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Review: Zone of the Enders HD
By: | November 14th, 2012

When the original Zone of the Enders was released on PS2, many people referred to it as the “Metal Gear Solid 2 demo with the free game.” Fortunately, while that was the primary reason I picked it up, ZOE ended up being a surprisingly quality game.

Years later, Zone of the Enders 2 proved to trump the sequel in pretty much every way possible. The recently released Zone of the Enders HD contains both of these classics, and not much else — so as you can imagine, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Read more… »

Over the past year we have seen a lot come out of the MMO market.  Rift launched in early 2011, Star Wars: The Old Republic in late 2011, and most recently, Guild Wars 2 and the latest World of Warcraft expansion. And despite the miriad of options we have had there is still plenty of room for more.

Let’s face it, Star Wars: The Old Republic was a massive failure and World of Warcraft has been getting stale since Cataclysm. In my opinion, Rift and Guild Wars 2 are the most solid experiences available at the moment. What some may not realize though is that Guild Wars 2 borrowed a lot of what made Rift so great – multi-role classes, dynamic world events, and level scaling.

Trion once again puts themselves in a great position to excel and my experience with the beta has once again validated what I have been saying for a long time: you need to experience the world of Telara. Read more… »

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Review: Halo 4
By: | November 9th, 2012

Halo 4 has some big shoes to fill. Not only is it the first numbered iteration in some time, but it’s also 343 Industries’ first fully fledged title after Bungie left Microsoft.

As expected, many people worried whether or not this new team would do the series justice. But despite my initial reservations, I have to say, this is the most fun I’ve had in the Halo universe since Halo 2.

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Polls close in a few hours here on the west coast. After you get that “I Voted” sticker (please vote), sit back and enjoy this video of how elections should be decided.

Thanks to Slate News for posting this a few days ago. It has been no more relevant than it is today.

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Review: Assassin’s Creed III
By: | November 5th, 2012

The Assassin’s Creed series has been polarizing over the years. People have both criticized and lauded the automatic free running system, the counter-based combat mechanic, and the sci-fi/historical setting.

Now, we’re all set to visit Boston and New York, and relive one of the biggest moments in American history — understandably, it has some big shoes to fill.

While the third main iteration is more of the same quality we can expect from the franchise, it isn’t going to do much for anyone who wasn’t already enamored by it.

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PlayStation 4 dev kits reportedly sent to devs

Anonymous sources told VG247 today that new versions of the PlayStation 4 dev kits are being sent to developers. Codenamed “Orbis”, the PlayStation 4 has not been officially announced by Sony yet.

According to the sources, this second version of the dev kit–housed in a PC case–comes with Blu-Ray support. The previous version was little more than a graphics card, and they were sent out earlier this year.

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Resident Evil and Silent Hill may be circling the drain, but survival horror is far from dead. Today Montreal-based indie developer Red Barrels dropped an extended trailer for their inaugural effort, Outlast, a horror title styled after fellow indie darling, Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Joystiq caught up with the studio’s co-founders Philippe Morin and David Chateauneuf to shed some light on what their first effort is all about. Rather than focus on combat, Morin said they’ll be borrowing from Frictional Games’ 2010 hit with exciting chase sequences and “run and hide” gameplay. The former Ubisoft developer says that combat is kept to a bare minimum, insisting that action elements compromise a horror title’s frightening atmosphere.

Outlast is looking pretty terrifying thus far. Looks as if we’ll be spending plenty of time hiding beneath the covers when it hits PC in 2013.

Need for Speed has been through a lot in previous years. It went from pretty much the only off-the-walls racing experience, to non-relevant, to relevant again. Now in 2012, we’re contemplating whether or not the newest iteration will surprise everyone and take back racing games: thankfully Criterion is there to back up EA.

With the crew from Burnout Paradise in tow, the sky is the limit for Need for Speed Most Wanted, as it seeks to topple Paradise‘s open world crown. Read more… »

Steam Halloween Sale 2012

Steam slashed prices on dozens of “spooky, creepy, scary, and eerie titles” today for its Halloween Sale 2012. But that’s not all. Apparently ’tis the season of saving money on games because Groupees has the “Bundle of the Damned” available.

Some great games are on sale from now until next week, so you might as well jump on these deals as soon as possible. Just pretend you’re  a zombie and these games are sweet, juicy, squishy brains.

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Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault out on November 27th!

Do you have a Lombax-shaped hole in your life? Did the recent Ratchet & Clank Collection only make your longing for dry-humored robots even worse? Good news everyone! You can play Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault on November 27th.

Better still, the game is going to be available for download on PSN and as a retail copy. According to the post on the PlayStation Blog, “Both the download and retail versions support cross-buy as well, so your purchase gets you both the game on PS3 and a digital copy for PlayStation Vita.” Also Full Frontal Assault  is going to be bigger than Quest for Booty. It’ll set you back $19.99 when it comes out.

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It looks like Ubisoft has a lot to be excited for today: Assassin’s Creed III is the most pre-ordered game in the publisher’s history — yep, it even double Revelations.

Is it because of all the rave previews the game has been getting? Or is it because of ‘merica? I can’t really say for sure, but October 30th is going to be pretty crazy at a lot of electronic retailers.

You can also pick up the Season Pass for $30 (2400 MSP), which includes The Tyranny of King Washington campaign, as well as future DLC that will be released “within six months.”

Dark Souls, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways: the way you bash me into oblivion, swallow me whole, suck me into the endless abyss, and…wait.

Now that I think about it, this is a pretty one sided relationship. Still, I just can’t get enough, and now it’s time to dive right back in with Artorias of the Abyss, a new $15 DLC pack that’s sold piecemeal on consoles (but comes standard in the PC version of the game).

Despite all its transgressions, I’m pleased to say: it’s more Dark Souls. And that’s a great thing. Read more… »