call of duty black ops

How do you gauge when a game has truly "made it" in this day and age? Units sold? Metacritic score? Hard to say. If there were any doubts before though that "Call of Duty: Black Ops" hadn't made it, you can now wipe those doubts away. Not only is the 2010 hit getting a downloadable Games On Demand release next week on Xbox Live, it is also now officially supported with a multiplayer-focused iOS guide published by BradyGames. You should also check out the new trailer for next week's zombie map, "Call of the Dead." Because it's awesome and stuff.

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soulcalibur 4

There's a new "Mortal Kombat" on store shelves now, and the word is that it's pretty damn good. Between that and "Street Fighter 4" its been a good couple of years for fighting games. That said, the "Soulcalibur" series has been notably absent since 2008, when the fourth game in the series was released. Although it was great (and featured "Star Wars" characters!), "Soulcalibur" really peaked as a series with its third installment, "Soulcalibur 2." Can it recapture that former glory as "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" did? It looks like we'll get our first glimpse of the possibilities sometime next month.

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call of duty black ops

Hopefully you've already seen the new trailer from Activision for the "Call of the Dead" zombies map in next week's Escalation DLC for "Call of Duty: Black Ops." If you haven't, go watch it. Right now. We're going to talk about it after the jump, the various new features revealed and possibly revealed in the generous-yet-still-painfully-short series of images that flash by. Spoilers(?) and screen caps to come. You've been warned.

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call of duty black ops

Excitement has been steadily mounting for next week's release of the second map pack for "Call of Duty: Black Ops." All of this despite the fact that Activision and Treyarch have shown little more than a half-second of footage from the new zombie map, Call of the Dead.

Well. That changes today. Hit the jump and press play.

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satoru iwata

I don't think anyone can really say that Nintendo did a poor job with the Wii. It perhaps isn't what some gamers were hoping for in the company's current-generation console, but it has nonetheless been an unqualified success, particularly in contributing to the exponential growth of the so-called "casual" gaming market. Despite that success, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata has some regrets, which he shared at an investors' conference this morning.

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phantasy star online 2

It's okay if you can't keep up with the many twists and turns that the "Phantasy Star" series has taken over the years. All you need to know for today's news is that "Phantasy Star Online," which was the series' first step into an Internet-connected world as a year 2000 Dreamcast release, has a numbered sequel in the works. The multiplayer action-RPG is said to be coming to Windows PCs later this year, and today brings a few new details about what the gameplay might entail.

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max payne 3

We learned a few new details about "Max Payne 3" earlier this month, including what brings the game's setting from New York to Brazil and how the design is informed by "Half-Life." Today brings an additional update from Rockstar Games, including some new facts about the game's story and presentation.

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shigeru miyamoto

As is often the case with any online store, Nintendo has had varying levels of success with its download-focused e-nitiatives, WiiWare and DSiWare. Now that the 3DS is here and features more integrated web connectivity than any Nintendo release before it, an online shopping portal has been a foregone conclusion. The 3DS eShop is set to arrive via an update sometime next month, and top Nintendo creative Shigeru Miyamoto promises to deliver content for it that is designed to please gamers by making use of the 3DS' unique features.

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call of duty black ops

Escalation, the second map pack to be released this year for "Call of Duty: Black Ops," is arriving next week, on May 3. The DLC, which will arrive on Xbox 360 first and on PS3/PC at some unspecified future date, adds four multiplayer maps and one co-op zombies map to the game, just like the previous pack, First Strike, did. A pair of new videos offers an in-depth look at Escalation; nothing on the new zombies map, Call of the Dead, of course, but plenty of action from Hotel, Zoo, Convoy and Stockpile, in two separate videos embedded after the jump.

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playstation network

Sony's PlayStation Network went down late last Wednesday, along with the company's Qrirocity music service. The system failure was reported by Sony to be the result of an "external intrusion," a PlayStation Blog post revealed. An additional update was offered on Saturday, though there's still no indication of when service will be restored for the million of affected users.

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