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  • If you haven't already seen or played it...

    This is the best DLC I've ever played. It has an entirely alternate last third of the game (I hear 6 hours in length) with its own storyline and cutscenes, and is very atmospheric. I had old-school Resident Evil fear, hoping I didn't run out of bullets or get surrounded. I can't wait to see what happened to all the main characters, and to try the multiplayer.

  • A friend of mine just sent me this music video (below). I love Borderlands, but damnit, the Claptraps make me rage. They are annoying, loud, and never helpful. Yet, I found this song entertaining. I guess you can put anything to a techno beat and make it work.

    I have to get back to playing Borderlands though. I had just finished played The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, which was by far, the best DLC to that point. But maiming...

  • A very convincing photo of a Sony Ericson gaming phone has surfaced this week with site after site calling it confirmation of a "Playstation Phone."

    I have doubts, though.

    The Playstation brand has had several leaks over the past couple of years, namely the PS3 Slim and PSP Go, but even on photos of leaked prototypes there have been some form of Playstation logo. This Sony phone does not; instead it has an "S" logo.

    The menu button below the D-Pad is different than that of the Playstation brand's logo button that brings up the Xross Media Bar - a symbol that's unified across the PS3 and PSP Go systems (The PSP-3000 has a "Home" button, but the logo is still present on the system's case).

    Sure, these things could have been done for prototype use only in a weak effort to throw off anyone who discovered it, but like I said: the other leaked prototypes have had a PS logo.

    Of course, there is still...

  • No More Heroes' Otaku Travis Touchdown won't be slaying his way to the top on the XBOX 360 next year. Instead, Konami has confirmed Heroes' Paradise, the HD remake of the first in the No More Heroes Wii series, will be a Playstation 3 exclusive with Move support.

    Move support is a logical decision, as the original game used the Wii Remote to wield Travis' beam-katana as he mutilated his way to the #1 assassin spot. As for my own personal speculation: the XBOX 360 may have lost out on the game because of Kinect's lack of a physical controller.

    The game will include new bosses that didn't appear in the original game and the ability to fight bosses you'd already defeated.


  • Color me skeptic, but there’s something about this recent story that just seems a little too far-fetched to be true. Belied by a strong fourth quarter earnings report, Apple sales were boosted by the recently released iPad and iPhone 4 and the newly upgraded iPod lineup, leading market analysts to ponder over Apple’s next big move. As reported by the New York Times, CEO Steve Jobs posited that Apple would one day like to use its excess cash on more “strategic opportunities”, leading some to question over whether Apple will enter into the gaming realm with an acquisition of Electronic Arts or into social media by buying Facebook.

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  • During its annual gaming expo known as BlizzCon, Blizzard Entertainment announced new details in regards to several upcoming titles, including the World of Warcraft expansion pack Cataclysm, new map releases for Starcraft II, and some emerging details for the currently unscheduled release for Diablo III.

    Blizzard announced that players who pre-order digital copies of WoW: Cataclysm will be able to pre-load the game in advance and be able to play mere minutes after the game’s release at midnight on December 7th. (The bitching about...

  • I’ve always felt that if an RPG is built properly the main story’s quests will level you up as you go and grinding should be left for the varying difficulty of side quests. However, battles are so quick in Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light on the DS that I don’t mind fighting unnecessary random battles as much. Your cartoony main characters, Brandt, Jusqua, Aire, and Yunita will take commands in battle but the game’s A.I. will choose the target for you. I’ve heard some of the outrage at this notion, but it’s worked superbly for me in practice and forces you to plan your strategy according not only to what your enemy may do but also to what the characters in your party might. When you choose ATTACK with a front-lines weapon like a sword, the character will hit the enemy with the lowest HP....

  • I’ve been playing Ace Combat: Joint Assault off and on over the past week and I must say, I’m relatively impressed with the way the game feels on a portable system. This is the first time I’ve played an Ace Combat game, and though I know it’s been tailor-made for home consoles, Joint Assault’s feel on the PSP so far has not been problematic whatsoever. You start the game as a fighter pilot working as a contractor for a private military security firm. After receiving news of a mysterious airship launching near Japan, you are sent out to fly and destroy the airship before it attacks nearby Tokyo. The airship is being controlled by the Vahlalia, a sinister terrorist organization hellbent on bringing down the world’s strongest governments through massive firepower and airdog fights; Al-Qaeda this is not.

