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Mass Effect 3

A 13-minute video of Mass Effect 3 gameplay leaked due to "human error" on Microsoft's end this past Friday. According to BioWare, ME3 content that was meant for internal beta testing was flagged incorrectly and sent to people who signed up for the beta of the Xbox Live dashboard update. While the leaked code was in a rough, unfinished state, a new story feature was one of the things that particularly caught our attention.

It's not up anymore, but the video showed various areas and characters in the game, including Commander Shepard and Captain Anderson during the Reaper invasion on Earth and another part featuring Shepard, Liara, and Garrus escorting the quirky Mordin and a Krogan.

"One feature that was present in this early build is a set of game play modes that are in development. In the beta code they are referred to as “action mode”, “story mode” and “RPG mode," said BioWare's Jesse Houston on the Mass Effect 3 forums.

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Kinect Sports Season 2

The original Kinect Sports was one of the early Kinect titles, and was one of those perfect party games. So the prospect of a sequel had me pretty excited - any chance to make my friends look like fools is a good time in my book. Now that the game is out, it's time to find out if it's going to be making appearances at my get togethers with our review.

"Most of the games can be completed rather quickly, with the obvious exception of Golf. Sadly, that also means you’ll probably do everything in an hour or two. The mini games this time around are fun and offer new challenges, but are, at the moment, limited to just one per sport. I hope that DLC with more mini games will be out soon as the ones out with the release are enjoyable, but lose a little of their luster after playing them a couple of times. The party mode didn’t seem to have an end, like all good parties, but you just play the games while being represented by a mascot on either the red team or the blue team, and then when you get bored, it’s over. The game keeps track of who wins what, but that’s about it. Again, another nice feature for families, but perhaps not quite the competitiveness that other gamers might expect."

Find out the final score in our full review of Kinect Sports Season 2.

Playstation Move vs Microsoft Kinect: The Future of Motion Control

The concept of motion control has been embedded in every gamer’s mind since the first person jerked an NES controller in a desperate bid to keep Mario out of a pit. From there, various companies tried (and failed) to create a viable motion controlled game/system. It wasn’t until Nintendo released the Wii in 2006 that the industry finally realized there was a juicy new opportunity still ripening on the vine.

Only years old, the Wii’s influence has reshaped the face of the industry. What some see as a bubble—a fad at best—still resonates through the daily workings of video games. New motion controlled games promising to push the limits of the medium are announced with regularity. But just how far can it stretch? Will people continue to patronize games that make them get off their couch and dance around or will these games remain party favors?

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Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary PAX Prime 2011 Panel Recap

People have been wondering exactly how Kinect would fit into Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary ever since support for Microsoft's peripheral was first announced. 343 Industries finally unveiled the details at New York Comic Con over the weekend, confirming that the focus of the Kinect support is on voice commands.

As far as how it impacts play goes, shouting things like "Reload" or "Grenade" at your Kinect will make Master Chief perform the appropriate in-game action. There's also an Analyze command -- a Kinect-only feature, Joystiq reports -- that allows you to scan enemies you encounter into an in-game database containing stats and an interactive 3D model for each thing you analyze.

The features were announced at the weekend Halo panel at NYCC in a video. Here are all the Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary details.

Source: Joystiq

Kinect Underground: The Secret World of Microsoft's Motion Controller

I realize high-finance isn't on the minds of most of our readers, but would using Kinect gestures make you take more interest in your fiscal health? Me neither! But that's not stopping Lithuanian tech company Etronika from showing off a device that combines Microsoft's motion and voice sensing technology with your bank account.

According to PC World:

The interface has two rows of icons that spin as if on a carousel. Waving an arm to the left rotates the top row, and waving to the right rotates the bottom row. Users select an icon by bringing their hands together in front of them.

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With Kinect Disneyland Adventures, the team at Frontier Developments (Kinectimals) is hoping to evoke and reignite in players, young and old alike, that indescribably magical feeling of visiting a Disney theme park as a kid. Things like strolling through Main Street U.S.A., grabbing a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream cone from a cart vendor, and waiting in line for hours at a time to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, or the Haunted Mansion for the sixth or seventh time. It’s precisely these memories and the feeling those memories (sans the heat, annoying crowds, and ticket prices) elicit that Kinect Disney Adventures is using as its foundation, and what a strong foundation it is.

Below you’ll find some exclusive gameplay of a few of the game’s (and the park’s) most famous attractions. Sadly, there is no Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride included in the game, but I’m still crossing my fingers it will be added via DLC in the near future. For now, please enjoy some epic Disney action. And be sure to check back later in the week for our in-depth hands-on impressions.

Main Street, U.S.A. - The nervous system of Disneyland. The iconic structures, music, and signage are the first thing you see when you enter the park and the last thing you see as you leave. So that's why I can/do still picture them when I go to sleep every night.

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Hit the jump to see Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, and more!

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Kinect Underground: The Secret World of Microsoft's Motion Controller

You need only look at hardcore gamers’ reaction to Microsoft’s E3 press conference a few months back to see that the Kinect platform is not impressing its earliest adopters. This is not to say that the platform doesn’t have its strengths – Dance Central is still one of the best full-price party games of the last decade (with Dance Central 2 eagerly anticipated), Child of Eden rocked reviewers’ socks last summer, The Gunstringer impressed fans of Westerns and marionettes alike, and interesting downloadable games like Fruit Ninja Kinect and Leedmees are proving novel (and fun!) uses of the interface.

