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Hulu Plus makes it way to the Nintendo 3DS

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It comes as no surprised that if a device has any form of connectivity to it, it doesn't take very long after that for consumers to want their connections to all of their favorite streaming programs.  Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo 3DS is now going to have the capability of adding Hulu Plus to devices everywhere.  While this will require the 3DS to be connected to a good, reliable connection, this is exciting news for those with children who may not want to dive into a game and need entertainment.  Options will certainly be available for kids' programming on Hulu Plus.

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Now Playing: Pokemon X and Y Sonic Lost World

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Telltale enters a golden age with The Wolf Among Us ep. 1 raking in universal praise (and with The Walking Dead season 2 news on the horizon). Tom Bitterman wants you to name your next child "Europa Universalis." And yeah sorry, folks that lost GTA Online character data: that data is gone for good. But as an apology, Rockstar made you half a million dollars richer for it. Make it rain!

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther

I have two reviews on the horizon, one for FORCED for the PC and the other for Pokemon X and Y. I played the demo for FORCED and it looks promising. As for Pokemon X and Y, I can definitely say it's sparked my interest in Pokemon again, especially with how experience works among Pokemon who participated in battle. It makes leveling a lot less grindy.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2

I picked up Pokemon Y, so that will get a good amount of my attention this weekend.

Sean Colleli | staff writer

Still cracking away at Sonic Lost World for my review. Stay tuned for what I think. Otherwise, not playing much. I tend to commit a lot of time to a specific game when I'm reviewing it.

Travis Huinker | staff writer | Twitter @travishuinker

I'll be taking a brief break from gaming this week as I switched over to the final version of Windows 8.1 on Thursday. After that, I have a list of some spooky-Halloween games to play including Dead Island: Riptide and Costume Quest. And of course, continue going on epic hunts with John in theHunter (review incoming).

Charles Husemann | editor in chief | Twitter @chusemann

All of the Mechs from Project Phoenix (http://mwomercs.com/phoenix) are available for MechWarrior Online this week, which means I've got 12 new mechs to play with (don't judge me). I'm still debating which class of Mech I'm going to crank on first, but I'm leaning towards either the ultra-light Locust or the monstrous BattleMaster.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista

I blew by Thursday's deadline, so I'm tapping away at Goodbye Deponia's final review as we speak. For a point-and-click adventure, its pacing whipcracks right along. Just need to put on my juvenile glasses when relating to the sense of humor. EVE Online, meanwhile, has me 30-some-odd jumps from my home system as I trek through the storyline, flying through rogue drone hives 10 kilometers across, and managing hostage situations with questionable levels of success.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords

I'm back in the Borderlands game thanks to the Loot Hunt Challenge going on in Borderlands 2. Then I've got Valhalla Knights 3 on the Vita, Pokemon X on the 3DS, and Grand Theft Auto V fighting for my attention, with Remember Me bringing up there rear. And then there's that pesky MMO, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, where my character is at the tail end of the story, but nearly a million experience points from reaching the current level cap.

Sam Stewart | staff writer

As for what I'm playing this weekend, probably a lot of Pokemon Y and hopefully some Dota 2 if I get the chance. (Oh yeah, and Atomic Ninjas, don't worry I'm on it!)

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan

With the end of the beta period for Battlefield 4, I'm going to look at starting Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I completely forgot I even got the game and it was pretty impressive looking when I saw it at E3. I also will be doing some runs with a few friends in Diablo III and probably going on a few more hunts with Travis Huinker in theHunter.


Special Edition Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS XL Announced for UK

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For Zelda fans in the UK the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds just got a little sweeter. Nintendo announced today that an all new Zelda themed 3DS XL will launch alongside the game in Europe. 

The new 3DS XL is gold on the top, black on the bottom, and emblazoned with a Triforce on both halves. It also comes with a digital copy of A Link Between Worlds bundled in. A Link Between Worlds launches in both North America and the UK on November 22nd, but as of right now the 3DS Bundle is a European exclusive. 

A Link Between Worlds is without a doubt one of my most highly anticipated games of this year, and although I already have a Blue 3DS XL I would be willing to shell out some extra cash to get my hands on one of these beautiful Zelda consoles. Lets hope that this bundle finds its way stateside, and quick!

