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Sound Shapes Review

Music has always played an important role in video games. In the case of many classic titles, the soundtrack is what you’ll remember long after you’ve beaten them, whether they required you to hold a plastic instrument or not. Sound Shapes integrates music with gameplay in a breathtakingly refreshing way and finally gives the PS Vita (and/or PS3) its own unique gem that’s an absolute must-buy.

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Sleeping Dogs Mission Walkthrough

Square Enix released another video recently showing a walkthrough of a full mission from the upcoming game Sleeping Dogs. From the looks of it, United Front Games has crafted an absolutely incredible open-world action game that’s as diverse as it is brutally violent. Check out the video after the break.

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Comics Korner: Week of August 1, 2012

This week: Swamp Thing and Animal Man finally cross paths, Before Watchmen takes advantage of its mature rating, and Matt Murdock’s life starts to suck again (it was only a matter of time). Keep reading for the details on some of this week’s best releases!

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Comics Korner: Doctor Atlantis Review

Indie publisher Rare Earth Comics from Hartford, Connecticut, just released a new graphic novel following the adventures of a determined doctor/sea captain, his trusty dog and his mysterious newfound accomplice. This combination of steampunk and Allan Quatermain makes for a fun (and sometimes deadly serious) romp on the high seas. Read on for the full review!

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Get Kingdom Hearts 3D Three Days Early

If you live in the New York City area and want to get your hands on the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game a few days early, Square Enix has you covered. The game publisher recently announced the official Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance North American Launch Event, which will take place Saturday, July 28 at the Nintendo World Store in NYC.  Keep reading for all the details.

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Comics Korner: Minutemen #2 Review

The biggest comic convention in the world starts up this week, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of excitement on the comic racks.  Namely, Darwyn Cooke’s Minutemen #2, which singlehandedly validates the very existence of the Before Watchmen series.  Read on to find out why.

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Now That’s What I Call (Final Fantasy) Music! Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Review

There’s nothing quite like a sweeping, dramatic orchestral piece to send shivers down your spine.  The music of the Final Fantasy games has always been regarded as some of the highest caliber in the industry, even when it relied on 8-bit sounds and relatively simple melodies.  Theatrhythm serves as a “Greatest Hits” compilation for every numbered Final Fantasy game of the last 25 years, wrapped up in totally addictive gameplay with tons of polish.

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The Amazingly Average Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man just is.  It’s entertaining sometimes, it’s not bad but it’s not that good either.  Leaving the theater and trying to formulate an opinion of what I’d just watched, I tried to decide if there was more good than bad.  I eventually came to the conclusion that I was probably putting more effort into forming my opinion of the film than the writers actually spent writing it, and therein lies the film’s main issue: it’s simply another by-the-numbers superhero film that could have been so much more.

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Comics Korner: Week of 6/27/12

 

The wait for Spaceman was getting a little bit ridiculous, but it has returned this week along with a host of other great books.  The talented Gregg Hurwitz has taken over writing duties on the Dark Knight, and Before Watchmen continues with Nite Owl number one.  Keep reading for the details on these titles and more, and keep in mind that comics ship next Thursday instead of Wednesday (July 4th) in the U.S.

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Brave Review

As hard as I try not to, I just can’t stop committing the cardinal sin of comparing every new Pixar film to the ones that came before.  If you can somehow manage to avoid doing that, you’ll really enjoy Brave; it’s a technical masterpiece, the voice acting is top notch, and it has some of the strongest humor of any Pixar film to date.  It feels more Disney than Disney-Pixar, but Brave still has plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy.

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Mark Waid’s Digital Comics Continue to Thrill

We already championed our support for Mark Waid’s free weekly digital comics back in the beginning of May, when the team at Thrillbent.com debuted its very first comic.  Now that the creators are getting more comfortable with the format and the stories are really starting to take off, I think it’s time to bring this great site to our readers’ attention once again.

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Comics Korner: Week of 6/20/12

This week, Before Watchmen messes with history, Daredevil somehow manages to keep getting better, and Wonder Woman gives Hades himself some romantic advice.  Check out all the details inside!

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Gravity Rush Review

I remember playing the Gravity Rush trial about four months ago on a PS Vita demo unit, and I remember making up my mind about buying one right then and there.  Among the stylish comic book cutscenes, the unique graphics and the completely cool gravity control mechanic, I was sold.  Now that I’ve had ample time to get used to the controls and fall in love with the game’s charming qualities, I can state with confidence that SCE Japan Studio has crafted one of the best games of the year, portable or otherwise.

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Comics Korner: Bats, Owls and Watchmen

Batman finally takes the fight to the Court of Owls in this week’s issue.  Also, Batgirl beats a guy up and feels bad about it and we learn that the Silk Spectre grew up in a 1960s high school drama.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.13 – “The Phantom”

After last week’s emotional powerhouse of an episode, this week’s Mad Men ended the fifth season on a comparatively low note.  Some stories were brought to an abrupt end while others just began, and some of the less prominent characters didn’t even get mentioned.  The strongest episode of the season it was not, but “The Phantom” still managed to cover a lot of ground and set the foundation for what should be a great sixth season.

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