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Mortal Kombat

In the early 90s, Mortal Kombat, along with Street Fighter 2, helped popularize the one-on-one fighting game genre. While Street Fighter 2 focused more on the fighting, Mortal Kombat focused more on the violence and gore, a feature that has stayed with the series to this day. The ninth game in the series, simply titled Mortal Kombat, is a reboot: a retelling of the first three Mortal Kombat games with a few changes. Available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Mortal Kombat features every character from the first three games; every fan favorite is here exactly as you remembered them.

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Starcraft 2

Released in 1998, StarCraft quickly became a household name for PC gamers. This real-time strategy game offered an in-depth story, three playable races and fast-paced online multiplayer gaming that has helped it remain a classic to this day. After twelve long years, the sequel, StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, was finally released. StarCraft 2 features the same gameplay fans have come to expect from the series and, at a glance, it looks like not a lot has changed from the previous game. StarCraft 2 features the same three races along with both story and multiplayer modes, similar to its predecessor; however, don’t let this fool you, as StarCraft 2 is indeed a worthy successor to the original game.

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Dead Space 2

Isaac Clarke is no stranger to having a bad day. In Dead Space, Isaac Clarke is sent to investigate the endangered USS Ishimura, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Throughout the course of the game, Isaac must stop the ship from becoming destabilized and crashing, defend the ship against asteroids and stop toxic gas from destroying all available oxygen. In addition, the entire crew of the Ishimura has been transformed into Necromorphs: alien like creatures that can only be destroyed by cutting off their limbs. In Dead Space 2,soon available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Isaac’s bad day turns into a bad three years; having escaped the Ishimura, he has been contained in an insane asylum as no one believes what has happened to him. However, when the Sprawl is taken over by Necromorphs, only Isaac can save humanity.

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Halo: Reach

The Halo trilogy covered the story of now iconic gaming protagonist Master Chief and his war with the alien species known as the Covenant. After Master Chief’s story ended with Halo 3, developer Bungie made the decision to go backwards in the series time line and create games exploring key moments in the franchise’s history; moments that had previous been regulated to books or in-game mentions. First came Halo: ODST, which explored the events in the city of New Mombasa through  the eyes of ODST troopers. This was followed up with Halo: Reach, detailing the fall of Reach prior to the events of the first Halo. Like all Halo series, Reach is Xbox 360 exclusive and, for the first time in the series’ history, you play as a Spartan who is not Master Chief.

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Dead Rising 2

After the events at the Willamette Parkview Mall, the zombie situation seemed to be under control. In fact, zombies were even being rounded up and used for sport, such as in the game show Terror is Reality; currently being hosted in Fortune City, the show even boasts legendary motocross star Chuck Greene as a player. However, when an accident unleashes the zombie horde onto Fortune City, Chuck Greene must fight to save the life of everyone around him, including his daughter Katey; so begins Dead Rising 2, Capcom’s follow up to 2006’s Xbox 360 exclusive title Dead Rising. This time around, Dead Rising 2 is being released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and places players in the shoes of the aforementioned Chuck Greene.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

After Call of Duty: Modern Warfare moved the series into the present day, achieving great success, a sequel was inevitable. Enter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, soon available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. While much of the gameplay is still unchanged, this first-person shooter improves on a few elements of its predecessor in addition to introducing a new mode. Following the events of Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2’s story builds on the mounting tensions between Russia and the United States. Players once again control a member of the Task Force 101, working together with Soap, who players may remember as one of the protagonists of the first game; however, players will additionally control other characters at various parts of the story. Modern Warfare 2 tells a gritty story with many plot elements that some may find offensive; luckily, the option to skip them is present.

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Dragon Age: Origins

Baldur’s Gate, based on Dungeons and Dragons, was Bioware’s first big hit as a studio. When the license to the Dungeons and Dragons franchise was lost, Bioware turned their attention towards creating their own franchises, such as Mass Effect in 2007. Even though Bioware no longer had the license for Dungeons and Dragons, that did not stop them from attempting a swords and sorcery medieval role-playing game of their own; thus, Dragon Age: Origins, releasing for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, was born. Dragon Age: Origins combines a tactical combat system, various role-playing game mechanics and a deep back story to create the likes of something that has not been seen for many years.

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Wii are not amused

In a tidbit picked up from Bit-tech.net, Peter Molyneux apparently displayed his concerns over motion sensing controls at the LGC. He pretty much reiterates a concern that was mentioned on the net when the Wii was first announced. The worry here is he is basing his opinions off of playing the Wii. To a point he has a valid concern, not to say that certain tactile controls are not fun but the can become strenuous after a while. Games such as DDR, Time Cop and guitar hero show that in short bursts the games might be fun but border a chore when it come to those who want to master a game. To disperse the negativity, the Wii apparently will have sensitivity settings, and chances are Molyneux was playing an unfinished version of the game. In the end it is up to the game devs to find that balance between fun and chore, nothing really new here.

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E3 Information

The following are links to everything you would want to know about E3 as a gamer. These sites will have streaming media coverage of the event. Our exclusive media coverage of E3 is coming very soon as well, so stick around!

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