However, the coolest – and the most innovative – Kinect applications aren’t coming in boxes. Nor are they quirky downloadable titles on XBLA. In fact, the most cutting edge Kinect stuff isn’t for sale at all – it’s being tinkered with in labs and basements and garages, from MIT to big academic medical centers to programmer’s bedrooms and everything in between. You may not be reading about it as much in the mainstream gaming press, but Kinect is the coolest, most experimental platform out there right now.

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It's been about a year since Microsoft and Sony joined in the Motion-Control Gaming arena. X-Play's Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb discuss whether or not it's actually paying off for anyone. Check it out what they think in the video below.

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Watch as X-Play's Blair Herter takes a look at the first M-rated Kinect game, Rise of Nightmares. One of the most common complaints about Kinect games is they are juvenile and geared towards children or families. Does the first mature game for Kinect answer our prayers? You can read our Rise of Nightmares review too.

 

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The Gunstringer Video Review »


The Gunstringer is the latest effort from the hilarious Twisted Pixel studios. The Kinect game has you puppeteering an undead marionette cowboy on a charming and controller-free quest.

"The core gameplay is lightning fast, crazy fun, and super accessible, but it’s the personality-packed presentation that steals this show by a country mile. Controlling a marionette cowboy who looks like a Day of The Dead (the Mexican holiday, not the zombie flick) decoration, players embark on a seemingly typical tale of revenge and redemption in the old west. What separates the Gunstringer from Clint Eastwood movies, aside from the fact the protagonist’s a six-shooting puppet, however, is its sharp humor and one-of-a-kind style."

Giddy-up on over to read the rest of our The Gunstringer review now, cowboy!

 

 

Grasshopper Manufacture announced Codename D, it's first Kinect game, last year at Tokyo Game Show. More details have now been colored in, starting with a title -- Diabolical Pitch -- and a rough breakdown of what to expect from the game. Oh... there's also some video. You don't want to see that though, do you?

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The Gunstringer was released this week but we wanted to take the time to chat with Jay Stuckwisch from Twisted Pixel one last time about the hilarious and ambitious Kinect title. In The Gunstringer, you take the role of a puppeteer and lead around your undead marionette cowboy through the wild west.

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The Gunstringer is available now exclusively for the Xbox 360 with Kinect.

Resistance 3 Gameplay Trailer, Screens Reveal Chimera Brawler

CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy knocks 50% off select games with the purchase of Resistance 3. A $50 gift card is included with the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect console. Buy Dead Island, get a free Zombieland DVD or Blu-ray.

Kmart offers Deus Ex: Human Revolution for $44.99, and includes $20 gaming coupons with Resistance 3 and Dead Island, and $15 coupons with Driver: San Francisco and Warhammer 40K: Space Marine.

Target includes a $20 gift card with the purchase of 2 select $59.99 titles, including: Resistance 3, Dead Island, Driver San Francisco, Madden NFL 12, NCAA 12, and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Toys R Us promotes a buy 1, get 1 50% on all games $19.99 and under as well as a buy 1, get 1 50% off on select games, including: Deus Ex, Driver, F3AR, Mortal Kombat and more. On Tuesday only, get a $15 gift card with the purchase of Dead Island, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, and Resistance 3. Get a $50 gift card with the purchase of a Xbox 250GB Kinect console and a $25 gift card with the Kinect Sensor. Lastly, buy 1 select Kinect game (Child of Eden, Dance Central Kinect Sports, and others), get a 2nd for $10.

Amazon matches the Deus Ex $45 deal.>
Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

Best of the Rest:

Deus Ex (360/PS3) $34.99 9/11-9/17 at Toys R Us
Back to School Gaming Sale at Amazon
House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut $29.99 Pre-order at Amazon

Follow Cheap Ass Gamer on Twitter at videogamedeals and ukgamedeals.

Twister Coming To Xbox 360 Kinect In November, Compliments Of Majesco

I know what you're thinking. Why is Majesco bringing a Kinect-powered Twister to Xbox 360 when it already exists in video game form as part of Hasbro Family Game Night 3?

Okay, you're probably not thinking that. Maybe you didn't even know Twister was in the Hasbro collection? It isn't... not really-- the Twister there is more of a DDR knock-off. Majesco has the license to Hasbro's limb-twisting game now, according to Reuters, and will be bringing the game to your Xbox 360 this November.

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Kinect Star Wars and Star Wars Xbox 360 Bundle Delayed: The Force Isn't Strong With This Holiday Season

Unfortunately, Microsoft has announced that Kinect Star Wars and the absolutely amazing R2D2 inspired Star Wars Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle have both been delayed until next year. Both the game and the bundle were slated for a holiday 2011 release, but according to a Microsoft spokesperson, "Microsoft and LucasArts have elected to move the launch of Kinect Star Wars beyond holiday 2011 to ensure the full potential of this title is realized."

It's always frustrating when games are delayed, but I think it's generally a good thing when developers have more time to fine tune and polish their products. However, I'm sure many nerds and baby nerds are going to be sad that they'll have to go without an R2D2 Xbox 360 this holiday season. I'm very happy with my regular old fat Xbox 360, but I have to admit that I love the R2D2 redesign on the new version. As for the Kinect Star Wars, well, the force isn't exactly with me so I'm not too concerned. Dana Vinson, on the other hand, is very upset about the delay. Read Dana's Kinect Star Wars E3 2011 preview to learn more about the title.

 SourcE: OXM

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