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Akai Katana Review

As any self-respecting ‘shmup’ fanatic already knows, CAVE’s developers have been releasing quality bullet-hell titles for over two decades, earning their title as the true kings of the genre.  Previously unavailable outside of Japan, Rising Star Games has published one of CAVE’s latest titles, Akai Katana, domestically as an Xbox 360 exclusive.  It’s big on fun, but a bit short on content with an unfortunately poor presentation and steep price tag.

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New Sleeping Dogs Screenshots Released

Have you ever wanted to see someone get brutally slapped across the face with a fish?  Yes, of course you have.  Well look no further than these new screenshots for the upcoming open-world action game Sleeping Dogs, which show off some of the brilliantly brutal aspects of the game’s combat.

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Comics Korner: The Week of Dark Horse

The spotlight shines brightly on Dark Horse this week for delivering some of the strongest comics on the shelves.  A murder-mystery involving a down-to-earth alien and the beginning of an epic new Star Wars tale really stand out from the crowd; keep reading to find out why.

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New Kingdom Hearts 3D Screenshots Reveal Two Locales

Square Enix continues to whet our appetites for Kingdom Hearts 3D by releasing more and more screenshots, the newest of which showcase the Country of Musketeers and La Cité Des Cloches (The City of Bells) from the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  They’re all just a click away, so keep reading and take a look!

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TV Korner: Man Men 5.10 – “Christmas Waltz”

This week’s Mad Men moves the plot along, as we start to approach the finale of the incredible season, with some plot points falling into place– or rather, falling apart– for the team at SCDP.  This week also sees the return of Paul Kinsey, the ad man left behind when Lane fired Don and company from McCann so they could start their own business.

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GI Joe Retaliation Ninja Showdown 3-Packs Are A Good Deal

On top of the single-carded figures, Hasbro’s new GI Joe Retaliation line will also feature some themed 3-packs, made up predominantly of repaints and main character variants, with a few surprises thrown in to keep things interesting. Under the label “Ninja Showdown,” the first two sets– available as part of the Retaliation launch on May 28th– earn the name with lots of ninja action.

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Saving The Best For Last: GI Joe Retaliation Red Ninja and Joe Trooper

Ending our look at GI Joe Retaliation Wave One, we’ve got a pair of troop builders that complete the collection, and quite frankly, put the rest of the line to shame. The GI Joe Trooper and the Red Ninja remind us that when Hasbro wants to bring their “A” game, they still can– these figures are sure to be the most popular in the assortment.

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GI Joe Retaliation Wave One Duke & Cobra Commander

Continuing our look at GI Joe Retaliation Wave One, here’s a look at Duke and Cobra Commander. The Joe leader and the villainous head of Cobra are the final two character figures in the new assortment, and both make decent– if not Earth-shattering– additions to the Retaliation ranks.

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X-O Manowar #1 Has a 2nd Printing On The Way

Valiant just posted a press release with some great news – not only have they sold through the entire first run of X-O Manowar #1, the second printing will hit shelves in June with a brand new wraparound variant cover.  In case you missed our coverage of the book, I was impressed to say the least.  Check out the full press release from Valiant, which includes the release dates of their upcoming titles and a hi-res shot of the slick new variant cover of X-O:

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Max Payne 3 Review

With its last entry having been released nearly ten years ago and its sequel suffering numerous delays and setbacks, the future of the Max Payne franchise looked bleak for a while.  When the first footage of Max Payne 3 was finally rolled out last year, I was admittedly a bit apprehensive about the drastic changes apparent to the game’s trademark aesthetic that I remembered so fondly.  Some hands-on time at this year’s PAX East alleviated most of my concerns but, now that I’ve had an adequate amount of time with the game, I can tell you, as a huge fan of the series, this title could not have turned out better.  Even with the insanely high bar I had set for it, Max Payne 3 exceeded all my expectations.

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