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Dragon Age II Launch Day DLC Detailed; Free Upgrade To Signature Edition With Pre-Order

This Morning Hangover is a public service announcement: Read Adam Sessler's review of Dragon Age 2. It's an expansive look at a game that is sure to divide RPG fans into camps. Having played the first 15 or so hours of DA2, I love it... but I'm starting to notice the issues that Adam's review makes clear.

What about you guys? Have you played Dragon Age 2 yet? What do you think? I totally recomend the first 15 hours, by the way.

Pokemon Black and White Balling Up on March 6

Sunday was a magical day at the Zivalich household; it was the day Pokemon Black and Pokemon White were released. After many hours of debate my brother and I decided I would get Black and he would get White. I'll be reviewing the game for G4, you can expect the review soon. Until then, I want to know what you think: how is Pokemon Black/White so far?


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The PAX 10: Super Meat Boy

I spent the weekend playing two games: Super Meat Boy -- my continuing quest for completion of this hard-as-hell platformer is becoming a bit of an obsession -- and another game that I don't think I can talk about because it isn't out, but it involves Dragons. I offer no opinion about this game beyond pointing out that I blew off everything else in my life to play it.

What about you? What did you play this weekend?







Rift

RIFT comes out today. It's the second big MMO of the year, the first being DC Universe Online. Not only do I have my hands filled with both of those, but I also have a baby Moonkin in World of Warcraft to take care of. It's really hard juggling all these new MMOs, and with Star Wars: The Old Republic hitting sometime this year, and eventually Guild Wars 2, I'm just not sure how to divide all my time up between leveling, crafting, questing, pvping, among other random MMO-y things anymore.

What MMO has you sucked in right now?



Double Fine's New Downloadable Title Stacking Revealed

I'm addicted to Stacking. Double Fine's downloadable adventure game featuring Russian nesting dolls (!) is so charming and retro perfect, I can't stop playing it. Plus, the totally unique gameplay mechanic of hiding inside other characters and using their powers provides amazing puzzle possibilities. It's very hard to tell someone what it's about though.

So what impossible to describe game do you guys like? 

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Morning Hangover: Presidents Day

Today is Presidents Day, and you know what that means? No really, I don't know what it means exactly. How will you be celebrating the many Presidents America has had? I'll be celebrating in the most patriotic way possible: CoD: Black Ops Zombie Mode. Today I will be defending the nation with the help of two of America's presidents: Nixon and Kennedy. I'm not a historian but I think that's exactly what George Washington would have wanted.

Left 4 Dead 2 Mudman

Friday is finally here! Is it just me or did this week take especially long? Now that the weekend is only a few hours away it's time to start thinking about how you'll spend the it. Forget about hanging out with friends, going to parties, or whatever the kids do these days, you'll be spending this long President's day weekend playing video games. So I ask, Which games will you be playing this weekend?

As for me, I think I'll be playing You Don't Know Jack. Plus, all this zombie talk is putting me in a zombie-mood so Left 4 Dead 2 may be in my future too.



Morning Hangover: Marvel vs. Capcom Dream Team

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has finally been released on the Xbox 360 and PS3. There are over 30 characters included in the game on launch and you can have teams of three fighters. That's like over 9,000 team options. (I never was good at math.) Even more characters have been announced as DLC and there will be even more after that. My obvious question is: What is your ideal team?

I like to incorporate The Powerpuff Girls into every possible facet of my life so here's my team: Trish is Bubbles, X-23 is Buttercup and Phoenix is Blosson.

BioShock 2 Single-Player DLC Surfaces Next Month

Yesterday we found out why Gore Verbinski is no longer working on the BioShock movie adaptation. Basically, he couldn't get enough backing (money) for the movie he wanted to make. "We just didn't have any takers on an R-rated movie with that price-tag," he said.

