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11.08.12

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about those gifts and what better gift than a gaming gift. This year, there’s lots of new gadgets and games that would make great stocking stuffers. Here’s our Top 10 gaming gifts for the 2012 holidays.

10.13.12

Tarsier and Double Eleven Studios have done a fantastic job in bringing a LittleBigPlanet experience to the Vita that rivals that of the "main" releases on the PlayStation 3. With LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The annotated adventure follows the exploits of little Sackboy on this journey to liberate the citizens of the world of Carnivalia from their bizarre fate at the hands of the Puppeteer.

10.01.12

The Spy Hunter franchise was a cult last console generation hit. The speedy arcadic feel mixed in with blowing objectives away in unrealistic ways delighted audiences in 2001 when it was last seen. The Saliva heavy rock metal theme combined with Peter Gunn’s Spy Hunter theme made the core gameplay experiences enjoyable. Since then we haven’t seen another entry until now. Spy Hunter is returning to the Playstation Vita with a new theme scored by Ryan Shore.

09.24.12

BOSTON -- The Assassin's Creed franchise will not only be getting a console game but also a Sony Playstation PS Vita-powered handheld version in Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, but this one is with a female assassin Aveline and based in New Orleans paralleling the time period of the American Revolution of Assassin's Creed III assassin Connor. We talked to Assassin's Creed Liberation writer Richard Farrese about Aveline as he previewed what we can expect with the handheld version of Assassin's Creed.

06.18.12

The Electronic Entertainment Expo showcased a lot of great games a couple of weeks ago.  Some we knew about for months now, and are highly anticipating for a fall/winter/2013 release.  Others, however, managed to sneak up on us, coming out of nowhere and surprising us with a great deal of inventiveness.  Among them was a new creation from Zen Studios, the team behind the Zen Pinball and Pinball FX 2 games.  And no, it’s not a pinball game.  Get this – it’s a musical kung fu action game.  Take that, The Last Dragon!

06.15.12

I can already hear dozens of folks screaming at Konami now.  “What did you do with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker?!  Why wasn’t it included?”  And by that I mean I’m referring to Metal Gear Solid HD Collection on the PlayStation Vita, a package that only comes with two of the three ingredients that the original PS3 and Xbox 360 releases had.  Those two games, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, are certainly enough by their own merits, but you know folks are going to complain about the lack of Peace Walker.  But is it really that much of a deal breaker?  No.

06.12.12

More often than not, I always hear about these developers who try to load a multiplayer game with an abundant amount of features, whether it’s additional weaponry, new maps or some other technical doodad that’s trying to draw attention.  But, honestly, the best kind of multiplayer games are the simplest ones, built upon an ideal concept that players can immediately grasp onto.  For some inexplicable reason, When Vikings Attack, a new PlayStation Network effort from Clever Beans, found its way into our hearts.

06.11.12

The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.

06.04.12

Earlier today, Ubisoft announced that one of the premier video games franchises in the industry will soon be making it’s way to the PlayStation Vita. Assassin’s Creed III Liberation will be released on October 30 exclusively on the PlayStation Vita.

06.02.12

The last time we saw the Prince of Persia series, it was in the form of an awesome Prince of Persia HD Trilogy for PlayStation 3, one that faithfully recreated the PS2 hits with the addition of Trophies and 3D support.  Before that, Ubisoft tried its hand at a more traditional adventure, The Forgotten Sands, to go along with the Prince of Persia movie that Disney was banking so heavily on back in 2010.  (Probably shouldn't have used Gyllenhaal in the main role...)  Since then, though, the Prince hasn't been that busy...but that could all change around next week, as Ubisoft is supposedly working on a reboot for the series.  Yes, the first one since the 2008 release.

06.02.12

Ubisoft is set to have a huge showing in the next few days at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and if the rumor mill is madly churning for any company, it's them.  Rumors about Beyond Good and Evil 2 footage, a Prince of Persia revival (sans Jake Gyllenhaal) and the Rayman Legends Wii U project have already been making the rounds.  But today, a sweet new one has emerged -- Assassins Creed 3 isn't the only "killer" game releasing this year.

05.31.12

When I first played Gravity Rush last year at E3, I saw how it stood out in the PlayStation Vita line-up at the time, with its exquisite art style and its innovative gameplay style.  But then I thought…”What if they ‘gimmick’ this and make it more about the features of the game than the game itself?”  And doubt began to sank in.  But, as I usually get these days with game developers, Sony Japan Studio pulled a 180 on me and actually made Gravity Rush one of the more entertaining Vita efforts to date.  Gotta love surprises.

05.29.12

A lot of folks I know were pretty disappointed with Resistance 3, despite Insomniac Games’ efforts to take the series in a new direction following the death of its main hero, Nathan Hale.  Me?  Well, it irked me in places, but I could see what the developers were trying to do, and I had a fair amount of fun with it – even though I still turned to Killzone 3 by default afterward.  Now, people are once again getting divided up over the release of Burning Skies, the first portable entry for Resistance on the Vita.  (In this case, game critics.)  But, honestly, is it really that bad?  Nope, in fact, it’s pretty good.