    The Ace Combat series has always felt more like an arcade shooter than a virtual military combat experience, more Top Gun than Microsoft Flight Simulator. The question facing...

  • Looks like the handheld gaming market is beginning to mirror the Royal Rumble. Panasonic announced recently a new handheld platform named “The Jungle” specifically being targeted towards online gamers. The product’s tagline reads “We Are Online Gaming”, which I guess is supposed to make everybody forget about their 3G iPhones and mobile hot spot Android phones. Battlestar Galactica Online is the first MMORPG slated for release on “The Jungle”, though others are to be announced. Engadget ...

  • …I think I just pissed myself with excitement.  

    In a move that can only be described as the most awesome idea in the history of franchise mash-ups, two giants of portable gaming will collide on the 3DS.

    Phoenix Wright in one corner, and Professor Layton in the other. 

                                  

    Little about the game is currently known, but the gist of the story is that Phoenix must defend a client accused of being a witch, while in the shadows exists a person who’s writings magically come to life.  The title is listed as “Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney” so it appears as though the two will do battle in the courtroom.  Fanboy glee to ensue.

    Since the title has just been announced in Japan, who knows how long...

  • Elemental: War of Magic was released in late August to scathing reviews. The game was, in a word, unfinished. It suffered from numerous bugs and crashes, and much of the foundational gameplay design was flawed from concept through execution. I've been hesitant to even begin formulating a proper review for the game because, quite frankly, I've gotten the sense from reading developer diaries post-release that even Stardock is not sure what the game is supposed to be about.

    Version 1.1 is slated to be released before the end of October and it seems that, finally, the devs will begin to rectifiy Elemental's identity crisis. Since there are already a litany of version 1.0X reviews on the web, I've decided to judge the game at the point where the devs seem to feel confident in their product. Yes Elemental was not worth purchasing at launch, but pretty soon we'll see if Elemental will ever be worth purchasing.

  • We live in a divided country. Sure, we can’t agree on whether to allow gays to marry or women to have abortions, and we’re constantly bickering about the differences between red and blue states. We know Barack Obama’s got a bit on his plate these days being King of the World or whatever his official title is, but if there’s one cause Mr. Obama can swing his weight behind, it’s this: Nathan Fillion wants to be Nathan Drake.

    Nathan Fillion took to the streets this week (okay, Twitter) to advocate for his casting as Nathan Drake in the recently announced Uncharted movie. Three Kings and upcoming The Fighter director David O. Russell was recently announced to direct after dropping out of the Pride & Prejudice & Zombies production. In a decision that even a coke-addicted movie executive could see, the casting of Fillion is almost too smart to ignore, as Fillion’s brash charisma and notable wisecracks work perfectly for the character...

  • NEW YORK CITY – When it comes to first-person shooters, THQ is setting up a very different world for gamers to explore next spring. Kaos Studios’ HomeFront is set in a near-future United States that’s been overthrown and occupied by North Korea. One of the key events that starts this chain reaction of political and military events is Jong Un’s taking control of the country after his father, Kim Jong II, dies in 2012. In real life, the recent military showcase parade in North Korea was painted as a global introduction to Un and it’s an eerie case of reality imitating fiction.

    One of the reasons that the new shooter, which is set in 2027, is so immersed in real-world machinations is because a former CIA officer who specialized in North Korea, Tae Kim, worked with the game developer on the story line. He helped outline key global events that took place before 2027 to set the stage for the Hawaiian and then West Coast invasion of the United...

  • NEW YORK CITY -- Last season, EA Sports put American NHL star Patrick Kane on the cover of NHL 10 and the game simulation predicted that his Chicago Blackhawks would win the Stanley Cup. Virtual prognostication became reality this past summer when Kane hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time since 1961. The 2008 NHL Rookie of the Year was on hand for the launch of NHL 11 at the NHL Store in Manhattan to talk about the 20th anniversary of the franchise, hockey videogames and his day with the Cup in this exclusive interview. It’s worth noting the interview was conducted while Kane faced off against Hawks teammate and NHL 11 cover athlete Jonathan Toews.