Verbinski remains convinced the BioShock film will never get made unless the movie was made to meet a PG-13 rating. The Gore Verbinski version of BioShock could have a been a dark, graphic, and authentic video game based movie. The reason this movie won't be made is because the studios are afraid to put money behind something that won't appeal to the lowest common denominator. Is this the reason video game based movies are destined to fail, because movie execs don't have faith in making  video game movies authentic?

Thor, Okami's Amaterasu Confirmed For Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Today is Tuesday, and you know what that means? New game day! Some Tuesdays have more game releases than this particular Tuesday but that doesn't mean this week's games aren't going to be fun. The biggest title this week is Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Another hot title this week is Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation for the Nintendo DS. Other games that are out this week are Dance Paradise, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Will you be picking up a game this week or saving your money for something else? Books? Socks? Books about socks?

Dice 2011 Homepage Hero

This morning (and really, the rest of the week!) is all about DICE 2011! Everyone of the game shows we talk about has a different character. E3 is all about glitz and hype, where DICE is more the thinking man's game gathering -- it's for people who are serious about video games as an art form and a means of communications. Check out our DICE 2011 site to see what I mean.

Is that you? Are you a "serious" gamer?

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Super Bowl 2011: The Ultimate Video Game Game Football Team

I was mildly happy that the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl yesterday --they are the People's Team -- but I was also struck by what a great game it was. Two evenly matched teams with different styles slugging it out on the field, battling it out like exhausted boxers by the end of the game. It reminded me a little of high end Super Street Fighter.

Then I got sad, because I realized that the end of the game marked the furthest possible point from more football, so I put on headphones and watched Victor Sjostrom 1921's dark, romantic and very Swedish ghost story The Phantom Carriage and wept for the sadness of Life. That's how I roll.







Morning Hangover: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Wow. It’s Friday already? This week just flew by didn’t it?...What am I saying? This week has been at least 12 days long, am I right? Whatever. The end is in sight, and that means off-the-clock gaming is in sight as well, and that’s cause for some serious celebrating.  So as we keep our collective eyes glued to the nearest clock for the next few hours, why not let our minds drift a bit to visions of the games that will be helping us pass the time this weekend (assuming you aren’t going to be in a Super Bowl-drench stupor for the next three days, that is).

I’m kind of obsessed with Crysis 2 at the moment, so the multiplayer beta will definitely have my full attention this weekend. I also want to get started on Dead Space 2, but that might have to wait a bit. We’ll see. What about you?

NGP

Between the iPhone, iPad, Nintendo 3DS, and Sony’s PlayStation NGP (assuming it launches worldwide this holiday and not just in Japan), 2011 is shaping up to be one hell of a year for portable gaming. The big hitters are obviously the 3DS and NGP, and while no one really knows how either one will perform at this point, both handhelds have a lot going for them. The glasses-less 3D effect of the 3DS is stunning, and the NGP packs some serious graphical power and slick design features, and both will surely have a stellar catalogue of titles.

The point is, all of this is making it increasingly difficult for me to decide which one, if not both, of these devices might end up winning me over to the point of a purchase in the coming months, especially since I can’t imagine a world in which I would carry around an iPhone, a 3DS, and a NGP. Something has to give.

How are you reconciling this inevitable rift in the next-gen handheld market? Are you sticking with your preferred brand (Nintendo vs. Sony), or do you think you’ll be branching out this time around in favor of a particular feature or function?



Resistance 3 Gameplay Trailer, Screens Reveal Chimera Brawler

Insomniac Games released a bunch of new screens and a crazy gameplay trailer for Resistance 3 yesterday, and while I was definitely excited about the game before, it has become one of my most anticipated games of the year. Funny thing is, I haven’t played either of the previous games. I totally missed them when they came out, and I just never got around to playing them. I’ll probably through in Resistance 2 a little bit before the third one comes out, just to familiarize myself with the universe and all of that, but is that selling myself short? For those of us who haven't played either of the first two games, should we try to finish at least Resistance 2 before picking up R3, or is this a series that you can just jump right into without issue?

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