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New Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screenshots Shed Light on Character Progression

Square Enix has been releasing a steady flow of new information for their biggest summer 3DS releases, the very latest being eleven screenshots from the upcoming music/rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  We’ve seen plenty of gameplay and heard some of the music, but until now not much was known about the game’s RPG elements.  Check out all the new screenshots inside.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.7 – “At the Codfish Ball”

This week’s episode of Mad Men was full of disappointments.  No, that doesn’t mean that I was disappointed with the show; it means that almost every character was severely unhappy about something.  The balance that “At the Codfish Ball” struck among the many different storylines was incredible and it ended up being a solid, if somewhat subdued, episode.

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Mattel’s Underwhelming SDCC Plans

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Last Friday Mattel revealed the first batch of exclusives they have planned for this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and the showing definitely doesn’t seem to pack the same punch as years past. Check out Mattel’s SDCC 2012 offers, and what we think of them…

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GI Joe Retaliation & Amazing Spider-Man Preorders Go Live

With The Avengers already in stores, Hasbro is gearing up to release their next Summer movie toy lines in just a few weeks. In preparation for the May 28th release dates, Pre-Order solicits for GI Joe Retaliation and The Amazing Spider-Man have gone live at e-tailers across the web. And much like The Avengers line, both new series are pretty broad in scope and (compared to the past) kind of light on action figures.

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“The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day” Review

Developer Telltale Games is no stranger to building experiences around licensed material, but this time they’ve outdone themselves.  The Walking Dead:  A New Day has just been released for XBLA, PSN, & PC/Mac and I loved every minute of it.  Based directly within the canon of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, Telltale’s take on the franchise is an unexpected dose of drama that succeeds in all the places that AMC’s television series fell flat.  In less than three hours, this introductory episode (the first of five) has sold me on the new cast of characters while seamlessly working some familiar ones into a tightly-knit, intense narrative.  The result is an outstanding piece of storytelling that every Walking Dead fan needs to experience.

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These New Kingdom Hearts 3D Screenshots are the Stuff of Dreams

 

Square Enix has just released a number of new screenshots for Kingdom Hearts 3D and some artwork that shows Spirit and Nightmare Dream Eaters, both of which play important roles in the upcoming game and look pretty interesting.  Check out the just-released images after the break!

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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings – Enhanced Edition Review

Every so often, a game comes around that’s so intriguing, so deeply immersive, that feels real.  Only through the talent of the most masterful writers, voice actors, designers and developers can this feat be achieved.  The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is a shining example of the intense experience a video game can offer.  Immediately upon witnessing the newly-crafted cutscene that opens the title I was hooked and now, dozens of hours into the game, that feeling hasn’t let up.  It pulls no punches and won’t hold your hand – a hardcore gamer’s game through and through – delivering the greatest action/RPG experience I’ve had since the original Mass Effect.

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GI Joe Con Oktober Guard Reveal #3: Colonel Brekhov

The GI Joe Collector’s Club has revealed the third figure in their 2012 Convention exclusive figure set… The Oktober Guard gets an Officer in the form of Col. Brekhov!

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Comics Korner: Avenger vs. X-Man vs… Grammar?

It’s the last week of April, which means summer is drawing nearer and we’re about to get inundated by a wave of oppressive heat and superhero movies.  Until then, let’s shield ourselves from the impenetrable cloud of allergens outside by sitting down indoors and checking out some of the best and worst comic books on shelves this week.

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BBTS Sponsor News: New Hasbro, Hot Toys, TF, Beast Saga, Star Wars & More

Check out the latest pre-orders and in-stock items at Big Bad Toy Store… this week BBTS finally reveals the listing for Avengers Wave 3 including Hawkeye and Black Widow, and lots more!
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New GI Joe Retaliation Trailer Reveals Story, Vehicles and More

We’ve got just about two months left until GI Joe 2: Retaliation hits theaters, and I’m already increasingly impatient, thanks to the new trailer that debuted today. The new preview gives some more story details, lots of great looks at Cobra Commander and Firefly, and reveals of some pretty badass looking vehicles! Check it out after the jump…

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.5 – “Far Away Places”

The new season of Mad Men continues to charge forward, packing some dense and heavy character studies into what has been a flat-out brilliantly written and beautifully realized season. From a dabble into horror two weeks back to last week’s heartbreaking spotlight on Pete and Lane, I keep expecting the bottom to fall out on just how good this show is, but I’m starting to this that shoe is nowhere near falling– in fact this week’s “Far Away Places” may have been the most compelling and entertaining episode of the season.

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Torche Unleashes Their Epic New LP “Harmonicraft”

I know, I know, this isn’t a music review site.  We’ve never highlighted any musical acts before and likely won’t again, but this is a special occasion – Miami-based outfit, Torche, released their new full-length LP today and I’d be doing our readers a disservice not to recommend it.  Now, in general, music is an extremely subjective thing and, with so many choices and endless lists of sub-genres out there, it can be tough to gauge what people will respond well to.  But Torche is the one band that I always find myself recommending to people without any inkling of their individual tastes.  The body of work they’ve created has a universal appeal that deserves a spot in everyone’s collection.  I could be off the mark but, if you’re not already familiar with the band, give them a listen and see if you don’t agree.

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Check Out the Debut Trailer for The Walking Dead Game Series

A brand-new trailer released today by Telltale Games gives us a much closer look at the first episode of The Walking Dead video game, A New Day.  This five-part series will last through the summer and take players on an intense journey through the world of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, where every decision has tangible consequences.  The game was released on PSN, PC and Mac today, and is coming soon for XBLA.  Until then, take a look at the exciting trailer after the break.

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What Should Be in NECA’s Prometheus Toy Line?

For me, one of the most exciting reveals at Toy Fair was NECA’s announcement that they would be releasing a toy line for Prometheus. Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie looks incredibly ambitious and insanely cool, and (I hope) may end up being the best film of the Summer. While many details about the movie are still shrouded in mystery, from what we’ve seen so far it looks like there will be no shortage of visually dynamic stuff just begging to be captured in plastic. I though it would be fun to go place some guesses on what the upcoming Prometheus toy line could look like…

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