    What’s a favorite videogame memory from your youth?

    Probably NHL ’97 was the first game I played, but my favorite memory was probably playing 2001, Owen Nolan was on the cover, and it took be like five or six games to actually score a goal and I think I...

  • LOS ANGELES – Gene Simmons was already a rock god playing the demon of KISS. Now he’s a virtual rock god, providing the voice for the demigod in Activision’s new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game. The man who turned KISS into a global brand that reaches far beyond music spent time in the recording studio to breathe life to the narrator of the new game’s Quest mode, which allows players to power up as they play through a story that blends metal music with demons and new ways to play on those electric guitar controllers. Simmons talks about working on the new game and how he’s seen videogames change the music landscape in this exclusive interview.

    Did you play videogames when you were younger?

    I’m sorry to say that when I was younger it was the stone age.  When I first started out wanting to be in a band it was the early ‘70s. KISS started in ’72 and then we happened in ’73.  That...

  • As we get closer and closer to the eventual release of Final Fantasy XIV this year on September 30th (21st if you preordered the Collector’s Edition), I find myself caring less and less about this new MMORPG. Really, I stopped caring about the series after Final Fantasy 8. I loved Final Fantasy 7 as well as the game that was ruined to make it (Xenogears), but 8 sucked enough for me to skip 9 (which my friends often tell me was a mistake) and 10 was bad enough that I swore off the entire series. So forgive me if I don’t really give a damn about this game. To be completely frank, I currently consider the Square Enix logo on any game to be a warning that only crap lies within that box (see my review of...

  • Not happy with the pure simplicity of the Kindle, gamers have begun to fiddle with the device in order to play games on it. Specifically, gamers have begun running old text-based adventure games such as Zork, Zork II, Zork III, and even Mini-Zork on e-readers such as the Kindle. So far the reports are that the Zork games are just as frustrating and addictive as they were back in the 80’s, and that while the text entry function on the Kindle isn’t the best, it still does the job.

    As an oldish gamer, this news fills my heart with joy. The math classes of my youth were filled with rather pointless efforts to install piss-poor quality games on my TI-82 graphing calculator. Looking back, it seems like a moot point as the damned thing couldn’t even run Tetris (a task my old Macintosh SE could easily handle) and I could have...

  • After a year that saw AAA high-profile titles released nearly every month, core gamers appear to be spending more and more time playing console and portable games, according to a report by Lazard Capital Markets listed on Gamasutra yesterday. As new business models emerge and new products are introduced into the industry, casual gamers are moving away from traditional consoles and finding newer ways...
  • HELSINKI – Videogames are a global force. The NHL kicked off its 2010-11 season with a trio of NHL Premiere Series regular season match-ups throughout Europe. The 2006 Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes took on the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki Finland for a pair of games. EA Sports promoted its latest NHL 11 game throughout the event. The Canes ended up sweeping the two-game series on October 7 and 8, defeating the Wild 4-3 the first night and then winning in an overtime shootout 2-1 the second night.

    “This trip is something that you remember for the rest of your life, and it’s the first time for our organization, and probably the last, so it’s been fun and we’ve been enjoying it,” said Hurricanes Captain Eric Staal, who was on the cover of EA Sports NHL 08.

    “It’s good to get over here and get a start on the season as a team and be able to bond together and get to know all of the guys,”...

  • If there’s one thing that most gamers really don’t appreciate, its constant in-game advertising. I mean, sure, it’s okay for sports and racing games to be littered with advertisements throughout; that’s commonplace, even in real life. But as development costs have risen and the proliferation of AAA titles increased over the years, developers are becoming more reliant on in-game advertising as a source of revenue.

    A report issued in AdWeek today cites sources within Microsoft have confirmed that Massive Inc., an advertising firm specializing in in-game marketing and Microsoft property, will be shut down before the end of the month. The reasons for the firm closure have not been specified, although Joystiq reports that...