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GDC 2008: LEGO Batman First Look

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348w ago - Back when LEGO Star Wars was first announced people were understandably skeptical of the feasibility of creating a videogame based on not one, but two franchises, and still having it be fun to play. Nevertheless, Traveller's Tales stepped up to the challenge and melded a cute art style with innocently engaging gameplay that clicked with an alarming number of players.

Now Batman is being charged with wrapping his storied franchise around a world built by LEGOs. While we were once again skeptical of the ability of the characters to make the transition, after seeing the game at this year's Game Developer's Conference we've learned to keep our thoughts to ourselves.

One of my first concerns was the fact that there aren't three Batman movies that are worth being turned into a LEGO title. To get around that problem Traveller's Tales is creating a new storyline featuring a boatload of the characters from the Batman universe. While we did pry into the number of total playable characters in the game, nothing was given beyond the rough "more than 20" hint.

During our two-level demo with the LEGO version of the Caped Crusader we were shown Batman, Robin, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Penguin. Each, as you'd hope, has their own unique powers and abilities. Penguin has his trusty...
 

Toshiba to give up on HD DVD, end format war

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349w ago - Toshiba Corp is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high-definition video, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp, a company source said on Saturday.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK had earlier reported that Toshiba would suffer losses in the tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) as it scrapped production of HD DVD players and recorders and took other steps to exit the business.

The company source told Reuters that Toshiba was in the final stages of planning to exit the HD DVD business and that an official decision would be made soon.
 

Netflix says chooses Blu-ray format over HD DVD

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349w ago - Online rental giant Netflix has confirmed that it will exclusively stock high definition films in the Blu-ray disc format by year's end, following Warner's decision to back the format over HD DVD technology.

It's worth pointing out that other online film rental services, such as Blockbuster Online, still plan to support both formats – but with the odds stacking up in favor of Blu-ray, who knows for how long. :P
 

Kombo's Top 10 Most Wanted Games of 2008

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350w ago - If you thought 2007 was a kick-ass year for playing video games, you were right. And guess what? Things aren't going to slow down in 2008. The year 2007 saw numerous delays of major titles, and all those bad boys are coming out in 2008. We're counting down our 10 most wanted games of the year.

For a game to have been considered in our top 10, it must be a console/handheld game, officially announced and set with a release date for 2008 in North America. Without further ado, grab a bag of popcorn and join us as we count down to our most wanted game of 2008.

10) Ninja Gaiden II

Team Ninja's anticipated sequel to Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) is set to hit Xbox 360 in 2008, and as expected, it looks to be every bit as gorgeous as an Itagaki game should be. The bloody action game comes with new weapons, areas, enemies, bosses and an all-new storyline following Ryu's mission to save the race of humanity from extinction. Additionally, Ninja Gaiden II is expected to be the bloodiest and goriest in the series, so far, and like its predecessor, it's only on Microsoft's system.

9) LittleBigPlanet

Since its unveiling at GDC last year, we've been intrigued and excited about Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet. The social platformer lets you create your own levels and share them with other...
 

Ghostbusters Media Blitz - Multi Console - PC Platform!

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351w ago - Last November when we revealed Ghostbusters on our December issue cover, it sent the Internet into a dizzy. Not only will Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murry and Ernie Hudson be doing voiceovers for the game, but Aykroyd and Ramis are actually writing the game's script.

Because the two penned the earlier movies, fans will be getting exactly what they could ever want out of a Ghostbusters game.

Now we're ready to blitz you again with a huge load of media. We have almost 200 screenshots, renders and art pieces for you to pick through and drool over, Slimer style.

So enough talk, check the Screenshots out and browse the huge gallery here!
 
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