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Video Game Releases and Reviews

ShackNews comes though week after week with the list of video game releases and this week there are a couple of titles that look interesting.  If you want to have some social fun, check out the new Olympics game, or if you want to test your tactical skills, try out the new Ghost Recon.  Full list below.

PC

  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • McPixel (download - $10)
  • Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 (download - $5)
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Race for the White House
  • Thomas Was Alone (download)
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier


360

  • Dead Island Game of the Year Edition
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (XBLA - $10)
  • Just Dance Greatest Hits
  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • Sledge Hammer
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Amazing Spider-Man


PS3

  • Dead Island Game of the Year Edition
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (PSN - $10)
  • Just Dance Greatest Hits
  • London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
  • Record of Agarest War 2
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • The Amazing Spider-Man


Wii

  • The Amazing Spider-Man


3DS

  • The Amazing Spider-Man


PSP

  • Unchained Blades (PSN - $30)
  • Farm Frenzy Pizza Party (mini)


NDS

  • Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (DSiWare - $2)
  • Flip the Core (DSiWare - $2)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man

 

If you'd rather read a review before you buy a game, check out Steel Battalion:Heavy Armor for the Xbox at HardwareHeaven.  If you'd rather play on a PS3, Tokyo Jungle and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier reviews are up at TweakTown.  eTeknix gives the PS3 some love with Dragons Dogma.

On the PC Gaming side of things, there is a Ghost Recon Online beta analysis at eTeknix as well as their full-on Max Payne 3 review.


AMD Radeon HD 7970 Launch Reviews

AMD is not resting on their backsides and have once again managed to pull off a great card to keep NVIDIA on their heels.  Check out some of these launch reviews of the new 7970 single GPU card.

 

Although AMD is not calling the 7970 GHz Edition a response to the GTX 680 – instead choosing to focus on it being Tahiti’s 6 month birthday – for all intents and purposes this is AMD’s response to the GTX 680. A higher clocked 7970 with AMD’s take on GPU turbo intended to make a run at the GTX 680 and that performance crown. So how does AMD fare?


Sony Xperia TV Spot

It's not often that Sony has a phone that launches with any sort of fanfare here in the USA (you may notice it's not a Sony Ericsson).  This phone is powered by Android and Sony is pitching it as a multimedia and entertainment device.  It looks interesting, but this is a very crowded market.


Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera

NX200 CameraWe have just taken a look at the Samsung NX200 20.3MP ILC Camera.  This is a compact mirror-less interchangeable lens compact camera that offers a full APS-C size sensor in a little body.  This camera boasts very high resolution and excellent image quality - especially for a small camera.  Please check our review for all the details.

A couple of years ago, I never would have recommended a Samsung camera to a person who was serious about photography, but things have changed.  The NX200 is proof that Samsung is getting serious about photography and they have really stepped up their game with the NX200.  This camera body is not much bigger than a compact non-interchangeable lens camera (body only) and with a pancake lens, it could easily fit in your pocket, bag or backpack.


Why video games are becoming so easy?

Undoubtedly if you've been playing video games for more than a decade you've probably noticed that games are becoming much easier than they used to be. In some older games save points were rare or non-existent and beating a game was nearly impossible. Today, most games are pretty forgiving and even a novice gamer can finish the game without too much difficulty. The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at this shift in gaming over the past few years and tries to figure out why games have become so easy.

Recently, I was playing Nintendo's newest Mario offering, "Super Mario 3D Land", on the 3DS handheld system.

It was incredible, with beautifully designed levels and addictive gameplay. It's maybe the best handheld game I've ever played.

At one point, I died several times on a tough stage.

Then came a surprise.

When I returned to life, a pop-up box offered me an item that granted permanent invincibility. Essentially, the game was letting me stroll unimpeded through the rest of the level.

Come again?

 


Windows Phone 8: Coming this Fall

Microsoft has been talking non-stop about their Fall release of Windows 8 but now they've announced that they will also be releasing Windows Phone 8 this Fall as well. This makes sense as the whole concept behind Windows 8 is that it will work on multiple platforms so the addition of Windows Phone 8 isn't too surprising. Windows Phone 8 will feature updated multi-core processors, higher resolution screens, and a bunch of new features that none of the current Windows Phone models can't support. It will be interesting to see how this release goes as they've got some stiff competition in the smartphone market. Engadget has all the details.

 Microsoft has finally and officially removed the wraps from the OS formerly known as Apollo. It's now just Windows Phone 8 and, at their "sneak peek" event we're learning a good bit about that OS, and some of the great new hardware support that it offers. But, there's one thing we want to make clear right away: if you're currently holding a Windows Phone device you won't be getting a taste of this action. Well, not unless you buy a new phone, that is. That back and forth about upgrade paths has been proven to be incorrect, as the hardware requirements for WP8 preclude its running on any current WP device -- even that hot blue Lumia 900 you got for a steal.


New iPhone port to lock out unlicensed accessories

The next version of the iPhone will be featuring a new, smaller connector on the bottom of the phone, which will allow iPhone accessories to have a chip at each end of the cable and block 3rd party companies from making accessories. For users who buy all their accessories from Apple directly this won't have much of an impact, however, if you are hoping to pick up a cheap dock, charging cable, etc, that might be a bit tougher. Slashgear has the story.

 Rumors of a smaller dock connector being utilized on the next iPhone have been circling the internet for a while, and TechCrunch yesterday confirmed with three independent manufacturers that a new 19-pin port will definitely be used. That would render a whole host of accessories using the 30-pin connector obsolete, but Robert Scoble has posted some insight as to why Apple will be making the move to a smaller connector.


Android App Pick - Need For Speed Hot Pursuit

We have just posted up our 37th App Pick of the Week and this week we are gaming like crazy with some Need for Speed Hot Pursuit.  EA has brought a popular car racing game to Android and it runs very well on my Nexus S.  Take a look if you're getting the itch to hit the open road this summer (and don't have your license).

NFS Hot Pursuit

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!


Samsung makes enterprise push

Samsung is making a push to make the Galaxy S III an enterprise phone with their new SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise) lineup. BlackBerry has been the king of Enterprise phones for quite some time and it was just a matter of time before someone tried to come in and compete with them. TechCrunch has more details.

BlackBerrys may still be the corporate device of choice, but that won’t be the case for much longer if Samsung has anything to say about it.

The consumer electronics giant’s Galaxy S IIIs will sport the company’s SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) branding in an attempt to ingratiate their shiny new Android handset with business types and IT admins. These enterprise-friendly devices will find their way to all five of the carriers that will sell the Galaxy S III (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular).


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