600 MS
Trials Evolution and Minecraft are the ones to watch, both have an established fan base and they've been waiting.

[via Major Nelson]

LittleBigPlanet Karting Trailer

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What was once a rumor is now reality, take a look at the upcoming kart racer that is LittleBigPlanet inspired.

Epic Mickey Sequel in the Works

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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is a sequel to 2010 action-adventure game staring Mickey. This time around its not just about Mickey, he will be joint by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald be all the game to have drop-in drop-out co-op and like Mickey, Oswald will have an ability of his own. Where Mickey wields the brush, Oswald will have a remote control that lets him control electric. Put together this will allow the two to overcome various obstacles. In additional Epic Mickey 2 will have full voice acting which will include a voice-over for Oswald who was never voiced before in a Disney cartoon.

A completely new element, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be a musical. Warren Spector, the Designer behind Epic Mickey, is quoted as say "when a character breaks into song, which they do on a regular basis in this game, it's magic".

There you have it Epic Mickey 2 is on it ways and it will be new experience. The game is being developed for Wii, PS3 and the Xbox 360.

[via

The Walking Dead Debut Trailer

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From comic to television series, The Walking Dead is making its way to console. Telltale games, think Sam & Max and Back to the Future, are behind the reigns on this venture. There is definitely a comic book feel to the art style and the gameplay looks intense. Pre-ordering the game nets you a 10% discount and a chance to join the cast.

New Mass Effect 3 Ending Incoming

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Mass Effect 3 was release two weeks ago and it was received with acclaim and high praise. This wasn't until gamers got to the end and realized that it was lacking. This sparked a major controversy and public outcry from the players who felt cheated. One even when as far as to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. To address this BioWare's co-founder, Ray Muzyka, posted a blog stating that the ME3 team has been going over all the feedback since the games release. Muzyka promises that the team is currently working on initiatives that will provide further closure to the events of Mass Effect 3.

Its good to see a developer take responsibility for its game and make arrangements to satisfy its fan-base. You can expect more on what exactly BioWare has in store come April an you can read the full blog post HERE.

[via Kotaku]

Bayonetta breaks into Anarchy Reigns

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[UPDATED]: Includes Video.

Original Post:
In a not-so-surprising move, Bayonetta will be make an appearance in Anarchy Reigns. Thanks to Famitsu we know she will appear in the game as a playable character. When Anarchy Reigns was first reveal everyone speculated that this fiery vixen, and her hair, would make it into the game and now we know for sure. Anarchy Reigns doesn't have a set release date but it is expected sometime this year.




[via Joystiq]

FarCry 3 Gameplay Trailer

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This trailer can best be described as trippy mixed with insanity. It will be quite the experience when FarCry 3 is released in September.

ME3 inspired FFXIII-2 Costumes Incoming

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Square Enix continues to provide post-launch DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 in the form of outfits, weapons and characters. The latest installment will see Serah and Noel fitted into Mass Effect 3 inspired outfits. This move is surprising, it will appeal to the ME3 fans to have their FFXIII-2 characters running around in N7 armor.

[via Gametrailers, source Adriasang]

Its Game Over for GAME

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If you've been keeping your nose in the news feeds for the past few weeks you may have come across several articles relating the GAME, one of the leading video game retailers in the UK. If you haven't here's the gist of it, GAME decided to not stock several new releases including Mass Effect 3 and a few other popular titles. This caused quite a stir in the gaming community as those loyal to game had to find alternate methods of attaining these games. What it boils down to is because of this move GAME lost a lot in terms of sales and is now filing for Administration (Bankruptcy).

This probably doesn't comes as a surprise to anyone after what GAME has been up to the past few weeks. There might have been hope that the company could rebound but with it loosing money and support something was bound to give. It uncertain what will become of the retailer, maybe a new company or it will be bought out, but the game is over for GAME.

[via Destructoid]

Could Soul Reaver Be Making a Comeback

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Rumour has it that Crystal Dynamics, the team currently working on the Tomb Raider reboot, is also working on a reboot of Soul Reaver. It would seem that Crystal Dynamics will be heading in a different direction and will rework the game and new art direction. It has been some time since we got to play as either Kain or Raziel but as all rumors go nothing is confirmed yet.

