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Mafia 2 - First Shot

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It's clear from the outset that developer 2k Czech** wanted to make this a "cinematic" game. The first 15 minutes of the game is almost entirely pre-rendered movies. They spend a great deal of time talking about your (Vito's) life as a child immigrant, your father's  alcoholism and dirty dealings, your views on the wealth disparity within the city, etc. It certainly does a good job of drawing you into the world and the characters, but there is one huge problem: This is a game, not a movie.

Review: Starcraft 2

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<p> Twelve years ago, a gaming phenomenon known as Starcraft was launched and created a storm of positive reviews and a competitive scene unheard of at the time for real time strategy games. As much as Blizzard Entertainment loves to update their franchises, Starcraft was pushed aside after the Brood War expansion. Their two other franchises, Diablo and Warcraft, both got new games, and a new phenomenon known as World of Warcraft was born. At last Blizzard has come back to (arguably) its most famed and prized series. I can resonate with what Tycus Finley, the gruff marine in the opening cinematic muttered: &ldquo;Hell&hellip;it&rsquo;s about time&rdquo;.</p>

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Neverwinter's going both MMORPG and 4th Ed. next year, and I'm realizing just how cuttable my wrists are these days.

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Atari and Cryptic Studios recently announced that they are currently working on a new MMORPG called Neverwinter, based on the Dungeons and Dragons based Neverwinter Nights games. However unlike earlier games, this new MMO will be based upon the new Forgotten Realms; the 4th Edition D&D Forgotten Realms. If you are unfamiliar with the 4th edition version of Forgotten Realms, it’s the one that gutted the setting and threw away everything that made it interesting.

Hands-On: Hunted The Demon's Forge

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I got the chance to sit down with inXile Entertainment president, Matthew Findley, at this year’s QuakeCon and he introduced me to inXile’s upcoming title, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. I was able to play a bit of the game while Matthew explained things and guided me through the different areas, ensuring that I experienced everything it had to offer so far.

Mafia 2 - Demo Impressions

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Mafia 2 honestly hasn't been on my radar as of yet. I bought the original Mafia when it first came out and I couldn't make it past the first chapter. The controls were all over the place and using a gamepad didn't seem to help matters. The story also didn't grab me, but maybe I'm just not a "mob gangster" sorta fan.

Who’s Who in New Vegas

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In a pair of articles over at USA Today Gamehunters, Mike Snider revealed today the names of some of the primo voice acting talent that we can expect to hear in Fallout: New Vegas. Topping the list is Wayne frikking Newton. Yep, Mr. Las Vegas himself will be providing the voice for a centuries old computer DJ. From the sound of it, Mr. Newton may be replacing Fallout 3’s DJ Three Dog, and let me just say, good riddance.

Review: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge

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I'm old enough to remember a time when you had to read a video game like a book!
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<p> In 1994, the internet was still a mystery to most of us. My dad, forever the electronics tinkerer, was perpetually trying to hook our household up to the net via the local library&#39;s dial up access point (it never actually worked). Meanwhile my friends all had varying degrees of connectivity using the &quot;big three&quot; of AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy. So when I first loaded up Monkey Island 2 and after I thwarted the state of the art copy protection (involving a decoder-wheel!), it asked me if I wanted to play the regular (easier) version of the game, or &quot;Mega Monkey&quot;. Mega Monkey should have read: &quot;Bug your friend Jeff every day at school to go home and post yet another obscure gaming question on some backwater message boards on your behalf...mode&quot;. Though he probably hated the task, I have fond memories of those times, always eager the following day to hear the next step in an impossibly hard puzzle.</p>

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Masterful Oregon Trail Fake Movie Trailer

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