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Dead or Alive 5

The fighting game genre has seen a renaissance in the last two years, with sequels to many popular fighting game franchises, such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Marvel Vs. Capcom, being released. It should be no surprise then that the Dead or Alive series, with its last console entry being Dead or Alive 4 in 2005, is returning with Dead or Alive 5. The fifth entry in the series, seeing release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, brings the popular series to a new generation with updated graphics and a character roster featuring each character that has been in the series to date.

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MechWarrior Online (Video)

The MechWarrior franchise, appearing on both the PC and Xbox throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s, was, at its core, about pitting large piloted machines called mechs in battle against each other. The MechWarrior games were known for being complex; weapons would overheat, customizing your mech was of the utmost importance and nearly every key or button was used to control your robotic behemoth of death. Due to legal issues, the MechWarrior series fell into obscurity, until now: the upcoming MechWarrior Online is a free-to-play action game set to launch on the PC. MechWarrior Online combines all the aspects fans have come to expect from the series with one major change; now, every mech you’re fighting against is piloted by a human instead of an artificial intelligence.

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Assassins Creed III

After three games set in Europe, all starring Ezio Auditore, the Assassin’s Creed formula had started to become stale. While Assassin’s Creed II breathed new life into the franchise, catapulting it into star franchise status, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood further further improved the gameplay, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations started to wane a bit. While Ezio was interesting and a great protagonist, gamers were eager for a change of pace and to experience a new protagonist, similar to when the franchise switched from Altair to Ezio in Assassin’s Creed to Assassin’s Creed II. Assassin’s Creed III, releasing on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, looks to be just what gamers wanted in this regard.

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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Review: Homegrown Fear

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Despite high reviews and praise from gamers everywhere, Alan Wake failed to light up the sales charts. Unfortunately, Alan Wake’s ending left many questions unanswered and fans all but gave up on a sequel ever being released to answer those questions. Imagine their surprise that not only was an Alan Wake sequel coming, but it was an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive at that. Does Alan Wake: American Nightmare, despite being a digital release, stand up to its predecessor?

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Gravity Rush release date confirmation (Video)

The Official PlayStation Blog has just updated its readers with a blast of info regarding the anticipated PlayStation Vita title, Gravity Rush!

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Diablo III

The Diablo series, which began in 1996, pioneered the action role-playing game genre. Presented in an isometric view, action was fast, frantic and addictive; click on enemies to attack them and use the loot, or dropped items, that are found to make your character stronger. Diablo III, releasing exclusively for the PC, doesn’t reinvent the series; fans can expect the same action role-playing gameplay they’ve come to expect but now with a few twists. The storyline from past games continues, as players are still in the land of Sanctuary, though two decades into the future. The game focuses on the last two Lesser Evils, Azmodan and Belial, though one can assume that, just like past games, Diablo himself will be making an appearance as well.

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Jet Set Radio

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In 2000, Sega released Jet Set Radio, known as Jet Grind Radio in the United States, on the Dreamcast. The game’s soundtrack, cell-shaded visuals and fun gameplay involving spray painting, or tagging, surfaces instantly made it a hit. For those gamers without a Dreamcast, Sega is re-releasing Jet Set Radio, now the same name in all countries, as a digital download. Set for release on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC, Jet Set Radio is a high definition port of this classic Sega game. Players select from a wide array of characters, such as Beat, Gum and Corn, is they must take over rival gang’s territories to spray painting their logo everywhere they can in the various districts of Tokyo-To. To reach many of the tagging locations, players must carefully navigate the environment, skating on multiple surfaces to reach their intended destination.

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Far Cry 3

The Far Cry series has always been about two things: open-ended gameplay and a unique setting that seems to change every game. For example, Far Cry was set on a tropical paradise, while Far Cry 2 was set in the plains of Africa, and both games gave you multiple ways to dispatch your enemies. Far Cry 3, releasing for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, continues this trend. Even though the story is once again set on a tropical island, the island features many different locations; expect to be battling on sandy beaches and mountaintops in addition to the dense jungle atmosphere. The story follows Jason Brody, who has become trapped on the island, as a madman named Vaas, along with his crew, seek to end Jason’s life. Surviving the first attempt on his life by Vaas, Jason seeks revenge in this first-person shooter.

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Resident Evil 6

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After Resident Evil 5, fans were unsure of what direction the next game could go in; Resident Evil 5 tied up many loose ends that existed since the first Resident Evil, providing finality to much of the series’ plot. While some fans expected a reboot of the series, Resident Evil 6 goes in the opposite direction by starting a new storyline with the same cast of characters. Series’ veterans Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy return in what looks to be a new story arc for the Resident Evil series. When viruses start mutating the population in two different countries, it’s up to both characters to stop the virus and figure out who is spreading it. Fan favorite characters such as Sherry Birkin and Ashley Graham also return, giving all Resident Evil fans a reason to check Resident Evil 6 out when it releases on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Skullgirls

These days, fighting game fans have a lot of games to choose from: Super Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter X Tekken and Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 just to name a few. But while the fighting game genre is seeing an explosion in terms of popularity and new games, many of these games are sequels and not new properties. One game, Skullgirls, looks to change that. Releasing as a digital download on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, Skullgirls is a completely new fighting game developed by Reverge Labs. Skullgirls is a 2D fighting game featuring eight female characters, all with their own unique moveset.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review: Best story of its time

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Final Fantasy XIII was a polarizing game; there are some that love the direction that the series took while there are some who deride it for changing the classic Final Fantasy formula too much. When it was announced, Final Fantasy XIII-2, available for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, was said to have made with changes that would bring classic fans back to the franchise. Does Final Fantasy XIII-2 retain enough of what made Final Fantasy great or does it repeat the same missteps as Final Fantasy XIII?

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

When StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty was released in 2010, it featured the Terran race in its story mode. This was due to developer Blizzard’s plan of releasing three StarCraft II games, with each game focusing on one race, to tell a stronger, more cohesive tale. True to their word, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, releasing exclusively for the PC, does just that. In this game, the story focuses on the Zerg empire and Sarah Kerrigan, the previous queen of the Zerg, who is looking to retake her position as queen. Set after the events of Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm is a direct sequel; to fully comprehend the story, it is recommended that Wings of Liberty is played first.

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