Shogun 2: Total War

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    Mar 15, 2011

Shogun 2 is an upcoming title in the Total War strategy game series developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. The developers are going back to the roots of the franchise and remaking their first game with better graphics, smarter AI (said to be based on the principles of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”) and vastly improved gameplay.

Shogun 2 will take you to the 16th century Japan which is devastated after a 10 year long civil war. You will have to take control of one warring clans and unite the country under your rule. There will be 9 playable clans in total, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

The clan leaders (daimyo) are going to play an important role on the battlefield and have unique abilities. Also new in Shogun 2 are powerful hero units which add yet another layer of strategy to the game. These won’t be invincible one man armies, but they will have special skills, such as dealing bonus damage against cavalry or boosting the morale of your troops.

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The Sims Medieval

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The Sims Medieval is an upcoming game in The Sims series by EA. While it will run on the same engine as The Sims 3, the gameplay is going to be quite different and feature some RPG elements like quests, crafting, magic and leveling up.

Like the title suggests, the game is going to take place in the Middle Ages. Players will be able to start their own kingdom and shape it to their liking by choosing an ambitious goal (such as building the most wealthy, enlightened, peaceful, or warlike realm). To achieve this, you will have to create heroes (Clerics, Wizards, Merchants, Bards, Knights and so on) and use them to do various quests.

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Killzone 3

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Killzone 3 is an upcoming first-person shooter game for Playstation 3 platform, developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony. The game will continue right where Killzone 2 left off, with players once again taking control of Thomas Sevchenko. Guerilla promises an improved single-player storyline and more character development in KZ3, and they’ve hired an outside writer to achieve that.

The online multiplayer will offer five distinct classes (Tactician, Engineer, Field Medic, Marksman and Infiltrator), each with six different abilities and weapons to choose from. If you’re interested, you can check out the Killzone 3 Open Beta on PSN from February 3rd to 15th.

The technical aspects of Killzone 3 are impressive. The devs have stated that the game will push the PS3 hardware to its limits, using 100% processing power of the SPUs. KZ3 will also support the Playstation Move controller and offer a stereoscopic 3D mode.

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Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

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Marvel vs Capcom 3 is a 2.5D fighting game developed by Capcom for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It features 3v3 tag team-based battles and an elaborate single-player story with unique endings for each character.

MvC3 includes a lot of playable characters from both Marvel and Capcom universes, such as Iron Man, Hulk, Deadpool and Wolverine from Marvel, and Dante, Ryu, Chun-Li and Wesker from Capcom worlds. You can find the full list on the official website.

The game has a simplified control scheme with 3 buttons for light, medium and hard attacks, as well as a new Exchange button used to launch enemies into the air and switch characters in the middle of an air combo.  Marvel vs Capcom 3 also offers a Simple Mode that allows noobs inexperienced players to execute some special moves much easier, but severely limits the overall number of specials and supers available.

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Amazon Year-End Video Game Sale

Amazon is having a big gaming sale right now, with up to 75% discounts for popular core and casual video games. Publishers participating include names like 1C, 2K Games, Atari, Capcom, Meridian4, DreamCatcher, Sigma-Team and others. The games are delivered via Amazon’s own digital download system, which is both convenient and fast. Click the image below to check out some of their Year-End game download deals:

Amazon Year End Sale

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Holiday Sale at

The UK-based online retailer GAME is having a holiday sale with nice discounts for many video games and several hardware accessories as well. This is your chance to save some money and get that game you always wanted for a lower price. They are offering discounted titles for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS platforms. Here are some of the top picks:

Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Halo Reach Sale FIFA 11 Sale

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Dead Space 2

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Dead Space 2 is an upcoming sequel to the third-person shooter / horror game series developed by Visceral Games and published by EA. It will be released for all three major gaming platforms on January 25th, 2011 simultaneously. The game has a single-player and several multiplayer modes.

Players will once again take control of the spaceship engineer Isaac Clarke. Three years have passed since the events of the first game, and Clarke is being held in a mental ward on a massive space city called “the Sprawl” located on the remains of Saturn’s satellite Titan. The game starts with a Necromorph outbreak on the station and Clarke being released from the asylum to kick some ass.

Dead Space 2 has new gameplay elements like zero-g environments, as well as even more creative and brutal ways of Necromorph destruction. Impale and pin them to the wall with the new Javelin Gun, and follow up with electrocution or blow the abominations into space. Make sure to hit the emergency shutter button to close the breach before you get ejected as well.

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