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Gears of War 3 out September

Gears of War, the popular, and ever so gory, third -person shooter series now has an official release date for its third and final installment. Gears of War 3, which was originally set to be released sometime this spring, now has an official release date of September 20, 2011 (IGN).  IGN also states that there is some speculation as to whether the game will use Kinect, Microsoft’s new motion sensor technology for the Xbox 360.
I’m sorry, but what?  Motion sensors for a shooting game?  Don’t get me wrong, I think Kinect is a really cool concept.  Motion sensing technology without a controller is a fantastic idea.  But how that could possibly be efficient in shooter?  Imagine, when you have to go into cover, you dive behind your couch.  Or maybe baseball pitch motion could activate a grenade toss.  Either way, it just sounds ridiculous in concept, and I’m pretty sure that most people playing Gears of War are not avid Kinect gamers.

And that, my friends, is what really grinds my gears of war.

– Michael Thal

Marvel vs. Capcom, a series that we thought ended over a decade ago, is now back and packing a punch with its third installment.  The new game, MvC3 is very different from the other two games in the series, but I’ll try not to get too technical for all the casual gamers reading this.  So here it goes.

Upon starting the game, you’ll immediately notice a change in graphics from the previous versions.  The stages and characters are in full 3D, despite the 2D gameplay.  The amount of characters has been reduced from a whopping 56 in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 to mere 36 in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (no you don’t have enough characters to choose from 😛 ).  This is actually really nice though, because each character is unique and they are now (mostly) balanced.  The controls have also been changed, but again, I won’t get too technical.


Guitar Hero, the party game series we all know and love, is being shut down by its production company, Activision. That’s right, no more Guitar Hero games. Keep in mind, this does not rule out the competitor series Rock Band, but it’s still a big deal. Why? Because Activision wants to “focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”  In other words, Activision is using these newfound resources to expand on its popular franchise, Call of Duty.

I’ll admit, I don’t like the Call of Duty games, but I have much respect for them. I understand that they have a mass appeal, great online game play, and bring in tons money. But if Activision really wants to continue with the series, they’re going to have to do something exceptional with it.

When Guitar Hero II came out, people loved it. It really reached the mainstream and with its exceptional soundtrack and game play (for the time). Even today, it’s still an arguable favorite amongst gamers. Sometime after Guitar Hero III though, people started getting tired of the series. They felt like the new editions were all very similar and at a full $60 price. I think Call of Duty could suffer the same fate as Guitar Hero. People love it now, but it will probably be outdated eventually. Personally, I think that Call of Duty is starting to go downhill. It’s not at the bottom by any means, but it’s on its way. I have a lot of respect for Call of Duty, but unless Activision does something revolutionary soon, it could get fragged.

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