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All aboard the hype train for NBA 2K13.  2K Sports' latest basketball simulation is just over three months from release, set to arrive on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4th (and on the Wii U when it arrives at retail), and promises a bunch of changes that will certainly make it the most realistic one that the company's released. And to help push the hype further, 2K has chosen a trifecta of current NBA superstars to grace the cover, a step forward from the solo cover stars that graced it previously.  Surprisingly enough, currently crowned NBA champ LeBron James nor series favorite Kobe Bryant are amongst the three stars.


Now that Diablo III is officially raiding millions of homes, PC users are probably wearing down their equipment like crazy clicking on their characters and moving things around.  With that, you might want to consider a high-performance piece of tech to get you through these battles, rather than a cheapy $15 mouse that breaks after just a few hours of play.  SteelSeries may have just what you need with its Diablo III mouse, which was introduced on the same day as the game.


The PlayStation Vita.  Though it may not be everyone’s ideal handheld choice (the 3DS is out there, along with cheaper handhelds and that iPhone thing), it’s still a sleek little thing that’s well worth playing.  Sony has made quite a push with the system so far, with a number of impressive games and a few more on the way, including Resistance: Burning Skies landing at retail (and digitally) later this month.  But when it comes to games you MUST have, what are the best choices for the system?


It’s really weird how some of these April Fools jokes are turning into actual products, isn’t it?  Take a look at the iCade, a miniature iPad arcade cabinet that was first shown as an April Fools joke, but has since become a best-selling accessory for the market.  Now, THQ has confirmed yet another April Fools gag that’s becoming a reality, one that introduces a whole new way to play through the world of Steelport in Saints Row: The Third.


Once upon a time, we had game consoles that didn’t connect to the Internet, provide online global rankings or even go “above and beyond” when it came to graphics.  This was during the heyday of the Sega Genesis, a console that, from the early 90’s onward, dominated the game universe for some time.  Kudos to Sega for not only making a capable game console, but also a library to back it up, ranging from action games to sports titles to unique fare like Gunstar Heroes and Toejam and Earl.  If you somehow missed out on this generation, don’t fret, because Sega is bringing it to yet another platform.


One of the features that Sony is vehemently trying to take advantage of with the PlayStation Vita is its augmented reality.  This is where you can take a real location and implement some sort of gaming into it, and while others may not get why you’re so excited, the experience in itself is an interesting one.  Sony’s already offering a number of free games that take advantage of this feature, as well as offering the full retail release of Reality Fighters, a brawling game where you can not only take locations and have a fight anywhere, but also create your own.  It’s a great idea, though one that’s sorely lacking in execution.


I always wondered what Spike TV was going to do now that it’s lost its UFC programming to FX Networks.  But now, thanks to my stop at 345 Games’ office during Game Developers Conference, I have a better idea.  The company is actually teaming with Bellator, an MMA fighting group, for new programming in 2013, and to sort of tie in with that, the publishers of the Deadliest Warrior games are working on a new MMA fighter for download on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.


Though it’s not exactly overflowing with content, the PlayStation Store for the Vita is loaded with some good games to choose from.  Hustle Kings offers some pool on the go; Super Stardust Delta has shooting thrills galore; and literally all of the system’s retail releases are available alternatively as downloads, for a slightly cheaper price.  But then there’s Escape Plan, a deviant little puzzle game where you guide two would-be heroes through a labyrinth of puzzles in an attempt to escape the clutches of a mad scientist.  There’s no question that this game is truly different from anything out there; the main question that leaves, though, is if it’s fun.


Apparently some of the marketing folks behind some of these Kinect games have it all wrong.  They’re trying to implement motion controls in all the right ways, but as a result, they’re sacrificing the main ingredient that’s supposed to be selling these products in the first place – fun.  Some of these games simply aren’t that fun.  Find a person who made the unfortunate mistake of picking up a retail copy of Hole In the Wall and ask them if they’re having fun trying to stand in place of fast-moving silhouettes. 


Yesterday, Sony held its annual CES press conference, and attendees both physically at the event and watching virtually through Sony's site got a look at a bunch of new technology, as well as a surprise visit from Will Smith, who came by to talk Men In Black III.  But it was also the place for new information on the PlayStation Vita, which launches at retail next month.  And Sony had a nice new feature to introduce for those who like watching movies.


2011 brought a lot of sequels our way.  Some were necessary improvements to formula, while others had us scratching our heads wondering what was up.  (NOTE: Resistance 3.)  Anyway, we've decided to count down our top ten favorite retail games (a downloadable list is coming very soon), along with a few honorable mentions for good measure.  You might be shocked to see what takes number one.


