SEGA Rejiggers Puzzling "Crush" for the Nintendo 3DS

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Back in 2007, Sega published the game Crush about a guy who explores his own mind to discover the cause of his own insomnia, solving puzzles along the way. While I'm not sure anyone has ever cured insomnia by playing Tetris in their mind, the premise was interesting and it made for a decent title on the PSP considering it was essentially a portable pack of digital puzzles. Compared to the Nintendo portable systems, the PSP was considerably light on puzzle-oriented games, though that's largely due to how Nintendo markets its products as cross-generational tools by developing puzzle and IQ games to appeal to older audiences. Whether or not that approach works, it set enough of a precedent that Sega is adapting Crush as Crush3D for the new Nintendo 3DS, to cash in on the puzzle gaming craze.

May
12
2011
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"Ace Combat: Assault Horizon" Takes Off on October 11th

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Namco Bandai recently announced that Ace Combat: Assault Horizon would be making its multi-platform debut across Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC on October 11th (October 14th in Europe). The relaunch marks the first new major console title in the Ace Combat series since back in 2007 with Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, which was then followed by a string of installments for mobile systems. It'll be interesting to see what 4 years worth of advancements in gaming will do for the Ace Combat series. As part of its pedigree, Assault Horizon boasts a story written by New York Times bestselling military author Jim DeFelice (Leopards Kill, Threat Level Black).

May
12
2011
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New "Rage" Gameplay Trailer Debuts on Machinima

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Rage, the upcoming first-person shooter from id Software (Quake, Doom), debuted a substantial gameplay trailer on Machinima today. The game is currently slotted for a September 13th ship date through Bethesda Softworks and boasts a whole new graphics engine (id Tech 5) courtesy of id's resident genius John Carmack. Judging from the gameplay footage in the trailer below, Rage is easily one of the more detailed and beautifully rendered FPS I've seen in ages. If you're computer is more than 2 years old and isn't custom built...good luck. Console owners delight.

For the brand new gameplay trailer as well as a few other we've gathered together, hit the jump.

May
05
2011
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Swim as Michael Phelps in "Push the Limit"

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You've golfed as Tiger Woods, so why not swim as Michael Phelps? Michael Phelps: Push the Limit will take advantage of the Xbox Kinect technology's ability to read movement and let people swim as Phelps. It makes sense, but until the advent of motion sensing technology any game predicated on "swimming" would have played something like an RPG mini-game or the good ol' fashioned Nintendo sports mat used for the NES Olympics: namely a whole lot of button mashing. Now that Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 can read a player's movements, sports games can go all out and even offer up sports that would have been impossible before. Like swimming. The new Michael Phelps branded series, exclusively for the Xbox Kinect, is interesting to say the least, and I'm going to withhold judgment and calling it silly until I've tried it myself.

Though it does make me wonder, if someone interrupts you while playing, will this be the first game to accurately depict a drowning?

New images from the game were just released, so if you want to take a look at the boxart, the game's graphics and what it looks like to play the game, hit the jump.

May
05
2011
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Cartoon Network Announces "Generator Rex" Video Game

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Like a strange cross between Venom, Inspector Gadget, and the Green Lantern, Generator Rex is currently enjoying a rather successful run on Cartoon Network. And like any successful cartoon franchise, Generator Rex has received the green light from Cartoon Network to be developed by Activision into a video game and it's set to debut on the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS.

For those of you generally unfamiliar with the concept of Generator Rex: Agent of Providence, here's the basic premise:

Villains, known as E.V.O.s (Exponentially Variegated Organisms), are infected with “nanites” which mutate their hosts into malicious beasts. An organization named Providence was created to combat these villains with the help of Rex, a teenager who has harnessed nanites within his body to become the ultimate weapon.

To get the rundown on the game's plot and our thoughts, hit the jump.

