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LAS VEGAS -- Last year at CES, Razer showed us their amazing high-powered Windows gaming tablet code named Project Fiona with a TBA shipping date of sometime in 2012. Well it's 2013 and Razer has finally launched their long awaited, much hyped super gaming tablet and it is every bit as amazing as we expected. Packing up to an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GTX 640 dedicated graphics card all in a package just over 2 pounds, the new Razer Edge gaming tablet has the specs gamers want at a size that makes gaming truly portable. The Edge also has optional game controller and keyboard docking accessories. We caught up with Razer's Brian Jang to give us the low down and show off the Edge in this exclusive video interview from the floor of CES 2013.


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.


Last week, Limitless films released a forty-second teaser that caught everyone of guard. A dark mature version of the iconic 1990’s kids television show, The Might Morphing Power Rangers immerged leaving many with many questions. This has been something that fans have been asking for years.  Sure the franchise has had two movie installments, but they have all felt like a two-hour TV special. A gritty realistic portrayal for all audiences, not just for kids could be in the works.


Before the fantastic "Merlin" panel at Comic-Con 2012, we sat down for a round table interview with creators/writers Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. The writers had a bunch of fantastic information for fans about Season 5. 


A couple of months ago, an event took place in Colorado called Pinball Showdown, allowing pinball fans and makers of all ages to get together and celebrate the arcade format the only way they know how – through a celebration of flippers.  Various manufacturers attended the event, including Gary Stern, of Stern Pinball fame.  He was there to show off the company’s latest accomplishment for arcades, a pinball featuring the appearance and music of popular rock band AC/DC.


A couple of months ago in Denver, Colorado, an event called the Pinball Showdown was held, and pinball makers and fans of all types got together to celebrate the machines of old, as well as new ones coming from manufacturers.  Along with Stern’s AC/DC pinball machine (and the recently announced X-Men), Jersey Jack Pinball brought details on its debut effort, one based on the cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz.  We managed to talk with the founder of the company, “Jersey Jack” himself, Jack Guarnieri, about what to expect from the table.


Timothy Michael Wynn has scored music in the video game industry since 2005. He has worked on known game franchises like Command & Conquer, Warhawk and Red Faction. You might have heard his work on CW’s Supernatural. His best work was in Warhawk as gave its vibrant atmosphere that suit it’s military theme. It’s Wynn’s behind the scenes work that helped make the game stand out from the rest, but do fans notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?


During our time at the Electronic Entertainment Expo a few weeks ago, one game that distinctly stood out from the crowd was Halo 4, Microsoft’s upcoming sequel to the series that will also introduce a new trilogy, with Master Chief facing  a devastating new evil force in the universe.  The game is taking a much different direction than before, with 343 Industries taking over development for the now-departed Bungie.  But fans needn’t worry, as the series is in good hands.


Over the years, we’ve gotten used to understanding what a Fable game is supposed to be like.  Under the guise of Peter Molyneux and his team at Lionhead Studios, we’ve played through three games, all of which featured memorable quests, with different decisions to make and the ability to control your fate however you chose.  By Fable III, however, the formula was getting a little dry, so Microsoft began looking for ideas on how to expand it.  And one of those ideas was the previously announced Fable: The Journey, an exclusive project for Xbox 360’s Kinect device.


Konami had a pretty killer show this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.  Though Castlevania: Lords of Shadow II was present in video form only, it did have plenty of other playable games to offer, including the Lords of Shadow spin-off Mirror of Fate for 3DS, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and Frogger Pinball.  But in the middle of all this was its next soccer champion, Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, or PES 2013 for short.


In just a matter of months, the new NBA season will kick in, and teams will challenge the recently championship crowned Miami Heat for superiority.  And in the video game world, the basketball war will heat up once more, with EA Sports’ returning NBA Live 13 going head-to-head against 2K Sports’ winning franchise, NBA 2K13.  We already did a news piece talking about the game in action, but now we’ve gone one step further, chatting with its producer, Erick Boenisch, about what to expect this time around.  Complete with game footage!


Early this year, Bioware’s Mass Effect saga came to five year run. Rest aside the ending; the series is one of the most complete trilogies in video game history. There are two aspects that Mass Effect nails perfectly. The series was first to interweave choices all the way through the third and final installment captivating fans from start to finish. However, you can’t tell a great story if you forget to create the atmosphere for your game to breath in. The music in the game really doses shape Commander Shepard with it having one of the best scores in gaming, but do people notice? Do people look at soundtracks as a whole or as background noise?


