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Battleship: The Movie - The Game Is Revealed (Yes, This Is Really Happening)

Today brings us news that I couldn’t have ever dreamt: Activision is publishing a video game based on the forthcoming Battleship movie.  In case you didn’t see the Super Bowl trailer that aired this past weekend, the live-action Battleship movie is dumb. In fact it’s a level of dumb that I don’t think Michael Bay has even reached (OMG, aliens are invading Earth by hiding in the ocean bro!), but for some reason I’m enamored with the movie and now we have a first-person shooter video game to go along with it.

True Crime: Hong Kong Has Been Redubbed Sleeping Dogs [Updated]

A few of us may be kicking ourselves for not fully expecting this, but it appears that the recent Square Enix trademark Sleeping Dogs isn’t for a new Kane & Lynch installment but is instead the new title for the resurrected True Crime: Hong Kong.  

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Screens May Take You On A Nostalgia Trip

A welcomed surprise that was revealed last month at the Spike Video Game Awards was the shocking announcement that Activision was doing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.  Skateboarding may not be as overwhelming popular as it once was back in the day, but gamers still yearn for a good video game skateboarding experience.

Take An Inside Look At The Gorgeous Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Trailer

One of the highlights, if there could be such a thing, from the Spike Video Game Awards was the Transformers: Fall of Cybertron reveal trailer. Despite being yet another trailer that was entirely it was nonetheless cool to see Transformers depicted properly and have a sense of grit to them that didn’t feel forced as it did in the woefully executed Michael Bay Transformers films.

Tony Hawk Returns For What Could Be The Ultimate Skateboard Video Game Experience

The skateboarding genre is living on through a somewhat unlikely way: the Tony Hawk franchise.  Longtime gamers and skateboarding fans all know that it was the first Tony Hawk game released way back in 1999 that set off the skateboarding video game craze – something that would go on to last for nearly a decade.  The Tony Hawk games were beyond fun but then the quality began to decline and EA’s competing Skate franchise eventually took the skateboarding crown.

Activision Releases New Info And Teaser Trailer For The Amazing Spider-Man

Today seems to be a prime day for publishers to drop news concerning superhero video games as we have a minor update on The Amazing Spider-Man.  Based on the upcoming reboot that’s set for release next Summer, Activision has released a few small tidbits on what gamers can expect from the game and of course have released a teaser vid for the premier trailer.

Call of Duty: Will the Fans Give Up?

Today's topic deals with something that even I found pretty shocking; checking up on the user score for Modern Warfare 3 reveals a (as of today) a user score of 3.2. The reason I find this shocking is that among Call of Duty fans, I was under the impression that the games could do no wrong. Compared to the incredibly favourable score from reviewers, it makes wonder where the rift is.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

The campaign mode provides an epic conclusion to the Modern Warfare 3, wrapping up the tangled storylines of Captain Price and McTavish in a crazy large-scale Hollywood-esque thrill ride. However, a large number of 'on rails' style gunner-style sequences and a rather uninspired take on the multiplayer leave a little something to be desired... At the end of the day, there's not much to complain about, considering everything was well established with the first two games, but it would have been nice to have a little further departure and a couple of more risks taken to truly advance the franchise.

The Pros: 

+Massive-scale story mode, and dramatic conclusion to the MW franchise.

+Addition of the Survival Mode is an intelligent one.

+Class-based system helps to shake up the game's competitve multiplayer a bit.

The Cons: 

-Everything feels like it leans a little too hard on the previous title.

-Campaign mode features a lot of 'on rails' moments that can detract from the challenge of the story-mode. Rating : 

To be completely honest, Modern Warfare 3 was a title I'd almost entirely wrote off. With the drama surrounding the majority of the Infinity Ward team walking away after Modern Warfare 2, I didn't think it was going to be a proper "Modern Warfare" title now with the bulk of the creative team having walked away from the franchise.

Spider-man: Edge of Time [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Fans of Spider-man as a series may appreciate the all-star voice-acting cast that bridges together the iconic Peter Parkers of the past and the numerous nods to the franchise's hertitage. It's just unfortunate the whole thing is wrapped around lacklustre combat and a game that forgot that it's swinging that brings the true visceral thrill of being Spider-man to life. 

The Pros: 

+The best voice-acting cast of a Spider-man game, ever.

+Tons of references to the TV series and comics, both braisen and obscure.

+Stellar writing that takes advantage of the classic Spider-man wit and intelligence.

The Cons: 

-Bland combat that forsakes the classic free-flow style of the previous series.

-Everything takes place inside in-doors which means there's not a lot of room to swing.

-Everything 'game' about the title feels uninspired, and worse like a back-track for the series as a whole. Rating : 

To provide this review with a little bit of a context, Spider-man has been the only comic book series I've followed with any regularity since the early 90s when I first got into comics. While my interest in other series waned, and I found myself focusing more on other pursuit, Spider-man has always had a knack for swinging me back around and keeping my interest over these many years. Oh, and you can add on to that the fact that a number of Spider-man games will forever be on the top of my lists: Spider-man 2, Maximum Carnage, Separation Anxiety, etc.

X-Men Destiny [Review]

Overall Feeling: 

Everything you will experience in X-Men Destiny you have had before, and better.  The repetitive button mashing combat, the basic dialogue choices, the subpar levelling up system all fail to bring anything fresh to the table.  That's not to say that there is no fun to be had in (insert developer hear) title.  If you are indeed an X-Men fan you still might have to dig deep, but the enjoyable moments will happen.

The Pros: 

+X-men characters look great and they use a healthy variety of them.

+Certain moments in the game pay off and you're left feeling happy that you are a nerd.

+Voice acting for all the main characters feels proper.

The Cons: 

-None of the elements of gameplay feel polished.

-Way too much unused potential for this universe.

-Levels are very linear with a ton of invisible walls.

-None of your choices in the game really feel like they have an affect. Rating : 

Some of my fondest memories as a kid were waking up on Saturday mornings, getting a bowl of the cereal that had the most sugar in it, and sitting a foot away from the TV and watching the 1990's X-Men cartoons.  So you should understand the excitement I originally felt over a year ago when an X-Men action/RPG was announced for current Gen consoles.  You might also, upon further reading, understand my disappointments with how it simply falls short...on almost every occasion.

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