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A large part of my childhood was spent in basements and libraries playing the collectable card game Magic: The Gathering with my brother and our friends. Sure it may have been a nerdy pastime, but I can honestly say some of my fondest memories are drawing the right card and just the right time to secure victory.

Thanks to Wizards of the Coast and Stainless Games, I can relive my former glory in the newly released Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, a follow up to 2009′s Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers. Read more… »

Ever since its first trailer released several months ago, Dead Island has been one of my most anticipated upcoming games. The sheer irony of a lush island paradise marred by walking human decay carries a rare yet growing appeal. Now the game is almost upon us.

At E3, Gamer Limit spent some quality time with the title, along with representatives from Techland and Deep Silver. After about 40 minutes poring over the nooks and crannies of the fictional island of Banoi, I must say that no other game captures the elements of survival and fear quite like Dead Island. It’s enough to make this my E3 top pick.

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Last year, Zombie Studios gave the world Blacklight Tango Down. A competent FPS focused on multiplayer, it released for Xbox Live, Playstation Network and PC.  The title provided all we’ve come to expect from the genre. And although it wasn’t the most unique game out there, the title managed to surprise many with its depth and production value, especially since it was released at a price point of $15.

Zombie aims to surprise us again with its sequel Blacklight Retribution. Top of the surprise list – it’s going to be strictly a PC game. Coming in at close second – it will be free to play. While the latter may be off putting to some, our hands-on with the game at E3 proved that there is much to be excited about.

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Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is a shoot ‘em up that has a bit of an odd premise. It takes place during the 17th Century, and involves a British colonization of a new world, but the only thing is: the “world” is Mars!

Despite the game’s oddball narrative, one thing’s for sure: if you had told me that Jamestown was Final Form’s first title, I wouldn’t have believed it.

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E3: The complete rundown
By: | June 12th, 2011

Over the course of the next couple of days, Gamer Limit will be pounded with content from the Electronics Entertainment Expo. And in the interest of organization and your sanity, this post will act as a complete rundown of up-to-date content from E3. So hit that break and take in all of the news from the gaming nerd mecha that is E3. Read more… »

One of the greatest things about E3 is the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) partnerships with groups such as IndieCade, or International Festival of Independent Games. With IndiCade, you get to experience games otherwise unavailable through traditional channels. Case in point: Deep Sea. Just two laptops sitting in busy corner of the IndiCade area, the game attracted those curious about the unusual peripherals one needs to play.

The brainchild of sound designer, Robin Arnott, it is definitely an experiment in sound gaming and fear. Having gained quick notoriety for making one player faint at South By Southwest (SXSW), of course we wanted to try it out.

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While RaiderZ was on the E3 floor for all to play, Gamer Limit shuttled off into a dark and quiet room for an exclusive sit down demo of MAIET Entertainment’s upcoming free-to-play MMORPG. At first glance, it is a typical open world, fantasy game. Players are immediately met with the typical tropes — warriors and mages, goblins and dragons, skills and quests.

However, as I began to partake of some goblin genocide, the game’s strengths started to stand out. Then they started to sing.

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Every 25 minutes, like clock work, press huddle into a cramped screening booth replete with dark red velvet and stifling heat, to get a glimpse at Saint’s Row: The Third. To refresh the weary, THQ splashes a new 20 minute video of in-game footage on our faces. The video shows off more open world exploration, heavy duty/heavily insane weapons and ends with a bank heist.

Comparing the Saint’s Row series to GTA, as many do, is comparing two completely different series’ on opposite ends of the propriety spectrum. While GTA tends to inject more or less a realistic story line of gangs and guns, Saint’s Row uses these tropes for pure caricature. The new video shows that developer Volition, Inc. aims to widen this gap even more.

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Earlier today, EA showed off about 45 minutes worth of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Personally, I am extremely excited for this Star Wars based MMO from Bioware. Not only because I’m a huge Stars Wars nerd and fan of MMOs, but because Bioware’s track record speaks for itself.

Anyhow, enjoy a recording of the stream after the break and be sure to check out more from EA at their E3 site. Read more… »

Earlier this afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down and play Capcom’s latest spinoff in the Resident Evil series. Capcom has partnered with SOCOM Confrontation developer Slant Six Games to push the series in an entirely new direction with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.  Together, they have created the franchise’s first third-person team-based shooter and it looks like it’s shaping up to be something special.

The game follows the Umbrella Security Service (USS) through the Raccoon City Incident – previously seen from the perspective of Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield in Resident Evil 2 and Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Operation Raccoon City features three-way competitive multiplayer between US Spec Ops, Umbrella security forces, and the infected threat of zombies and Bio-Organic Weapons. While at the Capcom booth I had the chance to sit down for a fifteen-minute single-player demo.

Hit the jump for my impressions.

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During Electronic Arts E3 2011 press conference two of its hottest upcoming titles’ release dates were announced. Battlefield 3 will be hitting shelves on October 25 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. We’ll be taking a look at the game in the upcoming days and will have a full preview of Battlefield 3′s E3 demo within the week.

Mass Effect 3 will be landing on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 6 of next year. Additionally, the N7 collectors edition of the game will feature a hardcover Mass Effect book, a comic book, in-game appearance packs, an extended soundtrack, lithograph, N7 patch and instant access to the N7 Arsenal Pack, which includes four additional weapons, for a measly $79.99. You know you want it.

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Duke Nukem Forever demo was made available today for those that pre-ordered the game or had purchased the Game of the Year edition of Borderlands. Above you can find the first of what I hope to be many Limited Looks at games – be it demos, retail, open betas, etc. This 30 minute demo is, well, Duke Nukem. It is honestly exactly what one would expect going into the game – outdated gameplay mechanics but mindless fun nonetheless. Despite taking 12 years of development, Duke Nukem Forever will be released on June 14th for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.