The holiday season is nearly upon us and that means there are sure to be a ton of gaming deals cropping up in the coming weeks. Those of you ready to jump into the madness that is Black Friday especially have some good deals to keep your eye on. In fact, Walmart should probably be your first stop. Read More...

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Everything you need to know about the weird disconnect at the heart of Ubisoft's "Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth" can be found in the review package the publisher sent along for the Kinect release. The T-rated motion-controlled fighting game included a pair of those rubber Hulk hands you may or may not see kids smacking each other around with.

What do I, allegedly a grown man, need with a pair of Hulk hands? I mean, sure they're fun to slip on, and alright, I posed for them in a couple of pictures, but who wouldn't? Alright, so maybe I'm loving the fact that I have a pair of the Hulk hands, but so it goes with the game: with its shallow fighting mechanics and barely-there storytelling, it doesn't make sense that this is a T-rated game, and might not offer much for that audience beyond a few furious opening minutes. But this is a game aimed squarely at younger players, and I'm not really sure how "Marvel Avengers Battle For Earth" squeaked out of Ubisoft HQ with a T instead of an E.

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I won't wax on about how the promises of one Peter Molyneux never quite live up to reality, nor will I harangue skeptics about the potential of Kinect. Like many other Kinect titles, Fable: The Journey relies a bit too much on a few gimmicky motions to feign a sense of gameplay while the machine furrows its brow in a vein attempt to figure out what this hu-man is trying to do. Truthfully, Journey isn't a terrible game per se; it's just kinda... there... as a show piece of several game-like mechanics cobbled together to form an interactive product. That said, I enjoyed what worked (when it worked) and when it wouldn't... well I didn't have a controller to throw in anger.

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This is one of those weeks where one can celebrate the diverse output of the game industry, with several high-profile titles making their debut across some pretty diverse genres. You've got a first-person, stealth-focused action game in Dishonored, alien hunting strategy in XCOM: Enemy Unknown; a trio of new Kinect titles. Plus a slew of titles we couldn't get to this week like Blood Bowl, Port Royale, or the new Atlus-published RPG Code of Princess on the 3DS.

The one disappointment: no exclusive titles for the Vita this week, which is threatening to atrophy and die from lack of support.

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Pac-Man and Co. have hit the screen flaunting numerous visual styles over the years and it looks like Namco Bandai wants to change things up once again. However, they've decided to approach things a little differently this time by allowing fans of the franchise to decide which art style they like the best! Read More...

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Angry Birds has dominated the mobile gaming space since it was first released back in 2009. Since then it's been downloaded millions of times across an array of mobile platforms and has even shown up on PC, set-top boxes and Samsung TVs. But today the Angry Birds are invading our living rooms in whole new way as Rovio and Activision have teamed up to deliver the Angry Birds Trilogy on Xbox 360, PS3 and 3DS! Read More...

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Activision and Treyarch's highly-anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be on display at this year's GameStop Expo 2012. While we've already seen previews of the single player portion, Activision revealed the Gamestop Expo will be the first time players can get their hands on the online multiplayer component. This is also the first time consumers will be allowed to attend the expo and upwards of 50 game, device, and accessory exhibitors will be on deck. Read More...

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Wreckateer
It's been long established concept that smashing things is lots of fun. Think back to when you were a kid, and remember what the best part about building something up was... to knock it all down. For some reason most people find so much joy in seeing something get destroyed, especially if it's at their own hands. It seems like someone on the development team over at Iron Galaxy decided to play on the human race's naturally destructive nature and craft a game around feeding that sick pleasure. Wreckateer isn't the first game to put players in control of a destruction crew, and it won't be the last, but this game actually lets the player do the dirty work themselves by taking advantage of Kinect.
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Nothing beats a good sale and now that Steam has finished up their insane Summer Sale it looks like Best Buy wants a turn providing us with cheap games. The electronics retailer has slashed the prices on well over 100 different games and accessories, with top titles like Gears of War 3 going for $15. Read More...

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Looks like the Hit Monkey reveal was Marvel, High Moon Studios, and Activision punking us.

Find out what the comic company has planned through 2012 and beyond in this recap of the SDCC panel.
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