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Jul 17 // Leigh Alexander

Expansion announced for Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

At the Tokyo PlayStation Premier event in Tokyo, Konami unveiled what seems to be an expansion pack for PSP's Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. It'll offer new playable characters, new multiplayer stages and game mode...
Jul 17 // Leigh Alexander

Accidental brilliance in Grand Theft Auto: Episode 2

It finally happened; we took back the hood.Grove Street was on the up-and-up now, we rollin' high-style in the mansion with the fancy cars, cuttin' rap albums and livin' da life of a go-getta. CJ looked pimpin'...
Jul 13 // Leigh Alexander

Sony finished crucifying our souls, now hangs our viscera on barbed wire

Oh, Sony, why must you toy with us?Let's have a recap of today's rollercoaster, shall we? First David Reeves of Sony Europe let slip that our somewhat-relieving price drop on the 60 GB PS3 was more like a liquidation ...
Jul 13 // Leigh Alexander

SCEA denies phase-out, wants to punch Sony Europe

Apparently, Sony Computer Entertainment of America has reacted with a bemused "WTF?" to David Reeves of Sony Europe's assertion that the 60GB PS3 is being liquidated, chalking it up to misinterpretation. A rep f...
Jul 13 // Leigh Alexander

Australians endure mass wallet-rape

Sony Computer Entertainment of Australia says there are no plans for a PS3 price reduction for the Aussie folks right now. Holy crap, I had no idea those dudes were paying $999, but there it is, and there it'll stay, app...
Jul 13 // Leigh Alexander

PS3 price cut? More like a liquidation sale

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, SCEE President David Reeves let us in on the truth behind the 60GB PS3's price drop -- apparently, the 60GBs are getting the markdown in America because Sony's going to stop sel...
Jul 12 // Leigh Alexander

Help Reggie get Wii Healthy

Those of you following our E3 coverage have already heard about Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime's less-than-impressive showing at the Wii Fit demonstration. He tried the route of denial by claiming "heavy clothin...
Jul 12 // Leigh Alexander

New Silent Hill V details

I've been being a surly gal the past couple days, pouting stiffly at all the preview hysteria and the barrage of announcements out of E3. That's mostly because I'm jealous I'm stuck here in New York with no ai...
Jul 12 // Leigh Alexander

Capcom says RE exceeding expectations, thinks Sony'll cut prices again

Apparently Capcom thinks Sony'll take another slice out of PS3's price before the end of 2007. Capcom Chief Financial Officer Kazuhiko Abe, in an interview with Reuters at E3, said:   "The number of PS2 us...
Jul 10 // Leigh Alexander

Dance Beatdown? Draglade announced!

Ever been to one of those parties -- think back to some kid's Bar Mitzvah, or maybe it's someone's awkward, overheated wedding, and sometimes someone's dancing just looks a little bit dangerous? There's a ...
Jul 09 // Leigh Alexander

Plant Tycoon: Cut-throat botanical entrepreneurship?

You might have checked out developer Last Day of Work's previous downloadables, Fish Tycoon and Virtual Villagers (for all you hoity-toity Mac folk). Or, you may have played some other dev's game with "tycoon&quo...
Jul 05 // Leigh Alexander

Building a better RPG: Character deaths

[All over the place now, we hear about how the RPG genre is stagnating; that fewer people want to play console RPGs anymore. Yet, that may not be entirely correct—the truth is, nobody wants to play the same console RPG ...
Jul 03 // Leigh Alexander

Sweet Samus! New Metroid Prime 3 Screenshots (now with 20% more haiku!)

Whether you actually love Metroid or you just like to fap to Samus, you'll dig these brand-new screenshots from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. Though, for those severely patience-disabled, it might make it harder to wait th...
Jul 02 // Leigh Alexander

Anyone for mystery? Sherlock Holmes vs. Arsène Lupin

I'm still nostalgic for point-and-click PC adventure games. You know, ridiculously obscure puzzles that require you to combine things in an ungodly marriage, wringing your extremities in rage as you scream, "HOW THE ...
Jun 29 // Leigh Alexander

Collect your jaws from the floor: new Heavenly Sword screens (update)

Blades are cool. Women are cool. Kratos taught us that blades on chains with fiery streaks coming out are even cooler. But blades on chains plus fiery redheaded women plus screenshots that look like this? Ashes, ashes, we all...
Jun 28 // Leigh Alexander

Games: SERIOUS BUSINESS

Slate just pubbed a piece about the whole "serious games" phenomenon. If you haven't heard, the serious gaming concept refers to games whose primary purpose isn't fun. A game that isn't fun? Good luck wi...
Jun 26 // Leigh Alexander

Breaking the fourth wall: where player meets game

Internet surfing can be a surreal, meandering adventure sometimes; personally, I always end up on Wikipedia for a quick look-up, and then end up spending too much time reading articles that link to the articles that link to t...
Jun 25 // Leigh Alexander

The truth about Leon Kennedy: My baby's got a secret

Like many of my comrades in the gaming army, I was psyched to pick up the Wii edition of Resident Evil 4 this weekend. Then, I remembered I suck at that game. Hardcore. So Leigh, let's take a game you were -- let's ca...
Jun 23 // Leigh Alexander

My power is maximum; new DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 screenshots

The list of things you ought to be glad you don't know about me is long enough that I think it's okay to remove one item. One bizarre, deformed, dark secret. Go ahead and insert your own dramatic pause here. Impregnat...
Jun 22 // Leigh Alexander

Building a better RPG: Part I

Now's the time in the crazy wedding party in my mind where, after a few frenetic, sweaty rounds of the puff-sleeve Macarena, the DJ gets on the mic and says, "Okay. Let's bring it down now, let's slow it down...
Jun 21 // Leigh Alexander

Accidental Brilliance in Grand Theft Auto

You're looking at a screenshot of my very own neighborhood in Spanish Harlem, New York City. This is "La Calle 116," and it's hoppin' in the summer. This time of year, the streets become so crowded that ...
Jun 20 // Leigh Alexander

"Special Lessons" with Mitsurugi

I confess, fighting games aren't really my specialty. I'm only passably good at them -- that's to say, better than many people, but I eat dirt against practiced gamers. I do play a lot of Soul Calibur, though. My ...






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