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PAX East 2012: Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line sees the return of the long-running series and its first foray into the modern generation of consoles (the last title was Spec Ops: Airborne Commando back in 2002). Publisher 2K’s impressive military themed booth– complete with a post-apocalyptic bus– contained a lengthy single-player demo of the game that offered players a glimpse of its realistic third-person combat and engaging story. We went hands-on with the game, spoke with the lead writer Walt Williams and Survival Expert Reggie to find out everything we could about this promising new military-themed shooter from Yager Development.
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PAX East 2012: On the Floor with Triforce

 

Among the maze of crowded booths, flashing LCD displays, and booming soundsystems, Triforce’s elegantly subtle presentation demanded the attention of passers-by. Being unveiled to the public for the first time were several new prop collectibles straight from some of your favorite games. To say these pieces looked amazing would be a gross understatement and, while photos can’t do them justice, we have shots and impressions of each one.

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PAX East: Double Dragon Neon

If the phrases “bro-op” and “dude-bro synergy” don’t make you chuckle, you can just get out of your chair right now and walk away, probably to do something decidedly not manly. Still here? Yeah, I thought so.

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PAX East: Aliens: Colonial Marines

One of the more popular attractions at this year’s PAX East was without a doubt Aliens: Colonial Marines– and with good reason. People waited patiently in line for nearly three hours at a time for a glimpse at some gameplay footage and a hands-on multiplayer build of this highly anticipated title. We were able to check out what Sega had to offer and, whether you’re a fan of the Alien franchise or not, it’s looking damn impressive.

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PAX East 2012 Coverage Starts This Weekend

PAX East 2012 is only days away and Kastor’s Korner will be hitting the floor of the Boston Convention & Expo Center, navigating the labyrinth of booths to get hands-on time with everything our favorite publishers are showing off. There’s already been some big announcements and many more will likely surface during the show — so before we hit the road, here’s a look at some of the stuff we’re most excited to see at this year’s convention.
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COMICS KORNER: Avengers vs. X-Men’s Big Debut

This week marks the advent of several huge new things for Marvel. Avengers vs. X-Men #1 is finally upon us, along with the new Marvel AR app and the premiere Infinite comic. Has all the hype been worth it? Read on to find out!

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A Bold New Direction for the Ninja Gaiden Franchise

Although Tecmo has been publishing Ninja Gaiden titles dating back to 1989, the series really hit its stride in 2004 when Team Ninja and director Tomonobu Itagaki (of Dead or Alive fame) developed a reboot in 2004. After spending five years in development, the new Ninja Gaiden quickly appealed to hardcore gamers with its exciting adventure storyline, deep combat system, streamlined visuals, and challenging gameplay. Now, with a new creative team behind the helm, Ninja Gaiden 3 has been released to mixed fan reactions – but are their concerns justified?

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.3 – “Tea Leaves”

After last week’s nigh-flawless double premiere, I had my doubts that this week’s episode of Mad Men would be able to match up. It didn’t, but average by this show’s standards is still pretty fantastic, so who am I to complain?
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Does the New Avengers Trailer Reveal What Aliens are Invading Earth?

A new Avengers spot started making the rounds on TV and online recently. Not only does the trailer continue to tease us with more awesome-looking (and appropriately big-scale action), but we get a much better look at the alien army being controlled by Loki.We know they’re not Skrulls, but could the alien menace be the Korbinites?
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Ron Burgundy Announces Anchorman Sequel On Conan

I’m in a glass cage of emotion right now. After years of false starts and hopeful rumors, a sequel to the incredible movie Anchorman is officially a go! Will Ferrell made the announcement in-character as Ron Burgundy on Conan last night, but how did he break the news?

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Are Michael Bay’s TMNT Plans Worth the Nerd-Rage?

Next year there will be a new live-action movie version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming at us from Michael Bay (he of Transformers infamy), and the producer’s recent hints that the Turtles’ origin is being revamped met lots of harsh feedback from fans online. But even if the continuity-screwing turns out to be true, this professed Turtles fan has to ask– is there enough to TMNT to get up-in-arms about in the first place?
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Comics Korner: Week of 3/28/2012

            After returning from a whirlwind week in Paris, France where I was lucky enough to experience the comic culture firsthand (they LOVE comics over there), I’m back to the familiar racks of the États-Unis.  Next week will finally bring the arrival of the hotly anticipated Avengers vs. X-Men #1, but this week still has plenty of incredible comics on offer.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.1 – “A Little Kiss”

It’s been a long year and a half wait for AMC’s Mad Men to return to the air, and this week’s double-length premiere had a lot to offer us starving SCDP addicts. As we enter 1966 with Don Draper and his fellow ad men, the scene is immediately set for a whole new world, between the burgeoning civil rights movement, and some major personal changes to contend with at the same time.
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Mass Effect 3’s Campaign Falls Short of Expectations

Mass Effect 3 hit shelves earlier this month to record hype– the fervor emanating from Bioware’s rabid fanbase was almost insurmountable. I personally was dizzy with excitement on March 5th just waiting for the hours to run down to 12am so I could speed home and begin a marathon playthrough of the game that would no doubt be regarded as one of the greatest works of science fiction ever produced. This is, after all, the culmination of hundreds of hours of intense gaming over the course of five years– an epic finale for the cast of characters gamers have come to love so much.
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Check Out the First Image of TV’s Green Arrow

The CW has a pilot in the works based on DC’ Green Arrow, and the first image of the emerald archer has hit the net. The Nolan-y take on Ollie is out there, but does the seriousness of this image translate to the CW’s being serious about taking this show to full series?
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