Soooo... this is the weekly blog, where you can come to read about our thoughts on pretty much everything video game related.  We'd also love to post your comments for everyone to read (and we may even respond! That's right, you'd better feel special!) , so please, please, PLEASE leave your comments by clicking on the comment link above ^^^  I'm going to try to create new posts whenever I get a break from work, which will generally be on Thursdays, so make sure to check back weekly for updates.  That being said, blogging time!

New Releases

Let's kick this off with new releases coming this week.  First, I'm sure on everybody's list, is the Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation map pack available for download for PC, PS3 and 360.  This pack adds 4 new multiplayer maps and 1 new zombies map.  I'd have to say, I'm pretty excited to try out Drive In, which is supposed to be fairly similar to the Nuketown map.  Any map that is small, where the two teams have definite sides is always an easy place to rack up kills, and consequently, xp.    Hazard also looks like it could provide many hours of playtime.  Since this map is so large with wide open spaces, it will be the perfect place to work on your sniping skills.

Also this week we have the release of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3, Super Street fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System coming out for PS3 and 360.  So if you enjoy running in place and punching an invisible bag in front of you, make sure you run out and pick up Ultimate Fitness System on Tuesday! Better yet, run to your nearest GameStop and preorder it right now!!  Literally run though so you get some actual exercise first.  Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is coming to the 3DS.  While it looks like it will probably be fun, why you would want to stop playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D to pick this up is beyond me. Lastly, Sniper: Ghost Warrior comes out on PS3 and Storm: Frontline Nation is coming out on PC.

What I'm Playing

I've been crazy busy at work this week, but I still managed to get in a little bit of gaming in.  I'm currently working on InFamous 2.  This game is quite possibly one of the best sequels I've played in a game for a long time.  I especially love how if you managed to get the 'platinum trophy' in the first one and import your save, it gives you some bonuses for the sequel.  For you 360 people, 'platinum trophy' is the equivalent of completing all of the 'achievements' in a game.  Cole's new powers are fun to play with, his new look is awesome, and even his new voice actor is pretty good.

I'm also working my way through Alice: Madness Returns.  The story in this game is excellent if you like dark and creepy.  Fair warning, this is not the happy wonderland from the movies, and is even more creepy than Tim Burton's rendition.  If you played the first Alice game, you'll immediately notice the gameplay is so much smoother now.  When using the Vorpal Blade you don't feel like you're stiffly cutting at the air in front of enemies, but rather smoothly blending combos together to decimate your foes.  The gameplay itself is comprised of a lot of platforming with some God of War style fighting.  It get's a little monotonous fighting the same enemies over and over, but the story is great and worth the playthrough.

Lastly, I just started Darksiders on 360.  I picked this one up after reading about the sequel in this month's Game Informer, and realizing this was a game I don't want to miss.  I've only just finished the tutorial section on it so far, but my initial impression is sort of like an RPG version of God of War.  You have 'spells' and some different weapons at your disposal, but you also can sort of level up their powers by collecting and spending souls on them.  It's an interesting concept, and is fun as hell to play (haha, get it? because it takes place in a hell dimension!  yeah, i'm lame)

So, that's the end of the first blog post!  Leave your comments and check back next week when I'll hopefully get a new one up by Thursday at the latest!



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