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Dead Space 2

I finally got around to playing a little bit of Dead Space 2, and, like the original game, the thing that stands out the most for me is the sound design. The silky smooth action-horror  gameplay is great and all, but the level of detail in the sound mixing and effects is just absurd. Strangely enough, I happened to play a few minutes of Limbo before Dead Space 2, and playing these two games back to back was like taking a class in sound appreciation. In keeping with this theme, what games come to mind when you think of great sound?

'BioShock 2' First Impressions

Last week the G4 staff banded together to talk about our feelings. Well, not so much our feelings as much as the moments in games that made us scared. Everyone has their personal fears, some people don't like silence in games, while some don't like video game bears. Personally, I don't like quiet rooms with faint voices in the distance like in BioShock, nor do I like timed missions. I can't handle the pressure I guess. What was your scariest video game moment?

Meet the NGP: Tech, Specs and More
 
Sony recently revealed its Next Generation Portable handheld device, or as they call it "NGP." Some of the staff at G4, myself included, didn't think the $250 price for a 3DS was a reasonable price for a handheld. With the amount of technology Sony's NGP has, it must cost more. I'm still not sure I'm willing to pay so much for a handheld. What would you pay for Sony's next portable console?

More Uncharted 3 Details, Screenshots Released

Recently on X-Play Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb discussed their excitement for the upcoming Uncharted 3 Drake's Fortune. In their back-and-forth they mentioned how sometimes we can excuse a game's mechanics if the story is good enough. Luckily none of the Uncharted games would apply to this notion. But that did get me thinking, have you ever played a game that had such an immersive story you forgave its other flaws?

 
Video game demos give you an idea of what a game will be like before you invest $60. But sometimes a demo doesn't accurately reflect the quality of a game. Usually just one level is chosen for the demo which is a fraction of the finished product. Both Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm's demos were released yesterday offering gamers a taste of these games. I have a few questions for you. First, do you like demos? And second if you played either of these demos, has it determined whether or not you're going to buy the game?
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Dead Space 2

Last week we told you about some of the horror games we were looking forward to this year. 2011 will offer several different kinds of horror games, many of which might not fit the typical horror game mold. Dead Space 2 combines classic horror with sci-fi shooter elements. Another game on the list was Catherine, a Japanese thriller complete with crazy ex-girlfriends and talking sheep. I get scared simply typing that. Then there are games like Mortal Kombat that are violent and gory but typically aren't considered horror. With so many types of horror games is there a specific quality you're looking for? What scares you the most, killer aliens in space, a dreamworld where if you die you never wake up, or gruesome violence? 





Mortal Kombat Hands-On Preview

Within the first few months of 2011 we'll be given the gift of multiple fighting game options. Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds will be out on February 15. Super Street Fighter IV 3D for the 3DS will most likely be out on March 27 and Mortal Kombat will launch on April 19th. For the offensively rich that's a new game every month but for the fiscally challenged like myself only one game will make its way to my shelf. I love all of these franchises and yet I have to choose. Help me out, which game will you be buying and why? 




LittleBigPlanet 2

For a short week, the past four days have been brutal, haven’t they? Maybe that’s just the toll a person takes working next to Stephen “Whatcha’ doin’?” Johnson day in and day out. Who can say? But that’s all behind us now and the weekend beckons. I’m going to be traveling back to South Florida for a wedding this weekend, so my gaming will be relegated to finishing up Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (which is fantastic, by the way), but what are your gaming plans? PlayStation 3 owners have two great new titles to check out in Mass Effect 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2. Anyone playing either of them? Or something else entirely?

Nintendo Reveals 3DS First Look Titles

We now have the official release date and pricing info for the Nintendo 3DS. Nothing about the announcements were terribly surprising, except some have voiced concern over the $250 price tag. I can’t say I disagree with the complaints, but I also think it’s too soon to say if the 3DS isn’t worth it. The glasses-less 3D tech is undoubtedly remarkable, and the system has a solid launch lineup, so what could go wrong?

Do you think the 3DS will be an instant hit, or will it be more of a slow burn given that 3D still isn’t a widely accepted/welcomed gaming option yet (and is entirely new to the handheld space)?


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Producer Reveals Details About Gears Of War Movie

The final release details for Epic Games’ Gears of War Triple Pack collection came out yesterday, and it brought up a topic that we’ve seen pop up a lot recently, and that’s the idea of “catch up” collections, as I like to call them. Collections like Grand Theft Auto IV: Complete Edition, the Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, and this new Gears pack give gamers who missed out on games the first or second time around all of the content released for the games for a fraction of the price. On the other hand, you are paying a rather significant price for these savings: being years behind the gaming curve. Of course, if that doesn’t matter to you, it’s win-win. However, for a lot of gamers, this is simply not an option.

So what do you think about these kinds of “catch up” collections? Are you the kind of gamer that doesn’t mind waiting around to save some cash? Who do you think these collections are geared towards? Anyone out there who doesn’t own any either Gears of War game who plans to pick up this collection?


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Super Meat Boy

It's Tuesday after a long weekend, and I don't know about you, but I played a lot of video games over the last three days. Mostly Super Meat Boy... curse you, Super Meat Boy and your amazing difficulty curve! I also saw The Black Swan, which was amazing.

What about you? What did you play?

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Fallout: New Vegas Preorder Bonus Packs Detailed

Today is Martin Luther King Day, so we should take some time to remember that great man... and, when done contemplating the legacy of the nation's greatest Civil Rights Leader, perhaps you will have some extra time to play some games? I'm going to finish off New Vegas, myself.

Since today is a bit of celebration of Freedom, feel free to talk about whatever you like in our comment section!

Assassin's Creed 2 Rope

It's time for the weekend, people, and while there's still a full work/school day ahead of us, that is not stopping me from planning what I'm going to play this weekend. I've decided I'm going to finish off a bunch of games I never completed. I have a terrible habit of stopping about 3/4 through a title. So I'll be playing: Assassin's Creed 2, Dead Space and Dead Rising 2.

What about you?

OnLive Getting Wi-Fi Support, Half-Off Labor Day Sale

So last night I brought OnLive, the cloud-computing mini-console that allows you to play streamed PC games from your TV, home from work to test out. It's tiny, slick and easy to set up. The only problem with it is, for me, it doesn't work. Like at all. Turns out my internet is too slow to run OnLive.

I'm not a dial-up hold-out, either. I have a fiber optic internet from AT&T, and I pay for the second-tier in service. That means I run at roughly 3 Mbps. This is fast enough to stream movies in high-def from Netflix, as well as download anything I'd like at as fast a clip as I need. But it's not fast enough for OnLive. The gaming mini-console requires at least 3 Mbps to work, and based on the speed test I ran, my internet is at about 2.88 Mbps. So no cloud gaming for me. Very sad.

How fast is your internet?

Morning Hangover: Trust Me I'm A Medic
 
Being able to heal yourself or your teammates in a video game is vital. In MMOs they are priests, in first-person shooters they are medics. Then there is the most important medic of all, the Team Fortress 2 medic. Everyone knows a good doctor carries a giant healing-gun. I usually chose the medic or medic-equivalent in games. Even in shooters like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 I'll play as the medic. I just wanted to give a shout out to one of the best classes out there. Anyone else play as a medic?
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