[via VG247]

BioShock Infinite: Heavy Hitters Part 3

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Today we get a look at another Heavy Hitter from Bioshock Infinite. This time its the Boys of Silence, he can't see you but he can hear you.

Lollipop Chainsaw Voice Cast

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Lollipop Chainsaw is another departure from a standard game but if you've played any of Suda 51's games you can appreciate the unique takes on gameplay. Today we take a look at the voice cast behind Lollipop Chainsaw. Tara Strong, who has had several notable roles including Rikku (FFX), lends here talents to the game as Juliet herself. Michael Rosenbaum, Lex from Smallville, plays Juliets bodyless boyfriend Nick. Along with other talented individuals Lollipop Chainsaw will be revving to go come June.



[via IGN]

Releases of the Week

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As the sun rises to begin a new week so too do we gamers rise on the advent of new releases. So lets get right down to it. Here's what's on tap for this week.

3Ds
- Zombie Slayer Diox [3/22] - Kid Icarus: Uprising [3/23]
PC
- Ys: The Oath in Felghana [3/19] - DiRT 3 Complete Edition [3/20] - KoA: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel [3/20] - Lucent Heart: Stadia [3/20] - Angry Birds Space [3/22] - Yesterday [3/22] - Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai [3/23]
PS3/Xbox 360
- Armored Core V [3/20] - DiRT 3 Complete Edition [3/20] - KoA: Reckoning - The Legend of Dead Kel [3/20] - Ninja Gaiden 3 [3/20] - Rayman 3 HD [3/20] - Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon [3/20] - Silent Hill HD Collection [3/20] - Warriors Orochi 3 *PS3 Only* [3/20] - Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure *Xbox 360 Only* [3/20]

Max Payne 3: Visual Effects and Cinematics

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The latest trailer, part of Max Payne 3's Design & Technology, from Rockstar games shows how the developer plans on handling cinematics within the game and the transit between it and gameplay. Max Payne 3 is scheduled to be released on May 15th.

Dead or Alive 5 Gameplay Drops In

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Take a look as two lovely ladies from the upcoming DoA5 duke it out. This short gameplay clip has mechanics from the previous games in the series and new mechanics including brutal cinematic combos.

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Hero Reveal Trailer

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If you enjoyed your time with previous Lego titles, then get ready for a new entry. Telltale games has released a trailer announcing Lego Batman 2: DC Super Hero. Arkham villains have joined forces and it up to Batman, Robin, Superman (you can hear Lex Luther's voice in the beginning of the trailer) and a few friends to put a stop their plans. Arkham City anyone.

Diablo III gets Release Date

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The long awaited, highly sought after Diablo III finally gets a release date and it's soon than you think. Blizzard Entertainment has announced today that Diablo III will launch on May 15. Thats right in two months you'll be able to get your hands on the complete game. The game can be pre-purchased on Battle.net which gives you access to the game when the servers go up on the 15th.

The Amazing Spiderman 'Iguana' Trailer

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A new trailer for the upcoming The Amazing Spiderman game from Beenox reveals a new enemy--the Iguana. But not only does this trailer give you a look at this new villain, it also shows off web-swinging and combat which both look new and fun.

Microsoft to Increase XBLA Gamerscore

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Microsoft reveled that starting in April all new Xbox LIVE Arcade games could possibly increase their max Gamerscore points from 200 to 400. Great news for the achievement lovers. In addition to the cap increase, the XBLA games will also be allow up to 30 total Achievements per game and DLC. Although in April this increase isn't mandatory, starting in June all new XBLA game will have to start using this format. This seems like a great move by Microsoft but what's your take on this new policy change.

[via Major Neslon]

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier - Believe in Ghosts

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The final video in Ubisofts Believe in Ghosts series talks about gathering intelligence which is key to accomplishing your given mission.

