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Rebellion Developments' 2005 third-person shooter "Sniper Elite" offered a different flavor of World War II shooter. The game emphasized taking a cautious approach to combat situations, employing stealth and the sniper protagonist's natural gifts for marksmanship in bringing the fight to the enemy. This was complicated by the game's use of real bullet physics, forcing players to account for elements like bullet drop and wind speed in lining up the perfect shot. It's no "Call of Duty," but the game was well-received by critics and fans who appreciated a little less guns blazing action in their shooter. Those people should be pleased today then, as Rebellion has announced the coming of a "Sniper Elite" sequel.

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The game industry suffered a major loss earlier this year when Activision made good on a closure recommendation issued to "Geometry Wars" and "Project Gotham Racing" developer Bizarre Creations. Attempts were made to sell the flagging studio, but it was ultimately shuttered when no buyers stepped forward. It turns out that the Bizarre bosses were even given the chance to buy the company, though they ultimately turned it down.

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When the "Mortal Kombat: Rebirth" short film popped up online last year, nobody knew what to make of it. Was it a tease for a new movie? A big-budget fan project? A figment of our collective imaginations? It turned out that it was the work of "Fame" remake director Kevin Tancheroen, who took his love for the game to the next level by bringing together some of his Hollywood pals and putting together what amounted to a pitch video. Rather than screen it behind the closed doors of a studio board room, Tancheroen put his work on the Internet to be weighed in the court of public opinion. The fans approved, and a Tancheroen-directed web series was announced soon after. Now we've learned when you can get your first taste: April 12.

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section 8 prejudice

"Section 8" was a cool online multiplayer-only shooter from TimeGate Studios that never really managed to find it's footing. The dev has been working on a sequel to the 2009 release, "Section 8: Prejudice," a download-only title that will feature more content than the original game offered. We knew the game was getting close and now there's a release date to look to-- several, really, as the game is launching for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows platforms at different times.

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la noire

At the the end of last month, Rockstar Games received the considerable honor of having the first video game to be a featured selection at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, which kicks off in a few weeks. The game is "L.A. Noire" of course, the studio's May-releasing open-world film noir, which is notable for using a new type of motion capture technology which reproduces an actor's facial expressions and mannerisms with an unparalleled level of accuracy. In a rare interview, Rockstar co-founder and vice president of creative Dan Houser sat down to chat about the upcoming release and the present-day state of the video game industry.

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It's always sad to see a game get cancelled. If it reaches the point that a cancellation needs to happen, then it's also gone far enough for some amount of hard work to have been put in on the project. Once it's canned, all of that effort turns out to be for nothing. So have a little sympathy for the frustration some of the folks at Electronic Arts must be feeling today as planned releases of a Wii port of "Dead Space 2" and a sequel to "The Simpsons Game" are pushed aside to make room for more important projects.

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"Call of Duty: Black Ops" continues to be one of the most popular online games to play even now, five months after its release. Activision promised that 2011 would be a big year for add-on content for the game, and fans have already been serviced with one map pack, "First Strike." We all know that another is coming soon, and today brings the first indication of when: May 3.

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killzone 3

"Killzone 3" hit stores on February 22, and while it hasn't been a hotbed of glitches the way certain other new releases have been, like any newly released game it is not without its problems and tweak needs. A patch is arriving tomorrow to address just those issues, and since you're going to have to download it anyway, Guerilla Games went and threw in a little bonus in the form of a brand new feature for online play: custom games.

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gears of war 3

Excitement is riding high for "Gears of War 3" as the clock ticks down toward its September 20 release. With the multiplayer beta set to kick off at the end of this month, players will get a temporary fix... until it all stops a few weeks later, and the long wait for fall begins again. While all of us can safely assume that Epic Games plans to continue telling stories set in the "Gears" universe, you might be pleased to learn that the coming came will indeed close the book on this particular story in some definitive way.

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super mario bros 2

Most gamers are familiar with the saga of the North American release for "Super Mario Bros. 2." The game was originally released in Japan under the title "Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic" with a different cast of characters, a crew that was eventually re-skinned with Shigeru Miyamoto's beloved characters when it came out here in the United States. A new interview with Kensuke Tanabe offers further insight into the development of the original game, and the key piece of advice that came down from Miyamoto which ultimately led to the bizarre release that we know as "Super Mario Bros. 2."

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