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PS3/X360 Hardware Preview - 'Rock Band 3'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:34 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

XBLA Preview - 'Plants vs. Zombies'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 3, 2010 @ 2:33 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Plants vs. Zombies combines real-time strategy, tower defense and collectible card games, but in a casual context.

NDS Preview - 'Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Ghost Trick blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge players' brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun.

PSP Preview - 'Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 1, 2010 @ 8:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Z.H.P. is an all new IP developed by the same team that brought the Disgaea series. The game retains the same hardcore SRPG aspects of Disgaea, but with a deeper customization feature for the character and even more randomly generated contents in battles.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Shank'

by Adam Pavlacka on Aug. 1, 2010 @ 8:03 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Shank is an over-the-top action/adventure, built with all the things that the devs over at Klei Entertainment are passionate about: amazing control, great animation, immersive environment, and everything else that we feel like, and none of the stuff we don't.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Mafia II'

by Adam Pavlacka on July 31, 2010 @ 3:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Mafia II immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940s-early 1950s scenario by fusing high-octane gunplay with white-knuckle driving and an engaging narrative. Players will easily become engaged in the game's cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city.

PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Dead Space 2'

by Adam Pavlacka on July 30, 2010 @ 1:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience using gruesome new tools, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores Zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless necromorph onslaught.

PS3 Preview - 'Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland'

by Adam Pavlacka on July 28, 2010 @ 1:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The anime style characters and backgrounds from previous Atelier titles remain, but they have been upgraded with a stunning cell-shaded animation style. The basic game play carries over the tradition of the series, using alchemy as the main focal point, where players can craft new items and also battle enemies using the power of alchemy.

Xbox 360 Review - 'Alan Wake' The Signal DLC

by Adam Pavlacka on July 27, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true.

New Copyright Rules Could Legalize Console Mods

by Adam Pavlacka on July 26, 2010 @ 3:22 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Monday morning the copyright office at the Library of Congress published a set of six exemptions to existing federal law which prohibits the circumvention of copyright measures. Under the rules, activity which falls under the exemptions is explicitly legal and cannot subject the user to liability under the D.M.C.A. or other laws.