Review Round-Up: Street Fighter X Tekken

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In a cross between two unlikely games, Street Fighter and Tekken, Capcom has created Street Fighter X Tekken. SFxT allows some of the memorable Street Fighter characters to duke it out against those from the Tekken side. What you get is a game that takes all the points from Street Fighter, including graphics and gameplay, and meshes the two into a different kind of fighter while still making it accessible.

MetaCritic:86
GameInfromer:8.75
Destructoid:8.5
OXM:9
IGN:9.0
GameTrailers:8.3

BioShock Infinte: The Handyman

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Lets take a look at another of Bioshock Infinite's Heavy Hitters--the Handyman. My he has big hands. This is the second video in the series and if you missed the first you can check it out HERE. Bioshock Infinite is on track to be released in October.

The World of Darksiders II

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If you enjoyed your time with War, the hero of Darksiders, and exploring Earth then you'll love Death as he explores a variety of worlds.

Review Round-Up: Mass Effect 3

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It's time to finish this fight. BioWare's sci-fi RPG comes to a close as Mass Effect 3 see's series hero Shepard enlist an army to combat the reapers. Prepare for an adventure that is  gripping, action-packed and knows how to emotionally affect the players. This will be a game to remember and the critics agree.


MetaCritic:94
Destructoid:8.5
GameInformer:10
GamesRadar:9
OXM:10
IGN:9.5

Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition is Impressive

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Guild Wars 2 is poised to make its return to satisfy it fans and those who enjoy a good MMORPG. On April 10th, ArenaNet and NCSoft will give you the opportunity to pre-order one of three version of Guild Wars 2. There's the Standard Edition, the Digital Deluxe Edition and the Collector's Edition. The latter being the reason we're all here as it offers quite an assortment of goodies. Anyone who pre-orders any of these will be given access to all beta events until the games release and access to the game 3 days before anyone else.

The Collectors Edition comes bundled with a hand-painted 25 centimeter statue of the warrior Rytiock Brimstone with flaming sword. Included is a 118-page hardbound making-of book, a collector's tin, a CD of the games soundtrack and a custom frame and five art prints from Guild Wars 2. Both the Collector's and Digital Deluxe Editions come with five in-game items.

The Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition will retail at $150, the Digital Delu…

Say Hello to Kara

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If you've been following the Game Developers Conference you may have come across this tech-demo from Quantic Dream, the guys behind Heavy Rain, about an automaton named Kara. This tech demo isn't for any game currently in development, it is used to show what can be done on an emotional level with their game engine. Quantic Dream did a great job because this demo is all emotion, visuals aside, the emotional responses and reactions from Kara are just brilliant. It really pulls you in and tugs at those emotional cords. You really feel a sense of connection with Kara by the end of the demo. Any game that uses this trailer would allow for a greater connection when it comes to its characters. Check out the tech demo and then leave your thoughts below.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Signature Edition

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Ubisoft has revealed a new trailer for Future Soldier where it details what will be include when you pre-order the games Signature Edition. The

This Week In Releases

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Another week has come and gone. Even though most of you are probably knee deep in reapers, geths and cerebus enemies there are a few note worth release for the upcoming week. Here's whats on tap for this week

Nintendo DS/3DS
-Silverlicious  [3/13]
-Planet Crashers 3D  [3/13]

PC
-All Zombies Must Die  [3/12]
-Barbarian - The Death Sword  [3/13]
-Warp  [3/13]
-Defenders of Ardania  [3/14]
-Soul of Guardian  [3/16]

PS3/PSP/PS Vita
-Birds of Steel  [3/13]
-FIFA Street  [3/13]
-Journey  [3/13]
-Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Generations  [3/13]
-Shoot Many Robots  [3/13]
-Silent Hill: Downpour  [3/13]
-Tales of Graces f  [3/13]
-Yakuza: Dead Souls  [3/13]
-Warp  [3/14]

XBOX 360
-Birds of Steel  [3/13]
-FIFA Street  [3/13]
-Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Generations  [3/13]
-Silent Hill: Downpour  [3/13]
-The Gunstringer  [3/13]
-Defenders of Ardania  [3/14]
-Shoot Many Robots  [3/14]

