The Amazing Spider-Man Returns to New York City

An all-new Spider-Man is poised to bring the action back to New York City as Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), and Marvel Entertainment, LLC announce The Amazing Spider-Man™ video game, planned to launch summer 2012 tied to Sony Picture Entertainment’s upcoming feature film of the same name. Created as an epilogue story occurring entirely after the events of the movie, the game features the return of free-roaming web-slinging all over the city and evolutionary improvements to navigation and combat, as the newly anointed Spider-Man is plunged into an all-new storyline charged with protecting Manhattan from a variety of criminals.

The Amazing Spider-Man is in development at veteran game studio Beenox, and features an original narrative crafted by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey ( episodes of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica) that continues young Peter Parker’s adventures following the events of the new film. Using the game’s new Web Rush mechanic allows players to pull off a vast array of moves never before possible. With a story that takes players through many areas all over (and under) Manhattan, fans will feel what it’s truly like to be a Super Hero, as they experience the cinematic adrenaline rush of web-swinging through the city and fighting crime using Spider-Man’s spectacular acrobatic moves and attacks.

the WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE TRAILER for The Amazing Spider-Man video game was during Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, on Saturday, December 10

Gamestop is Asking People to PowerUp With a Life-size Mario Go-kart

By Sean McQuillan

Who doesn’t love Mario Kart?  While I’ve never fantasized about what it would be like to actually get hit by a blue shell, I have wanted to try real Go-Karting.  Well, Gamestop has an answer to that particular itch.  If you make a purchase or trade in December with your PowerUp Rewards card at any GameStop store, physical or online, you’ll be automatically entered to win a life-size Mario themed kart.

I always prefered Bowser, but I'd ride Rainbow Road in this.

Want to know more?  Check out the official rules at PowerUpRewards.

What I want for Christmas

By David Burrola

I remember a time when I asked for a lot of things for Christmas. Toys, games, nunchucks, a firemans pole from my room to the kitchen, the Batmobile; but as i’ve gotten older I ask for less, or just to see people I haven’t been able to keep in touch with for a while.

 

But in recent years, i’ve come up on some harder choices that every adult takes. Do I get food right now or Assassin’s Creed? A replica of Dante’s Ebony and Ivory pistols in airsoft form or gas? Things any normal(see nerd) adult thinks about. And with that are what i’d like for Christmas this year, since i’m poor and you always help the poor during this season!

 

 

I know everybody’s been playing Batman Arkham City since it came out, but i’ve either been pre-occupied with The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim, or too poor(because of Skyrim). So i’d like to get this and dive right in and feed that desire to be Batman that everyone has deep down inside. Those who say they don’t are lying. This is a fundamental. We know this.

 

I’ve neglected this one since its kind of a money sink in that it does what other big titles do nowadays and offer all sorts of DLC that you should have either not told us about until later, or hinted at so obviously you had signs for it that we have to buy later. Sure most of its not more than $10 but its the principle of kind of not having a full game that we’re still paying full price for. Thats mostly because of Catwoman not being able to be played unless you have that online pass code and what not, but this is still something for another day to discuss.

 

What Rocksteady has done, is given you a game that really makes you feel like Batman, and in a setting that really works for both comic book geeks, as well as general gamers or people who haven’t much gotten into games. Hell, you can just watch someone play it and it’ll be just as cool, but I want the experience of doing it myself. After all, I beat the last game on all difficulty’s and investigated everything there was to it.

 

While I really do have lots of fun in Skyrim and with other fighting game titles, I just want me some time as the Dark Knight. Also because I want some other way to quench my thirst for The Dark Knight Rises, staving off my rabid need to see that.

Chuck Norris Approves of World of Warcraft

By Sean McQuillan

Now joining the ranks of Mr. T and Verne Troyer, Chuck Norris has his own World of Warcraft Commercial.  It makes use of Chuck’s larger than life internet persona, and is a wonderful celebration of his Meme.  You can see it below:

Any one interested in World of Warcraft, it has become a free to play MMO, up to level 20, and has set the standard that future MMOs have tried to reach.  Click here to give it a try!

Some believe Deathwing is trying to take credit for the Cataclysm. It occured the first time Chuck logged in.