Jesper Kyd has been working his music composing magic in a number of projects over the years.  Fans will immediately recognize his work from the Assassin's Creed series, as well as entries in the Hitman series and the original Borderlands.  But now he's stepping his game up with Death, producing an epic new soundtrack for Darksiders II, which releases this August.  We had a chance to chat with him about the upcoming game, as well as what else he's working on.


Since its release over the past few months on both mobile platforms and consoles, The Pinball Arcade has become a popular release with both pinball fans and newcomers alike, as the development team at Farsight Studios has managed to perfectly recreate some of the more popular tables out there for digital play, including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and most recently, Funhouse and Bride of Pin-bot, which are coming to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network next month.


Game journalism isn't as easy as it looks.  Oh, sure, you think we just sit around all day and play Max Payne 3, but the truth is, playing is just part of the job.  Writing is a huge, fundamental part of it, as you have to be able to express yourself in the right manner, not just go "This is cool because blah blah."  You need to FEEL right about the job.  One step to getting an idea of what video game journalism is all about is getting the book Critical Path: How To Review Videogames For a Living, written by Dan Amrich.  Dan, also known as One of Swords on Twitter (@oneofswords), worked in journalism for the longest time before taking a job working with Activision.  Still, he remembers his days fondly enough, as he put his experience into words to help guide young minds of tomorrow down the RIGHT path of journalism.  You know, the one that doesn't involve "blah blah".


While news continues to circulate around the possibility of Kingdom Hearts III for new consoles, Square Enix is busy promoting another title in the series, the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS.  Though not the "epic" sequel that many gamers will be hoping for, it will nevertheless be a great new game for the handheld, featuring another wonderful adventure that combines the universes of Square and Disney almost seamlessly.  And we've got some great new details on the game, via a video interview.


How do you top one of the most creative games made over the last few years?  Well, you go back to the beginning and do another one, silly.  Kim Swift, the mastermind who helped put together Valve's Portal a few years back, is striking new ground with her latest project, the quirky puzzle/action game Quantum Conundrum. Despite its different approach, however, she's still putting quite the emphasis on being creative and having fun while you do it.  Plus, you get to throw around fluffy things!


Billy and Jimmy Lee's impact on video games has been quite impressive over the years, starting with the duo's debut in Double Dragon in arcades well over 20 years ago.  Since that time, they've starred in countless iterations for the game, including a popular NES game and, as of late, an XBLA port of the original coin-op (though it's no longer available due to rights issues).  This summer, they're on the way back to the gaming scene for yet another comeback with Double Dragon Neon, Majesco's upcoming beat-em-up for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.  We recently caught up with Pete Rosky to chat about what to expect from this revival.


If you've been reading our stories as of late, then you already know about Sony's recent push for independent game hits on the PlayStation Network, including games like Papo & Yo and The Unfinished Swan.  However, one additional game that will deserve some attention once it arrives over the summer is Dyad, a game that channels the energy of such old-school shooters as Tempest 2000 and N20, and puts them into a contemporary experience that will addict PSN players for hours on end.  We recently caught up with the game's progress during a recent trip to PAX East 2012.


It seems that every PAX event has a huge presence from Red 5 and their product Firefall.  Last year at PAX Prime, they had one of the largest booths on the floor, along with plenty of banners and a huge power drill at one of the entrances, which was running every hour on the hour.  The team is obviously thrilled about the game, and it's getting a bigger and bigger community as it goes along.  During PAX East, we stopped by their booth to get the skinny on what's happening with the game.


We're just going to say it right now.  Far Cry 3 is shaping up to be the best game in the series yet.  The first two games set up great tales of survival, with one man battling the odds through lush terrain and occasionally using feral abilities to get the jump.  The third looks to follow suit with an even more engaging single-player campaign, along with a new focus on multiplayer, where teams can battle it out to control parts of the terrain.  We recently went hands-on with the demo to see how it was coming along.


One of the highlights from this year's PAX East event was a huge standee for Ubisoft's upcoming Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, featuring plenty of action from the co-op side of things.  In the demo, players could team up to defend their home base from invading enemies on all sides, using their various tools of the trade, weapons and accessories alike, to their advantage as they got the jump on their adversaries.  This will be a huge part of the game when it ships later this month for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


It's funny how the "little guy" can suddenly be propelled forward by the right project.  For the longest time, the team at Arkedo has been producing memorable platforming adventures for the Xbox Live indie games channel, including such titles as Jump! among others.  Featuring 8-bit style graphics, these guys have definitely felt an influence in classic gaming.  But now they've moved into the big time, as Sega is teaming up with them to produce the upcoming side scrolling action game Hell Yeah!, due for release this summer.