Capcom's getting a pretty good jump on 2012, with Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter x Tekken and Akura's Wrath set to launch sometime around the spring.  But the company also has a few classics in store, as it's repackaging eight Xbox Live Arcade favorites in a retail collection exclusively for Xbox 360.  Fans may appreciate it, but couldn't have Capcom done a little more with it?


A lot of Xbox Live Arcade games are overlooked each year.  Some are merely overshadowed by bigger releases – or retro titles with smaller price tags.  Others are unfortunately released at a time when bigger and better retail games hit the market, as everyone is busy playing them.  And amongst these overlooked games is Fusion: Genesis, a top-down space adventure made by the team at Starfire, made up of former Ensemble Studios members.  (That’s the team behind Halo Wars.)  It’s a shame that this didn’t pick up on the masses (at least, not yet), because sci-fi fans of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and other epics would be right at home here.


A few weeks ago, Activision invited me out to the Toys For Bob studio outside of San Francisco, California to get a closer look at its Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, which is out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo 3DS.  The game looks like your typical kid's adventure, but in fact there's a twist.  Rather than just controlling typical characters, it interacts with a physical portal that you place figurines on.  Placing these characters on said portal makes them playable in the game.  Is this a brilliant idea, or one ripe for oversaturation?


It's only been two days since the Battlefield 3 beta went public for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and players everywhere are rushing to download it and see what EA's proposed "Modern Warfare" killer has to offer.  So far, the feedback hasn't been the greatest, with users reporting a number of problems in-game, mainly with bugs, glitches and being unable to join games.  Will this possibly reflect on the final product?


Last year, when it came to deciding on a basketball game to own, there was clearly no contest.  EA Sports, worried about the critical backlash it would receive, canned NBA Elite 11 days before it was set to ship, leaving 2K Sports' NBA 2K11 wide open to dominate the market.  This year, however, EA Sports has an interesting new competitor to take on NBA 2K12, even though it's made for a different kind of audience than those who played Elite.


NBA 2K12 is now ten days and counting from hitting retail, and we can tell that a lot of you fans out there are thrilled to be getting your hands on the only true basketball game in town.  But now 2K Sports is adding some extra incentive to the deal for those of you that are early adopters.  If you buy one of the first few copies that hit shelves on day one, you'll gain access to two additional "legends" teams for download, upping the count to 34 playable teams.  Yes, 34.


The Xbox 360 is take huge precedence at the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles this week, as Microsoft is co-sponsoring the event and the million dollar Modern Warfare 3 tournament.  But that’s not all – Microsoft and Activision are also teaming up to produce yet another limited edition game console, just as they did with Modern Warfare 2 a couple of years ago.  The difference?  This one’s way better.


Ubisoft is no stranger to packng special edtiions with goodies.  Its Assassin's Creed Brotherhood package was nothing to scoff at, complete with a collectible figure and other goods.  But we've learned recently that Assassin's Creed Revelations, which is set to ship this November, will come with even more awesome stuff.


GamesCom 2011 is just about through with its first day, and already we've gotten a slew of new information, surprises (price drop for PS3, anyone?), and all kinds of game footage to make us drool like crazy over the next few months in anticipation.  But two new video releases stand out as highlights, both coming from top-tier publishers and featuring the kind of effort that could turn millions of heads of video gamers.  The only question now is -- if you only had to choose one, what would it be?


Comic-Con 2011 packed plenty of little surprises within its halls, including several new comic book enterprises, plenty of cool merchandise, and a few celeb signings we didn't see coming.  But we'll be honest -- nothing could've prepared us for Abobo's Big Adventure, an 8-bit game that will soon be released for Flash play (no charge) over at


The creepy Resident Evil atmosphere is definitely on the rise this September.  Along with the official reveal of Capcom's latest Resident Evil game, RE 6, it's just been confirmed that two long-awaited high-definition remakes will be digitally available that month as well.


Next week is building up pretty nicely for Comic-Con 2011, with a number of game companies coming out in force with news, playable builds and tournaments galore.  But one company in particular that's turning a few heads is Capcom, mainly because they haven't quite revealed what they've got in store just yet.  If the show is any indication, however, it's something revolving around Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 -- and we're not just talking typical downloadable content.

One of the biggest franchises in all of fighting games is the Street Fighter series. It's emergence truly came with the release of Street Fighter II, robbing kids of their quarters and providing countless hours of fun amongst friends. Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV were able to uphold that tradition, as well as add some fresh new mechanics to the series. Just when tournament players thought they had their craft perfected, Capcom decided to add 4 new characters to the fold in Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition. Earlier today, Capcom released a trailer of Yun, one of the 4 characters added to the roster.