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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 30, 2012 0

SEGA has announced that they will be holding a tournament for the upcoming Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown at the 2012 Evo Championships. The game itself won’t be part of the official EVO festivities but the $15,000 pot of prize money will be included as a side tournament at this year’s event.

SEGA’s tournament will be held sometime during EVO 2012, which will run from July 6 – 8th at Caesar’s Palace in Los Vegas. For those wondering why Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown did not qualify for this year’s EVO, a game must be commercially available up to six months prior to the date of the tournament. Alongside the announcement of the tournament SEGA also announced that the PS3 version of VF5 will be used during EVO.

Source: Sega

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By Eric Bastelak, April 30, 2012 0

What can you say about the Wing Commander franchise? Besides the fact that it was one of the first space fighter simulation games ever, oh and in the sea of garbage that was FMV (full motion video) era of gaming, Wing Commander stood out. This was a diamond found amongst all the sewage. High billing actors like Mark Hamill and Malcom Mcdowell. I first heard about Wing Commander from a unique source. A fantastic V-loger Spoony, on his website The Spoony Experiment being a long time WC fan Spoony did a hilarious review of the painfully bad Wing Commander movie. During this review Spoony consistently talked about what made the Wind Commander games so amazing. After seeing this I took a trip over to GOG.com where I purchased Wing Commanders 1-4. After playing through all of them I was blown away. I wanted more but since the last true entry in the series WC4 there was no more to be had. (more…)

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By Matthew Regier, April 27, 2012 0

Sony has stepped up to bat with their new Sony property fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. What this game is, is essentially taking characters from different Sony licenses and putting them together and having them fight each other, much like the popular Nintendo franchise that came before it.

So far there have been six characters announced in this early version of the game. The six confirmed characters are: Kratos, Sly Cooper, Fat Princess, Sweet Tooth, Parappa the Rapper, and Mael Radec (Killzone).What makes this title different is in how you win. Where you need to strike the opposing players with specials that go up through levels of one to three, each doing different attacks and being able to take out more enemies.

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By Matthew Regier, April 27, 2012 0

Google has done it once more and has changed their mega-popular search engine into hours of potential fun. Today when you decide to Google search “zerg rush” on a whim you will be treated to just that. With a horde of tiny letters, the letter O to be exact coming and picking away at the health bar of all the search results.

Of course these little “Googlings” have health too and you can combat them by clicking them to death. It gets pretty hectic, but for a simple Google Easter egg, it’s pretty fun if even for a couple minutes. At the end you’re given the option to submit your score. Where this goes, nobody knows.

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By Jesse Lord, April 27, 2012 0

First things first.  If you haven’t gotten your grubby mitts on Rayman Origins, spectacular game that it is, go do that.  Right now.  I’ll wait.

Done?  Great.  Ok, so there has been a rumbling that Ubisoft is working on a follow-up to that refreshing platformer, and the news has broken by way of a leaked trailer for Rayman Legends, which you will see embedded below the jump.  This in and of itself is great news – unfortunately Rayman Origins, while generally critically-acclaimed across platforms, did not see spectacular sales and therefore the likelihood of a sequel seemed to be but a far-away dream.  Thankfully Ubisoft were unfazed by the sluggish sales and took to the development of a sequel anyways. Thanks, Ubi!

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By Jesse Lord, April 26, 2012 3

Rockstar have released the beginning of a video series detailing the weaponry of Max Payne 3.  This first video showcases Max’s favorite from day one, the 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol.  I’ll let the video speak for itself:

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By Andrew Minott, April 26, 2012 0

Runic Games’ sequel to its successful debut Torchlight is now available for preorder from Steam and Perfect World Entertainment. Priced identically to its predecessor, Torchlight II is $19.99 and includes a free copy of Torchlight for pre-orders made on Steam. No release date has yet been announced.

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By Matthew Regier, April 26, 2012 0

Reportedly a couple of images were leaked onto the website of Hollywood special effects company Reel EFX. This is the company that is known for some ads you may recognize such as the Old Spice “I’m On A Horse”, and the Matthew Broderick Super Bowl ad for Honda.

The pictures that have been leaked, that look like they were printed out and posted up, look like they may our first look at the next entry into the Call of Duty franchise, or at least it might be. Activision has been teasing the game with shots of a “quad-copter” which is shown quite clearly in the pictures of.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, April 26, 2012 0

Longtime host of X-Play and Editor and Chief at G4 Media, Adam Sessler, has parted ways with the company according to his spokesperson. Sessler is arguably one of the most recognizable names and faces in the industry.

Over his 14 year career with G4 he has hosted two different incarnations of X-Play (originally titled Extended Play until sometime in the 2000s) and pioneered a popular VLog series called Sessler’s Soapbox where he provides his raw unscripted opinion on the news of the day.

2012 has been a year of change for the gaming journalism landscape. The formation of Verge brought together names like former Kotaku EIC Brian Crecent and Joshua Topolsky from Gizmodo. Sessler’s departure from G4 Media is yet another name to add to the long list of industry shuffles.

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By Matthew Regier, April 26, 2012 0

Since the now defunct developer of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, GSC Game World has gone under many of the former employees have taken the initiative to form a new company, Vostok Games. This new studio has put themselves hard to work working on their first big release, a free-to-play MMO called Survarium. In which this game will be developed on the new Vostok Engine and planned for a late 2013 release.

“Despite no official continuation of [S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2] it looks like the ideas and spirit will live on in the team’s new game – ‘Survarium’” said the developers through a tweet under the GSC’s Stalker account.

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