 

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Amazing Spider Man 2 game is on the way

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I thought Beenox did a really good job on the first Amazing Spider Man tie-in game, so I'm pretty happy to hear they are developing the sequel. The Amazing Spider Man 2 will be released next spring and curiously, it sounds like it might be following its own separate story, slightly different than next summer's movie. The first game had a few villains that are showing up in the sequel so this might make sense from a continuity perspective. Who knows, the game might be better than the movie!

 

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Pokemon X and Y sell 4 million units in the first two days

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This past weekend Pokemon X and Y became the first set of games in the history of the franchise to launch simultaneously worldwide.  I think this marked one of the only times I can recall that a video game launched on a Saturday, at least in recent times, but I digress.  Anyway, Nintendo has recently announced that the two games combined sold more than four million units across Japan, Europe, and The Americas on the first two days of release.

When looking at the data for past releases in the franchise, even though this is the first time in the franchise history of a world-wide simultaneous release, at the rate their going X and Y could surpass the other games in the franchise.  Since 2002 five sets of Pokemon titles have combined to exceed 10 million units sold to date worldwide, three of those surpassing 15 million units.  At the rate X and Y are going, there's a good chance that they will not only be joining that list, but surpassing most of those titles outright.  They still have a ways to go to surpass the most-selling set, Diamond and Pearl.

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Now Playing: Rune Factory 4 F1 2013

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Terraria 1.2 update, Battlefield 4 beta, and Grand Theft Auto Online, oh my! I was 99% sure the government shutdown would prevent all those things from happening. Thank goodness for that other 1%. And be sure to get your hands on a new Razer Naga if you want a new gaming mouse with more thumb buttons than you've got fingers.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Last weekend I finally fired up The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, you know, the game that actually came with my Wii U that I've been putting off due to other reviews and Nintendo Land? Yeah, I figured I'd finally start that up -- and now I'm hooked. I never completed the game for the Game Cube so I'm looking to finally finish this one in the coming months, so that'll take up a bit of my time this weekend as well.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I'll be wrapping up Shadow Warrior for my review, which so far has been hours of shameless fun. I'll also be getting into Darkout, which looks like Terraria mixed with Metroid so I'm looking forward to that.

Dave Gamble | staff writer | Twitter @sirhogarth
It's my child's turn for GTA V this weekend (shared custody is a nightmare!) so it's going to be all F1 2013, all the time.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
There's always something about stepping into a new ship that rekindles my dirty on-again off-again tryst with EVE Online. I've graduated from frigates to destroyers, and now I'm moving on up to cruisers. NPC pirates are baffled as they throw themselves against my 220mm autocannons and heavy assault missiles, but I'm having more fun just sliding through solar systems, taking spaceship-selfies wherever I go.

Jeff Kintner | staff writer
I got to play a little bit of Windwaker HD today, which, coincidentally, was also my first time ever laying hands on a Wii U. It looks good and plays really well.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
I'm going to try GTA Online sometime this weekend, bugs preventing me from playing the first mission be damned! And I've got Rune Factory 4 and Star Wars Pinball on 3DS to keep me busy while I craft endless amounts of basic mats in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

2K releases a gameplay trailer for WWE 2K14

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WWE 2K14 comes out on the 29th of this month and today 2K released an official gameplay trailer for the game and It has got me pretty hyped.

We got to see almost the entire roster in action and got to see tons of the new catching finishers where you launch the opponent sky high and then deliver your finisher on the way down. The two things that excited me were finally seeing The Shield in action and part of the Primetime Players entrance. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

What had to be the highlight of the trailer for me was Kofi Kingston jumping off a ladder, delivering a double foot stomp to Zack Ryder through a table. Cue Joey Styles... OH MY GOD! 

Rap Genius decides who wins these classic video game rivalries

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Rap music is pop culture. And, for better or worse, rappers tend to have their fingers on the pulse of pop culture at the same time. It's a vicious/benign cycle, depending on your take.

Rap Genius is a site dedicated to the annotation and interpretation of rap lyrics. It runs on user-generated content, operating on a format not completely unlike Wikipedia. Rap Genius just recently added Rap Stats, a tool that plots words appearing in rap songs from 1988 through the present day.

So we took a look at our favorite pastime -- video games, duh -- to see who's "winning," via how frequently rap artists mention them. You can do your own searches over at rapgenius.com/rapstats. Don't feel limited by the subject matter either. Well, to a certain extent. I found absolutely zero references to "volume conversion constants," "Ruth Bader Ginsburg," or the "floor is lava!" So, temper your research, armed with that knowledge.
 