Choose the DarkSider II Collector's Edition Box Art

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THQ and Vigil Games would like you to let your voice be heard and is giving everyone the opportunity to vote for their favorite Box Art for DarkSiders II Collector's Edition. You can vote for one of three covers (pictured), and seeing as today is the last day to vote, you better get voting. You can make your selection by going to the Official Facebook Page HERE. Voting also enters you into a Sweepstakes where you could possibly win a Collector's Edition with winning Box Art.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Believe in Ghost

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This latest trailer follows the necessity and importance of customization.

SWTOR Update 1.2 brings Major Changes

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BioWare has a few ideas in mind for the next update to their MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. Update 1.2 dubbed Legacy sees several new features that includes an array of in-game content such as missions, pets, an expanded system and more. Check out the video below for the complete run down and then sound off about what you think in the comments below.

BioShock Infinite: Heavy Hitters Featurette

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BioShock Infinite maybe ways off before it's release this October but Irrational Games knows how to keep gamers satisfied through the wait. This morning a video giving you a look at one of the enemies of BioShock Infinite-the Heavy Hitter-was released. This mechanical terror will provide a challenge to gamers as they venture through the world that is Columbia.

Peter Molyneux Leaves Lionhead and Microsoft

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You read that right, Peter Molyneux has decided to take his leave from Lionhead Studios and Microsoft for a new venture. Molyneux is the game designer behind games like Black & White and the Fable series (exclusive to Microsoft). He leaves Lionhead to join 22 Cans, a new game studio recently started by former Lionhead CTO Tim Rance.

This is surprising, although Microsoft still has Lionhead Studios losing Molyneux is big. It will be interesting to see what comes out of Lionhead next as well as 22 Cans.

[via Gamasutra]

Medal of Honor Warfighter Debut Trailer

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Take a look at the Medal of Honor Warfighter game due out on October 23.

Darksiders II Limited and Collector's Editions

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Set to be released on June 26 in North America and the 29th in Europe, Darksiders II takes the reigns away from the horseman War and places them into the hands of a new character-Death. Gamers who are looking forward to this game will have several options to choose from. The Limited and Collector's Edition of the game have been announced by THQ with each offering both in-game and actual items. The Limited Edition which you receive with any pre-order of the game (at no additional cost) comes with an access code to download the Argul's Tomb DLC when its released. For the Collector's Edition gamers will receive a life-sized replica Death mask, an in-game Shadow of Death armor set (with Scythe), a digital copy of the games soundtrack and a Darksiders II art book. The Collector's Edition will run you $99. Death and his pale horse cannot ride soon enough.

What do you think? Is the Collector's Edition a buy or pass?

[via GameInformer]

SF X Tekken DLC Character's Possibly on Disc

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In an issue that is sure to rattle a few cages, it seems that all the DLC characters for Street Fighter X Tekken are already on the game disk. What this means is when Capcom decides to release these characters to the respective marketplaces (PSN, XBL) all you will be paying for is an unlock code. Now this isn't something new and has been done before in various games including Soul Calibur and Gears of War among others. This practice doesn't go over well with gamers and many find it to be a complete ripoff. Why should they have to pay for a full game and then later pay for an unlock code for content already on the disc. SF X T is just the latest game to put gamers into such a uproar over the issue. Jonathan Holmes over at Destructoid wrote an article detailing Capcom's response to this and other issues that arise with this latest DLC debacle.

In any case, the way it is gamers still end up paying the extra price for those unlock codes because they really want to have the co…

Akira Mito Makes an Appearance in DOA 5

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Someone unexpected will be joining Kasumi and the rest of the cast of Dead or Alive 5. Akira Mito from the Virtua Fighter series will be a playable character when the game is released.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Deep Dive Trailer

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Take a look at the upcoming real-time turn-based strategy game XCOM: Enemy Unknown as developers gives you abit of the story and gameplay.