May
05
2011
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45 New Downloadable Scenes for "Yoostar 2"

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For movie fans who enjoy doing their best imitation of Jeff Bridges as "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski, Yoostar 2 just launched a new download that should make you smile. The Yoostar franchise is like karaoke for film geeks (specifically film geeks who also own an Xbox 360 or PS3), and they just launched a new download pack for the follow-up, Yoostar 2. Among the scenes added is the great scene from Kick-Ass where Nicolas Cage reacts to his daughter's expression of wanting a puppy for her birthday, "Oh child, you always knock me for a loop!", as well as plenty others from films like Crank, Beverly Hills Cop, and Men in Black.

For the full list of new scenes and other tidbits included in the new download pack, hit the jump...

May
04
2011
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Get Ready for F.E.A.R. 3 With This Recap Trailer

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It's been five and half years since the original F.E.A.R. game debuted in 2005, and two years since its sequel F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin was fresh in our minds (where it played mean little games). To help get fans of the franchise ready and back in the right frame of mind for the upcoming F.E.A.R. 3, they've released this recap trailer that retraces the events of the first two games. Arguably it could work as a substitute for playing them if you wanted to just jump in here, but you shouldn't do that. For people who enjoy horror movies and FPS, the F.E.A.R. series is like a highly concentrated horror movie experience that you get to participate in by blowing away the shadows that jump out at you.

To check out the trailer, hit the jump. First, make sure the lights are off and you're sort of jumpy. Have two cups of coffee or some Red Bulls. Now go.

Apr
22
2011
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New Trailer and Pics for 'Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection'

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Tuesday saw the release of the rerezzed Final Fantasy IV, the new Final Fantasy IV: Interlude, and Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for the PSP under the name Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. As someone raised on the Final Fantasy franchise, I really have nothing but joy for the fact that they're keeping these games in circulation. Sure, I thought Final Fantasy VII was badass, though it wasn't my favorite, and I'm just as much in favor of seeing that installment in the franchise getting a cosmetic makeover as I am any of the older entries.

While classics shouldn't be tampered with in terms of story, characters, and the basic elements that made them great, the visuals used back then weren't done so because the creators felt they were the best possible presentation - but because it's all that was possible. Anyone who's played through the series knows that Final Fantasy games are about outstanding visuals coupled with elaborate storylines in an expansive world. If modern technology lets us put in some stellar cutscenes and ramp up the basic graphics of older games to bring them to a new level - then I say do it. If Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is an indication of what that looks like, then Square Enix needs to do this to all its classic titles.

Apr
22
2011
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The 'Sonic Generations' Trailer - Can They Reboot Sonic?

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I'm fully aware that when it comes to war of legacies that Mario pretty much laid the ultimate smackdown on Sonic the Hedgehog. I think we can all agree that happened. Yet, I always have and probably always will prefer the speedy blue blur of Sonic over the shrill "Here we go!" shout of the plumber, whom from here on out shall not be named. Once the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Sega Saturn became obsolete in the console war, Sonic had a hard time staying in the spotlight. The Dreamcast failed miserably, whereas Nintendo's steady stream of successful consoles kept the red chubby one in permanent rotation. At this point it's no contest.

What didn't help was the series of subpar games for Xbox and Playstation that poured out of Sega, with the rare few actually being somewhat fun. Sonic the Hedgehog has been trying to regain his footing ever since. With Sonic Generations it looks, looks, like they've taken the game back to its aesthetic roots and revived the series. Sega just released a new trailer for Sonic Generations, so check out the trailer and see if you agree. Is the blue one back?

Apr
20
2011
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'Inversion' Trailer Goes Online

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Teasers might be one of the most maddening things the world of marketing has ever known. It's the direction they go when they're not prepared to show you the meat and potatoes of the game or movie, but want you to salivate over how you imagine they're going to taste. The Inversion teaser trailer, though somewhat pretty, told us nothing about the game, thus, it's nice we finally get an actual trailer to watch and rewatch, and pick to pieces. While gameplay photos of Inversion have been online for awhile, since as far back as 2009, we've yet to see any gameplay video, and we probably won't until a few months out from its February 2012 release date.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer...

Apr
20
2011
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