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It’s a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon – classic PlayStation/PlayStation 2 games being remade with high-definition gloss-overs and some new motion features added for good measure.  But at least it’s a trend with merit, judging by what we’ve seen so far in collections featuring Sly Cooper, God of War and Ico/Shadow of the Colossus.  And now you can add one more classic to the fray, as Capcom has officially unveiled Okami HD, which will be coming to PlayStation Network this fall.


Agent 47 is making a huge comeback this fall with the release of Hitman: Absolution, a game that features some great new gameplay features, along with adversaries (how about those killer nuns?!) that will give him a run for his money.  But it looks like it may not be the only game where he'll be able to get his kill game on.  According to a recent listing from an Italian game shop, Square Enix is also bringing back some of his older titles, and packing them together ala HD Collection.


This is probably one of the toughest Top Five articles I’ve had to put together, mainly because the Star Wars legacy has been all over the place when it comes to video games.  On the one hand, some of the greatest games we’ve played in quite a while stemmed from the Star Wars universe.  On the other, we’ve gotten games like…Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi.  And…oh boy.  But make no mistake, George Lucas’ legacy has lived on quite well in games, and we’ve managed to struggle enough to put together a list of the elite five.  Now let’s see how many of you Jedi masters agree with us.


With The Amazing Spider-Man set to hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in a matter of weeks, Activision will be introducing the best of both worlds when it comes to the web slinger’s gaming adventures.  On the one hand, the development team at Beenox is handling the game, and you already know about the work they did on Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time.  On the other, they’re going with the open level design that worked so well in previous Spider-Man games before that.  You can’t lose.


When Namco released the original Sniper Elite for Xbox and PlayStation 2 a while back, it enhanced the job of being a long-distance killer better than Konami’s arcade-style Silent Scope series could – especially considering the seriousness of its World War II mission.  With Sniper Elite V2, 505 Games steps in as publisher, and tells a more fleshed out tale of a US soldier running and gunning through Germany on his own terms, shooting targets from a distance – and up close when necessary – to get the job done.  It has stuff in common with the original game, but feels much more streamlined, not to mention fun.


Ahhh, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  Every year, game companies show off their best wares at the event.  Some are clearly anticipated from previous announcements, while others are huge surprises that come out of left field.  Konami is no exception to this rule, as they’ve dominated E3 in the past with announcements such as Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.  But even we’re left to wonder just what the company will announce at this year’s expo, as they’re planning a huge announcement.  That won’t stop us from guessing, though…


Over the years, some fascinating games based in the Wild West have come about, featuring heroes riding tall in the saddle and wearing cowboy hats to signify that they mean business.  While some have fared better than others (like Paradox’s fascinating but limited Lead and Gold for PlayStation 3), developers have no doubt tried their darndest to capture the essence of the likes of Sergio Leone and other influences to create the best “Wild West” experience.


There was something about the Fatal Frame games that was utterly spectacular.  The series, which ran on PlayStation 2 across multiple releases, raised some genuine scares while avoiding the pratfalls of most survival/horror games, arming you with a special camera rather than a powerful array of weaponry.  The concept worked quite well over the years, prompting Tecmo Koei to give it another shot, this time on the Nintendo 3DS with the mostly unrelated Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir.  It was a great idea, but from the first moment it tries to take advantage of the system’s built-in augmented reality, things fall apart rather quickly.


Why am I not a bigger fan of role-playing games?  Because outside of team aspects or any given new features, they mostly play the same.  Cast an attack, prepare for a counter-attack, use a special attack to finish the battle, repeat.  Yeah, there’s story too, but it seems built more for folks that are fans rather than the ones that aren’t.  That said, there are exceptions to the rule, and I’m happy to report that Namco’s Tales of the Abyss remains a good one.


