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Metal Gear Solid Fan Movie…WOW!

See folks, this is why I love fans. Whether they’re of movies, videogames, anime, comics etc. There’s always a group of them that’ll take the genre they love and create something thats totally mind blowing. Take for instance this fan movie called Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy. Here’s a good example of fans taking their love for the MGS series to the next level. [Continue Reading]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up Review: Turtle Power

TMNT: Smash-Up

No matter how you slice it, “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” is a great game. It may have some problems, particularly in the online area, but at its core, the franchise is one of the most enjoyable fighting games ever created. Since the original was released, back in 1999 on the N64, a surprisingly small number of games have tried to duplicate the frantic fighting formula that worked so well for Nintendo. Enter “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up,” one of the first potentially worthy successor to the “Smash Bros.” crown, but does it have what it takes to really put up a good fight, or does it just end up shellshocked? [Continue Reading]

Must See Trailer: A Nightmare On Elm Street

Well, It looks like everyone’s favorite dream killer is back! That’s right folks, you knew it was gonna happen. A Nightmare On Elm Street is the newest horror film to be “re imagined” from it’s eighties counterpart. Taking on the role of Freddy this time is actor Jackie Earle (“Rorschach” from The Watchmen). From what I’ve seen in this trailer, this looks to be one of the better remakes. Especially after the disappointing recently released Friday the 13th. As a fan of the series (the good ones) I’m def’ excited for this, are you? A Nightmare On Elm Street drops sometime in 2010. Check out the first trailer after the jump. [Continue Reading]

Crystal Defenders Review: A Frustrating Trip Down Memory Lane

Crystal Defenders

I’ve never been one to get excited about tower defense games. I had a brief stint with “Pixeljunk Monsters,” and, for the most part, enjoyed it, but aside from that, my history with the genre is brief. Then along came “Crystal Defenders”; A tower defense game from Square Enix that borrows heavily from the “Final Fantasy” universe (most notably “Tactics”). Yet, while people will buy the game simply because of its association with the franchise, only serious tower defense enthusiasts need apply, as “Crystal Defenders” too often becomes a mundane and monotonous process of trail and error. [Continue Reading]

Section 8 Review: Bringing The Big Guns

Section 8

The term “Section 8” refers to a type of discharge from the US military, with the reason being that the person in question is mentally unfit to serve. In this game, you play as a member of “Section 8,” an infantry division with the reputation as being insane due to their suicidal missions, which generally result in very short careers. Equipped with a rechargeable shield, several weapons, configurable modules, and a jet pack, members of Section 8 are ready to overcome any challenge. The question is, are they ready to take on the highly competitive market known as the Multiplayer FPS? [Continue Reading]

Scribblenauts Review: Thinking Your Way To Fun

Scribblenauts

When it comes to video games, incorporating the written language into a game is a tricky thing. Most games that have words as a central gameplay element tend to fall into the great gaming abyss of edutainment. However, one game has come along and changed all that; “Scribblenauts” may be the first game ever released, by a company that doesn’t begin with “Pop” and end with “Cap,” to use words in a way that actually engages gamers. The game’s hype-cycle went into hyper-drive at this year’s E3, and hasn’t stopped since, reaching levels unseen for a third-party DS game, but now that the game is finally out, can it live up to gamers lofty preconceived notions of what to expect?

Yes. It can. [Continue Reading]

Livin’ the Dream(cast) On PSN

PSN

With the upcoming release of the PSP Go, and the already released PS3 Slim, Sony is seemingly reinventing themselves in attempts to further their position in the current console war. But with all this new hardware debuting, it’s easy to lose track of Sony’s other ace-in-the-hole; the PlayStation Network.

While many gamers in the U.S. feel they’re getting shortchanged when comparing PSN in the U.S. to that of Sony of Japan’s online division, stateside support for Sony’s free, online service seems to be improving. Earlier this week, a member of the NeoGAF forums came across an article entitled “SCEA Meeting Aug. 5th Notes,” via Sega’s PR site, and if all things listed in the document come to fruition, PS3 owners can look forward to a myriad of improvements across the PSN. [Continue Reading]

Dev Box Interview: Gearbox Software’s President Randy Pitchford

Randy Pitchford Dev Box

It usually takes a small army to create the video games that we play, and, most of the time, all of the focus gets put on the game itself, and not on the people that came together to make it. Our Dev Box interview series takes a look at some of the unsung heroes that have committed their lives to entertaining all of us. In this week’s expanded Dev Box we are letting Gearbox Sofrware’s President Randy Pitchford provide us some insight into who he is as a gamer, and how he ended up working in the game’s industry.

On an unrelated note, Mr. Pitchford has the most amazing office ever.

Name: Randy Pitchford
Title: President
Company: Gearbox Software
Job Description: Studio Management, Executive Production, Creative Direction and Design, Public Relations and Marketing, Technical Direction and Design and Whatever-It-Takes.
First title worked on: Duke Nukem 3d
Most recent title worked on: Borderlands

What game has most influenced you, and why? [Continue Reading]

NHL 2K10 Review: Hitting The Ice, Or Is The Ice Hitting You?

NHL 2K10

As a Canadian, it is our patriotic duty to spend a few hours a week watching grown men with wooden sticks glide through harsh terrain and smash their bodies into plexiglass. EA has provided fellow Canadians like myself with the NHL series for almost 20 years. However, another company known for their sports video games, 2K Sports, decided to challenge EA with their NHL licensed series, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of their “NHL 2K” franchise. Despite the decade long rivalry between the two companies, does “NHL 2K10″ put up a fight or does it just turtle? [Continue Reading]

A Look At The Baltimore Madden Challenge With Mark Clayton

Mark Clayton

The TrueGameHeadz crew recently had the opportunity to check out Baltimore’s Madden Challenge, which was sponsored by the Mark Clayton Foundation. Grey had a chance to grab a word with the man himself, Mark Clayton, and talk to him about what he was doing for the kids, as well as with the Madden Challenge. Check out that interview, as well as one with the winner of the tournament, plus a whole lot more below. [Continue Reading]

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