Archive for June, 2011


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WR: L.A. Noire (PS3, Xbox 360)

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Developer: Team Bondi
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Genre: Adventure
Players: 1
Console: PS3, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Hours Played: 22
Progress: Completed the main story

When it was rumored that Rockstar games was working on a new open world game people naturally took notice. Even though the concept was a bit unclear, the prospect of being immersed in another detailed open world period piece was enough to get mouths salivating. Enter L.A. Noire, a story-driven, investigative, adventure game set in 1940′s Los Angeles. Developed by Team Bondi, a new studio helmed by Brian McNamera, former Director of Development at SCE’s Team Soho Studio, London, it tells the tale of detective Cole Phelps, who is to be the poster boy of the LAPD and restore confidence in the city’s law enforcement amidst times of corruption and apathy.  So a combination of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Heavy Rain sounds pretty good right? Read on to find out if it actually is…

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Usagicast Episode 7 — E3 2011

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Join us as an expanded Game Usagi Krew discusses the offerings from the big three at E3 2011, the siren-like Wii U name, PSVITA Vs. the 3DS at the same price, and magical mutton chops made out of Skittles.

Contact us at contact@usagicast.com, we’ll read your letters on the podcast! : O

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Top 3 Wii U Controller Mockups

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

With 167 mockups in our Project Cafe Controller Mock-up Archive, we were able to see a lot of different ideas on how Nintendo could implement a 6-odd-inch screen in a modern-style controller.  We went back and sifted through the mock-ups to come up with the Top 3 that ended up being the closest to what Nintendo revealed as the Wii U controller today and you can see them after the jump:

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HUGE Wii U Console/Controller Shots

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Nintendo announced today that the successor to the Wii will be called the “Wii U” and will feature at least PS3-level graphics and unprecedented 3rd-party support for a Nintendo console.  Some of the games shown off or listed for the Wii U during the conference were:

  • New Zelda (tech demo)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii (tech demo)
  • New Super Smash Bros. (will have a companion game on 3DS)
  • LEGO City Stories (exclusive to Wii U/3DS)
  • Darksiders II
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Ghost Recon Online
  • Tekken
  • DiRT 3
  • Aliens Colonel Marines
  • Metro Last Night (Metro 2033 sequel)
  • Ninja Gaiden 3
  • EA Sports games (Madden, Fifa, etc.)
  • Battlefield 3
  • Harry Potter (of some sort)
  • Sims (of some sort)
  • Army of Two (of some sort)
  • Need for Speed (of some sort)

See after the jump for more enourmous shots of the system and its controller, plus the factsheet info Nintendo has provided about the system!

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E3 2011: Paper Mario 3DS Screens

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

You can check out the slew of Paper Mario 3DS screens that Nintendo released today after the jump!

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E3 2011: Luigi’s Mansion 2 (3DS) Screens

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

You can check out the screens from the recently announced Luigi’s Mansion 2 for the 3DS after the jump.

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E3 2011: Kirby Wii Screens

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

You can check out the screenshots that Nintendo has released of the upcoming Kirby Wii after the jump!

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E3 2011: Kirby Mass Attack (DS) Screens

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

You can check out the screens Nintendo has released of the new Kirby game for the DS (that’s right, not 3DS) after the jump!

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