The releases of Assassin's Creed II and Left 4 Dead 2 dominated this week's news cycle, with McWhertor and Totilo supplying immediate reviews of what both offer. The end of Pandemic, as a studio anyway, was the big headline.

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Confirmed: EA Closes Pandemic Studios, Says Brand Will Live On
Rumor: RIP Pandemic Studios, 1998-2009
Layoffs Hit Star Wars Developers

Reviews, Previews, Hands-On and Impressions
Assassin's Creed II Review: A Season For Masterpieces
Left 4 Dead 2 Review: We Don't Care How You Did It Up North
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues Review: Nuke The Mini-fig
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers Impressions: The Day After Christmas
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron Review: Deja Vu in Space
Phoenix Wright WiiWare Preview: Throwing Out Objections
Torchlight Review: The Fate Of DiabloCraft
Frankenreview: Left 4 Dead 2
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Multiplayer Preview: Spreading The Phantom
Art Style Digidrive Micro-Review: The Superiority Of Video Games
Frankenreview: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Turbo: The Struggle To Make A Better Video Game Movie
Hey, It's The World's Fastest Graphics Card
iPhone Chart Toppers: Asphalt 5 Takes Second
Firmware 3.10 Update Is Live
How 2010 Is Actually Christmas 2009 (In Disguise)
Jersey GameStops Break Street for Assassin's Creed II, L4D2
Testing Ubisoft's "Frequent Flyer" Rewards Program With Assassin's Creed II
EA Talks Command & Conquer's "New Digital Model," Medal of Honor "Re-invention"
What Left 4 Dead 2 Boycotters Are Playing
Sports Authority Fitness Retailer Inks Deal to Sell Wii
New Kingdom Hearts PSP Fit For Japan

In College, the Party Never Stops - for LAN

Leaked Survey Tips Off MLB 2K10 Cover Athlete - Updated

Well Played: All Out War (Games)
Stick Jockey: Maybe the Greatest of All Time, but not In Its Time
Notebook Dump: Excuse Time
Old News '90: Nintendo Says NES Final Fantasy Is Geared To Adults

Kotaku Talks to Reggie
Reggie: Wii 2 Theories Miss Key Point
Nintendo Talks Mario Multiplayer And Keeping Zelda's Secrets
Nintendo Dissatisfied With Sales Of Some Games, Dates Vitality Sensor Showcase

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii In-Game Tips
Nintendo's Temporary Mario Museum, The Video Tour
Mario Vs. Bowser, Waged Through Chess

A Room Full of Loot
Win Ryu in LEGO