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E3 2010... here we come!

May 20 // Nick Chester
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If you've been following me on Twitter, you may know that I'm making my home in Los Angeles this week for a weeklong Pre-E3 Game Critics event, as one of the judges for the show. The grueling five day marathon of meetings wit...

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Brink AI allegedly indistinguishable from human players


Apr 20
// Jim Sterling
We've heard countless boasts about powerful AI in videogames over the years, and they have always turned out to be total bunk. Nevertheless, Splash Damage has decided to convince us that one of gaming's most repeated lies is ...
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Greenberg: Natal will sell 'millions and millions'


Apr 05
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg isn't shy about his opinion when it comes to Project Natal. In fact, the company's attempt to grab a slice of the casual market is being hyped to the Moon, so much so that Greenberg believes it wil...
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Saints Row 3 is 'mindblowing'


Mar 31
// Jim Sterling
THQ doesn't mince its words. The publisher will be rolling out promotion for Saints Row 3 this year, and the hype has already started, with "mindblowing" being the watch-word for this upcoming sandbox sequel. Not that THQ wan...
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Valve: Portal 2 is our best game ever


Mar 12
// Jim Sterling
Half-Life 2? Rubbish. Left 4 Dead? A stain on the history of videogames. Valve has declared that Portal 2 is its greatest triumph yet, even though it's not even finished. Speaking with 1UP, Gabe Newell stated that it's "prett...
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Sony: Heavy Rain will sell well, is totally unique


Feb 26
// Jim Sterling
SCEA president Jack Tretton believes Heavy Rain will sell very well indeed. He also believes that Heavy Rain is completely new and unique, so maybe his opinions shouldn't be taken completely to heart.  "I spent 25 years ...
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Peter Molyneux has 'learnt lesson' about over-promising


Feb 15
// Jim Sterling
Pathological promiser Peter Molyneux has promised that he's learned his lesson about over-promising. The brain behind Fable III is famous for building up exaggerated hype over each of his games. He's also well known for promi...

Checking out Final Fantasy XIII 360 on a party bus

Jan 16 // Ben Perlee
Walking on board the bus, I was treated to a small black chamber with Leona Lewis' My Hands playing on repeat in the back ground. I was told the chorus had been playing on repeat for the last few hours or so, driving the reps crazy. Nice, Square Enix. Four screens were set up, two PS3 and two Xbox 360s. I had been given a ticket with "@playFFXII" printed on it, which game me admission inside over all the cool kids walking by. Sweet! Apparently if you get a pink one, you'll be entered for some prize (I got black). Good luck for the pinks! So what did I play? Well, they had on display a later point in the game, at some bright space port. I had a team of Lightning, Hope, and Fang, and let me tell you, the battles are effing chaotic. I spent so much time jumping between attacks, Paradigm Shifts, summons, and class changes, I couldn't ever pay attention to the battles, or even the health bars. I hope as an expereinced player I can enjoy it, because right now I had no idea what I was doing. At my skill level, it feels like finesse takes a backseat. I almost wish I could slow the game down a bit so I can appreciate it. Oh well. Also, since I never got far in FFXII, I never had a chance to play a FF game where you control only one character. It's honestly a bit of a disappointment not being able to choose what the others are doing, especially since they are busy flipping through the air while I struggle to cast a Fire, or make combos, or change classes quickly. I don't care if my impressions sound like the whiny bitching of a bad gamer, it's my hands-on, and you can go suck it. My mom tells me I'm awesome all the time. Bringing the Odin summon was beautiful, as Lightning flips and stuff all over the place. Once she rides him like a horse and weilds his massive swords (did I just write that?!), you get all of these attack options and the action gets even faster until his timer dies down and the little blond kid and the manly woman come back to fight with you, flipping the s**t out while I fumble through the menu. Again, it's all hard to keep up with, but whatever, I must suck at it or something. My favorite part of the game is the class changes. Paradigm Shifts are actually really cool. It seems you make pre-arranged teams of character jobs, and you jump back and forth when they need to be used. It's like your whole team is a united entity, and each character is one part that makes up that entity. Say an enemy is beating you down? Paradigm Shift to a team of two healers and a bruiser, which would be a very support and healing focused team. Do your healing up, and quickly shift back to a team of bruiser, magic user, and some other class to deal out damage. It all happens very fast, with the click of the L-Bumper. It looks like a lot of planning and setting up of these Paradigm Shifts is going to take place outside of action, so fans of FFXII might appreciate this element. No longer are you making someone a dedicated healer, or magic user or whatever. It seems like you'll be making someone a dedicated magic user in a specific situation, or a tank when the time is right. In the midst of all of my complaints about not knowing what to do and struggling through areas, I have to say that given my short time with the game, I certainly want to play more. Yeah, even on the 360 version, it is a stunning game. While things are crazy on screen, that's a testament to the fact that I want to actually see what is going on. Considering manyRPGs have bland and boring battle systems, this is a nice direction for the Final Fantasy franchise to take things. It looks like the FFXIII bus is going to be Bay Area-only, so if you are a local lucky duck, keep following that Twitter link, and maybe you too can see what the fuss is about.
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Lucky enough to live on best West Coast, I'm privy to all sorts of videogames and fun stuff, connections with a website notwithstanding. One such experience is actually the Final Fantasy XIII bus, which Dale mentioned earlier...

