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Batman soars in Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City Genre: Action Platforms: PS3, Xbox

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Standing on the rooftop of a building in Arkham City’s industrial district, I listen to the sounds of henchmen as they patrol the snowy streets below. Over my comm unit, the guards complain about the chill in the air and bicker back and forth. Choosing my target, I swoop down and plant two boots firmly into one of the thug’s backs, sending him crashing to the floor. In a flurry of acrobatic kicks...

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Gears of War 3 gives fans a satisfying conclusion

Gameplay shot in Gears of War 3.

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Gears of War 3 is just as much fun as you expected it to be. For longtime fans, Gears 3 is the satisfying conclusion to one of the most popular series on the Xbox 360, and one that has spawned book series, comics, toys and even board games.

The game follows Marcus Fenix and the other members of Delta Squad as they search for Marcus’ missing father. The human government on the planet...

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Longwood HS robotics team reflects on a victory

The Longwood Robotics Team sits down to talk

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

The hallways of Longwood High School in Middle Island echoed with the creaks and clanks of wheels squeaking over linoleum as an unusual looking robot sped toward my camera.

Usually these hallways are filled with shouts, laughter --  the sounds of students hurrying to class. This day,  the school belonged to the Longwood Robotics Team and its 4½ foot tall robot.

Building...

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Chillingo: Puzzles, platforming — zombies?

Screenshot Rope Rescue

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Developers Chillingo and EA recently rolled out their newest line of mobile games for the iPad, iPhone and iTouch, and there happened to be some interesting titles among the pack. Here’s a little something on each one, along with my initial impressions:

Rope Rescue

Rope Rescue is a puzzle game that may seem similar to fans of Angry Birds. Players use their bird to string...

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SpongeBob SquigglePants, trademark humor in 3-D

SpongeBob SquigglePants box

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In SpongeBob SquigglePants, players are tasked with completing challenges to be inducted into the SpongeBob SquarePants hall of fame. In the vein of WarioWare, players will tap, draw, tilt and shake their way through over 100 SpongeBob themed nanogames, microscopic activities that last for five seconds each. Each level consists of 20 rounds, during which players must complete challenges at ever-increasing...

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Watch live video from Comic-Con in San Diego

Costumed characters walk to preview night on Wednesday

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Comic-Con 2011 kicked off Wednesday night at the San Diego Convention Center, and today promises to be full of even more exciting events, panels and reveals.

We're particularly looking forward to learning about the future of the Halo franchise along with news of Capcom's upcoming games, like Asura's Wrath and Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

This weekend is sure to be packed with...

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Set the court on fire in NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

A screenshot from NBA Jam: On Fire Edition

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NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is a refined version of last year’s reboot on the Nintendo Wii that is finally available for Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network. As a fan of the original NBA Jam, it was great to be able to get back on the court with one of the most fun arcade sports games around. On Fire Edition focuses on intense 2-on-2 pickup games with hilariously animated versions...

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Battlefield 3 multiplayer impresses, graphics fall short

A screen from Battlefield 3, in stores October

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EA games held its annual Hot for the Holidays show July 19 at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. The company's major holiday games were on display, and the news media had the opportunity to get their hands on some of the year's hottest titles.

The highly anticipated Battlefield 3 was one of the most popular titles at the show, and for good reason. EA has worked hard to improve upon the...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 video game

A scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly

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"Harry Potter" fans can now finish Harry’s story on their own terms with this movie game. Deathly Hallows Part 2 faithfully follows the actual scenes from the movie, which was surprising considering most movie games veer off topic quicker than a faulty broomstick. The cut scenes and even a lot of the dialogue came from the movie itself, which really made me feel like I was experiencing...

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina remains a classic

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Title: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DConsole: Nintendo 3DSRating: Everyone 10+

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is widely considered the best game in the Zelda series, having been a fan favorite since its debut in 1998. Nintendo has brought back Ocarina of Time to its newest 3-D handheld with upgraded graphics, 3-D capabilities and improved gameplay.

Ocarina of Time is the...

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