Dead or Alive 4 review video (Xbox 360)

Dead or Alive 4 for Xbox 360Dead or Alive 4 defines the fighting experience on next generation consoles with the first tournament fighter on Xbox 360. Dead or Alive 4 once again raises the bar in both online and offline fighting, with 3D high definition graphics and sound, online capabilities via Xbox Live (featuring large scale global online tournaments, increased worldwide simultaneous online play, detailed scoreboards, clans and more), new incredible interactive stages, and an all star line-up of old and new favorite characters (with new costumes and storylines). The fighting system has been overhauled, allowing even more mastery and strategy of your favorite character, including the most complex DOA countering system yet!

It’s a true next-gen leap for the series. Find out more in this Dead or Alive 4 video review.

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Everquest celebrates 7th birthday — both original and sequel expand

In March Everquest will celebrate it’s 7th birthday. Celebrations start with a brand-new expansion that is in the works for the original game called Prophecy of Ro. It will be the 11th major add-on for the game, which is still being supported by Sony Online Entertainment despite being overshadowed by newer big-name MMORPGs like World of Warcraft as well as it’s own sequel, Everquest II. The expansion is set for February and will be available in both an online download, costing $26.99 and a retail boxed version that includes the original game, for $29.99.

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The DS just keeps on selling!

Nintendo DS Mario Kart BundleNintendo has announced that the Nintendo DS portable game system has sold over 4 million copies in the US. Despite the much sleeker and more functional Playstation Portable, whose numbers are estimated to be anywhere from 2.5 to 3 million, depending on who you ask.

Nintendo’s top-selling DS games so far have been Mario Kart DS, which has already sold over 1 million copies in the US despite only being released mid-Nov., and Nintendogs, the game that greatly increased sales of the system in Japan upon release and which has reached over 1.5 million copies sold in the US already.

In Japan the DS has been doing extremely well where it’s sold over 5 million. Which puts worldwide sales of the DS at over 10 million!

UPDATED: Europe reports DS sales of 2.5 million, which puts global DS sales at nearly 13 million! Nintendo of Japan even issued a formal apology as they are out of DS stock until the end of January! DS VS. PSP sales are now set 2:1

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Splinter Cell Chaos Theory review video

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory for XboxThe third installment of the stealth-action series starring Sam Fisher. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory takes place in 2008. Information Warfare has evolved into the most dangerous threat to global stability. You are Sam Fisher, Third Echelon’s most skilled Splinter Cell operative. You are assigned to execute a hazardous series of operations to investigate and eliminate a new source of information attacks, originating in North Korea.

To succeed, you will employ a host of unconventional counterintelligence activities to gather intel, disrupt enemy operations and neutralize adversary targets. As Information Warfare evolves, so must the Splinter Cell. You must penetrate deeper into hostile territory and operate undetected, closer to the enemy than ever before. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques, experimental prototype weapons skills, and more radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold. Experience the thrill of acting as a lone operative fighting tomorrow’s threats in the field, and of cooperating online with a partner to accomplish crucial missions. Die in action, and the free world dies with you. Never-before-seen graphics technology offers the best visuals ever to appear on any platform. Advanced physics engine allows rag doll physics, particle effects and perfect interaction with the environment. The most complete arsenal of weapons and gadgets, from the combat knife to experimental prototype combat systems. Totally open level design with multipaths and optional secondary objectives.

Features all-new weapons and gadgets, including a knife, electronic jammers and the newly customizable SC-20K modular weapons platform. The game is brought to life with voice acting by Michael Ironside, cinematics directed by Andy Davis, and a soundtrack by Amon Tobin. Play two-player co-op on or off-line or go head to head in the unique Spies vs. Mercs online modes.

The complete stealth-action package. Watch this Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory video review.

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An interview with Phil Harisson about Playstation 3

In an interview with Phil “POSCEWS” Harisson, Eurogamer got some nice details from the President Of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios. (did you get all that?)

Question: Do you think that Europe’s become increasingly important to Sony over the PlayStation’s life cycle, and if so is this a trend we can see continuing as you get ready to launch the PS3?

Phil Harrison: Well, to the first part of that question, the answer is that Europe has always been a key part of the PlayStation success story; the PlayStation 2 business [is] getting up to 40 million units now in Europe (out of 100 million shipped worldwide) and that’s an astonishing achievement. As to what that means for the launch of the next generation, it obviously means that Europe will be a vital part of the launch strategy.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 still possible

Despite lacklustre multi-platform sales due to a lack of promotion surrounding the Beyond Good & Evil’s release. Michel Ancel just confirmed in the Dutch magazine Power Unlimited that Beyond Good and Evil 2 was in pre-production. To quote: Question: A lot of gamers want to know if there’s going to be a BG&E 2 someday. …

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Upcoming video game-related flicks

Bloodrayne (Widescreen Edition)If you are a video game fan, then you will have noticed that so far Hollywood hasn’t been very kind to movies that are based on video games. Many of them have been absolutely terrible by anyone’s standards of “good” or “must-see”, these films include such titles as: Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, as well as every movie released by universally despised (by video game fans at least) German-born director Uwe Boll, who has released two insanely bad video game movies so far — The House of the Dead and Alone in the Dark — that did nothing to help the status of video game movies as legitimate entertainment.

Unfortunately, Uwe Boll has much more to offer us, with several movies in the works. BloodRayne will be releasing to theaters soon, and upcoming games based on films include: In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (set for 2006 and in post-production), Hunter the Reckoning (2006, pre-production), and three more announced films: Far Cry (2006), Postal (2007) and Fear Effect (2008).

Fortunately, there is a bright side to this picture (pun-intended) . . . .

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