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Rise of Nightmares is the E3 Floor Show Funhouse

Sega's Kinect title Rise of Nightmares was displayed for E3 visitors within a spooky, cage-like structure on the floor show. Wandering past it on multiple occasions, I had the impression of visiting a traveling carnival. Our own Brian Crecente took a moment to capture the attraction, and explain what we can expect… » 6/09/11 8:30pm 6/09/11 8:30pm

Kirby Mass Attack is Confusing and Adorable

We got to check out a snippet of the upcoming Kirby DS game, Kirby Mass Attack while walking the Nintendo booth today. As you'll see in the video, many of the game's mechanics eluded me. Basically, there are a whole multitude of little Kirbys grouped together, and you lead them around using the stylus. On occasion,… » 6/09/11 7:04pm 6/09/11 7:04pm

Far Cry 3 Sanely Delivers the Same Results, with the Same Methods

Perhaps ironically, perhaps not, Far Cry 3 opens with a psychotic bandit lecturing you on the nature of insanity. Crazy is doing the same thing, expecting different results, goes the oft-quoted saying. And again, for the third time now in this series, you are surrounded by a jungle, up to your ass in trouble. » 6/09/11 5:30pm 6/09/11 5:30pm

Luigi's Mansion 2 Proves the 3DS Can Handle Sequels To GameCube Games

I tried very hard to be spooked out by the ghosts of Luigi's Mansion 2, since the game looks really so nice and smooth— especially given that the game is so early in development. Unfortunately, it just wasn't happening. The new gyroscopic camera, however, seemed to be a great intuitive new feature. » 6/09/11 4:38pm 6/09/11 4:38pm

Twisted Metal Multiplayer Is Frantic, Fantastic

It's not unfair to say that vehicle combat games have gone out of fashion. There are very few, if any AAA franchises anymore, which is definitely a big part of why Twisted Metal's multiplayer is so refreshing. The combat in the game is just as fast-paced and competitive as a FPS or fighting game, but without the… » 6/08/11 7:30pm 6/08/11 7:30pm

Suprisingly Competent Blackwater Kinect Title Could Be Its Own Greatest…

This week was the first time we heard of publisher 505 Games' Blackwater, an FPS that would cast you in the role of Blackwater Worldwide mercenaries. The topic seemed thorny—the mercenary company, now renamed Xe Services LLC., has been at the center of a multiple of controversies and the subject of highly critical… » 6/08/11 6:40pm 6/08/11 6:40pm

X-Men Destiny Makes You Pretend to be The X-Men Without Actually…

X-Men: Destiny, Activision's newest attempt to channel the franchise into beat-em up form, really wants indulge your fantasy of becoming a part of the expansive lore of the comic series. Rather than choosing their favorite heroes and villains from the series, players choose one of three new mutants whose powers you… » 6/08/11 6:20pm 6/08/11 6:20pm

The Lighter, More Elegant Soulcalibur V May be Taking New Cues from …

There's a new entry in the long-running Soulcalibur series, Namco's weapons-based fighter, a game that its creators say is a "lighter, faster, more elegant" battle of swords and souls. It's also a game with "more dynamic" battles, one drawing some influence from Street Fighter IV and Mortal Kombat. » 6/08/11 3:40pm 6/08/11 3:40pm

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Has Transforming Moogles, Recruitable Monsters and…

I've always thought that Final Fantasy XIII didn't get a fair shake. Admittedly, it was an overwhelmingly linear journey—player agency wasn't topmost among the priorities incorporated into its development. But it was an extraordinarily intentional game; nothing about it ever felt accidental or unplanned. It did a few… » 6/08/11 12:00am 6/08/11 12:00am