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  • Hands On Preview: L the ProLogue to Death Note

    death-note-l-game-boxart.jpgFebruary 7th, 2008 saw the release of the Japan-only Death Note Nintendo DS prequel game, L the ProLogue to Death Note. Konami’s first-person point-and-click adventure title brings back memories of the recent mystery-murder game, Hotel Dusk, and stars one of Death Note‘s most revered and well known characters, the elusive crime-solving “L”.

    As a rookie FBI agent, you will engage in battles of wit with foes, as well as disarm a number of uniquely constructed bombs with an array of items littered throughout the environment as you attempt to escape a seedy hotel with the assistance of L. Being that the entire game is in Japanese text, we relied on luck since L’s voice-over dialogue and written words weren’t able to help us comprehend what the hell to do.

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  • Burnout Paradise Requires Hard-Drive for Online Play

    burnout-paradise-xbox-360-boxart-nukoda-com.jpgXbox 360 Arcade Pack gamers were dismayed to learn that they lost a part of their investment when they got home and fired up Burnout Paradise last week.

    One of the game’s bullet-point features touted the ability to “freeburn” online, allowing players to tear up Paradise City with up to eight friends. Too bad these unfortunate gamers won’t be getting a piece of this action; without an Xbox 360 hard-drive, players are unable to utilize the game’s online capabilities.

    Ouch.

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  • Canada Gets Inside Xbox in Dashboard Update

    dashboard.jpgWhile there was no prompt, warning or download required, Canadian Xbox Live subscribers were treated to a revitalized version of their Xbox Live Dashboard menu today. The most notable addition is definitely Inside Xbox, a feature available since the Fall Dashboard Update in the States, allows subscribers to sneak-a-peak at what’s new in the Xbox world from game releases, new demos and pro-tips from Major Nelson.

    While it’s nothing worth writing home about, it’s a cool feature and the little things are always appreciated. While Americans reading this are bamboozled as to why anyone cares, we hope some Canadian out there is rejoicing.

  • Call Of Duty 4 soon to Expand

    That’s right! Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will soon have more maps available to download. Infinity Ward’s Community Manager, Robert Bowling explains, “We’ve demonstrated our commitment to delivering the best multiplayer experience in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and that continues with our plans for new downloadable content. We’re excited about the new maps, and the added gameplay variety, and we can’t wait to wrap things up and get online with everyone.”

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     This is great news for the best selling game of last year. We are not sure of the price of this content, but we will let you know when news has been released.

  • Jackass The Game, Reviewed [DS]

    jackass-ds.jpgJackass the Game offers exactly what you might expect out of the long-since-played-out franchise: pain. The limited 3D environment players will aimlessly wander looking for minigame-like events to impress the Jackass crew is a poorly rendered mess, with characters and vehicles littered throughout for you to interact with. Offering limited amounts of fun and nothing worthwhile, you’d best look elsewhere for sadistic entertainment.

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  • flOw swims onto PSP

    flOw PSP

    Sony have announced that the popular PSN title flOw will be appearing on the company’s handheld. This may seem like strange news, seeing how the game was primarily six-axis based, but it will fit on the PSP just fine. One of the first screens is above, and it looks just as soothing as it used to, with tranquil backgrounds, and that fish, snake, thing swimming around. They have only said that it will be out on the PC store, and havent announced a price or release date. lets hope its around the same price as the PS3 version, as it seems to be a lesser version of the flOw product. Let’s hope that it plays well, and has enough content to warrent a purchase.

  • Professor Layton and The Curious Village (DS Preview)

    I received this letter in my e-mail and was immediately intrigued. I had not heard of the Professor Layton series before, so I dug deeper. Like the Phoenix Wright series, this is another Japanese port. Japan is currently waiting for the third installment while the first comes out in North America on February 12th.

    This game definitely looks like one I’m going to pick up on release day. Apparently, the two main characters, Professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke, are wrapped up in a murder-mystery. The only way to find out who-done-it is to solve the many puzzles the villagers love to give. Nearly all the villagers give you puzzles, though you only need to solve a certain number to move on and there’s a hint system available as well. The puzzles range in difficulty and kind and with the DS’s wi-fi ability, there is a new puzzle available to download weekly.

    The reviews of the graphics are good, from those who have played the Japanese versions. From the looks of the screen shots, it appears that the game will be in mostly 2D, which makes me happy. The DS can handle beautifully done animation and graphics with two dimensions, but I really don’t think it’s capable yet of handling three very well. Most of the 3D games I have for the DS appear to be on the same quality level as my N64 or on a good day my fiance’s GameCube. Now some games are done better than others, I’m not denying that, and I’ve not played some of the newer games like Dementium: The Ward, so the graphics could be improving and that wouldn’t surprise me. Right now, I prefer to play games with 2D graphics because I think they look nicer and cleaner on the DS than the 3D graphics do. I digress. From what I’ve read on IGN, the graphics and animations for Professor Layton and The Curious Village look very well done and I’m glad that they’re 2D.

    I’m very much looking forward to this game and writing a review after I’ve played it thoroughly. 🙂

    Release Date: February 12, 2008

  • Ender’s Game Videogame to be Digitally Distributed

    enders-game-novel-cover.jpgChair Entertainment, masterminds behind the excellent XBLA game Undertow, has taken another step in to the Orson Scott Card universe. While the company is currently working on a videogame adaptation of Card’s recent Empire novel, his sci-fi literary classic Ender’s Game seems to be the focus of the company at the moment.

    As a story-heavy novel, we’re skeptical as to how one of the best novels ever written can be converted in to playable game outside of the battle training simulations. Perhaps an Undertow style shooter, but considering the literature, it’s going to be tough for Chair to successfully please the skeptical fans. Card, fortunately, has an overseeing role in the project, so we can only hope he keeps things in line.

    Keep an eye on N’Gai Croal’s Level Up blog for more information on the Unreal Engine 3 based title, which will be coming to all consoles and PC over digital distribution (ie: XBLA, PSN). We will be. We’re the highest of the aforementioned skeptics.

    Keep reading for the official Press Release…

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  • New Smash Bros Characters?

    Smash Bros Screen

    A Gametrailers video released yesterday includes what seems to be the character selection screen for the upcoming Super Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii. Whats weird about it is that there are more than a few faces that haven’t been mentioned by Nintendo.

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