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May 5, 2012

Fanatical Five: Top 5 Saddest Video Game Moments

Video games have come a long way. They used to be nothing more than a recreational activity to kill some time or being only a place to hang out with with your friends at the local arcade after class or on the weekends. Video games back in the day were very black and white. The biggest dilemma we were faced with was “You have to save the princess!” or “The world is counting on you to destroy the evil Dr. Bad from blowing up the world!” but not much information beyond that was given. What we were faced with was very straightforward. That’s the bad guy, this is the good guy, kill all the bad guys, save the girl. There was hardly any emotional investment [...]

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May 3, 2012

The Sanctum Collection Participates in Steam's Free Weekend and Gets a New Low Price

Sanctum, the very unique tower defense game that put a twist to the genre, is getting the Free Weekend treatment on Steam from now (May 3rd) until Monday May 7th. If you’ve never tried this unique mix of tower defense and first-person shooter action, now’s your chance. You don’t want to pass this offer up. Not only will the game be free to play this weekend, but if you participate in the event you’ll be able to grab the full game at a fantastic bargain. 75% off of it’s original price. That’s $2.49 for the standalone game or $4.99 for the DLC packed version.

Also, Sanctum is going to get a quick fine tuning update that will tweak a few things [...]

 
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May 2, 2012

Black Ops 2 Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

Just last night the official reveal trailer for Call of Duty Black Ops 2 hit the airwaves. (Check out Charles’ article from last night here) It seems that retailers don’t want to waste any time. They’re showing their pre-order bonuses already.

The pre-order for GameStop is none like I’ve ever seen before. They’ve announced what looks to be a piece of the pre-order action, the rest will be announced in what they’re calling “waves” and there will be four total. The first wave has been revealed already and is an exclusive double sided poster of Black Ops 2. As a bonus, if you’re a PowerUp Rewards member you’ll also [...]

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May 1, 2012

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage Comes to PC, 20% Off Pre-Orders before 5/4

Rev up your motors and get ready for Gamepires pre-order season with the official announcement of its debut title’s release, Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage.

 
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April 26, 2012

Operation Exorcist, Mass Effect 3's Latest Multiplayer Event, Begins Tomorrow

Attention Mass Effect 3 players. Have you finished the campaign mode for Mass Effect 3? Are you done playing the game? Wait just a second. BioWare’s Operation Exorcist Weekend begins tomorrow, Friday April 27th at 6:00PM PST until Monday April 30th at 5:00AM PST.

On the BioWare forums it says:

[quote]When it comes to retrieving classified data, Cerberus has been beating the allied forces to the punch. New intelligence has tipped us off to one of their offensives, and it is time to give the N7 teams the payback they want.[/quote]

There’s two goals that can be completed during this epic weekend of carnage. There’s the allied goal and the squad [...]

 
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April 25, 2012

Resistance: The Trilogy Shows Up On Amazon France With a May 16th Release Date

Amazon has done it again. On the Amazon France site they’re currently showing a Resistance: The Trilogy up with a May 16th release date. From the title one can only assume that Resistance: The Trilogy will contain all three PlayStation 3 Resistance titles.

Also, if you look through the images below the game, it shows a few screen caps from what looks to be all three console titles. Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2, and Resistance 3. Of course Insomniac or Sony themselves haven’t officially announced this yet so we’ll have to wait and see what they say. With a May 16th release date however, they’re going to say something about it [...]

 
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April 19, 2012

Twisted Metal’s Axel Now Available for All Players, Sweet Tooth Sports New Skin on 5/8

Zach Wood, Senior Producer of PlayStation’s Twisted Metal series, has revealed that Axel is now available to every player of the demolition derby-based game with today’s free patch.

The two-wheeled bringer of destruction was formerly a pre-order bonus back on Valentine’s Day. Now all fans can roll out a new approach to damage with Axel’s unique methods of attack. Guilty bystanders can be kept at a distance with his signature Crowd Control, or utilize his aptly named alternate special attack, War Wheel, on unsuspecting enemies.

Gameplay for not only the bi-treaded terrorizer, but other vehicles from the game, is available in the Twisted Metal University [...]

 
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April 11, 2012

MMA Fighter Georges St. Pierre Collaborating on Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix London Studios, a part of Square Enix Europe, announced today that legendary Mixed Martial Artist, Georges St. Pierre (known to the MMA world as GSP) is collaborating with Square Enix and United Front Games on an open world cop drama titled Sleeping Dogs.

St. Pierre has helped contribute to the development on the project with various elements including combat within the game.

