Monthly Archives: August 2010

Harry Potter gets Kinected

Being the huge Harry Potter geek that I am, I am obligated to mention the fact that Xbox 360 Kinect will be featured in the upcoming Deathly Hallows video game.


Actors James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasely from the Harry Potter films) came on stage for a live demonstration of the game’s “Challenge” mode, which will utilized the motion-sensing camera. The Phelps’ took on the roles of Harry and Ron as they fought off death eaters and snatchers using magic spells, activated with hand gestures. It was hard to get a sense of how spell types were activated, but pointing at the screen appeared to fire off a melee attack; pushing out both hands at once seemed to push back enemies.

Now i haven’t bought an EA Harry Potter game since Chamber of Secrets. They just didn’t deliver for me. But Deathly Hallows does look pretty epic. Voldemort is taking over and Harry is on the hunt for Horcruxes. The walls of Hogwarts are no longer there to protect him. That’s what makes this game different. The bright and happy scenes are replaced with dark colors and cold backgrounds.

While the Kinect feature is a cool add on it’s defiantly not worthy of the whole game. From the videos I’ve seen of it, I feel like it would get old fast. But still it’s something worth having in the game as a separate game mode. I mean who doesn’t want to pretend they are a wizard trying to protect the world from Death Eaters?


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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in EA, Kinect


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Summer of Arcade: Monday Night Combat

If you were going to buy any one game in this Summer of Arcade Monday night Combat would be it. In my opinion of course.

I got my first glimpse of this game back at PAX East in March. Crowds of people huddled around the screens waiting for their chance to try their hand at the game. It looked like a decent game but I of course forgot all about it until this Summer.

MNC is a third person shooter that takes place in different battle arenas. In Blitz mode your mission is to protect your Money Ball from wave after wave of robots that want to destroy it. You can take on these bots with a buddy in spit screen or with up to 3 three others over Xbox LIVE.

Money Ball

Rather take on human enemies? In Crossfire mode you not only have to protect your own Money Ball but your real objective is to destroy the opposing team’s Money Ball. Along with the bots you encountered in Blitz mode you must hold your own against a team of six human controlled players.

As for weapons and classes, there are six different characters to play as. Each with different weapons and skills that will aid in your pursuit to destroy the Money Ball.

So if you have the points and are in the market for a good Arcade game hit the download button on this one.

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Posted by on August 16, 2010 in Reviews, Xbox


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Epic Fable III Controller

I’ve been pretty satisfied with my plain old white wireless controller that came with my arcade system. But this Limited Edition Fable III controller is pretty tempting.  This is the king of controllers.

This bad boy drops October 3rd with a price tag of $59.99 while Fable III itself hits stores on October 26th.

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Posted by on August 15, 2010 in Fable


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Zombies Confirmed!!

It’s time to put the rumors to bed my friends. Treyarch’s Josh Olin tweets a confermation that Zombies will return in Call of Duty Black Ops.

So if you are on the fence about upgrading your pre-order to the hardened or prestige edition I’d say this detail should push you towards doing it.

Zombies was an incredible addition to WaW and is a big reason why many gamers still hang on to the game rather than giving it the old trade in. It’s a fun and amusing game type that (with the right group) can be awesome.

My guess is that the callback WaW co-op maps are just the tip of the iceberg for what Black Ops has in store for co-op. I look forward to more exciting add-ons post release.

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 in call of duty


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