Sony is no stranger to taking its PlayStation 2 classics and remastering them for PlayStation 3 collections, but it’s been a business practice that’s proven worthwhile.  Both of the God of War compilations (Collection and Origins Collection) are outstanding; Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are in a class by themselves; and this year’s Jak and Daxter Collection has been nothing short of marvelous.  Now Insomniac Games gets a turn, even though the company’s moved on to duo-console development, as three of its greatest PS2 efforts are being celebrated in a new collection.  And, yes, it’s Ratchet and Clank.


There really is no game series out there right now that’s like the Katamari Damacy series.  Originally started on the PlayStation 2 and literally rolling ever since, each game has pretty much been the same lunacy over and over, with the Prince of All Cosmos following his arrogant father’s commands and rolling up objects to turn into stars.  The concept hasn’t really changed, but at least each game has offered its fair share of lunacy between wacky presentation and simplistic ball-forming fun.  The PlayStation Vita version, Touch My Katamari, follows the same trend, though an interesting new shape-shifting feature is worth playing around with.


It’s been a long winding road for SSX, initially getting an introduction back in 2010 as SSX: Deadly Descents and eventually shaping back into the full-fledged over-the-top snowboarding experience we’ve come to love in previous games on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.  But the game finally arrives next week, so many will say that it definitely has been worth it.  However, you won’t need to wait to give it a go, as a very extensive demo is now available on Xbox Live, and set to hit PlayStation Network later today.  We decided to give it an early run to give you an idea what to expect.


The Twisted Metal franchise is practically an institution for Sony Computer Entertainment of America.  The series launched with the original PlayStation and has since seen several sequels, including the memorable Twisted Metal 2: World Tour and the dark yet decadent Twisted Metal Black on PlayStation 2.  On February 14th, the series returns, this time making its debut on the PlayStation 3 and bringing its most comprehensive features to date.  You ready to go for a ride?


RedOctane created quite a rock monster when it first debuted Guitar Hero for the PlayStation 2 a few years ago.  It's since become a hugely popular property for Activision, through the release of successful sequels and various downloadable content packs.  But amidst some sagging sales and legal problems, the company has temporarily shelved the series following the somewhat disappointing Warriors of Rock.  However, it looks like the Hero may be taking the stage again very soon.


On November 2nd, Rockstar Games will reveal the first trailer for its highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, including a possible new character reveal and location.  However, that hasn't stopped the rumor mongers over at 4chan from digging up possible dirt on the game, and we've got the first "leaked" details that could very well end up in the final product.  Just remember -- these AREN'T official.  Not yet, anyway.


It's hard to believe that the Grand Theft Auto phenomenon has been sweeping over the game industry for years.  And while gamers are currently enthralled in the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and its two side stories, there was a time when the games had a simpler start back on the PlayStation 2.  This month, the one that really started it all, Grand Theft Auto III, turns ten, and Rockstar Games is celebrating in a big way.


After backwards compatibility for Playstation 2 games was cut from later releases of the PS3, many have wished desperately for a way to play the gems of the PS2 era. It seems that wish is finally being granted with five PS2 games coming to the Playstation Network, among them God Hand. To find out what else is on the way, read on.


E3 2011 is over and done with, and my brain and hands are mush from the non stop demos and video presentations. Now that I've had a few days to decompress, here are the top 5 most enjoyable demos on the E3 show floor.

David Jaffe came under a lot of criticism for the first God of War game due to what people claimed to be a blatant copy of Devil May Cry. Though you could look at it from a negative perspective, you can't blame him for copying it as Devil May Cry gave new life to the action genre. The game went on to have three more installments, making it a staple franchise for the Playstation 2. Dante is back to hunt down the demons that plague the world, but you may not recognize him as he got a little bit of a makeover.
 The NBA 2K series has quickly grown over the years to be the leading basketball video game franchise. It had its humble beginnings on the Sega Dreamcast, garnering a lot of attention due to its visual prowess as well as its tight gameplay. Since then, the series has jumped onto every major console and the PC. Earlier today, the NBA and 2K Sports extended their partnership, ensuring that the series will see more releases for the next few years.