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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 sche...   read

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  Watch Video 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 b...   read
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Review: NFL Blitz

The long-in-the-works high-definition revival of NFL Blitz has finally arrived, less than three months after EA officially announced it last fall. It’s an idea that gamers of all stripes could get behind; after all, you...   read
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Unless you count the continued popularity of Mario Kart, we’re a long way from the ’90s heyday of car combat games. Modern multiplayer combat primarily concerns games in which people shoot each other, but David Ja...   read
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  Watch Video EA Sports is bringing just one game to the PlayStation Vita launch party, but it looks as if that title will be one of the stars of the show. I played FIFA Soccer back in mid-October, and came away feeling like EA Canada has...   read

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The music/rhythm genre is full of experiences that a reductive person might call “performance simulators.” In essence, games like Rock Band lay out a track of notes to hit -- whether with your voice or a controlle...   read
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Preview: Sorcery

I imagine our Reviews Editor, Jim Sterling, isn’t alone in yearning for PlayStation Move-exclusive titles beyond the scope of minigame collections and tech demos. Sony announced one such game, Sorcery, back at E3 2010, ...   read
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Sony has lined up more than a few heavy hitters for the launch of its new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, next February -- major franchises such as Uncharted, Resistance, and Katamari Damacy. But I’ve been more impresse...   read
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If there's a marketing opportunity to be exploited, you can bet that Spike and the producers of the network's annual Video Game Awards will be there to take advantage of it -- no matter how absurd it may seem. I can just imag...   read
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Everybody loves Katamari Damacy, right? Keita Takahashi’s silly, quirky creation -- classified by publisher Namco Bandai in the genre of “rolling action” -- is, by now, a beloved series. But for many fans, t...   read
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As usual, this past November saw the launches of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed games in recent memory. Nothing was going to top Call of Duty, of course; in fact, that mammoth franchise showed continued gro...   read

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One of my favorite facets of SSX Tricky was its fusion of audio and gameplay. The game would mute its thumping house/hip-hop soundtrack as you soared off a ramp, leaving only the sound of the air whistling past your rider unt...   read

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  Watch Video EA recently released a "Survive It" trailer for its upcoming SSX game. The new video ends with the news that the title's launch has been pushed back slightly -- it was originally set to release in January 2012, but will now ...   read

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Almost as soon as BioWare finally confirmed Mass Effect 3's long-rumored cooperative multiplayer mode earlier this month, they released a multiplayer FAQ to try and mitigate the predictable Internet backlash. I've never playe...   read
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At a recent EA showcase in New York City, the publisher trotted out just one PlayStation Vita title -- a bit surprising, since the handheld is set to launch in North America, Europe, and Latin America relatively soon, on Febr...   read
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Soccer is the world’s most popular sport for numerous reasons, but perhaps the most important one is its inherent simplicity: it’s the original “pick-up-and-play” game. You don’t need any expensi...   read
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When I checked out the upcoming indie puzzle-platformer Warp at PAX East earlier this year, I saw a short demo that its developer, Trapdoor, had designed to show off the game at the show with two powers, “Warp” an...   read
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Midway's NBA Jam captured the hearts of millions of gamers back in the early '90s, but the company scored an equally big hit with its late-'90s smash-mouth football series, NFL Blitz. However, it's been nearly a decade s...   read

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PopCap has made a name for itself by creating charming, addictive games like Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle for computers, and then bringing those experiences to all kinds of game-playing devices such as consoles and handhelds...   read
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  Watch Video Jagex, the Cambridge, UK-based studio behind such browser-based games as RuneScape, is bringing the metal-on-metal war of Transformers to web browsers with an upcoming free-to-play MMO, Transformers Universe. Last night, I at...   read
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EA Sports' venerated FIFA franchise is continuing its tradition of staggering success with another monster year in 2011. The newest installment of the series, FIFA 12, has scored unprecedented sales numbers with an estimated ...   read

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Review: NHL 12

Of the four major North American sports, hockey ranks behind only football in terms of its physicality. It’s a brutal game played at high speed; finesse players make headlines with their graceful goal-scoring, but bigge...   read
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Last night's Saints-Packers contest marked the start of the 2011-12 NFL season, a season that was still very much in doubt just over six weeks ago. EA Sports had maintained all along that a new Madden NFL game would launch th...   read
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The end of the NFL lockout in late July kicked off the league's usual flurry of offseason personnel moves (trades, signings, etc.), except this time, the lockout caused the free-agency period to be compressed into the space o...   read

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  Watch Video NBA 2K11 drew mass-market attention by putting Michael Jordan on its cover, but his appearance on the box highlighted the mode that sold many gamers on the title: "The Jordan Challenge," in which players could relive ten clas...   read
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EA Sports announced tonight that Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will grace the cover of NHL 12, ending the Chicago Blackhawks' two-year reign on the hockey game's box (Patrick Kane was on the NHL 10 box, and Jonath...   read
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For those of you who continue to ask Det. David Mills-style questions like "what's in the box?!" about the Wii U, a few more details have trickled out since yesterday's unveiling at Nintendo's E3 press conference. In add...   read

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  Watch Video Destructoid Show co-host Tara Long was able to get her grubby little paws on Sony's new handheld, the PlayStation Vita (that's VEE-tuh, folks), and she's here to tell you about the games she tried out. LittleBigPlanet is cute...   read

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  Watch Video Ninja Gaiden 3, in Destructoid Show co-host Max Scoville's expert opinion, "looks like a game about ninjas." In one of his first hands-on reports from the E3 show floor, Max gives us the details of his play session, includin...   read

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  Watch Video Our own Chad Concelmo got some hands-on time with Nintendo's new console, the Wii U, at E3. He can barely contain his excitement about it, so Destructoid Show co-host Max Scoville stands there and lets the Wii U love flow, for the most part.It's pretty much impossible to watch this video and not smile, so check it out if you need a quick pick-me-up... and even if you don't!   read

 

About Samit Sarkarone of us since 7:56 PM on 12.14.2006

Senior Reporter, Polygon at Vox Media
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