Final Fantasy XIII Reviews: The Hardcore Weep

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There's no question that Final Fantasy XIII is a beautiful, dramatic affair, but according to reviews of the game, released outside of Japan today for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, it's also a departure for the series. The verdicts aren't much different than we heard in December, when Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan: Open worlds, mini-games and exploration are hacked away in favor of...

Gran Turismo 5 Delayed to Date Unknown

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It's no Duke Nukem Forever, but Gran Turismo 5 seems to be caught in nasty case of development hell. Do a little digging through Google, and you'll find way, way too many stories about how the Playstation 3 exclusive racer has been delayed. Now, Sony's doing it again, delaying Gran Turismo 5 indefinitely. Sony had previously targeted a summer 2010 release date for , and a March 2010 release...

Dante's Inferno: The Game: The Book

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Not sure whether this makes me happy, sad or violently ill, but Electronic Arts and Del Rey Books plan to release a re-skinned version of Dante's Inferno, the classic literary work, coinciding with the video game of the same name. It's part one of The Divine Comedy, just as you remember it, but with a bad-ass version of Dante on the cover, wielding a huge scythe. Indeed, there's something odd...

Apply Now for the Final Fantasy XIV Beta

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At E3, Sony and Square Enix were already hyping Final Fantasy XIV, and now you can get in line for the beta, a day before Final Fantasy XIII's release in Japan. This is for the game's PC version only, so if you're a Windows gamer, go ahead and fill out an application. A few other stipulations to note: You must be 18 years of age or older and hold a Square Enix account (get one here), and...

Final Fantasy XIII Released Early Overseas, Screenshots Leak

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Final Fantasy XIII comes out in Japan on Thursday, and in the United States in March, but some stores have already broken the Japanese street date. The result? Lots of new, unofficial, totally not airbrushed Final Fantasy XIII screenshots from early in the game, via the Unofficial Final Fantasy Site. Normally we'd let this kind of thing slide, but we know Final Fantasy breeds a special kind of...

Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, The Saboteur Cap This Year's Big Releases

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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Saboteur are out this week, and man, has the time flown this holiday season. Not long ago, we were noting the release of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Brutal Legend, arguably kicking off an unusually quiet fourth quarter in gaming. Some publishers, such as 2K Games and Ubisoft, held off on releasing their biggest games this year, with heavy-hitters...

What Boycott? Left 4 Dead 2 Sales Rule

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Panicked zombie slaughter never gets old, as proven by the overwhelming success of Left 4 Dead 2. In a press release, Valve said that over 2 million copies of the game were sold since its November 17 debut for the Xbox 360 and PC. The publisher didn't break down the sales by hardware, but said that over 1 million people had signed into Xbox Live to play the game, so it seems that the Xbox 360...

Nirvana Appears in Rock Band Despite Courtney Love's Guitar Hero Rage

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Courtney Love may be in a tizzy over the use of her late husband in Guitar Hero 5 (as pictured in the GH5 screenshot above), but that hasn't derailed a batch of Nirvana tracks in rival music game Rock Band. Starting tomorrow, the studio version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and live cuts of "Come As You Are" and "Lithium" will be available as downloadable Rock Band tracks, priced at $2 per...

What Do You Know, Assassin's Creed 2 is a Hit

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Not sure if you're aware, but Assassin's Creed 2 is doing quite well. It's not nearly as divisive as the original game, which was mired in mindless repetition. While I haven't played the game yet (waiting patiently on Gamefly, thanks for asking), the critical response is uniformly positive, boosted in particular by the storyline of a young assassin and his family living in Renaissance Italy,...

Relax: Left 4 Dead 2 is Here, so is Assassin's Creed 2

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We're right in the thick of holiday gaming with this week's release of Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin's Creed 2 and more. There was a bit of a fit last night, when Left 4 Dead 2's release time of midnight Eastern for the PC version was pushed back roughly an hour, but it's all good now. Clear out the day, grab a few friends and start thinning out the never-ending hordes of zombies in your mad-dash...

