The Week In Games: Forever Comes Today (Err, This Week)

Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:00 am
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's name has become more and more of a joke with each year of scrapped development, publisher changes, and fan letdowns. But Gearbox has done the impossible: they've completed the long-awaited title, and have it shipping for release to you on Tuesday. Will it be any good? 

Eeh, we're not so sure about that, but it will be done, and we will stop constantly reporting on it, and so will other outlets, and there will be another big game that we can look forward to and eventually be let down by. Like, who knows, maybe Alice: Madness Returns? That's coming out this week, and we've been all over it. But maybe that'll fall short of hype and this will become the week of perpetual letdowns. Let's see what else could break our hearts this week, shall we?

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The Week In Games: Oh Yeah, inFamous 2, I Remember That Game

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Very quietly, inFamous 2 has snuck up on us. With E3 coming, and plenty of other big-name games getting multitudinous advertising assets, it sort of slipped under a lot of radars. But, that said, it still looks like one of the coolest games to be dropping, and we're all hoping it'll be a worthy predecessor to the first game.

Outside of that, not a whole heck of a lot is lined up. Red Faction: Armageddon looks pretty rad. The expo will be largely taking up the news, and not many games want to compete with the hype machine. Here are the ones that are ballsy enough to do just that.

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The Week In Games: I Guess Saying 'Yawn' Would Be Cruel...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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Well, another week into summer, and we've got ourselves a little drought. Now, I know it is unfair to dole out unenthusiasm to the games, developers, and publishers that suffer from the singular trait of being uninteresting to the mainstream audience, but really, there isn't a whole lot to be extremely excited about this week. It's not fair. I know it isn't. It doesn't condemn the games to being bad -- not at all -- but the hype machine is eerily quiet.

But I guess PC gamers have two things to delight in -- Call of Duty: Black Ops - Escalation and BioShock 2: Minerva's Den are both finally making their way to personal computers everywhere. Both are very worthy editions to their respective base titles, and they will make your experience a better one by playing them. And there's also Valet Parking 1989...

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The Week In Games: Here Comes The Slow Season

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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Around late May and early June, the number of high profile, high budget games plummets to near-nothing, and we're left searching for games to get excited about. Having Brink, Portal 2, LA Noire, and Mortal Kombat lifting the last month or so, we've about finished the hot opening quarters of the year. And we're bloated as shit from the spoils.

E3 will bring us many titles to get excited for come Fall, and as the weeks close in on that expo, we'll be providing all sorts of coverage and previews. So, we look ahead to the future as we slog through these dog days. But, there are always gems, even if they are tough to find. Look for them on the other end of the break.

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The Week In Games: A New GOTY Contender This Week?

Monday, May 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm
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Some of the best games to come out this year, like Dead Space 2, Portal 2, and LittleBigPlanet 2, are sequels and instantly enter into the "Game of the Year" picture. But, despite those games' highly acclaimed receptions, no game looks more worthy to be GOTY-bait than LA Noire. Which drops this week.

It is an ambitious, original title published by Rockstar, and it has a huge buzz surrounding it, with all the visibility in the world. Those games typically rule in critics' eyes. But we're gonna have to see how it pans out -- like Mafia II, it could be largely dismissed as mediocre. Who knows? But, Chrono Trigger is coming to the Wii, and that is definitely good news. More? Just hit the link.

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The Week In Games: Collections And Expansions And Episodes

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 8:00 am
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​This week has nothing super-uper-uper-duper exciting dropping, but there are some great game add-ons that will be available for purchase. Because you haven't already spent all your money on Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat, right? Well, if your paycheck came in a little fat this week, maybe you can blow some of those ducats on one of the multitudinous expansions and collections that will be dropping this week.

Namely, the Call of Duty: Black Ops expansion, called Escalation, which features a few new multiplayer maps and a zombie mission. After that, you've got the Assassin's Creed collection, the Brothers in Arms collection, and a new Back to the Future episode. Whoa, doc. That's quite the roster.

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PopCap's New Game Unpleasant Horse Is Free For Download

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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PopCap, the development studio that has won over millions with its catchy, quirky games, has released a new one on the iTunes App Store for absolutely free. It is called Unpleasant Horse, and it was created by a new dev team called 4th & Battery.

The game has been on the verge of publication for a while -- it has been oft-rejected, though it appears to have made it all the way. The game features a dark horse that floats on a cloud, killing different beings that come its way. Simple? Yes, very. But that is just what PopCap does the very best.

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The Week In Games: Outlandishly Quiet Week

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 8:00 am
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After last week's monster release slate (and the slew of Portal Kombat jokes that followed), it makes sense that this week is all quiet. Except for a little indie game that we're all hung up on: Outland. Oh, and Darkspore. But let's talk Outland.

Last year, at PAX Prime 2010, I was just waltzing through the cavalcade of in-your-face advertising, high-powered electronics, and depressingly limited swag, when I saw a small screen with two gentle-looking dudes. I went over and watched a demo of Outland, and immediately was hooked on its potential. I was high on Limbo, and you could essentially bribe my enthusiasm with anything that scrolled sideways and had jumping. Well, this week it is time to see if my expectations will be matched or not. Follow the link for the list of upcoming games!

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NBA Jam Shoot-Passes Onto iPads

Friday, April 22, 2011 at 8:30 am
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The "Shass" or shoot-pass, is my favorite aspect of 2010's reboot NBA Jam. Who'm I kidding...its my favorite aspect of all basketball, really. And now I can enjoy it on my (imaginary) iPad -- along with the flaming balls, giant heads, and shattered backboards I've grown to love from the game.

EA and the iTunes App Store  have released NBA Jam for the iPad at the reasonable price of $9.99. It is fully HD, with updated rosters and the same over-the-top gameplay we desire. Now, if you'll click the link here, I will transport you to a little preview video of the iPad version of the game, just to show you that it might be something you should consider. 

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The Week In Games: The Cake Arrives

Monday, April 18, 2011 at 8:00 am
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Despite a very slow start, April is closing hard. This week brings a few monsters that will be on the lips of just about everyone for the next few weeks -- Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and possibly Conduit 2. All big games from franchises with a lot of potential.

Of course, my most anticipated of those three is Portal 2, and because of this I will literally hand deliver a review to you later this week, so keep an eye out. The game boasts full-length single player and cooperative mulitplayer campaigns, and promises to be some of the best work Valve has put out to date. Mortal Kombat is a franchise reboot featuring a number of characters from the first three MK games. Oh, and a little badass named Kratos. Conduit 2? Well, the last one had some potential...Want to see the release slate? Click the link.

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