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Sony Announces Next Generation Portable

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Sony has received mixed opinions on its PlayStation Portable, but that hasn’t kept them out of the running. In a strategically timed press conference, about one week after Nintendo had their huge 3DS reveal, Sony showed off what they are calling Next Generation Portable, or NGP. With a new user interface and dual analog sticks combined with some impressively powerful mobile hardware, they stand a chance to take the portable gaming market away from Nintendo.

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"The creative zombie killing game series that encouraged players to ‘chop until they drop’ is back with a new installment."
- Austin Adamson

Dead Rising 2 Review

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Picking up three years after the DLC prequel Case Zero, helmed by developers Blue Castle Games and Capcom Entertainment, Chuck Greene is back trying his best to ensure the safety of himself and his daughter Katy, who was bitten by the undead and has not been infected thanks to the infection fighting powers of Zombrex. However, the effects of the injections are very temporary and Chuck must inject Katy once every day.

In order to pay for the expensive drugs that are keeping his daughter from craving brains, Chuck uses his motorcycling experience by participating in TIR, This Is Reality. A Zombie killing pay-per-view show where players compete for the most zombie kills and putting on a good show for the audience. The contest takes place in the city that used to be Las Vegas, but after burning down after an outbreak three years prior, called Fortune City. Fortune City was safe from zombies and profiting on their dismemberment, until someone decided to free the zombies used in TIR, causing waves of chaos and destruction to follow. Someone setup Chuck to take the fall for this latest outbreak.

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Megaman Legends 3 Announced… 10 Years Later

Mega Man Legends Cover

It has been ten years since a new Mega Man Legends game has been released on a North American system, but this week Capcom announced they were working on Mega Man Legends 3 for the Nintendo 3DS. They haven’t said or shown anything other than the logo you see here, but the game should look a lot better than the previous games considering the hardware of the handheld its being developed for is more powerful than the consoles the previous were released on. It should be exciting to get to play as Mega Man in another action/adventure RPG. New sequels for old games seem to be all the rage lately.

Mega Man Legends 3 Project Logo

Source: [Press Release]

New Wii Remote in the Pipeline

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Nintendo has confirmed that a new remote for their Wii is coming, but they haven’t gone into anymore more details than that. Coming from the discovery of the box art of a Fling Smash bundle on Gamestop‘s website (now taken down). The box clearly says “Wii Remote Plus Included” with a picture of the remote on the front. With the integration of the additional sensors into the remote, Nintendo might start rolling out more Motion Plus titles, because currently the selection is very minimal even over a year after the Motion Plus accessory was released. It’s still unclear if they will also bundle the new controller with their flagship Zelda Skyward Sword title.

Source: [kotaku.com]

Free Super Meat Boy DLC

Meat Meets Teh Internets

To get Super Meat Boy released onto the XBLA the two guys that make up Team Meat had to come up with exclusive online content for the Xbox 360. Originally they had planned on this being an online versus mode, but they couldn’t get it to feel more than like it was just tacked on because they had to. Instead they decided to go with a series of DLC called “Teh Internets”. They so far have five chapters planned for this release with the first planned to be available when SMB launches on October 20th. Each chapter will contain 20 levels and will give players new challenges, and test their skills that they acquired while playing through the main game.

They haven’t finalized the time line of when all of these chapters will be released but they plan on having three out before the end of 2010, and two out in Q1 of 2011.

For more details check out their official blog, where they have posted a Q&A about this DLC.

Source: [supermeatboy.com]

Nintendo 3DS Specs?

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It looks like the connected staff at IGN, through their sources, have acquired a basic spec list for the upcoming glasses free 3D handheld from Nintendo. This bad boy is said to have TWO 266MHz ARM11 CPUs, a 133MHz GPU, 4MBs of VRAM 64MBs of RAM, and 1.5GBs on board storage. The ARM11 processors they are using are currently found in a lot of mobile devices including the older iPods and the ZuneHD. The GPU is said to be running at 133MHz is slower than the GPU’s maximum speed of 200MHz, yet developers working with the hardware say they are producing visuals that are comparable to the current generation TV consoles. Having seen some of the early demos at E3 it is safe to say that even if the 3D visuals of the games aren’t enjoyable the rendered visuals will still be something nice too look at, and with the significantly larger on board storage there will be plenty of room for some strange 3DS-ware titles Nintendo will be sure to offer.

Source: [ign.com]

Little Big Planet 2 Delayed

Can you wait?

Early this morning, Media Molecule announced that their highly anticipated sequel to Little Big Planet will be delayed until January 2011. Originally LBP2 was supposed to be out this November, but they felt like they needed to take more time to release a game that they feel is complete to their standards. With such heavy anticipation for the title, it makes sense that they only want to release a game that can live up to the hype. While fans looking forward to playing this now have to wait an extra three months to get their hands on a retail copy, MM says they are going to make an effort to release more LBP2 content to players before its launch.
Source: [littlebigplanet.com]

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"Bungie's final Halo game, for now, in its most refined and polished form. Beautiful visuals, amazing audio, and fun game play comprise what makes this game great."
- Austin Adamson

Halo: Reach Review

Fight for humanitys survival

Every story has a beginning, and this is Halo’s. Taking place right before the start of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo: Reach has a much darker and serious tone to it. The ultimate outcome of Reach is well known among people who follow the franchise outside of the games and while the battle for Reach is mentioned in some of the previous games. Ink on paper stories is where the outcome is addressed in greater detail, namely Eric Nylund’s The Fall of Reach. Developer Bungie Studios is not trying to hide the inevitable outcome of this planet, and everyone who plays it is given a reminder that Reach does indeed fall to attacks by the Covenant. Bungie delivers this to uncertain or unknowing players with an early dose of foreshadowing in the opening segment, showing the helmet of newest member to Noble Team, known only as Noble Six, laying in the dirt with combat damage on the visor and no sign of the Spartan which it belongs to. The cutscene then fades into a first person view of the protagonist holding the same helmet, pristine in their lap before placing it over their head.

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"This installment in the Metroid series takes place directly after Super Metroid, just before Metroid Fusion."
- Austin Adamson

Metroid: Other M Review

One Down...

This installment in the Metroid series takes place directly after Super Metroid, just before Metroid Fusion. The entirety of the story for Other M takes place on an enormous space station called The Bottle Ship. Samus Aran, the well-known bounty hunter, was directed towards this vessel after intercepting a distress call. It is here she encounters infantry from the Galactic Federation, some of which she fought alongside when she was a soldier within the Federation, and one of whom was her commanding officer.  She teams up with the soldiers and follows the orders of her former CO with the primary objective being to find the cause of the distress signal, while saving anyone that might need rescuing. While exploring the derelict craft it becomes obvious that some questionable projects and research took place when the station was fully operational.

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7.6

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"Capcom’s Case Zero is a prologue that lets players chop the dead before Dead Rising 2 is released at the end of September."
- Austin Adamson

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Review

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Chuck and Daughter

Capcom’s Case Zero is a prologue that lets players chop the dead before Dead Rising 2 is released at the end of September. The story takes place two years after the first Rising and three years before Dead Rising 2. The player is thrown into the boots of Chuck Greene, a motocross star, only hours after his first encounter with the zombies. His primary task is to ensure the safety of his young daughter.

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