Your Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Pre-Launch Primer

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As expected, the buzz around Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hit a fever pitch today, just one day before the game's worldwide launch. So, just sit around and wait, then? Of course not. There's plenty to do if you can't stay still for "the biggest entertainment launch of all time." Why not start by reading a couple early Modern Warfare 2 reviews? Claiming that "embargoes collapse amid...

Activision Looks to Trademark "Drum Hero." "Bass Hero" Gets No Play, As...

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Will Activision's next "Hero" game focus on the plight of the drummer? It'd appear that way from a recent trademark filing for "Drum Hero" by the megapublisher. We can't yet say that Activision has trademarked Drum Hero, as an examining attorney isn't yet on the case. But Activision's looking for the name to affect toys, handheld games with LCD displays (read: iPhone, PSP and Nintendo DS),...

Braid's Big PSN Launch Imminent

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Playstation 3 owners who missed out on Braid when it launched for Xbox Live Arcade last year can rewind their streams of tears, as the game is coming to the Playstation Network a week from today. Hothead Games' Joel De Young announced that Braid will cost $15 on PSN when it launches on November 12. Looking at the trailer, I don't see much difference from the Xbox 360 version, which is also...

Modern Warfare 2 Snaps GameStop's Pre-order Record

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Don't think for a second that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 isn't going to sell just because of a couple controversies. Speaking to USA Today, GameStop's executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, Tony Bartel, said Modern Warfare 2 is currently the most pre-ordered game of all time for the retailer. Bartel didn't provide any figures, but he anticipated that Modern Warfare 2 will...

Rejoice: 3D Dot Game Heroes is Coming to America

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Though I don't hesitate to show disdain for games that shamelessly capitalize on our nostalgia, there's something alluring about 3D Dot Game Heroes, so I'm glad to hear that it's coming to North America. The SonyPlaystation Twitter account says the game, due out in Japan next month, is definitely being localized for the Playstation 3, but didn't provide any more details. On follow-up, Sony's...

Big Release Day: Forza 3 Motorsport, DJ Hero

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You may still be recovering from last week's release of Borderlands, and the one-two punch of Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend before that, but this week's got even more ways to spend your money with Forza 3 Motorsport and DJ Hero. Forza 3 is an Xbox 360 exclusive, preempting the Playstation 3's Gran Turismo 5 with a boatload of cars (405, to be exact) plus the ability to customize your machines...

Assassin's Creed 2 Cutscenes: Three Hours Long

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Grab some popcorn and buy some candy beforehand (they'll rip you off once you're inside!), and get ready for three hours of cutscenes in Assassin's Creed 2. That's not the official word from Ubisoft, but that's what the British Board of Film Classification determined after reviewing the game for a rating. "When submitted to the BBFC the linear elements within the work had a running time (eg...

Can't Find Borderlands? You're Not Alone

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A game that has supposedly been "sent to die" according to industry analyst Michael Pachter is actually doing quite well. So well, in fact, that supply for the first-person shooter and RPG hybrid is outstripping demand in some places. Gearbox's Steve Gibson confirmed to Joystiq that supply shortages are happening on the east coast, particularly with the Xbox 360 version of the game. Gibson...

Christian Left Behind Games Tested in Texas Wal-Marts

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Not all video games are The Devil, you know. The Left Behind: Eternal Forces series, which was released in 2006 and sold at select Wal-Marts around the country, will be released again alongside the Charlie Church Mouse educational game series, this time focusing on highly evangelical markets in the area of Houston and Dallas, Texas. The series focuses on Christians who were left on Earth after...

Brutal Legend Songs Metal Out On Rock Band

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Synergy! Next week, owners of Rock Band (distributed by Electronic Arts) will be able to purchase three tracks from the upcoming metal-inspired adventure Brutal Legend (published by EA). And if you buy Brutal Legend from Best Buy when it's released on Tuesday, you'll get those tracks for free. The tracks are "(We Are) The Road Crew ‘08" by Motörhead, "More Than Meets the Eye" by Testament...