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Feature: Resistance 2 vs Killzone 2

Feature: Resistance 2 vs Killzone 2 50°
370w ago - It's a Dual Shock-shooter showdown! We load you up on all the details on two of the PlayStation 3's biggest titles of 2008.

Master Chief may have pwned 2007, but he's about to get trounced by two heavyweights. Resistance 2 and Killzone 2 are slated for a fall release, priming 2008 to be the banner year for shooters. Even better, PlayStation 3 should see a big boost due to the exclusivity of these games to the console.

Both are gunning for the spotlight, but it will be up to gamers to decide which comes out in the lead. We dissect both shooters, giving you a heads-up as to what you can expect from two of this year's most anticipated titles.

Weapons

Resistance 2

A shooter isn't a shooter if it doesn't have cool weapons. Resistance had them in spades, which isn't surprising given Insomniac's track record of packing tons of awesome weapons in its Ratchet and Clank games. The company has remained quiet on what firearms will populate the sequel's arsenal, but we're fairly certain everything from the original will make a return.

Standards like the M5A2 Carbine and L23 Fareye sniper rifle fulfill the need for some real firepower; however, it's the experimental weaponry that gets our interest piqued. Hedgehog grenades better be returning in Resistance 2 so we...
 

Analysts lay out '08 expectations

Analysts lay out '08 expectations 50°
370w ago - Colin Sebastian banks on consoles for the first half, PCs for back end of the year, while DFC Intelligence projects hardcore fare to define the market.

With the first month of 2008 nearly in the books, industry analysts are wrapping up their latest round of predictions for what the coming year will mean to gaming.

In a note to investors this morning, Lazard Capital Markets' Colin Sebastian picked out two trends to watch for. For the first half of the year, Sebastian expects growth in console gaming to be a big story thanks to the release of high-profile games like Devil May Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Metal Gear Solid 4. However, Sebastian expects the PC market to gain prominence after June, buffeted on the strength of releases for Activision Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Starcraft II, as well as Electronic Arts' Spore.

Will Wright's intergalactic life sim isn't the only EA game Sebastian is looking forward to. The analyst listed a number of other interesting titles from the publisher slated for its next fiscal year, which runs from this coming April through March, 2009. In addition to a new Burnout, Sebastian listed the BioWare role-playing game Dragon Age, an as-yet unconfirmed F1 racing game, and a new Fight Night on the company's expected fiscal 2009 release...
 

Stuff's guide to buying a new PC

Stuff's guide to buying a new PC 50°
370w ago - Buying a new computer is probably the most confusing shopping experience for techno-newbies.

As soon as you're in the door you see rows of seemingly identical computers, plastered with stickers full of technobabble.

But it's not as confusing as it first looks. You don't have to understand the ins and outs of microprocessors to make a smart buy.

The first choice you'll have is between desktop and laptop. Dollar for dollar you'll get better value from a desktop, but most people prefer the smaller size and convenience of a laptop computer.

If you can afford it you can buy a laptop with enough grunt to play the latest video games, but generally desktops are a better option for this because you can add new graphics cards or upgrade the RAM much more easily and cheaply to keep the specs current.

For day to day stuff a laptop is a better option for most people. You'll pay a bit more for the same power but it takes up less room and is easier to move about.

It's cheaper to actually build your own PC from parts you choose yourself, but this requires a fair bit of time and know-how (though not as much as you might think). Some online retailers like ascent.co.nz may be able to help you do a custom build too.

Macs vs PCs is an argument you can never win,...
 

2008: Boom or Bust?

2008: Boom or Bust? 100°
370w ago - January 29, 2008 - 2007 came, saw, and conquered all expectations anybody had for the gaming industry. With huge blockbuster titles like Halo 3, Ratchet and Clank: Future of Destruction, Crysis, and Super Mario Galaxy covering all platforms, last year was a veritable gamer's nirvana.

But coming off of that high, will 2008 stack up? The question is on everyone's mind and yet nobody can reach any agreements.

What most people can agree on is that profits in 2008 will not match those of 2007. How could they? 2007 will go down as one of the most profitable years ever for the industry, as it broke into the mainstream consciousness with the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises and banked an overall hefty $18 billion in sales.

2008 already brags a decent lineup of video games, the sheer magnitude and quality of 2007's titles won't be beaten for quite some time. That doesn't mean, though, that 2008 will be the death of the industry as pundits seem to think.

While sources agree that video games in 2008 will probably only earn a relatively miniscule $10 billion, this is still a positive sign of a growing industry. Hardware sales jumped in 2007 as well, riding the wave of software. 2007 was the year to buy a console, and most people will only buy one or two consoles per generation....
 

Devil May Cry Anime U.S. Release Likely Canceled

Devil May Cry Anime U.S. Release Likely Canceled 50°
370w ago - The North American release of the Devil May Cry anime series may have been canceled by publisher ADV Films, according to a recent report from ICv2. The report, which indicates a broad number of domestic cancellations on ADV's part, including the Devil May Cry series, has since been pulled from the site, but is still available via Google Cache.

Despite being announced in December for a February 5 release, absolutely no references to Devil May Cry currently exist on ADV Films' Web site. These references, however, are also still available as cached pages.

We contacted both Capcom and ADV Films to learn more.

Capcom reps told us that while they can't speak for ADV Films' release schedule, a cancellation of the DVD release of the series would not affect the Devil May Cry 4 Collector's Edition. It comes with the first disc of the DVD release, containing 4 episodes of the cartoon, which may now be the only option for those looking for an English language release.

We have yet to hear back from ADV reps. Word from ADV to retailers listed some 37 titles as "on indefinite hiatus, effective immediately" but the title is still listed as shipping on February 5 at retailers like Amazon and CD Universe.

We'll update if we hear more details.
 

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