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When it came out a few years ago, Lego Batman struck a chord with both avid comic book fans and younger players, introducing the fun Lego dynamic to the DC Comics universe and allowing players to fight for both good and evil.  The game became an instant hit, so it should be no surprise that WB Games has announced a sequel, with Travellers Tales once again handling development.  What is surprising, though, is that the action isn't just limited to the Dark Knight's universe this time around.


For those of you who think that independent gaming has been overshadowed by the likes of bigger publishers and game licenses, well, yeah, they do dominate the industry.  But there's still room for a modest success story, as two guys who put together one of 2010's more entertaining independent games have recently announced that it has sold over a million downloads.  And that game?  Why, Super Meat Boy, of course.


Sonic the Hedgehog has had a splendid 2011.  There, we said it.  But he really has.  Between Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing for mobile platforms, the awesome Sonic Generations and the surprising return of Sonic CD in downloadable format, Sega really brought him back to, ahem, speed.  And he's not slowing down in 2012, as the company has announced the follow-up to his original Sonic the Hedgehog 4 adventure.


The Star Wars Battlefront series has become a beloved property of the LucasArts digital empire over the past few years, with open battles between both good guys and bad guys, and numerous options for players to hop in on both sides.  Star Wars Battlefront III had been rumored for some time, but with the demise of longtime development team Pandemic Studios, it was put in doubt.  However, some interesting online moves have indicated that another developer could be working on the long-awaited sequel.  Could be, mind you...


When the Warren Spector-produced Epic Mickey arrived for Wii last year, it introduced an innovative new platformer featuring the iconic Disney character -- and also created a slight uproar when other console owners were left out in the cold.  Regardless, it was a well-produced adventure, leaving the door open for a possible sequel.  Well, according to a possible leaked newsletter report, we could be getting one around next fall -- and this time, all console owners will be considered.


2011 has been one of the best years in video games. The year was stacked with high quality AAA games from start and end of the year. Every genre had it's highs and lows, but for the most part every genre had a great set of games for it's respected fan base. So with the year coming to an end, it's time to look back on the top five games of the year and give out our game of the year.


As you can see, we previously discussed Nintendo 3DS releases with our previously posted Myst story.  But how about a game that people actually wouldn't mind seeing again?  And for that matter, something that's affordable and well worth the money.  Well, you're in luck, as Terry Cavanagh's classic platformer VVVVVV will hit the Nintendo 3DS Shop next week.


Gears of War 3 players have been promptly rewarded with outstanding DLC thus far, including free-for-all content and the fun add-on RAAM's Shadow.  Now they can look forward to some fresh new content in 2012, as Microsoft and Epic Games have announced the new Fenix Rising pack, slated for release on January 17.  And you're getting a lot here.


A few weeks back, Capcom confirmed what most of the Internet already know (thanks to some unexpected leaks of information), that a Devil May Cry HD Collection was in the works for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  But up until this point, we only knew that it was coming sometime in 2012.  Well, today, Capcom not only confirmed the official release date, but also details as to what players can expect.


If a Caped Crusader pounding the living crap isn't enough to get you in the holiday mood, honestly, nothing is. Batman: Arkham City is no doubt one of the best games of the year, and to celebrate its forthcoming domination over the holiday season, Rocksteady Studios has announced a few goodies and DLC deals for fans of the Dark Knight.  Hey, beats having Christmas with the Joker, doesn't it?


When Sony Computer Entertainment of America debuted the trailer for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us the prior week during the Spike Video Game Awards, it definitely turned a lot of heads, and got plenty of folks buzzing about what could be one of the company's best games to date.  But while you wait to get new information on the project, why not treat yourself to a cool little freebie from SCEA -- a Dynamic Theme for your PlayStation 3 console.


Well, before Hollywood gets its claws on it and does the unthinkable, we might as well enjoy Voltron: Defender of the Universe for what it is now -- gloriously cheesy 80's entertainment featuring awesome Lion robots and the enormous defender that is Voltron himself.  The cartoon is still popular with many folks, and they'll probably be the ones who appreciate THQ's video game take on Voltron more than anyone else.  Still, it's a serviceable twin-stick shooter with plenty of oomph.