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Poor Max Payne.  All the painkillers and alcohol in the world just can’t seem to wipe away the memories of his slain family, nor the troublesome situations he lands in with enemies who want him dead.  So, of course, he’ll jump at the chance to take up private work elsewhere, offered by his cohort Passos, who provides him a gig where he provides protection for a real estate tycoon.  But it isn’t long before trouble sets in with a Brazilian drug trading gang snatching the tycoon’s wife, Fabiana, and Max has to do what he does best.  And so begins the long-awaited Max Payne 3, which easily lives up to the first two games…and stands as another fine accomplishment by the team at Rockstar Games.


Ugh.  Game of Thrones.  Not the show, mind you, and certainly not A Song of Fire and Ice.  Those are high-quality works that, by all means, shouldn’t be missed, especially for the significant twists and turns.  But the game, recently released by Atlus and Cyanide Studios, leaves a lot to be desired.  It’s fallen completely flat on its face, leaving a diabolically thrilling storyline dangling in the wind because of faulty gameplay and a presentation that can’t compare to The Witcher 2 or even Kingdoms of Amalur.  With that, we’re left wondering…why didn’t someone else grab this franchise?


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.


The IOS market has been around for roughly six years and has helped revolutionize everything tech related from movies, music and games. It has given artist and developers a new platform to communicate and speak directly to audience and that’s exactly what Aoineko Studios is doing.


A long time ago, before Rockstar Games got heavily involved with its Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption franchises, there was Max Payne, an Xbox/PC release that really shook things up both emotionally and with its action.  The story, focusing on a cop who loses his family and goes all out to destroy enemies that get in his way, is one of the better ones in the last decade of gaming, really digging deep on the rage boiling inside him – to the point he needs painkillers just to get through each battle.  After a decade, Rockstar has opted to bring the game to the iOS front, for both newer iPad and iPhone devices.  And while it’s quite the technical achievement, clumsy controls will leave you raging in a slightly different way.


At the Game Developers Conference, there are plenty of surprises making the rounds, with new reveals happening and information dropping on new projects.  Sony was expecting to make some PlayStation Vita announcements over the course of the week, big new games that would carry their new handheld system into the fall system.  However, thanks to a leak over at, we have an idea of what these projects could very well be…


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.


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.


One would've thought that Rockstar Games would've relied on its one-trick pony business with the mega-successful Grand Theft Auto franchise.  But last year it proved that wasn't the case, with a remarkable Western action game called Red Dead Redemption, which is still quite playable nearly a year and a half after its release.  To celebrate everything that the game is about -- along with its accompanying downloadable content -- the company is prepping a Game of the Year edition for this October.  And we've got several reasons why you shouldn't miss out on it.


It's been a long hard road for Max Payne 3.  The long-awaited sequel, which goes in a completely different direction over previous chapters with a promising new look and storyline, has been delayed quite often by Rockstar Games, to the point that we were wondering if the company was pulling a Duke Nukem Forever on us.  But today, it finally confirmed a release period for Max, as well as some details as to what we can expect from the game's single player mode, as well as multiplayer.


PAX Prime may be over but the news keeps pouring in.  Gears of War 3 took a huge amount of attention at the show, attracting a huge line of players waiting to check out the multiplayer.  Along with that, Microsoft announced at the show that it would be introducing a new program for the game that would save them money on its upcoming downloadable content packs -- a "season pass", similar to what Rockstar Games did for L.A. Noire.


Back in May, Rockstar Games released L.A. Noire, an intriguing 1940's detective game that featured its fair share of action and driving, along with intriguing interrogations that kept the player on their toes as they attempted to solve each case.  The game turned out to be a successful release, but its popularity was overshadowed by the drama revolving around its developer, Team Bondi.  Accusations, bad business decisions and other controversy stemmed from the company, leaving Rockstar to sever its ties with the team.  Now it's pretty much over, with someone buying the rights -- and hiring the employees -- on its own terms.