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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter finishes with over $4 million in pledges

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Um...wow.  Pardon my french for a moment, but this has been one hell of a Kickstarter.  After the dust has cleared, those who backed Mighty No. 9 have pledged over $4 million counting the pledges on Paypal.  As such, the final two stretch goals are unlocked, which were the retro-style chiptune soundtrack and online battle race mode that I mentioned earlier today.  That's just incredible and I for one am really looking forward to this game once it's released.  It'll be a long wait, but hopefully it'll be well worth it.

Nintendo Direct 10.01

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This morning's Nintendo Direct video announced a slew of new games, features and updates for the Wii U and 3DS. You can watch the video in it's entirety here, but if you don't have half an hour to spare for Satoru & pals, here's the important parts:

Wii U News:
  • The more I see of Super Mario 3D World, the more I think it looks like Super Mario Bros. 2 on HD steroids, and I love it. We saw some gameplay footage that showed some more of the cat suit that was revealed at E3, as well as a cherry power up that duplicates your character. So you'll be able to have multiple Marios, Luigis, Peaches and Toads running around all at the same time. Super Mario 3D World is set to release on Nov. 22nd, until then you can check out the official site.
  • Sonic has been officially confirmed as a playable character in the newest Super Smash Bros. coming to Wii U and 3DS.
  • Speaking of Sonic, Maro & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will launch exclusively for the Wii U on Nov. 15. Not only will you be able to play against your friends, but you'll be able to play against anyone around the world and win medals for your country in Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, Speed Skating and Bobsleigh/Snowboarding. The game will be available as a standalone game for $49.99, or bundled with a blue Wii Remote Plus controller at an MSRP of $59.99. 
  • New Wii Remote Plus designs featuring Mario and Luigi themes will be available on Nov. 1st for $39.99 each.
  • Pikmen 3 is getting a free software update that includes a new Mission mode stage and updated global rankings. It was also announced that new Mission mode stages will become available as paid DLC, the first set is available today for $1.99. To learn more about the free update and DLC Mission, check out the Pikmen 3 website.
  • New minigames were announced for Wii Party U, like a water-scooping game. Also, a plastic stand that lets you set your Wii U GamePad horizontally to make it easier to play Tabletop Baseball and Foosball. Yay?
Third Party Releases:
  • Just Dance 2014 includes over 40 new tracks from artists like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and One Direction. Also, for the first time, there will be a competitive online mode, a 'Stage Mode' where you take the spotlight and your friends dance around you, and a Custom Just Sweat mode that lets you create your own setlist and counts your calories. Just Dance 2014 will be available on Oct. 8.
  • Skylanders SWAP Force will be available Oct. 13 for Wii U, Wii and 3DS, see Sean's coverage on SWAP Force here.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate releases for the 3DS as a companion game to Batman Arkham Origins on Oct. 25th, the same day Arkham Origins is released.
  • Sonic Lost World will be released for Wii U and 3DS on Oct. 29th, with lots of cross-platform goodies that are vaguely reminiscent of the Tingle Tuner from the original Wind Waker.
  • Assasin's Creed IV Black Flag will be available on Oct. 29th.
  • The release date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been pushed back to Feb. 2014.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes-Universe in Peril will be available for the Wii U and 3DS (respectively) on Oct. 22. We've got some more info and few screenshots for it here.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Duel Destinies will be released Oct. 24th, but you can get a free demo version in the Nintendo eShop today.
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is available starting today- Russell's been really excited about this one, so be on the look out for his review. In case you didn't know, this also includes a 'Classic Mode' that is a remastered version of the original game. There will also be an Unseen, Unheard and Untold bundle that includes music, art and character concepts for the series.
3DS News:
  • A new side-scrolling Kirby game has been announced for the 3DS, but no name has been given.
  • Nintendo has decided to break the conventions for Zelda games by making The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds have a more open feel to it. Instead of featuring linear progression that involves finding new items in every dungeon, a lagomorphic new character named Ravio will rent and sell you key items, allowing you to explore the game and conquer dungeons in any order you want. A Link Between Worlds is set to launch on Nov. 22nd at a MSRP of $39.99.
  • A new trailer for Square Enix's Bravely Default was released, check it out here. The 3DS exclusive RPG is set to launch in the first quarter of 2014.
  • To celebrate the release of Windwaker HD, a new shirt is available in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. To get it, you'll need to use the Able Sisters' sewing machine and scan the QR code shown in the Nintendo Direct Video at 20:46.
  • StreetPass fans, rejoice! Nintendo Zone locations will now give you the information for the previous six streetpasses collected, instead of just the last one. Plus, there will be exclusive content for 3DS owners at Nintendo Zone locations. On Oct. 14th, a Fedora Chair will be available for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a Sushi Platter will be available starting Oct. 15th. Additional content for Mario Kart 7Kid Icarus: UprisingSuper Mario 3D Land, and Gold Pants for you Mii will become available later this year.
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Mighty No. 9 goes portable, two new stretch goals added

