Obviously, 2K Marin's "XCOM" series reboot is drastically different from its predecessors. Actually, drastic is an understatement. It's difficult to find too many similarities between the '90's tactical games and what is now a brightly colored first-person shooter.

During an E3 demo, however, 2K insisted that strategy will still play a role in the game.

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Halo: Reach space combatBungie has both good news and bad news for everyone who got excited about space combat in their "Halo: Reach" trailer that showed up in Microsoft's E3 media event Monday. The good news is that you'll still be able to fly around in spaceships in co-op mode, but the bad news is that you won't be able to engage in "Wing Commander"-style dogfights during normal multiplayer battles.

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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

When we first learned that "Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood" would have multiplayer, there was some concern that the mode would be tacked on to justify another $60 purchase. Having played a handful of adversarial matches, however, it's obvious that the mode fits in with the rest of the franchise extremely well.

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"Monkey Island 2: Special Edition" is looking fantastic. If the franchise's first special edition was an update to a beloved classic, LucasArts' second outing is an amazing piece of fan service. It's clear, based on the new features, that the development team has listened closely to player feedback.

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Portal 2

Ever since the dawn of "Portal," the prospect of that gameplay with a second person is just slightly mind-bending. It seems the reality is just as mind-bending, as I attempted to survive a handful of "Portal 2" co-op test chambers with Valve's Erik Wolpaw.

Co-op features a completely different story and set of challenges from the single-player game. When teaming up, you'll control one of two robots...one made from an old GladOS personality sphere and another made from a broken-down turret. Your character doesn't affect your abilities, though, as both robots act exactly like the hero did in the original game.

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The Force Unleashed 2

Fans of LucasArts' "The Force Unleashed" can expect some new abilities and gameplay improvements when the sequel launches on October 26th. During an E3 demo, the developers revealed a couple of new abilities they hope will lure gamers back to control Vader's betrayed apprentice.

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Target

So there may have just been a new Xbox 360 model announced, but that costs $299! Wouldn't you prefer something more, um, free? Well, thanks to Target, we've got an Xbox 360 Arcade to give away. It's Target's way of getting the word out about their weekly deal ($199 Xbox 360 arcade, which comes with a $30 gift card).

Entry is about as easy as it gets. All you need to do is follow the MTV Multiplayer Twitter account and re-tweet the message that talks about winning an Xbox 360! We'll select one of the RT'ers at random, but make sure you're a follower of MTV Multiplayer, or we won't be able to DM you to get your contact info!

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's video game legacy was secured long before his death. "Moonwalker" put him on the map in arcades and on the Sega Genesis. Nearly a year after The King Pop's passing, however, Ubisoft teased a new Jackson-themed multi-platform title at E3 and released just a few more details about what they have planned.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3

I've played "Marvel vs Capcom 3," and it's brilliant. It's exactly what I would want in a sequel to my favorite fighting game of all time. I tore up Chris Redfield with Deadpool, slammed Hulk against the wall with Iron Man's epic laser, and had my poor Morrigan's health meter decimated by Dante (also playable on hand were Ryu, Captain America, Wolverine, & Felicia). If not perceivably faster that "MvC 2" the game also felt considerably streamlined, thanks to a -- currently unofficially named -- "Air Combo" button.

Thankfully, Capcom's Seth Killian was on hand to explain the purpose for including the new button.
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You're looking at the future of Xbox 360 hardware and it's being shipped to store shelves today. Microsoft unveiled the next design of the Xbox 360, which features a notably smaller case, built-in WiFi, a 250GB hard drive and a $299 price tag.

During a behind-closed-door session with Microsoft, I got some hands-on time with the new design and there's some unexpected changes to take note of. Most of the buttons on the console are touch-sensitive, like on the PS3, so you really just need to rest your finger over the power or eject button for it to activate.

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