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Bad Company 2 Vietnam, Echochrome II hit PSN
By Eddie Makuch

PlayStation Store Update: Busy week on download hub led by DICE's period expansion, PlayStation Move puzzle game; NeoGeo Station and its 10 games also out; Dead Space 2, Mass Effect 2 demos also out.

Gamers have a multitude of adventures to embark upon this week on the PlayStation Network ranging from shooting foes in the face in Bad Company 2's Vietnam expansion, to taking a trip through time via SNK Playmore's NeoGeo Station.

Leading the charge this week is the Vietnam expansion ($15) for DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The multiplayer pack will allow players of the contemporary military shooter to take a trip back in time to the Vietnam War, which raged from the mid-1960s to early 1970s. It will consist of four maps, including the rice fields of the Phu Bai Valley and the napalm-kissed wasteland of Hill 137. The Vietnam expansion will also pack in a number of period-specific weapons, including the Navy SEAL XM22 machine gun.

The war rages on this week on the PSN.

The expansion will also feature all-new dialogue based on actual Vietnam War radio chatter, as well as eight radio channels with nearly 50 tracks. The selection of songs will range from Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" to Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

Also out now is Echochrome II ($15). Like its predecessor, Echochrome II is visually minimalist and heavily influenced by the mind-bending works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. However, the new installment adds an additional layer of gameplay by incorporating the PlayStation Move, the PlayStation 3's motion-sensing system. Players will use the PlayStation Move controller like a flashlight, casting shadows on a wall behind an obstacle course. The shadows will create bridges that players can traverse in order to navigate onscreen mazes.

Echochrome II will have 100 levels, each of which can be played in a different mode. In Escort mode, players will navigate the maze by creating a shadow path. In Echo mode, the object is to collect the translucent shadow characters to pass a level. Finally, in Paint mode, the goal is to "paint" a certain percentage of the maze by having characters of a particular color cross a corresponding section.

Those looking to the past for their excitement can download the NeoGeo Station today. The download space has ten $9 NeoGeo titles for players to choose from. They include Fatal Fury, Alpha Mission II, The King of Fighters '94, Samurai Shodown, Baseball Stars Professional, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, League Bowling, Super Sidekicks, and Art of Fighting. Each title has been updated with contemporary features like online versus and cooperative play. Additionally, Fatal Fury ($7) and Metal Slug ($7) are available for the PSP via the portable's download hub.

Gamers looking to play a virtualized version of a classic board game can download Risk: Factions ($10) today. The title is based on Hasbro’s game, and tasks players with dominating the world. Specifically, Factions twists the normal game’s elements by allowing players to wage war with five factions, each with unique attributes. Another board game turned digital ware out this week is Blokus ($5). The game has players attempting to thwart the advancement of their competitors by placing blocks on a board. The title sports both offline and online multiplayer, and also boasts four game variations.

Also out now is a high definition rerelease of Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones ($15). Released on the PlayStation 2 in 2005, the game tasks players with mastering both the Prince and the Dark Prince. The title has been updated with HD visuals and is also playable in 3D, provided users have a 3D-enabled television.

The last two PS3 titles available today download now are Eat Them! ($10) and Top Darts ($10). The former is a cell-shaded adventure where players build a creature then unleash it upon a city, and the latter is a virtual collection of various darts games with support for up to 8 players.

Sony added two full retail games to its download hub today. Massive Action Game (MAG) ($30) and Borderlands ($30), two warmly received titles, can now be downloaded directly to users' hard drives. As a caveat, both downloads do not included previously released downloadable content released for each game.

MAG lights up the PSN this week as a full-game download.

Fans of Telltale Games' Strong Bad episodic series can now download the full five-episode season of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. Episodes are not available for individual purchase. Rather, gamers must purchase the $15 season pass to download each installment.

The holiday season is often full of friends, family, and general revelry, but Isaac Clarke is looking to change things up a bit. A demo for Dead Space 2 is now available to download. The sampler gives players a first look and feel into the frightening world of the haunting sequel.

Also available is a demo for the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2. Built on the Mass Effect 3 engine, BioWare's sci-fi action-role-playing game is due to debut on Sony's console on January 18, a first for the previously Xbox 360 and PC-only series.

One PSOne Classic arrived on the virtual marketplace this week, Front Mission 3 ($6). Developed by Square, the strategy role-playing title originally released in 2000. In it, players are cast as Kazuki Takemura, a test pilot, and can early on choose between two distinct storylines.

Music-gamers have multiple options this week. New content is now available for Def Jam Rapstar, Rock Band 3, DJ Hero 2, and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Def Jam Rapstar added songs from DJ Khaled, Eve, and The Runners; Rock Band 3 welcomes 11 new songs from artists like Bad Company, Linea 77, Skizoo, and others. DJ Hero 2 welcomes the Linkin Park Mix Pack ($8), which bundles three new remixed Linkin Park tunes. Lastly, Warriors of Rock added a KISS-Mas track pack, which comes with three Kiss tunes.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

Elder Scrolls V Confirmed as a Direct Sequel.
By Tor Thorssen

European reports indicate Bethesda's next big project will be a "chronological" follow-up to award-winning 2006 fantasy RPG.

Source: The Danish arm of game-news site Eurogamer.

What we heard: Ever since The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released in April 2006, speculation has run rife about its sequel. The fact that publisher Bethesda Softworks' parent ZeniMax Media has an online division working on a mystery-shrouded massively multiplayer game has led to some rumors that it might be a sequel to the game in the vein that BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is being billed as a sequel to the single-player Knights of the Old Republic games.

Is Bethesda on the verge of opening up on a new Elder Scrolls?

Now comes word from Eurogamer's Danish division that a follow-up to Oblivion is indeed in the works, and it will be a direct sequel. The site's source "not only confirmed that the game is in current production, but also spoke briefly about the content--with fantasy-sounding phrases like Dragon Lord, something with The Blades--and that voice acting for the characters in the game is currently happening in the weeks to follow." The source did not say if the game was single-player or massively multiplayer.

The official story: "No comment." - Bethesda rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Likely not bogus. Oblivion's massive storyline left a rich legacy that is ripe for sequelization. And although Bethesda has focused on the wildly popular Fallout games of late, it is unlikely it will let the 16-year-old franchise lay fallow for long. Indeed, the developer-publisher's executive producer Todd Howard told Eurogamer that his company is on the verge of unveiling the game, as it is quite far along in development.

"One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it's out will be the shortest it's been for us," he said at last year's QuakeCon. "It's pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there's a lot of game there to play right now."

Big YES!

Lol, silly Raz. There will be more news posted as soon as I get my computer back, I'm using a friends laptop, I miss my tower.


Top 10 Best Android Games of 2010
Category : Tech, other
Published : 28th Dec, 2010
The Android has strong potential to be a gaming device. While it may be presently outclassed by the iPhone, its gaming future looks remarkably bright. Here's our list of the Top 10 Best Android games of 2010.

This past year, mobile phones running Android OS have exploded in popularity. The openness of the operating system is appealing for users and developers alike, however, there are not that many games available for Android compared to the iPhone, and recent research shows that only 17% of Android users browse for games, while nearly 65% of iPhone users search out games in the iTunes App Store. 

Part of this is owing to the fact that the porting from iOS to Android can be tricky for many games, and developers who have had success in the iOS market are hesitant to gamble on developing exclusively for Android. Nonetheless, Android's game prospects improved greatly over the course of 2010, and with a rumored porting of Words With Friends to Android OS,  Android phones could really take off in 2011. Here are some of the best titles from 2010, in no particular order.


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