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Import Review – Catherine/Katherine

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Damn I’m hooked on this game. I beat Catherine on Sunday, just in time for Killzone 3′s release this week on easy.  I think it might take up some of my Killzone time even though  Cliffy B said that he wanted Bulletstorm to “F wit peoples Killzone game.”  I digress, Catherine is unique enough to distract any gamer that would give it a chance.
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Mafia II Review: Old School Gangstas

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Right out of the gate “Mafia II” starts hitting you with surprises. The game opens with you in Italy during World War II fighting for the United States. While that may seem a bit removed from the overall concept of a “mafia” game, it’s woven quite well into the story, and introduces you to the game’s main character, Vito Scaletta. This opening chapter of the game is indicative of what players can expect as they work their way through the title; action, surprises, unexpected locations, and an interesting narrative.

Maestro! Green Groove Review: Classical Rhythm Gaming

Nowadays, music games come in all shapes and sizes, but there was a time when they didn’t. Some games attempted to incorporate music as an element of their gameplay mechanics instead of making it the focus of the game. While most never really reached any astounding level of commercial success, some impressed critics while others improved on the missteps of their predecessors. The latest DSiWare game from Neko Entertainment, “Maestro! Green Groove,” reminds me of those early music games that invented new ways for players to interact with notes, blending platforming and rhythm in a unique way. [Continue Reading]

Blacklight: Tango Down Review: Doing Your Duty

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It isn’t uncommon in the game industry to mimic other game’s successes. For example, when “Street Fighter 2″ was released in the arcade, many companies jumped into the fighting genre bandwagon in hopes to mimic that game’s success. “Blacklight: Tango Down” follows this concept by using the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” series as the source of their influence. The major difference being is that “B:TD” is an Xbox Live Arcade game for $15 and it is strictly focused on online play, whereas “Modern Warfare” was a retail priced game with a single player campaign attached to the package. While all of this sounds like a decent idea in terms of gaming, is it really worth the bargain price tag? [Continue Reading]

Mafia II Lights Up My (And Snoop Dogg’s) Life With A 1911

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Some title have a very distinct art style, or feel about them where you just know that everything just fits when it comes to that game. “Mafia II” is one of those games. The 1940s and 1950s are the perfect setting for the upcoming third-person shooter from 2K, and the developers at 2K Czech have done an expert job crafting one of the most distinct periods in this country’s history. Well, recently “Mafia II”‘s style manifested in real life for me when the lamp below showed up at my doorstep. [Continue Reading]

EVO 2010 Over – SSF IV Champion: Daigo

The first match up, Shizza Vs Inflitration was as though you were watching the final match.  One of the only Double KOs for the Street Fighter IV tournament at EVO.  Perhaps one of the more excited matches for sure.  The follow up match between New York China Town Fare – Henry Cen went up against Gamer Bee who took out Justin Wong, also a local to Chinatown Fare in New York.

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Tekken 6 EVO 2010 Winner: NIN

An amazing match this year between top 8 players for Tekken 6. Perhaps you can argue about RIPs’ final performance in the Championship but a solid composure by NIN saw him through the Finals to get top place.

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Justin Wong Eliminated from EVO 2010

Insanity over at EVO 2010 this year as it concludes before the last day of games with crowd favorite, and famous player, Justin Wong getting eliminated from the tournament by Taiwanese player, GAMER KILLER BEE, as they matched up in set of the day.

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Blowing Stuff Up – GG Invades Jimmy’s Show

Okay there’s too much, and then there’s overkill. Personally, while I’m looking forward to having more news on Killzone 3, perhaps Guerilla Games and Sony should slow down on the over-hype just a little bit.

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Parlor Tricks – Watch Wipeout HD through 3D Lens … Sort of.

That was perhaps the silliest title I’ve ever come up.  So we, and I’m sure several of you were, curious if someone did something silly like put the lenticular lens on the E3 floor over a camera to see what would happen.  Ahh this brings back memories of really experimenting with the gadgets given to me as presents during Christmas time.  So, below you’ll find an HD video we recorded while roaming the halls at this year’s E3 for kicks and giggles of Wipeout HD with those fancy 3D glasses infront of the camera.