For the most part, developers and publishers work closely together when it comes to certain projects, in order to get the most out of them.  Sega has built a respectful partnership with Platinum Games through a series of projects (including Bayonetta and Vanquish), Microsoft and Epic Games have done quite well with Gears of War, and Sony is no doubt keeping in constant touch with Naughty Dog over the upcoming Uncharted 3.  But a relationship between the two doesn't always come easy.  One glimpse of the Rockstar Games/Team Bondi drama that's unfolding is a clear hint of that.

Now that June is pretty much coming to a close, it's about time to put all of our grades together and write up a report card for the second quarter of 2011. After the year got off to a pretty solid start, the second quarter really picked up the pace and hosted a bevy of games that made these past 3 months a special time for gamers. With mulitple titles that could be in the running for Game of the Year, the second quarter has a good shot at being the best quarter this year will see.
Life as a police detective can be incredibly mundane, looking for clues in the latest robbery or murder. Every so often, a case emerges that proves to be much different than any other, making the day a little more interesting. Certainly at this point, you may have this same notion as you assumed the role of Cole Phelps and donned badge number 1247 in L.A. Noire. This list will look at the top 5 cases in the game, the ones that stood out whether for standout moments in the gameplay or really intriguing stories. Any of the DLC cases have been dismissed in this list, as not everyone may end up playing them. Also, be warned that there are spoilers ahead!
 It's only been a week since L.A. Noire has come out, but plenty of people may have beaten the game already. Without any cases left, gamers are left to attend to street crimes or locate the 50 film reels hidden throughout Los Angeles. However, that comes to an end with the announcement of L.A. Noire's Rockstar Pass, a package that includes 4 new cases, as well as a few more suits and a gun. The only catch is that 2 of the cases have yet to come out. With the ability to pre-order DLC and save money at the same time, Rockstar may be onto something when it comes to adding on content to a game.
 With the extra time off due to it being Memorial Day weekend, lots and lots of movie fans headed their way to the theater to go see the Wolfpack return to action in The Hangover Part II. The film was able to top the charts this past weekend, banking over $137 million in its first 5 days of release. The movie certainly is great if you're looking for some good laughs, but I think it has something to offer in the world of video games. Seeing how interesting investigating and solving crimes in L.A. Noire has proven to be, wouldn't The Hangover be able to use the same mechanics from L.A. Noire and have you solve the mystery as to what happened last night?
 Earlier on, I gave my top 5 games that have been confirmed to show up at E3 this year. The real fun leading up to E3 is all of the discussion about what people believe will be there or what people want to see there. I figured I might as well join in the party and give 5 games I would want to see at E3. They don't have to be in development to be on this list. Any game that may not realistically show up is allowed. You gotta dream sometimes!
 Earlier this afternoon, Take-Two Interactive held a conference call for investors to report on the 2011 fiscal year. For the twelve month period that ended on March 21, 2011, the company saw a 49% increase of net revenue to $1.14 billion. But beyond the talk about money, Take-Two also discussed the future of the company and the games we can look forward to. Among those games discussed, Take-Two gave a bit of a status update on Agent and Max Payne.
 Sony just can't seem to catch a break, can they? We've already read the numerous articles about the Playstation Network being hacked. Now, just a few days after L.A. Noire's release, Sony finds itself amidst another fiasco. This time, the problem is with the system overheating. While playing L.A. Noire, gamers are claiming that their PS3 is overheating due to the high performance needed to run the game. Other gamers say that it's the 3.61 firmware update that is making this happen. However, both Sony and Rockstar Games deny this as the cause.
 By now, you're probably interrogating suspects and interviewing witnesses in Rockstar's L.A. Noire and having a tough time figuring out who's telling the truth and who isn't. It's not an easy task. Some people have become quite crafty in the skill and at times seem 100% believable. However, every character has a tell or two that shows exactly what is going in their mind. The following tips should help you make the right choices when trying to solve the cases in L.A. Noire.