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Yeah, there's been a bit of Mighty No. 9 recently, but that's because they keep adding things in the final hours.  This time around they've added two more stretch goals...in the last day.  I guess they're hoping for that one final push as we near the final hours.  Anyway, the two new goals are an optional in-game retro-style chiptune soundtrack and FX at $3.8 million and an online battle race mode at $4 million.  The former will be an in-game option you can turn on and off while the latter will let two players race each other through a level in the game.  You'll see the "ghost" of your rival but you can't touch them...but you can hinder their run by defeating enemies and sending them to your opponent's side.

Also, the next stretch goal has been reached, meaning Beck and Call are going portable.  Granted the main Kickstarter page doesn't reflect this as I forgot that in determining what stretch goals are hit they also include Paypal donations, and those aren't reflected right away on the Kickstarter page.  However, it is official that Mighty No. 9 will be hitting the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.  More info can be found in the latest update for the Kickstarter.

Activision kicks off Skylanders Swaptober tomorrow

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Activision is pretty excited about the launch of Skylanders Swap Force later this month, and considering the previous games have netted them over $1.5 billion in profits I can understand why. To celebrate Swap Force's release, they're turning October into Swaptober. This media event will include daily giveaways of Swap Force starter packs, demos at Toys R Us, and a Swaptoberfest celebration where Activision will turn Time Square into a veritable Skylanders Mecca on October 10th. This all sounds pretty exciting, but I hope the Vicarious Visions people don't have to attend--they all must be exhausted after working hard to finish the game and they deserve some time off. Hit the break for full contest and event details. [READ MORE]

Three recent Castlevania games are getting physical and digital soundtrack releases

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If you've played any of the Castlevania games over the past 27 years, one of the best things about the games are their soundtracks.  Heck, I actually took the time a while back to hunt down the soundtracks for the three NES games.  However, Konami has recently announced a partnership with Sumthing Else Music to bring official soundtracks to three recent Castlevania games in both digital and physical forms.

Both Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate will be getting soundtracks on October 29th, and Lords of Shadow 2 will get its soundtrack sometime in the first quarter of 2014.  In addition, the Lords of Shadow soundtrack will have two versions: an "Ultimate Edition" as well as an "Extended Cut" that has twenty unreleased tracks.  These albums will be available in North American and European retail outlets as well as through iTunes, Amazon MP3, and other digital music sites.

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Skylanders debuts trailers and tv spots for Swap Force

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The merchandising juggernaut of Skylanders Swap Force is nearly upon us, and Vicarious Visions has a few new trailers and commercials to go with it. There isn't a lot of gameplay in these but they're really more like humorous trailers and TV spots to get the kids excited. To be honest ads like this just make me cringe anymore but if I were 10 I'd probably be bouncing off the walls with excitement.
 

 

 
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Amazon Video Game Gold Box Event Tuesday, 9/24

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If you are like me, and are always looking for a deal on video games or accessories, Amazon has a one-day deal you may want to take in.  On Tuesday, September 24th, Amazon’s daily Gold Box event will be solely dedicated to Video Games.  It includes the Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals and The premise is simple, every couple of hours, there is a with everything kicking off at 3:00 a.m. EST.   I have purchased many games and accessories through these events over the years, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.  Just go to the Amazon homepage and click on “Today’s Deals” on the top of the screen.

Phoenix Wright returns to the courtroom this October!

