Crysis 2

"Crysis 2" was previously expected to be in stores for the 2010 holiday season, but a new ad from EA indicates that plans have been sped up a bit to get the game out for "Autumn 2010" instead. The sequel, which EA hopes will become a "Halo-killer," will also be getting a beta release for early registrants.

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Green Day Rock Band

If you picked up "Green Day: Rock Band" this week and downloaded the "21st Century Breakdown" track pack, you've seen all the songs the game has to offer. Harmonix isn't planning on releasing additional DLC for the game, since it would require individual motion capture work and animations for every song. However, Chris Foster, the project lead on the game, isn't counting out the possibility of having more Green Day tunes in the future.

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3-D

Sony will carry the bulk of the industry 3-D console buzz into E3 next week, and Nintendo with do the same for portable gaming with its 3DS. Microsoft has been fairly quiet on the subject, however, focusing mainly on their Project Natal unveiling. They may join the pack sooner rather than later, though, if a report out of the U.K is true.

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Sega Dreamcast

More than 10 years after the Dreamcast first appeared, Sega has decided to bring back some of its most successful titles from the console. "Sonic Adventure," along with "Sonic Adventure DX" and "Crazy Taxi" were already mentioned by the ESRB, but an announcement from Sega today confirmed that they'll be the first titles in a new wave of digital re-releases.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

Since "South Park" already made the joke, we can go ahead and skip any gags about there being an "infidelity" or "terrible press conference" modes on the latest entry into the most successful video game franchise of all time. Just know that Tiger is back, and all he's doing is playing golf.

The Basics

EA Sports takes a lot of heat for not moving their sports franchises forward enough from year to year, and that argument could be made for the "Tiger Woods PGA Tour" games. They don't evolve very much from year to year, mostly because the game of golf shifts much slower than football or basketball (also, the game pretty much figured out what it was a few iterations ago, and EA is smart enough to not mess with a good thing). But "PGA Tour 11" does throw the focus on team-based competitions like the Ryder Cup (ironically, the one event that Woods hasn't dominated during his golf career). Is that new wrinkle enough to justify the new title's existence?

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Metal Gear Rising

Microsoft's press conference at E3 2009 featured the surprise reveal of "Metal Gear Solid Rising," which would be coming to the Xbox 360, in addition to the PS3. Since then, though, we haven't heard a peep about the game from anyone. All we've really had to go on is the above image, which shows series-regular, Raiden, in full cyber-ninja gear. And, surprisingly, neither has David Hayter, who is the well-known voice actor of Solid Snake and his pops, Big Boss.

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In light of the recent insanity over a potential "Mortal Kombat" movie, it seems like a perfect time to reveal the next installment of the "Mortal Kombat" franchise. You can check out the "Mortal Kombat" game trailer up top.

There's a lot to take note of in the trailer. Most notable is the 2D perspective of the game. For nearly a decade, Midway has been releasing "Mortal Kombat" games set in 3D arenas, but it looks like this new game will be a return to form. The character models and environments are in 3D, but all the gameplay seems limited to side-scrolling style, just like "Street Fighter 4."

Also, as expected, the violence is back in a big way. Chopping guys in half with giant hat blades? You bet!

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Green Day Rock Band

"Green Day: Rock Band" may not reinvent the Rock Band mold, gameplay-wise, but that doesn't mean the developers at Harmonix didn't add some extra bells and whistles for this release. One of the main focal points for this release was on recreating the feeling of being at a real Green Day concert, and the band wanted to make sure that certain concert elements were acknowledged. We spoke with Chris Foster, the project lead on "Green Day: Rock Band," about how the new crowd tech came together:

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Portal 2

Valve originally announced "Portal 2" for a 2010 launch, but delays do happen in the video game industry, and "Portal 2" has now been re-tagged to be released in 2011. The sequel, which will reportedly feature a co-op campaign and a story taking place hundreds of years after the first game.

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Alan Wake

Note: If you haven't played through "Alan Wake," you should be warned that the focus of this post is on the very ending of the game. If you don't want it spoiled for you, you should stop reading now."

I finished "Alan Wake" a few weeks ago, and since then I've been scratching my head trying to think of a more memorable final line to any video game than the one that closes Remedy's thriller. Maybe it's the game's focus on story, or the gut-wrenching cliff-hanger in which the game ends, but since I finished it, that final line keeps ringing in my head, begging for explanation. "It's not a lake, it's an ocean." Powerful and mysterious at the same time, it has since led to numerous discussions with other games writers and friends.

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