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Bringing XCOM: Enemy Unknown to a modern console audience

X-COM: UFO Defense is almost 20 years old, and gaming has changed immeasurably since its release on the PC in 1994. With XCOM: Enemy Unknown, its re-imagining of that strategy title, Firaxis Games has the unenviable task of building a moder...

 
 
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Dive into the first XCOM: Enemy Unknown developer diary

2K Games has released the first in a series of "Deep Dive" developer diaries for Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the remake of the 1994 strategy game X-COM: UFO Defense. In the video, which runs for nearly six minutes, a few Firaxis fo...

 
 
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Preview: Saving men and mankind in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Most strategy games give players command of massive armies, relegating individual soldiers to the status of faceless grunt. Even when players are micromanaging small units, the components of those groups are usually identical and interchang...

 
 
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MLB 2K12 supports new playoff format, MLB 12 doesn't yet

Last Friday, Major League Baseball announced that it will be expanding its playoff format to a ten-team field starting this season: each league's three division champions will get a first-round bye while the four- and five-seeds face off in...

 
 
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Buy MLB 12 The Show on PS3 and Vita together, save $20

Sony's critically acclaimed MLB The Show series is making its way to the company's shiny new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, this year. The PS3 version of MLB 12 The Show costs $60, as usual, and Sony is charging $40 for the retail game on ...

 
 
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Preview: Swinging away with PS Move in MLB 12 The Show

Sony San Diego experimented with motion controls in MLB 11 The Show last year, implementing basic PlayStation Move support in a fringe game mode, Home Run Derby. The inclusion of Move controls in a casual party game and nothing else se...

 
 
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EA Sports returning to Live brand: NBA Live 13 this fall

Above is a smartphone photo of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (right) taken a few hours ago. He was playing an early build of the EA Tiburon-developed return of EA Sports' basketball franchise. EA hadn't officially announced t...

 
 
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Put your body into it: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 on Kinect

Most core gamers saw Microsoft’s Kinect sensor and scoffed, dismissing out of hand its potential for use in anything but kids’ games and casual experiences. The people at EA Tiburon, however -- having already implemented precise...

 
 
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PGA Tour 13's Tiger Legacy Challenge makes you go 'awww'

In his 2008 best-seller, Outliers: The Story of Success, journalist Malcolm Gladwell posited a theory that he called the "10,000-Hour Rule." Achieving success in any field, he asserted, depends largely upon amassing 10,000 hours of practic...

 
 
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Make the shot you want in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

Imagine yourself on Tea Olive, the first hole of the famed Masters course at Augusta National. Trying to avoid the bunker on the right side of the fairway, you aim your tee shot to the left -- but alas, you push it a bit too far, and it end...

 
 
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Kate Upton demonstrates MLB 2K12 pitching to MLB stars

David Price, you are a lucky man.Last week, 2K Sports released a second digital short promoting next month's release of MLB 2K12. Called "Finger Mechanics," it features Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton giving a hands...

 
 
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Preview: Mixing it up with MLB 2K12

This is the third year in a row that 2K Sports is holding its Perfect Game Challenge for its MLB 2K series. They're changing the format this time, but previously, the first person to throw a verified perfect game would win $1 million for do...

 
 
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MLB/NBA 2K12 Combo Pack due out for $69.99 on Xbox 360

2K Sports' next baseball game, MLB 2K12, launches on March 6, 2012, for 360, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, and DS. It will be the only simulation baseball title available on the Xbox 360, where MLB 2K12 alone will retail for $59.99. But for an ex...

 
 
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Warriors Orochi 3 coming to PSN due to Japanese voiceover

Tecmo Koei's upcoming myth-based hack-n-slash action title, Warriors Orochi 3, will be launching for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next month, in North America on March 20 and in Europe on March 30. The game will be a full-price retail title o...

 
 
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Preview: Revel in Warriors Orochi 3's absurd fan service

Koei's Warriors Orochi series has always been about fan service, explained Tecmo Koei's Sean Corcoran during a demo in New York last week. But it seems like developer Omega Force is really taking that ethos to heart this time around, to an ...

 
 
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Preview: Conquer China on the go in Dynasty Warriors Next

I assume I'm not alone in lacking the ability to tell the difference between Dynasty Warriors games (or at least, between the ones of a particular console generation). I've played, or watched friends play, DW6 and DW7, but from those experi...

 
 
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Preview: Slicing samurai in Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

In case you were wondering, that silver line in the right half of the header image above is Ryu Hayabusa's katana. It's a long samurai sword, and I couldn't fit all of it into the picture. That sleek blade is the last thing that many of Ryu...

 
 
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Rockstar: 'Don't count out' another L.A. Noire game

The years-long L.A. Noire saga had a sad ending last year, but fans of the game may yet have a reason for optimism. In the latest edition of its "Asked & Answered" series, a Q&A with fans, Rockstar Games responded to a question abou...

 
 
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Preview: Shepard & company visit Mars in Mass Effect 3

The bleak, ruddy Martian landscape comes into view as Commander Shepard, Ashley Williams, and James Vega descend upon the Red Planet. Massive sandstorm clouds billow in the distance, their monolithic surface broken only by periodic flashes ...

 
 
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Preview: Mass Effect iOS app Datapad and game Infiltrator

[Update: I had initially been informed otherwise, but I've since checked with EA, and it turns out that Datapad is not exclusive to the iPad. It will be a universal iOS app. I apologize for the confusion and have updated the article to refl...

 
 
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Recap: 1st Annual NY Videogame Critics Circle Awards

The American videogame industry, and the majority of the people writing critically about it, has coalesced largely on the West Coast. But the New York scene has been ascendant in recent years, and the growing number of critical voices on t...

 
 
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Madden NFL 13 cover opened up to 64-player fan vote

2011 was the second year in a row in which EA Sports let fans choose the Madden NFL cover athlete, and the people voted 13 million times to whittle down a field of 32 options to put Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis on the cover o...

 
 
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THQ lays off 240, board of directors takes 50% pay cut

The hits just keep on coming for THQ. Last week, the publisher announced a shift away from licensed kids' games, likely related to poor multiplatform uDraw tablet sales. Yesterday, NASDAQ warned THQ that its underperforming stock, which is ...

 
 
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Get your Starhawk beta code here! (Update: all gone!)

LightBox Interactive has been running a private beta for its upcoming PS3 shooter, Starhawk, for a few months now. The studio is gradually opening up access over the course of the next few weeks, with a fully public beta scheduled for Febru...

 
 
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Madden NFL 12 says Giants will be Super Bowl XLVI champs

When it comes to Super Bowl soothsaying, EA Sports' Madden NFL games almost have it down to a science. The sports sim has correctly predicted the winner of six of the last eight Super Bowls; the first time it was wrong was back in 2008, wh...

 
 




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