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Sonic's the only playable Project Needlemouse character


Jan 15
// Jim Sterling
Everybody act surprised! Earlier this week, Sega teased us with a list of potential playable characters in its upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog reboot, codenamed Project Needlemouse. As we, and likely the world, predicted, the who...
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Sony: MAG is a 'statement of intent' for FPS fans


Jan 13
// Jim Sterling
With God of War III and Heavy Rain set for release over the coming months, it can be easy to forget that Zipper Interactive has a pretty big game of its own headed to the PlayStation 3. That game is MAG, the highly ambitious ...
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CES 2010: Heavy Rain 'blows Uncharted 2 away'


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Not that Sony representatives are fans of hype or anything, but an excited PR man seemed so thrilled with Heavy Rain that he made one of the boldest statements we've ever heard, claiming that Heavy Rain is graphically superio...
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Sony: God of War III 'set apart' from other modern games


Jan 08
// Jim Sterling
Sony is loading the hype cannons and preparing for a full assault with God of War III, and who can really blame them? As Kratos gears up for an all-new adventure, Sony product manager Claire Backhouse has sprayed her PR juice...
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OnLive could be on cell phones as well


Nov 15
// Matthew Razak
OnLive has been promising a lot since it made such a splash at E3. We've had some time with the guys behind it and are still unsure that it can deliver on all its amazing promises. Every game, any time, everywhere no matter w...
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Ex-Dtoid editor has the touch, makes me want Epic Mickey


Oct 30
// Jonathan Holmes
David Houghton is one of my favorite videomgame journalists; he's got an great analytical eye, and he knows how to express his excitement without coming off as insincere. It figures that he would be the one to make me interes...
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Infinity Ward vaguely teases Modern Warfare 2 surprises


Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
As with any good game that, y'know, has an interesting storyline, there's always something we don't find out about until we play the full game for ourselves. Whether that is a plot twist, an epic set piece, or a new form of g...
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Lionhead Studios site updates recap


Aug 16
// Matthew Razak
Ever since Thursday the Lionhead Studios website has been updating with a very interesting countdown. Each day the site has updated with a new historical figure on its entrance page and a quote from that figure. Those going t...
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BioShock team getting ambitious


Jul 18
// Matthew Razak
It's an all too common story in the world of gaming. A great development team creates an amazing game and a franchise is born and moved over to a different development team, which often results in a whole lot less amazement. ...
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MS: Project Natal to feel like 'a new generation' in 2010


Jul 16
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft isn't afraid of hyping the everliving crap out of its sure-to-be-disappointing "wave your arms like a stupid dick" toy. The company is continuing to make Natal sound like the launch of a brand new system, ...
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Jack Black explains the history of the battleaxe


Jul 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
Man, there's really been a ton of content coming out on Brütal Legend as they ramp up hype some three months before the scheduled release of the game. And, hey, here's more of it!In this short video, Jack Black does that...
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NBA Live 10 will improve, dev promises


Jun 28
// Matthew Razak
Samit hat go!If I were to tell you that I had played a basketball game since NBA Jam I would be lying to your face (through the internet). That won't stop me from taking other people's opinions and writing about modern basket...
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Massive Action Game 'only possible' on PlayStation 3


Apr 03
// Jim Sterling
It is my sincere hope that if I run enough of these "Game X is only possible on PS3" stories, gamers will get so annoyed that they will eventually rise up and murder those who keep saying "Game X is only possib...
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Capcom hyper hyping: More (and better) HD remakes on the way


Mar 14
// Topher Cantler
In a recent chat with Videogamer.com, Capcom's Vice President of business development and strategic planning, (that's VPOBDASP for short), Christian Svensson (CS for short, presumably), said the company had plenty more where ...
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Killzone 2 devs talk about unrealistic expectations


Feb 23
// Jim Sterling
In the future, hype's Dictionary definition could be replaced with a box shot of Killzone 2, and I'm pretty sure we'd all get the idea. There is no denying that the pressure is on for Guerrilla and its big PS3 exclusive, whic...
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New Alan Wake details are not details


Feb 22
// Jim Sterling
Once again, it's time for us to talk about the game that has a ridiculous amount of hype surrounding it, even though nobody knows what it is, Alan Wake. Developer Remedy Entertainment is keeping the hype fire stoked by pullin...
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Prototype comic coming in April: Like a videogame, but more comic booky


Jan 21
// Jim Sterling
I had my hopes up for Prototype even when everyone said it looked lame, and hopefully my hopeful hopes aren't rewarded with hopelessness. Our glimpse of it in action at CES was promising, but glimpses often are.Anyway, the ne...
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PS3 the 'only' console capable of holding Killzone 2


Jan 19
// Jim Sterling
In the UK, Official PlayStation Magazine has hit WH Smith shelves around the country, bringing with it one of the first print reviews of Killzone 2. The special magazine, with a "highly collectible" shiny holographi...
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Sega bigs up Platinum Games, says MadWorld is so unique it 'aches'


Jan 15
// Jim Sterling
Platinum Games is looking set to have a big year, generating a lot of talk with its two big Sega titles, Bayonetta and MadWorld. Understanding that it might just have a shot at some Triple A releases this year, Sega is not sh...
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Insomniac = Killzone 2 fanboys


Jan 06
// Jim Sterling
I'll admit it -- against my better judgment, I am getting excited for Killzone 2. I don't want to be, because as far as I'm concerned, Guerrilla Games is an unproven entity and has done nothing to convince me that it so far d...
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Sssh! Midway has a secret game and it's better looking than Gears of War 2


Nov 29
// Jim Sterling
Gears of War 2 is a beautiful game. Yes, it has a lot of gray and brown in it, but it still has some of the best graphics that the 360 has to offer. According to Midway, however, the Mortal Kombat publisher has a secret title...
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Square knows how to tantalize: take a look at this ad for Chrono Trigger DS


Oct 21
// Colette Bennett
Square-Enix are very, very clever. Rather than market Chrono Trigger in such a way where it will appeal to people who have never played the game before, they're notching their arrow and aiming right for the heart of the real ...

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