On paper, 2005's "Doom" didn't seem like it needed to be the completely ridiculous mess that it ended up becoming. It starred one of this generation's most charismatic action stars, The Rock from a screenplay by one of the guys responsible for "Arachnophobia," directed by the noted cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak who made the otherwise bad "Devil's Advocate" look good, based on a beloved franchise.

Oh, it was a video game franchise? Oh, jeez. Well, then let's tool around with the origins of the monsters a bit (moviegoers might be think demons from hell might be weird, but they'd be alright with mutants, or something, right?) and toss in a first person sequence because the games are first-person. The Rock? He'll play a bland hardass and the villain because the last thing we want this movie to be is fun. "Doom" is a terrible movie, but I can't wholly blame the studio responsible for it because the source material isn't all that great.

Bear with me here.

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If you've been imagining the setting for the next "Assassin's Creed" title, you can cross feudal Japan off your list. Ditto World War II, or ancient Egypt. Back in April, the game's Creative Director Alex Hutchinson nixed these Internet favorite locales as possibly the worst ideas for locales to setting a chapter in the long-running battle between the Templars and Assassins.

And he's right. While I had my own issues with the use of the Revolutionary War and the mix of the wilderness and early cities on "Assassin's Creed III," the fundamentals of taking the action and working in a new setting were strong. Plus, the turmoil of the era provided a great backdrop for the story Ubisoft was attempting to tell (even if I wasn't a fan of how they told it).

So what are some other great periods and regions worth exploring in the next game?

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If it wasn't all that clear from my review, my time with Resident Evil 6 was less than satisfying, causing me to wish out loud that Capcom would take a break from Resident Evil and give the series a rethink. Like Devil May Cry 4, it felt like just another number, a lackluster, mechanically uninspired mess that will likely need a full-on hard reset to get fans interested in the franchise again.

And until then, I hope we don't see anything else Resident Evil-related for a few years. In fact, nothing could be better for the series than a break, some time away from the public eye for Capcom to go back, refresh, and find a new approach to the series (or some way to go back to basics for the new generation).

With that in mind, here are some other series that would do well with some time away.

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So now that you know how much the Wii U will set you back when it's released on November 18th in the U.S., and you have an idea of what the lineup is going to look like, what are you thinking about picking up? Seriously, with 50 games on the way between November and March, there's more than enough actual titles for the Wii U, but how many of them are actually piquing your interest right now?
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Get a Look at This Gameplay Footage From "Marvel Heroes"

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Friday's here once again. Things are really coming into their own with regards to gaming news, as we had a truckload of new info this week regarding the lead-up to BlizzCon, next week's "Batman" game and the next "Fable. Oh, and giant blue cats making out in "Avatar." Here were the week's top 5 stories:

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