Lollipop Chainsaw Release Date Announced

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Gamers waiting to get their hands on Lollipop Chainsaw and it zombie beat-em up heroine Juliet will be glad to know that the game is scheduled for release on June 12th in the US and June 15th in Europe.

[via IGN]

Review Round-Up: SSX

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It has been some time since we've had the opportunity to play an SSX game. The unbelievable tricks, sprawling vista and memorable characters made the games that came before a joy to play. The latest installment returns SSX to true form with characters we know and love, insane tricks and new slopes that are based on real-world locations. SSX has made its return bigger and better than ever and here's what the industry has to say about it.

MetaCritic:83
IGN:9.0
GameInformer:7.75
Destructoid:8.5
GameTrailers:8.7

Could a new DarkStalkers be in the Works?

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Well rumors have it that DarkStalkers 4 is  currently being developer by Capcom with Yoshinori Ono heading the project. The game is being build using a modified version of the Street Fighter X Tekken engine so you can already get an idea of the artistic style of the game. Right now all we have is a rumor but there are several chances for the game to be announced this year including Capcom's own Captivate event. We'll just have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.

[via Joystiq, Source GameBeats]


GDC 2012

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The 2012 Game Developers Conference kicks off this week in San Francisco, CA.  Developers from all around the world gather to exchange ideas and share their experiences. Its an event for professional in the industry so if you're not lucky enough to be apart of the event you can check out the site for news and other information as it happens. You can also check out Gamasutra for their live coverage HERE.

Assassin's Creed III Announcement Trailer

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After all the rumors and leaked images Assassin's Creed III is now officially out there. Ubisoft has released the first in-engine trailer for the upcoming Assassin's Creed III game that is due out on October 30, 2012. The trailer shows off what we've come to love from the AC series in terms of gameplay. What's new is the location and how it affects said gameplay. New weapons, environments and other gameplay mechanics are sure to be revealed as we get closer to the games release. Check out the official announcement trailer below.

First Halo 4 ViDoc

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There is nothing better than starting the morning off with a new video about a highly anticipated game. 343 Industries, the developers of the next Halo series, has release a video documentary showing the new direction the Halo game will take. Halo 4 is set to be released later this year and is the first game in a new series of three. With a new developer behind the game, can they deliver a stellar game and build upon what Bungie has already established as a great game? Only time will tell but for now check out the video below.

Releases of the Week

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We're off to another big week in releases. There's something for everyone from Puzzle games to Action-RPGs, the latter of which will be what everyone's playing this week. Without further ado, here's what's on tap for this week.

PC
-The Sims 3 Showtime [3/06]

DS/3DS
-CRUSH3D [3/06]
-NCIS 3D [3/06]
-Nabara's World: Labyrinth of Light [3/07]
-Naraba's World: The Mysterious Place [3/07]
-Fun!Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! [3/08]

PS Vita
-LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 [3/06]
-Unit 123 [3/06]

Multiplatform (PS3/XBOX 360/PC)
-Top Gun Hard Lock [3/06]
-Mass Effect 3 [3/06]
-Mass Effect 3: From the Ashes *DLC* [3/06]
-Major League Baseball 2K12 [3/06]
-Blades of Time [3/06]
-MLB 12: The Show [3/06]
-Street Fighter X Tekken [3/06]

XBOX 360/XBLA
-Country Dance All Stars [3/06]
-I Am Alive [3/07]

Street Fighter X Tekken DLC will feature PS Vita Characters

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That's according to Seth Killian, Capcom's Community Manager. This means that the twelve PS Vita exclusive characters will all make their way to the console via DLC at some point. This would expand the already huge roster of Street Fighter X Tekken to include Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy, Sakura, Alisa, Bryan, Christie, Jack, Lars and Lei Wulong. No word on when exactly the DLC would drop but you can be that fans of both series will be happy to have these new additions. Street Fighter X Tekken will be released on March 6th in the US, the 8th in Japan and the 9th in Europe.

[via X360]

Leave your Mark with Jet Grind Radio

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Sega has teased the remake of Jet Grind Radio with a short video and have confirmed the game for this summer. Now, courtesy of GamesRadar.com you can take a look at the game in all its HD splendor. Head over to the site for the full article and video.