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This news really excites me as a fan of the Ace Attorney series.  Phoenix himself will return to the courtroom on the Nintendo 3DS this October 24.  Phoenix will show up in 3D for the first time in a brand new title with all new cases to take on.  Investigate, discover, and defend yet again, and this time, Apollo Justice will make an appearance with Phoenix in the same title!  The title will be available on the Nintendo E-Shop at the cost of $29.99 / €24.99 respectively in the United States and European Union. [READ MORE]

Etrian Odyssey Untold demo hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop

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In a couple weeks my upcoming review of Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl should be hitting the site as the October 1st launch date draws closer.  For those wondering what the game is like prior to my review, Atlus has released a demo on the Nintendo 3DS eShop that you can download and check out.  Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is somewhat of a remake of the first game in the Etrian Odyssey series that was released for the Nintendo DS back in 2007.  The demo for the newest game in the series will allow you to go through the first two floors of the main dungeon as well as the first floor of a new dungeon.  This will allow you to get a feel for how things work, and if you like what you played the full game will have the option of carrying over your data from the demo so you won't have to start from scratch...unless you want to of course.

To celebrate the launch of the demo, Atlus has released a video that's centered around one of the game's characters that you'll be using: Simon.  Simon is a medic and the video shows off his skills in battle.  Leveling him up properly can unlock more powerful skills, including a skill to cure status ailments from multiple characters at once.  Quite useful, especially when going up against multiple enemies that can poison your party in a single turn.
 

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AiRace Speed is sexy and fast on 3DS

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Okay, AiRace Speed looks pretty sexy. And it's not just the Tron-esque robot lady in skintight leather ostensibly piloting the supersonic vehicles. The game just looks...great. Especially for a portable title and a downloadable one at that. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean. AiRace Speed hits the 3DS eShop on September 19th.
 

Instant Expert: Five Famous Characters That Called It Quits (Video)

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It's not just big Hollywood stars that quit at the height of their success; video game heroes have been known to take an early retirement. In fact, some of the most beloved game characters of all time have called it quits, forcing somebody else to take over. Let's see if you're favorite star is a quitter when we look at the Five Famous Characters that Called it Quits.
 

Three Nintendo Wii best sellers are getting a price drop

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Still got a Nintendo Wii laying around? Got a Wii-U and for whatever reason haven't picked up New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Wii Sports Resort in the past? They are all great games, so I am not sure why you don't have them already. Well, if you don't have these games then you should be happy to know that they have all officially gotten a price drop to $29.99 each. 

If you need any more motivation to pick these games up, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is tied with Super Mario Galaxy as one of the best-reviewed games of all time with a Metacritic score of 97. New Super Mario Bros. Wii has sold more than 9.4 million in the US and Wii Sports Resort has sold nearly 7 million. 

Stan Lee powers up in Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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We previously announced that Stan Lee would be making one of his customary cameos in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, but now we get to see the full extent of that cameo. It looks like Stan the Man will be able to fight alongside all of the Marvel heroes and take on any of their powers, from Hulking out, to Cylcops laser vision and even Spidey's web-swinging. I really got a kick out of Stan Lee's playable DLC cameo in last year's The Amazing Spider-Man so I'm all for the creator taking on a more active role next to his myriad creations. 'Nuff said!
 
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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate trailer showcases handheld action

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Blackgate Prison is under new management in the latest trailer for the upcoming portable edition of the series, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The trailer showcases new villains such as Solomon Grundy, in addition to the game's comic book-inspired art style for cinematic videos. Featuring the series' free-flow combat system and Batman's signature gadgets, it will be interesting to see the game ultimately feels ported over to the handheld systems.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available on October 25 for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