[quote]Working with Square Enix has been an incredible opportunity. I’m really impressed to see how the hand-to-hand combat in the game is shaping up – it’s been a great experience being involved.[/quote]

GSP has been contributing to Sleeping Dogs on an ongoing basis. He’s [...]

 
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March 29, 2012

Box Art Revealed for LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

The box art has been revealed today by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the highly anticipated sequel to their best-selling LEGO game of all time, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

Coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS, the PlayStation Vita, and Windows PC this summer, the packaging publicizes the addition of timeless allies to the game. Batman and Robin will be joined in their effort to protect Gotham City by Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern. Their infamous enemies include The Joker and Lex Luthor.

The LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes cover also displays a 7 Pegi rating, which is considered suitable for all [...]

 
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March 23, 2012

Worldwide Appeal Shoots Angry Birds Space to No. 1 in Nearly 30 Countries

According to Inside Mobile Apps, Angry Birds Space is officially the No. 1 paid and No. 1 top-grossing app for the iPhone and iPad in nearly 30 countries, including US, China, Germany, France, India and the UK.

The latest version of Rovio’s ever-consuming iOS and Android game, in which towers of pilfering green pigs are toppled by vengeful fowl, has outdone the similarly addictive Draw Something by OMGPOP and Apple’s picture editing and sharing app, iPhoto.

This information seems to be contradicted by the Top Paid Apps overview by Apple itself, which lists Angry Birds Space as secondary to the omnipresent Draw Something. As far as the Top Grossing Apps radar reports, [...]

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March 23, 2012

Defy Destiny with Disney Pixar’s Brave: The Video Game

Pixar Animation, creator of Academy Award-winning films such as “The Incredibles” and “WALL-E”, have announced the development of an upcoming game title inspired by the animation studio’s latest motion picture.

Brave: The Video Game will be coming to PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox, Windows PC/Mac, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS systems this summer, as announced by Disney Interactive Media Group.

The third-person action adventure game, based on a Scotland-set story of a heroine’s journey to undo the damage caused by her rebellion against royalty, launches in line with Disney Pixar’s account of courageousness and non-conformity.

The tale’s protagonist is Merida, [...]

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March 19, 2012

An Inside Look at the Worlds in Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc HD

The video featured below gives us an inside look at the worlds we’ll be exploring as Rayman in the recently polished up Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc HD. The game presents new HD graphics, higher audio quality, and now runs at 60 frames per second for a smooth gaming experience.

This revamped version of Rayman 3 offers more than 15 hours of gameplay and a healthy amount of other extras including nine standalone mini games. Hoodlum Havoc HD will also offer worldwide online leaderboards where players will compete against each other for the best scores. Unlockable achievements or trophies will also be available, depending on the system of your preference.

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March 13, 2012

Ninja Gaiden 3 and Warrior Orochi 3 Not to be Sold at UK Retailer GAME

Joining a long list of games that UK retailer GAME will not be stocking are Ninja Gaiden 3 and Warriors Orochi 3. If you’ve already preordered through them you can get a full refund and then have to find the game elsewhere.

In case you’ve forgotten, this seems to be happening to a lot of games that GAME was supposed to be selling. From Mass Effect 3 to Street Fighter X Tekken, you won’t be finding them at GAME. Not to mention that GAME is trying to sell itself.

I personally think that GAME’s recent troubles come from naming itself after the product it sells. That just makes everything confusing. Jerks.

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March 12, 2012

Johann Sebastian Joust – Folk Gaming

GDC was last week, here in San Francisco, and it was pretty awesome. Lots of clever people, interesting projects, and great discussion. I want to go over one of these interesting projects. I’m sure many of you have, at this point, heard about Johann Sebastian Joust. In case you haven’t, let’s go over the rules:

All players have a PlayStation Move controller. If a player moves their controller too quickly, they’re out. “Too Quickly” is dictated by the tempo of the music. The faster it is played, the faster people can move, giving them opportunities to be aggressive, or saving a seemingly doomed player. The goal is to knock out other players, while defending yourself, and be the [...]
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March 12, 2012

Free Update for Square Enix's Imaginary Range Available Now for iOS Devices

Square Enix recently released a free update for it’s interactive, full-color comic, Imaginary Range. Imaginary Range is a comic developed by Square Enix that includes mini-games that have been inserted throughout the comic, and advances the story in a unique new way.

The update has included two new mini-games, Chocobo Racer and Sphere Bounce. Also included with the update is Omega Burst, a revamp of the popular Chapter 1 mini-game, Omega Blast. Updates other than mini-games include social network integration. Players will now be able to check their Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as update the two with posts or tweets, straight from the app.

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