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Videos, pictures, reports are flying in. We are heading back down to that city under the sea, Rapture.  Bioshock 2 is coming, so get FUCKING PUMPED.Let’s go over some bullet points about this sequel, shall we?

  1. This takes place several years after the first Bioshock.  Rapture is falling apart before your eyes.
  2. You play as a Big Daddy.  Not just any Mr. B, but the first.  Which means you have access to guns, plasmid powers and that badass drill.  From the footage I’ve seen, this shit is gonna be bloody.
  3. We have a major villain – the Big Sister.  Rumor has it she’s a little sister from the first game, and she’s been stealing little girls from the surface world to turn them into her own twisted little sisters. The scary part about her? She’s fucking fast.
  4. We’re going to be traversing the ocean floor!  With Mr. B’s breathing apparatus, we’ll be able to take short cuts through the city by using the bottom of the Atlantic.
  5. DUEL WIELDING. That’s right ladies and gents, we’re going to be able to shoot guns and use plasmids at the same time.  Why are we going to need this? Well, picture Splicers coming at you in large waves…
  6. If you recall in the first game, we could either Save or Farm ADAM from Little Sisters, and the similar choice is found in this one. But you don’t just save, you can adopt.  You put the little sister onto your shoulder and go about your business, but when you come across a body on the floor, you can have your Little Sister farm the corpse for more ADAM. The downside? Well, when she farms corpses, Splicers tend to want to hurt her. Save her, Mr. Bubbles!

I’m pretty excited about this sequel.  Granted, I haven’t finished the first one (I just got my “shoot bees at people” power) but I plan on finishing it before the second one rears it’s head.  You can find a ton of videos over at Gametrailers.com.

What are your thoughts about this?

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If you’re like me, then you’re a somewhat casual hardcore player.  A “ha-sual.” Or a “Card-core.”  I’m still working on it.

In any case, if you are indeed like me, then you can’t always afford that fabulous game at launch, especially with rather steep $60 pricetags!  But behold: a bargain!

Target is selling off games at 9.99 to 19.99.  Most of these games are along the lines of “Lego Star Wars DS” or “Avatar” but a gem has been found, ladies and gentlemen.

The Orange Box for the 360.

For a cool 19.99.

Now THAT is a deal.  Twenty bucks for five games.  That means you’re spending 3.99 each!  Now if you’re familiar with this game disc, you’re getting Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2, Portal AND Team Fortress 2, all of which are fabulous, award-winning games.  My guess is that they saw you get five games and roped The Orange Box in with such classics as “Carnival Games!” for the Wii and “Generic Mini Game Compilation” also for the Wii.

My brother snatched this up at the local West Hartford Target, so Targets may vary.  Call ahead and see if they’re in stock or if you’re feeling adventrous, go take a look yourself.   At $60 it was a bargain, but at $20? It’s a goddamn STEAL.

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The VGA awards passed (the what?) and while it seems most were disappointed, we did get something good out of it: first looks!

First off, we’ve got Brutal Legend, because I brought it up earlier:

Personally, I’m so excited for this. Some of the jokes are kinda lame, but overall I love the idea so much. I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Next we’ve got God of War 3:

Cool, but I’m personally unimpressed. I think it’s more of a “yes, it’s happening” trailer more than a “look what we’re doing that innovative.” That said, I dug the first one, but I don’t think this’ll make me purchase a PS3 to play it. But that’s just me.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves:

I actually dug this. I never played the first one, but it looks interesting. Nice trailer.

And finally, GTAIV’s DLC, The Lost and Damned (great name)

I think I’m one of the few people who actually doesn’t enjoy GTA games. So I’ll obviously be skipping this. And really, do you have to show the names of people who I don’t know about? Saying this character’s name is “Billy” only means something if I know the character. Like, oh snap, Billy’s back. But then you realize his name is “Billy” and they could mean any “Billy” that you’ve ever met, because let’s face it, that name isn’t exactly a rare name to hear.

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Having an Xbox has  gotten a little sweeter.  If you have a Gold Account and a Netflix account (any level that allows for unlimited discs) you can watch streaming video on the xbox at no additional charge.  So if you’re paying for both already, this is just an added perk.

It works almost exactly like streaming on your computer does – you pick a movie/tv show, it buffers, you watch.  Easy enough.  The streaming looks fantastic and depending on your internet (and what’s available) you can actually watch your video in HD.  I’ve only watched episodes of 30 Rock in HD and it looks great!

It almost never hiccups and when it does, the xbox automatically degrades the quality a bit in order to allow for future interrupts.  We’ve gone through entire seasons with no problem at all, while some episodes were plagued with multiple restarts.  Fast forwarding/rewinding also forces a rebuffer, but pausing has caused no problem.

Setting it up is easy as pie.  In the interface you choose the Netflix, say you want to connect to your account, it gives you the information on screen that you put into your Netflix account on your computer.  It takes less than five minutes to do and you can start watching instantly!  It also moves television and movies from your “To Rent” queue to your “Watch Instantly” queue.  Pretty nifty.

Adding movies is simply and updated in real time.  If you add “Sgt. Bilko” on your computer, you can watch as it’s instantly added to your queue on xbox.  You cannot add movies in the xbox interface, however, all film and tv choices must be made through your computer.

All in all, I give this a major thumbs up.  My only complaint is that the selection leaves much to be desired, but as more companies become comfortable with allowing this kind of streaming, more films will become available.  The rewinding/fast forwarding feature kinda stinks, but what’s nice is that it remembers your place if you decide to stop watching the film and play a little Gears of War.

It’s really perfect for those Sunday afternoons where you just wanna throw a movie on in the background while you do other stuff around the house.  It’s really nice having that extra library at your fingertips.

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Bleep Bloop over at College Humor put the new Rock Band Stage Kit to work! If you recall, this $99 product attaches a fog machine and strobe light to work while you play Rock Band games.

You can check the video here since I’m having trouble embedding it.

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Again, I don’t really have the time to scour and link, but thanks to a friend’s Twitter I came across this post about the future of On Demand videos and Game consoles. Taking a page from the Netflix playbook ReelSeo discusses a recent study by TDG about the VoD chances in next-gen consoles. Interesting read, and thanks again to John for the scoop.

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