Box Art Confirms ACIII Rumors

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Just a day ago we were looking at a leaked image for what was rumored to be the new character and setting for the next Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft. What we have here is a confirmation of those rumors. The image to your left is from Assassin's Creed III's box art and as you can see the game will take place during the period of the American Revolution. No word yet on the name of the assassin but there has also been several leaked images from the game floating around the net. [Here they are courtesy of Destructoid]

Assassin's Creed III will be released later this year and you can expect Ubisoft to dish out some information on this game in a few day.

PSA: Asura's Wrath

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Asura's Wrath is simply put-INSANE. Not in a bad way of course, in an over-the-top, that was totally awesome, entertaining kind of way. Asura's Wrath is a game that should be played just for the shear enjoyment. CyberConnect2 and Capcom tried something different with this new IP and depending on who you ask they've either created a great game or something that isn't quite there. In any case, you should definitely give this beat-em-up a try.

Mass Effect 3: Launch Trailer

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The Mass Effect 3 Launch trailer prepares you for the fight that is to come.

Review Round-Up: The Darkness II

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The Darkness II, inspired by the comic book series, is the successor to the first game. It takes place a few years after the events of The Darkness where our hero, Jackie Estacado, has managed to become the don of the crime family and suppress his darkness powers. Developed by Digital Extremes, The Darkness II is a First-person shoot that uses the unique mechanic of quad-wielding. This allows you to wield two guns in addition to your two darkness arms that lets you grab and slash enemies and objects. Do these new mechanics add to the overall game, see what the critics have to say.

MetaCritic:8.0
GameInformer:7.5
Destructoid:7.5
IGN:8.0
Kotaku:NO (Based on the question "Should you play this Game?")
Joystiq:4 Stars

Sleeping Dogs Story Trailer

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Square Enix and United Front Games revealed Sleeping Dogs last month and now they are giving you more by way of the games story trailer. Its all out war on the streets of Hong Kong. Sleeping Dogs is slated to be released sometime this year with no release date set so stay tuned for more info.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Technology Trailer

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The latest Ghost Recon: FS trailer from Ubisoft is all about the tech in the game that can be used to make players into the perfect GHOST.

DmC Screenshots Emerge

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The Devil May Cry reboot that is being done by the guys over at Ninja Theory is scheduled for release this year. However, with no set date and not a lot of information on the game; how does Ninja Theory appease fans of the series as they wait? They release a set of screenshots that shows off the new Dante, his weapons, the enemies and locations.


[via CVG]

New Xbox Bundle Announced

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Just when you thought Microsoft didn't have any plans for another special edition console they throw another your way. Microsoft has released an all White Xbox 360 Special Edition Family Bundle. This bundle comes with a white Kinect, a 4GB Xbox 360 and a controller. It also comes bundled with Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and a 3-month Live Gold subscription for $300. If you're a fan of this new all white look the bundle is already up for grabs at various retailers.

[via Major Nelson]

BioShock Infinite Release Date Announced

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Irrational Games has announced today that the next BioShock game, BioShock Infinite, will be released on October 16, 2012. The game no longer takes place in Rapture and introduces a new location, new characters, gameplay and a brilliant story. According to Ken Levine, BioShock Infinite aims to dwarf the original in both scope and ambition. BioShock Infinite is one of the highly anticipated games of 2012 and for good reason, its release cannot come soon enough.

New AC III Image Hints at Location and Character

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It was revealed a few weeks ago that Assassin's Creed III would be released later this year, which came as no surprise to many. What we didn't know was the location and time period the game would take place. Well thanks to a photo received by the guys over at Kotaku we now have a possible timeline. Going by the image we can see that the game may (I say may because it hasn't been confirmed) take place during the American Revolution, what we can also tell is that there will be some changes to the gameplay if you look at what he's carrying. Of course this is all just conjecture for now until Ubisoft confirms it, which is also rumored to occur on March 5.

What do you think? Could this be the next Assassin's Creed or just another concept?