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Tomb Raider Minimates debut at Toy Fair

At Toy Fair, Diamond Select Toys showed off six new Tomb Raider Minimate figures, based on the upcoming reboot. The Minimates, which look like Lego figures with more points of articulation, are slated to hit shelves this summer, as two-packs sold in comic and specialty stores. The six figures...

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Toys for Bob and Vicarious Visions on keeping annual Skylanders 'magic' alive

Since first launching in 2011, Activision has turned its toy-powered gaming franchise Skylanders into an annual release. The third game in the series, Skylanders: Swap Force, is set to arrive this fall and will allow players to mix-and-match parts of 16 new toys for over 250 in game character...

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Balancing horror and action in Dead Space 3

The Dead Space franchise was founded on the core tenet of isolation – a single-player survival adventure against horrific necromorphs. In Dead Space 2, the franchise shifted its focus toward the growing blend of action and horror, a direction the Resident Evil franchise has been firmly set on...

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Shredding Spanish architecture in Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel

The Army of Two franchise has always been a mixed bag of brotastic co-op shooting. The first game poorly chose to take a lighthearted approach to the war in Iraq and in the eyes of series stars Salem and Rios, everyone was a terrorist. The 40th Day made things infinitely more interesting, sending...

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and the hunting party

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, an upgraded version of Monster Hunter Tri coming to the Wii U and 3DS, made its American debut at New York Comic-Con. In my first twenty-minute experience with the Wii U version of the action-RPG, I was able to step into the mind of a true hunter, both through my own...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines' Xenomorphic perspective and Wii U potential

In developing the canonical sequel to James Cameron's Aliens, Gearbox Software feels the naturally extended duration of a video game allows for a deeper narrative than what is found in films. "We get ten-plus hours to tell our story. We can go way more in depth and in more directions on really...

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Japan Studio's Puppeteer isn't just for kids

Don't let the whimsical art style fool you. Puppeteer from Sony's Japan Studio isn't a game designed solely for children. The 2D game balances platforming with other unique problem solving challenges, both of which are just as addicting for adults. You may find yourself using a hamburger as a...

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Gearbox boss on an industry inching toward the 'holodeck'

Despite striking gold, once again, with the Borderlands series, Gearbox isn't sitting back to watch accolades and sales numbers pile up. Having recently released Borderlands 2, the Texas-based team now turns to focus on supporting that game with additional content, and on completing the team's next...

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Injustice: Gods Among Us online mode built on Mortal Kombat foundation

Green Arrow, one of the newest heroes attached to NetherRealm Entertainment's Injustice: Gods Among Us, was on display during the 2012 New York Comic Con where Joystiq donned his emerald hood. Green Arrow's core powers appear to be modeled after Mortal Kombat mainstay Sub-Zero. Players can fire an...

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In search of hidden objects in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Sidekicks, with their one-dimensional character traits to help round out leading characters, are always fun to have around. In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario's lanky brother steps out of his sibling's shadow and into the haunted locales of his latest starring role, fleshing the character out as...

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