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Can Lords of Shadow lift the 3D Curse?

Mercury Steam has convinced me.  I can believe that the next Castlevania, in an attempt to take solid hold on the 3D plain, will deliver something inscrutable.  Perhaps we didn’t believe it till we attended E3 2010 because the first four attempts to bring the series to 3D were somewhat lacking (and more so with regards to Curse of Darkness on PS2).  Four?  If you’re questioning this number, then most likely you didn’t play Castlevania, and Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness for Nintendo64, and of the four my personal favorite being Lament of Innocence on PlayStation 2. [Continue Reading]

E3 2010: Girls, Mad Catz, & Floor Pics from E3

The title should say it all really … I mean should I even explain anything?  Take a look at some of the girls, and a few shots from the floor, at E3 this year.  Somewhere in there is a picture of the New Mad Katz Controller.  Kudos to our photographer.

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E3 2010: Remember SPEC OPS?

Maybe you don’t; it’s that modern warfare first third person shooter being developed by 2K Games that had that interesting trailer with sand crushing small platoon of soliders in what appears to be a deserted city.  Well, the new trailer hasn’t changed much but you do get a chance to see some new weapons; a flame thrower to be exact. Sadly no other details are available on the game other than it will be coming out sometime in 2011.

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E3 2010: El Shaddai Trailer Invokes The Name Of God

EL Shaddai is a game created by previous members of Clover Studio (Okami), and in particular Sawaki Takeyasu.  He currently works with Ignition Games and is releasing El Shaddai sometime this year (no official date).  El Shadai is a single player game that focuses on the beginning of time itself during the time of the Grigori.  The name alone, for those of you who know (or if you’re not Jewish) is God (at least in the Judiac tongue). From this trailer expect to play role in the relationship founded between, man, Gods, and angels.

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E3 2010: Vanquish Floor Gameplay

After Bayonetta’s release, gamer fan expectations for the newly formed Platinum Games was somewhat mixed.   After the XBox 360 Port-to PS3 debacle that surrounded the new development group first game, gamers weren’t expecting much.  Enter Vanquish, a high speed action game that reminds of you Lost Planet, Gears of War, and other popular titles all rolled into one package.  Check out some quick game play footage from this year’s E3 show.

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E3 2010: Create Your Own Rayman Game

Looks like the original Rayman creator, Michael Ancel is at it again. I’m sure you’re not too impressed but this one actually looks impressive as it takes a note from it’s original 2D design.  The new game will take on that Play Create Share mantra, popularized by other titles like Little Big Planet.  Though there were no Rabbids in the trailer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create your own.  The trailer is compelling enough but perhaps we will only be convinced of it’s greatest until we actually play it.

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E3 2010: Marvel Vs Capcom 3 Only With Mad Katz

Marvel Vs Capcom 3 looks amazing but rest assured Mad Katz was on hand, or on table, for every screen at this year’s event.  Of course the general reaction was positive and you probably expect special versions of their sticks when game launches next year.

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E3 2010: Castlevania – Harmony of Despair Gameplay

Don’t be fooled, that’s not Symphony of the Night, but is actually Harmony of Despair.  Perhaps Lords of Shadow might at have stole all the Castlevania thunder today at Konami’s Press Conference but forget that they are releasing Harmony of Despair for XBLA. This game needs to be on PSN and share the love.  We passed by the Konami booth and took a quick glimpse at this promising title.

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E3 2010: Tron Evolution The Video Game Trailer Welcomes You Back To The Grid

I am not convinced by this game.  Yes, perhaps it has to do with the fact that its a movie licensed game that will tie in with the new Tron Movie, and perhaps the new trailer and gameplay seen on the show-floor at the E3 this year doesn’t convince me either.  Decide for yourself, but I can’t seem to shake this generic feeling off my back.  Successful movie games can be all counted on one hand but perhaps another on can surprise us one of these days – check out the fancy trailer.

