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04.28.12

Joe Danger fared very well for a man founded by a four-man development team at Hello Games.  His arrival on PlayStation Network brought big things a few months ago, and recently, he made an even bigger splash on Xbox Live Arcade, with additional levels and other goodies.  But now an even bigger adventure awaits him with the forthcoming Joe Danger the Movie, a game coming for unspecified platforms and introducing him to a whole new slew of excitement.  They don't call him Joe Danger for nothing.

04.28.12

It's pretty hard to top something when you set the standard for it.  Over the past couple of years, Klei Entertainment topped the side-scrolling action genre with the release of its Shank games, especially this year's Shank 2, which introduced a new co-op survival mode and plenty of additional bloody tactics.  However, rather than relish on the success of that game, Klei Entertainment is moving forward with an all new project for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, one that has a similar art style to its previous games, but plays completely different.  Get ready to make an impact with Mark of the Ninja.

04.27.12

Throughout the history of video games, the oldest stereotype surrounding the industry has always been do violent video games affect player behavior and personality. It is a known fact that people who play games are exposed to more violence than the average consumer. From nuking entire civilization to obliterating players online, it’s has become more and more common now that games are more focus on squarely providing violent action. For this reason alone, parents have long held an underlining negative attitude towards the industry and those who stand by it, but is this criticism injustice or have developers gone to far? Should government step in?

04.27.12

With Nintendo announcing that development has just begun on the next iteration of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting the game this year, as the team makes time to really have everything balanced.  So what’s a hardcore player to do while they wait for that brawlathon?  Well, how about engage in another?  Today, Sony announced that it is bringing its much-rumored PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale out for the holiday season, with a slew of fighters from the 15-plus year Sony gaming legacy and a smorgasbord of levels.  The company recently invited us to an event to go hands-on.

04.26.12

Retro/Grade has quite the story behind it.  This downloadable game for PlayStation Network has been in the works for some time, introducing a new style of music/rhythm gameplay that ties in with a space shooter -- in a way.  We've seen it at a number of events, including last year's PAX Prime in Seattle, but upon seeing it at this year's PAX East 2012 event, we were treated with some good news.  The game is finally coming out later this year, as part of Sony's push to bring innovative new downloadable experiences to the PlayStation 3.

04.25.12

It seemed, at a glance, that Harmonix had done everything it possibly could with the Rock Band franchise.  There's been a trio of sequels that have introduced various instruments and new ways to play; thousands of songs released via DLC; and even band-specific games for Green Day and AC/DC, as well as a Lego spin-off. So what's left?  How about a new way to play?

04.25.12

Once upon a time, the folks at United Front Games -- the developer behind ModNation Racers -- was assigned the task of bringing back Activision's True Crime series with an all new chapter.  But somewhere in the midst of the game's development, the publisher changed its mind, leaving years worth of work simply sitting on the table.  But not one to let, ahem, Sleeping Dogs lie, Square Enix picked up the project, changing its name but not its focus, and allowing United Front to finish up the project for action gamers to enjoy.  This August, the final product will arrive for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

04.24.12

It’s no surprise that literally every developer is trying something with zombies.  Activision is throwing a number of zombie-infested maps in its Call of Duty franchise; Capcom’s got more than enough undead roaming around between Resident Evil and Dead Rising; and so on.  But little did anyone realize what Sega would be doing with Yakuza, pitting zombies against gangsters in a battle for control over the city of Kamurocho.  While Yakuza: Dead Souls may not be as strong an entry as the previous games (its focus is much different), it’s still more fun than previously anticipated.

04.23.12

If you look at it a certain way, Radical Entertainment’s Prototype is sort of an evolution from what they were trying to do with The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction.  You’ve got a character that can destroy pretty much everything with superhuman powers, run up buildings and let loose with an uncontrollable sense of rage.  That said, the story was quite interesting, and the game did pretty well on its own merits.  Fast forward to two years later to the release of Prototype 2, and though some elements will feel familiar, there are a number of improvements that really make this feel like a huge step forward for the team.  You know, what a sequel needs to be.

04.23.12

With its first three House of the Dead games, Sega pretty much kept to form, putting two unlikely heroes together to save the world from a zombie apocalypse.  Sure, the third game – which arrived on PlayStation Network a while back – introduced some awesome shotguns, but the status quo of “shoot everything that moves” remained intact.  So would the same go for House of the Dead 4?  Well, sort of.

04.22.12

Say what you will about how much he's dragged his feet in the past with less-than-epic adventures, but Sonic is making a comeback for the better.  He's just come off a great new game with Sonic Generations, and later this year, he'll be hitting the open road yet again in the yet-to-be-confirmed Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing 2.  In between those two releases, he'll wrap up his Sonic the Hedgehog 4 saga with Episode 2, set to release next month for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

04.22.12

Spec Ops has seen a lot of strategic action over the years, and has become a cult favorite amongst many gamers as a result.  But this summer, 2K Games will be taking the series in a new direction with the long-awaited Spec Ops: The Line.  Rather than using direct strategy, you'll instead be running and gunning your way through a war-torn Dubai, seeking out a lost troop while taking on refugees and seeking the truth to who's behind this.  We recently got a look at the game earlier this month at PAX East 2012, and managed to sit down with Cory Davis, art director, about it.

04.20.12

Sega’s downloadable game slate is looking incredible.  We certainly won’t lie.  Along with a revamped version of Jet Set Radio, the recently released House of the Dead 4, the upcoming original game Hell Yeah (more on that shortly) and the return of Sonic the Hedgehog (part four, episode two), Sega has a lot of genres covered.  You can count fighting in there as well, as the company is bringing Virtua Fighter 5 back to market with the upcoming expansion Final Showdown, set for release on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.