Now Playing: Memoria Killer is Dead Edition

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might've still had a job in 12 months if you and I had bought $900M more in Surface RTs. But we didn't. And he won’t. Sony is super sorry about the ending to Grand Theft Auto V leaking, but I'm more interested in the leaked soundtrack. And your Microsoft space bucks began the transition to local currency this week. I live in southern Oregon, so that means mine converted into canned foods and shotgun shells.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Most of my weekend will be spent playing PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate on Steam in preparation for my review. Outside of that, I'm starting up a web series over on YouTube where I take a game I've never played before and blind run it. Hopefully this will help me actually play games I own and haven't even put in the system yet, starting with Record of Agarest War Zero on the Xbox 360. I know nothing about the game except that I kind of like the soundtrack.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Very little, unfortunately. Work has been killing me lately and I tend to just go home and pass out nowadays. I'm hoping to get back to Dead Island or even wipe the dust off of Tomb Raider of FarCry 3.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Mostly going to be another weekend flying around the virtual Steelport in Saints Row IV. I wish I could personally shake the hands of all the devs at Volition for making this game. We need more games like this today. It's a celebration of what a video game should be and that's just an extremely fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously. I will also be putting some more money into my offshore account in Payday 2. Throwing those bags of loot in the escape van at the end of a heist never gets old.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I suspect my 360 is close to giving up the ghost, so I've occasionally been picking up some older cross-platform titles on the cheap for my far more reliable PS3. This week I found Red Faction: Guerrilla for a paltry five bucks. I attended a media event for it way back in 2009 (THQ always threw the best parties) and I remember loving the game back then when I got it for 360. Still, I forgot just how good it is. It still holds up remarkably well and it's hard to believe that it's a five-year-old game. It doesn't have the massive depth of content like Volition's other sandbox series Saints Row, but RFG is remarkably well balanced and somewhat subtle, at least when compared to the insane Saints games, and quite a bit more challenging too. It's one of those games that constructs a fully believable world you can get lost in for hours -- and subsequently blow to pieces with the still-revolutionary geo-mod engine -- and the graphics have a clean, efficient aesthetic that has aged very gracefully. I'll be playing it a lot this weekend, and if you still haven't picked it up, I strongly recommend it.

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
Things will stay grim and dark in my household for yet another weekend. Between torturing my moral fiber with some tough decisions in The Walking Dead episodes on Vita, and knocking off  a few heists for kicks in Payday 2, I will be jumping the fence back and forth between the Helghan and ISA on Killzone Mercenary. Who knew that being this bad would pay so well? Between virtual heists and mercenary work, I am starting to to question my career choices in real life.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
I just about fell over myself when I read Dave Gamble's preview of point-and-clicker Memoria. Face-melting artwork does not a good game make, but it's helped pay the bills on more than a few adventure games, like the Broken Sword series, Deponia, and Machinarium. Many more. According to Gamble, the puzzles fall between "logical" and "tricky," but I am not a smart man, so I hope I don't slam my head against the wall too much.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
This weekend, what am I not playing? I'm at 96% completion on Saints Row IV, with only a few challenges left to knock out, and then I'm not working on one, not two, but three reviews! Killer is Dead, The Wonderful 101, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F are fighting off Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for my attention. Didn't I just buy a Rosetta Stone product too? And to top it all off, I'm still wading through Dragon's Crown on Hard difficulty, trying to complete every quest, and earn a platinum trophy for it.

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
Well, since I finished the main storyline for Saints Row IV, but I'm heading back into virtual Steelport to take over the city and finish the other side quests. I'll also probably spend time finishing the story mode for Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition and do some looting in Diablo III as well.

Capcom announces their PAX Prime 2013 activities

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Capcom has recently announced what all they're bringing to PAX Prime 2013 this weekend.  Visitors to the Capcom booth will be able to play some of the latest releases and upcoming games including Ducktales: Remastered, Lost Planet 3, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.  There will also be a themed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate lounge that will be dedicated to all things Monster Hunter, including demo stations, a seating area with charging stations, special tournaments, and photo opps with a life-sized model of a Great Sword.  You can also get a photo alongside Phoenix Wright in a recreation of the courtroom or pose as Strider with a replica of his Cypher weapon.

Attendees can also pick up their favorite Capcom merchandise as the Capcom Store makes it's return to PAX Prime.  Items available for purchase will include Monster Hunter 3DS cases, Umbrella Corp. watches and umbrellas,Mega Man 25th Anniversary statues and inflatable busters, copies of recent game releases, and much more.

Sega will be bringing their entire fall lineup to PAX Prime

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As PAX Prime is almost upon us, Sega has announced that they will be bringing their entire fall lineup to the Seattle event.  The following games will be showcased at the event in booth 142/242:
  • Sonic Lost World (Wii U and 3DS, October 22nd, 2013)
  • Total War: ROME II (PC, September 3rd, 2013)
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PSN [9/3], Xbox Live [9/4], and PC [9/4])
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F (PS3, released today)
  • Heroki (App Store, later this year)
As seen above, most of the games are either already released or will launch in the next week or so, with Heroki being released later this year. [READ MORE]