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E3 2010: Scribblenauts Is Back With This Super Sribblenauts Trailer

This game became a cult hit at E3 last year as it took an extremely unique, and new approach to playing games on the DS.  Nintendo seems to be taking the old school approach and adding the Super word before this game to signify a signal to what was one of the best games last year (hands down).  If you didn’t play it, I recommend that you try it out at your local Gamestop; it’s worth the time (even if you don’t own a DS).  In the meantime check this new trailer out.

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E3 2010: Metal Gear Solid: Rising Screens,Trailer, Impressions

The Metal Gear Solid: Rising trailer from the Microsoft 2010 E3 Press Conference is rumored to be the best thing the showed geared towards hard core gamers.  While the compression routines used on Viddler don’t do this video justice, it’s still something to watch.

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E3 2010: Metroid Other M Trailer Bring Back The Bounty Hunter

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In Metroid: Other M everyone’s favorite bounty hunter is back, and Samus is ready to kick some ass. E3 2010 brought us a new trailer for the game that will be on store shelves before the end of the summer, and it looks like it will keep fans of both old school and new school Metroid games very happy. Check it out.

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E3 2010: Hothead Game Reveals Swarm

HotHead Games, based in Canada, is known best for their work on the Penny Arcade Web Comic based game, On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness.  If that’s not a mouthful then I don’t know what is.  They had initially promised a trailer sometime ago vaguely stating what the game would be a about, and sadly, even with this new trailer, I still don’t know what this game is about.

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E3 2010: Child of Eden was missing from the Microsoft Presentation

Yet another game, that should be been part of Microsoft’s Press Conference at this years E3 show.  It’s a wonder that Microsoft did not give Tetsuya Mizuguchi top billing this year to present this game; it would have done their conference a lot of good.  Better known for REZ, and other titles like Lumines, Gunpey (PSP), and others, Mizuguchi-San is looking to push the boundaries of sensory based entertainment even further with Child of Eden.

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E3 2010: Castlevania Lords of Shadow Set To Do 3D Right!

We just finished viewing the Konami Press Conference, and in short, Lords of the Shadow should be best 3D implementation of a Castlevania game to date.   At the end of presentation, long time producer of Castlevania series introduced the Producer from Mercury Steam working on Lords of Shadow.  Little time was wasted in showing us a new trailer that simple seals the deal on any fears about the fidelity of this game. [Continue Reading]

E3 2010: Konami Press Conference: NeverDead Announced!

I can hear the jokes already: Never heard of NeverDead?  Well Konami took the opportunity to introduce this really unique game at there press conference that “begins with the world under threat from a demonic plague. Centuries have passed since the world succumbed to an unforeseen shadow of evil, and a hero was made an immortal by demons. These demons have risen once again in the present day and are wreaked unrelenting mayhem, represented by destructible environments within the game. Cast as this immortal hero, the player can use regenerative powers to re-assemble his body to evade death – for he is Never Dead…”

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E3 2010: Golden Sun – Dark Sun Trailer

Golden Sun – Dark Sun, developed by Camelot Software, is due for the Nintendo DS.  Set 30 years after the first two games in the series, expect this title some time during the 2010 Christmas holidays.

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E3 2010: Dragon Quest IX Trailer Preps Release

Dragon Quest IX was actually released in Japan early last year, but it’s finally going to see the light of day here in the west. Two of the noted features in this game include being able to connect and play with 3 friends, and a personal favorite, the ability the fully customize your characters appearance. Below is the E3 Trailer of the game due this July.

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E3 2010: Professor Layton & The Unwound Future

Layton Returns! For those of you who enjoy puzzle games, Professor Layton always hit the spot.  Developed by Level 5, expect classic gameplay that you know and love from this series as you try to solve the mystery of the future.

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E3 2010: Kirby Epic Yarns Trailer Sends Mixed Signals

Visually, this game is impressive. I’m sorry but I think so. Would I play it, perhaps, with my nephews yes. On my own, I don’t think so.  I’m not sure about adding the word “Epic” to the title of the game but many would agree that Kirby himself is epic enough. Check out the E3 trailer for yourself and decide if you’ll go on this epic adventure.

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