Batman: Arkham City – Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Date: May 29, 2012 (PS3, Xbox 360); TBA (PC)


Any downloadable content latching onto Batman: Arkham City‘s runaway success would probably have an easy time. If you think about it, a game with such solid mechanics would probably just benefit from having more added onto it. Arkham City‘s newest DLC, named Harley Quinn’s Revenge, seemed like all it had to do was exist and it would get a free pass. Gameplay-wise, yes, it is the same ol’ Batman, but, narratively speaking, it doesn’t do much to reignite much interest.
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Silent Hill: Downpour Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: March 13, 2012

Plenty of series have fans that glorify the days of yesteryear but few have the same conviction as Silent Hill followers. Besides the botched HD ports, Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 have remained the franchise’s high points with little else to convince people that the glory days are still going strong. Vatra Games has stepped up to the plate in place of Team Silent and has aimed to make Silent Hill: Downpour, the newest entry, stand up to its predecessors. It’s an unquestionably tall task, but Silent Hill: Downpour is shining example of how to make a great horror game that knows how to stay relevant while retaining certain classic elements.
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Friday News Recap: 5/19 – 5/25

This Week in Delays… Devil May Cry and Aliens: Colonial Marines

As the title implies, both Devil May Cry and Aliens: Colonial Marines have been delayed to early 2013. Aliens has been a thing for so long now, so that isn’t surprising but the DmC one is a little more tantalizing for me. DmC looks so damn good but it looks like I need to wait longer, which is something I didn’t want to do. It will probably do better in this time period anyway and be a better game. Mom always said patience was a virtue.
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Prototype 2 Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Dates: April 24, 2012 (PS3, Xbox 360); July 24, 2012 (PC)

The original Prototype was infamous in its comparison to other games. So much so that it barely got to stand on its own personal merits. A few years have passed from the original’s release and in that time, a sequel has come out. Prototype 2 has less to be equated to this year and has time to shine on what it does by itself. However, the question stands on whether it deserves this attention or not. Besides some niggling issues, Prototype 2 is an enjoyable open world game.
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Skullgirls Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Release Dates: April 10, 2012 (PS3); April 11, 2012 (Xbox 360); TBA (PC)

The fighting game genre is filled with popular titles that have struck the masses, but most of them are established franchises rooted in our nostalgia. This isn’t by any means a negative idea, but it wouldn’t hurt to throw some fresh blood into the arena, even if it is just to see something new. Skullgirls is one of those new titles, apparent by the lack of a numeral, that hit downloadable services for only $15. Skullgirls pays tribute to other fighting juggernauts by heavily lifting from them, but it has a one-of-a-kind style and deep fighting mechanic to keep you coming back often.
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Max Payne 3 Crews

Come join me on Max Payne 3 tomorrow and for THE REST OF TIME, in playing this game’s multiplayer.

I created a crew just for us, and that is the Console HQrew (Yeah, seriously)

So what do you think? How about when we start live streaming, we do some of this Payne?

Friday News Recap: 5/5 – 5/11

Delays and release dates are the majority of this week’s recap. A delayed game will be better in the end, remember that.
Dead Space 3 Rumors Point to Co-op and Other Big Changes

IGN has caught wind of some interesting Dead Space 3 rumors. An optional, dynamic co-op story mode, a new ice planet, possible customization for the weapons, new enemies (with humans being a highlight), taking cover, crouching, and evasive rolls all being big key features that are new to the series. Sequels should always change up the pace and Dead Space 3 seems to be doing just that. As long as they don’t lose focus on the horror elements, I’m content with these changes. I hope they include some of my ideas.
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Crysis Review

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360*
Release Date: October 4, 2011

Crysis may have preceded its noteworthy sequel (well, duh), but it wasn’t available to the widest audience. Not many people had super computers that could blow holes in the moon, so to many gamers, Crysis was a pretty face that was lost amongst the shuffle. Fast forward a couple years and Crytek finally became aware of this and released it on new platforms that were more widespread; the Xbox 360 and PS3. Hitting each of their respective downloadable services for $20, having control improvements, and looking fantastic, Crysis should be in any shooter fan’s repertoire.
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