Batman: Arkham City gets new gameplay trailer

Here’s some new footage of “Batman: Arkham City.” I had some technical difficulties posting it (ironic, right?) but the good people at IGN were kind enough to put the trailer on YouTube.

Here ya go:

I have to say I dig The Heavy’s “Short Change Hero” on the soundtrack.

Batman: Arkham City is scheduled for an Oct. 18 release for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360. The game is being developed by Rocksteady Studios for WB Games.

Final Mass Effect 2 mission on the way

EA Games and Bioware plan to release the final DLC mission for Mass Effect 2 on March 29.

Dubbed “Mass Effect: Arrival,” the DLC once again puts players in the role of Commander Shepard. This time, Shepard’s mission is to travel across the Milky Way to save an undercover agent who may have evidence of an “imminent Reaper invasion.” Anyone who has played through the Mass Effect franchise knows what that means.

Mass Effect: Arrival will retail for  560 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360, $6.99 on PlayStation Network
and for 560 BioWare Points
for PC Gamers.

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Review: Top Spin 4

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Top Spin 4 is an enjoyable tennis game that left this player with a surprisingly positive first impression.

I use the word “surprisingly” because I know next to nothing about tennis. I know Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are good players, I know John McEnroe had a temper and I know Ana Ivanovic is one of the world’s best female players but probably gets more attention for her appearance. As far as tennis video games go, the last one I played featured Mario in the umpire’s chair.

Despite my tennis ignorance, 2K Sports has succeeded in designing a game in which it is easy to learn the basics and play the game out of the box. What’s more, the title seems to have enough of a learning curve to keep players coming back.

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Review: Major League Baseball 2K11

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Major League Baseball 2K11 is an acceptable, if sometimes flawed, baseball title that won’t elevate 2K Sports’ franchise above its reputation for falling short of greatness. The game is like a journeyman player who can play a role in the big leagues, but is not ready to start any All-Star Games.

But for some gamers, 2K11 is the only option for a baseball title. PlayStation 3 owners can try the beloved MLB: The Show franchise, and The Show’s 2011 edition is also in the marketplace. I’ve played a little bit of MLB 11 and it works. I’m approaching this review, however, from the point of view of an XBox 360 owner whose choice is between 2K11 or nothing.

From that perspective, 2K11 is OK for gamers who really want an MLB title, but frustrating moments and an over-complicated control scheme prevent the game from being as stellar as it could have been.
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Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan records song for “Rage”

Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan has recorded a new song for Rage, an upcoming FPS.

The song, “Burning Down Jacob’s Ladder,”  can be streamed or downloaded on Rage’s website. Rage is an id Software/Bethesda Softworks release scheduled for a Sept. 13 release in North America for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

In other Bethesda news, the publisher has a new video out for Brink, another shooter scheduled for May 27 release on the same three platforms. The company also announced Prey 2 for a 2012 release.

Report: Microsoft to cease production of Zune

Microsoft is expected to stop producing its Zune MP3 player, although the software is expected to live on in smartphones running Windows operating systems, Bloomberg News reported.

Zune, introduced in 2006, never managed to break the iPod’s
grip on the music-player industry and became the brunt of late-
night talk-show jokes. Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPod led the market with 77
percent of unit sales last year, while the Zune failed to crack
the top five, according to NPD Group Inc. By adding the Zune
features to the Windows Phone software, Microsoft aims to gain
ground in another challenging area — mobile phones — where
it’s lost market share to Google Inc. (GOOG) and Apple.

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., declined to
comment on plans for the Zune.

I would comment if I have an opinion as to whether the Zune was or was not actually superior to the iPod, but I have a Sandisk Sansa, which it totally OK.

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The MIcrosoft Zune, shown here in many versions, is reportedly leaving the marketplace.

Review: Dance Paradise

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By Brittany Vincent
Contributor

I never thought I’d see the day where dance games would become so
popular. As a Dance Dance Revolution vet, I’ve gleefully accepted the
Kinect revolution with open arms. Dance Central, then Dance Masters, and
now Dance Paradise — it’s a regular fantasy land for those of us who
like to get our groove on.

Dance Paradise is the newest addition to the
Kinect library, though quite far from the best. It’s a light, fluffy
dance game with few complex elements and surely nothing that could give
Dance Central “hard” vets a run for their money…in fact, one might go
so far as to say that this is more like an Xbox Live Arcade offering for the Kinect, except is comes saddled with a hefty price tag and a “real” box.


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New trailer for “The Secret World” spells out what you can expect

Funcom has released a new trailer for their upcoming MMORPG, “The Secret World”. If you’re wondering whether it’s something you want to play other than World of Warcraft, that depends on whether you want to fight for the fate of the modern day world as a member of one of three secret societies who know the truth of what goes bump in the night. From New York City to Seoul, South Korea, players will get to shoot it out or use the kind of magic Harry Potter can only dream about to fight this secret war.

I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for awhile and it’s been shrouded in, well, “secrecy” since the start, but it looks like Funcom is getting ready to show off more than just a few fancy trailers with a little taste of the gameplay.

For more info, check out the press release right after the jump below.


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Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Bonus & Sweepstakes – OnLive Blog Posting

OnLive has sent some news our way on a new contest that they’re holding for the PC version of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. It’s going to be served up on OnLive’s service the same day that the PC version hits the shelves, either as a digital download or on retail shelves. If you’re not familiar with what OnLive is, it’s all about the “cloud” – cloud computing.

The way OnLive works is that instead of having to buy a PC built by the gods or a console like the Xbox 360 or the PS3, you can play the game through a browser using OnLive. OnLive does all of the heavy lifting – the graphics, sound, etc. – and beams the game to you, allowing you to play it without worrying about anything more than your skill. You can find out more at their official site here. For contest details, hit the jump below.

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Dragons or baseball, it’s your money

 2K Sports’ “Major League Baseball 2K11″ and EA’s Dragon Age II are available in stores as of today.

MLB Baseball 2K11 is 2K Sports latest baseball title. (Surprise.) I have to confess that I missed 2K9 – which was panned – and 2K10, which I heard was better. But I’m going to check this one out, so expect a review soon after I get a chance to evaluate the title on its own merits.

The title is available for Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3 Sony PSP and XBox 360.

“Dragon Age II” is the Bioware-developed sequel to “Dragon Age.” (Surprise, surprise.) If you’re the type of player who likes fantasy RPGs or Dragon Age, you’re probably already excited about this one. Expect to see a write-up on this one after our reviewer gets a chance to explore its world.

This one is released for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.