The Top 11 Upcoming Downloadable Games

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290w ago - Are $60 games poking holes in your wallet? Looking for some good, fun downloadable games? Here's 11 online gems that you definitely shouldn't miss!

What's better than buying, downloading, and playing a full-feature video game from the comfort of your own home? Online games are the bread and butter of busy gamers, and there are still a great number of titles just around the corner.

If you're a trackball-wielding PC user, frequent member of the PlayStation Network, or a card-carrying Xbox Live Arcade buyer, these are the 11 upcoming online games you'll want to spend your points and cash on.

11. Fez
Developer: Kokoromi; TBA on PC/XBLA

By far the most unique game to come out of this year's Independent Games Festival, Fez changes the rules on perspective in a classic way. Every level can be rotated on the fly, featuring a fresh take on 2D-in-3D perspective. As you try to get little protagonist Gomez to the end of each level, you'll be forced to tilt your brain and work through tons of twisted levels. With retro-style graphics and catchy chiptune music, Fez should appeal to old gamers and casual players alike. We can't wait to put on our thinking caps.

10. Flower
Developer: thatgamecompany; TBA 2008 on PSN

Simple PSN games that...
 

Yahoo: Top 20 Games for Fall 2008

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291w ago - Here are Yahoo's picks for the Top 20 games of fall, 2008:

Lego Batman
Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS
Genre: Action
Release Date: September 23

The caped crusader gets an angular makeover in Lego Batman. Protect Gotham as Batman and sidekick Robin from a rash of criminals, including nefarious villains like The Penguin, Two-Face, The Riddler and Mr. Freeze. Utilize a wealth of Bat-gadgets to survive over 30 levels in another comical Lego adventure.

Why It's Hot:
It's Lego. It's Batman. If you can't suss out why this is hot, we're not sure we can help you. Go sit in the corner and put on your Bat-dunce cap.

Why It's Not:
We stand by these Lego games because they are that very rare breed of video game that appeals equally to parents and kids. Still, they're all sort of the same game. If you've played Lego Star Wars and Lego Indy, don't expect a huge change in gameplay with the blocky Dark Knight.

Dead Space
Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC
Genre: Action
Release Date: October 14

In space, no one can hear you scream....but scream you will while playing EA's survival-horror game Dead Space. Set on a spaceship overrun with hostile alien beasties, this sci-fi frightfest is as cinematic...
 

The PlayStation 3 Games of Fall 2008

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291w ago - Last week we posted an article detailing a limited list of PlayStation 3 titles scheduled to arrive this Holiday Season.

Today IGN (linked above) has posted their list of PS3 games slated for a Fall 2008 release, which include:

• BioShock
• Brothers in Arms
• Call of Duty: World at War
• Dead Space
• Fallout 3
• Far Cry 2
• Guitar Hero World Tour
• Lego Batman
• LittleBigPlanet
• Mega Man 9
• Midnight Club: LA
• Mirror's Edge
• MK Vs DC Universe
• Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
• Naruto
• NBA 09: The Inside
• NBA 2K9
• Prince of Persia
• Quantom of Solace
• Resistance 2
• Rock Band 2
• Saints Row 2
• Shaun White Snowboarding
• Silent Hill: Homecoming
• SingStar Vol 2

• SOCOM: Confrontation
• Sonic Unleashed
• Valkyria Chronicles
• Wipeout HD
• WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009

While the majority of these titles are multi-platform, there's a good handful of exclusive PS3 ones!
 

GameStop: Game Trade-ins Accelerate Sales for New Games

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291w ago - The used games market has always been something of a problem for games publishers and developers as there is a certain belief that the respective market undervalues their work.

However, Bob McKenzie of GameStop has trashed such thoughts. He admits that used games are a very profitable part of GameStop's business, but there is a benefit for the publisher in what they call the "circle of life."

The reason being is that the trade-ins GameStop get help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well. To quote:

Multiplayer: Sales of used games are a big part of GameStop's business. What do you say to people who say that selling used games undermines the value of the work done by publishers and developers?

McKenzie: The used games, as reported in our financials, are a very profitable part of our business. The major benefit, not only for us but for the publishers as well, is what we call a "circle of life." The trade-ins we get from used games help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well.

I've got an eight-year-old boy who's very much into gaming on all formats. [The used game trade-in option is] really neat. It's not just teaching him some economic lessons hopefully at a young age but it's really about having a broader assortment of...
 

Metroid Prime Devs Eye XBox 360 and PS3 for Future Games

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291w ago - Three key devs behind Nintendo's Metroid Prime series have formed a new studio called Armature, under the publishing flag of Electronic Arts.

What does that mean for us gamers, exactly? It means the prime (hah) talents behind Metroid are now free to develop games for non-Nintendo platforms.

The devs heading Armature Studios - Mark Pacini, Todd Keller and Jack Matthews, (who were the former Game Director, Art Director, and Principal Tech Engineer of the Metroid franchise, respectively) - have expressed interest in the PS3 and 360. Says Pacini:

From my stand point, I've never worked on any other console. I've always made games for Nintendo. I'm reinvigorated. I'm really excited about what other opportunities are out there. How can we use Xbox Live? How can we use the power of the PS3?

I think it really opens it up. I'm not saying it was by any means restrictive working for Nintendo. We had this palette to work on, the Wii and the DS, but now we have everything.

Personally I'm looking forward to see what they have in store for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. Not that I don't think the Wii is a capable platform, but it lacks the processing power its competition has. I'd like to see what the devs can do with that extra power.

Does this...
 







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