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The story behind Activision’s attempt to revive its True Crime series is an interesting one and, at one point, a sad one.  The company hired United Front Games to work on True Crime: Hong Kong, and even announced it during the 2010 Spike TV Video Game Awards show.  However, months after its development (and a pretty good E3 showcase), the company chose to cancel the project, feeling it wouldn’t live up to its potential.  Now that COULD’VE been a sad story, had Square Enix not picked up the pieces and opted to release the game as an original adventure called Sleeping Dogs.  But it did.


We do love ourselves a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.  Just ask us how many countless hours we spent on Xbox Live Arcade playing the original arcade game, beating the crap out of Shredder's thugs while having some laughs with friends.  Well, another kind of good game may just be right around the corner, as Rocksteady Studios, the team behind Batman: Arkham Asylum and its Arkham City sequel, could be working on an all new game featuring the New York-based quartet.


Let's make it clear right now -- the Consumer Electronics Show isn't really about video games.  Sure, they definitely have a place in the consumer electronic world when it comes to entertainment, but the show is more focused on the technological side, with gadgets, TV's and other high-priced technology that's really out there.  But some game companies managed to show up anyway and show off their wares, so we've got the wrap-up on what we saw, and whether it was really worth it.  Let's get started...


Though it has yet to reach the kind of audience that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are currently enjoying, the OnLive cloud gaming service is on the rise.  Ever since it launched last year, millions of users have been thoroughly investing in the service, playing on both the comfort of their computers and through the offered MicroConsole units (for TV play).  Now, on the verge of OnLive launching for iPad and other iOS devices, the company has moved forward with a launch in the UK -- and several new games coming soon.

There's only a month left before gamers trade in their leather belts for fully-equipped utility belts and don a black cape as they take on the role of Batman, and many are already very excited for the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. If being able to roam around a city crawling with thugs and supervillains, then perhaps the New Game + Mode just might do the trick. Rocksteady will be including a new game mode upon completion of the first playthrough that will be even more of a challenge than the original campaign.

Welcome to the beginning of's PAX Prime 2011 coverage.  The big show kicks off Friday but we're already ramping up to bring you the biggest and best from the show.  And what better way to kick things off than by looking at an exclusive item that you could win at the show?  How's a Batman-designed console sound?


Hope you got $100 lying around, because you're going to need it.  Hot on the heels of our report this past week regarding a collector's edition of Batman: Arkham City, WB Games has indeed confirmed that it exists.  And not only do we have the first image to prove it, but we also have official contents.  Bat freaks are going to LOVE this...


This year was looking pretty good for comic book game releases, particularly with Batman: Arkham City closing in on its October 18th premiere.  But the pressure of how good that game will be is probably leaving an effect on some publishers, most notably 2K Games.  The company has announced that one of their big projects for the Halloween season, The Darkness II, has been pushed to February 2012.


Batman: Arkham City is just about three months away from release, and the sheer scope and magnitude of the sequel make it look like it'll easily top Game of the Year-winner Batman: Arkham Asylum.  Bigger stages, ability to play as side characters (Catwoman and Robin, namely), new villains...just every aspect of the game looks to be better than ever.  But what about the collector's edition of the game that's making the rounds?  Will it be better?  It sounds that way...

As revealed a few weeks ago, Batman will be getting a little bit of help from an unlikely source, that being the Catwoman. But whatever happened to his trusty sidekick Robin? Usually you would think he would be around to help out, and for a while it seemed that wasn't going to be the case... until now. Best Buy is offering up Robin's services to those who pre-order Batman: Arkham City at their store. In addition to the announcement, we also got our first look at the Boy Wonder.
With the second day of E3 all to themselves, Nintendo had the spotlight solely on them. As a matter of fact, they already had the spotlight on them as it was confirmed that they would have a new console to show off at their press conference. The internet was flooded with all sorts of rumors as to what the name of it would be and what the controller would be able to do as supposed photos of the console leaked onto the internet. On June 7th, the Wii U was officially announced as Nintendo's next console, sparking the start of the next console generation. But is the Wii U a full step into the next generation, or does it simply bridge the gap between the next generation and the current?
Superman has his flight and his laser sight. Spider-Man has his web and his spider sense. Batman has his gadgets and his bare hands. Sometimes, that's all you really need to fight crime. Sure, there have been plenty of other comic book heroes with more impressive abilities, but no one does it in style like Batman does. While everyone was checking out the new games on the E3 floor, Rocksteady Games released a few more screenshots for Batman: Arkham City. These screenshots show Batman going old school and fighting with hard fists and a few gadgets for good measure.
No doubt about it, all eyes were on Nintendo this entire time at E3 as they had a brand new console in store for all of us. For the past few months, lots of websites and blogs posted pictures of what supposedly was the new console or controller for the new system. All of that speculation as Nintendo finally revealed the new platform, officially named the Wii U. During the press conference, Nintendo discussed the functionality of the system and also detailed several titles that can be expected for the console.
Sometimes you may find yourself taking on a task that is too big to handle on your own. Lots of superheroes go through the same thing. It's situations like these where you call in for a sidekick. Almost immediately, you would think that Robin would be the one to answer the call, but not this time. Instead, Batman finds himself aligning with Catwoman to help take down the criminals in Batman: Arkham City. The new trailer shows off just what she can do both in combat and in traversal.
 A little while ago, I had done a series of previews for E3, making predictions on what the Big 3 will have in store for us, as well as take a few guesses at what games we might see. From the specifics of Project Cafe to the impact of the NGP, I pitched in my ideas as to what this year's show will look like. With that out of the way, I wanted to compile a list of what I think will be the top 5 games at E3 this year, but with the chance of some surprises along the way, I've decided to play it safe and only used games that have been confirmed. Without further ado, let's take a look at the top 5 confirmed games at E3.

 Pretty much everyone was completely floored by how well Batman: Arkham Asylum turned out as a game. For a long time, good Batman titles didn't exist unless you went back to the Super Nintendo for the most recent game. Rocksteady Studios ended that with the last release and now has everyone in anticipation over Batman: Arkham City. While the Batman: Arkham Asylum's main campaign took around 8-10 hours to complete, the next game looks to be a much lengthier experience.