 

 

Natsume Rings In The Holidays With Games For PS3, Wii, 3DS and DS

Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that the company’s full videogame lineup for 2011 is now available at retail and at Natsume’s Online Store. And, to celebrate the season of giving, Natsume is hosting a Harvest Moon Drawing Contest for its newest release, Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for 3DS.
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for 3DS joins Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove and Reel Fishing Paradise, also available for the 3DS, as well as Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns for the DS, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny on the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, making it a diversified lineup for every player searching for the perfect game this holiday season.
“We’re pleased to deliver something for every gamer this fall with new iterations of our Harvest Moon and Rune Factory series, along with a brand new IP – Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. “No matter who’s on your holiday shopping list, we have something fun and entertaining for everyone. In addition, to help get everyone into the spirit of giving, we are holding a drawing contest for Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Town, so everyone should try to enter and win!”
In order to participate in the contest, entrants must draw a picture of their favorite Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns character and their favorite Harvest Moon animal and send it to Natsume by December 31, 2011. Five grand prize winners and fifteen runner-up winners will be chosen. The grand prize is a One-of-a-Kind Igusa Matsuyama Illustration (all five are different) and some Harvest Moon goodies. For more information on the contest, visit http://www.natsume.com.
For more information on each of Natsume’s 2011 holiday lineup see the descriptions below. Each title is rated E or E10+ by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and available at retailers nationwide, or at the Natsume Online Store http://natsume.com/store/index.html

Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove ($39.99 3DS)
Gabrielle’s having a bad day. She sneezed her soul right out of her body! She’ll have to travel to Monsterville, the home of all things that go bump in the night, to get help. Only by busting out the ghostliest dance moves and thrilling and chilling people will she be able to scare up the power she needs to get herself back into her body! It’s a spooktacular rhythm adventure! The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $39.99.

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns ($29.99 DS; $39.99 3DS)
Once the best of neighbors, Konohana and Bluebell villages were torn apart by their huge dispute over, of all things, food! Both towns were certain that their cooking was the best in the world. This feud has transformed these happy neighbors into bitter rivals. It’s up to the player, as the main protagonist, to bridge the gap and bring friendship back to the two neighboring villages. As a new farmer to the area, players choose which village to live in. Will it be Eastern-styled Konohana with its abundant fields of crops, or the animal-loving, European-styled Bluebell? Players must pick a home, build a thriving farm, and compete in a huge variety of festivals. If they develop their skills enough, they might even find a way to bring these two towns together once again! Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns is now available for an MSRP of $29.99 on the DST and $39.99 for the 3DS.

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny($39.99 Wii; $49.99 PS3)
Aden and Sonja, two lifelong friends, live a tranquil life on Fenith Island until they’re struck by a mysterious curse: they awaken to find both of their souls are now trapped in the same body! On top of this unusual calamity, the Fenith Island they knew is gone, replaced by a strange island populated with unfamiliar faces. However, nothing will sink the spirits of the two friends, and by exploring this new world, they will be able to solve the mystery of their curse and save their beloved island. During the course of their journey, Aden and Sonja will be aided by a colorful cast of characters, as well as take command of a towering golem, Ymir. Using their newfound giant friend, they’ll cross vast seas, discover hidden islands and dungeons packed with riches, and battle fearsome monsters of the deep! Rated E10+ by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, the games are available for an MSRP of $39.99 for the Wii version, and $49.99 for the PS3 game.

Reel Fishing Paradise 3D ($29.99 3DS)
Reel Fishing Paradise 3D takes players to 15 stunning fishing locales in their quest to become master anglers. They’ll fish tranquil lakes, rocky coasts, flooded forests, and more, all rendered in eye-popping 3D that brings every leaping fish and splash of water to life. A huge variety of fish will test the expertise of even the most seasoned fishing veterans, from wily largemouth bass to powerful bluefin tuna. Players can choose from more than 100 pieces of tackle and three styles of fishing: lure, fly, and bait. With so much to see and do, Reel Fishing Paradise 3D is a game that will have players hooked! The game is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available for an MSRP of $29.99.

Michael Phelps: Push the Limit Demo Available Now on Xbox LIVE

The Michael Phelps: Push the Limit demo features Xbox LIVE leader board functionality and players can swim in single player against the clock and two-player local multiplayer in the stunningly realized Perth Arena. When swimming against the clock, players’ final swimming times will be recorded to .000 of a second to ensure the utmost accuracy in record keeping and to stimulate massive levels of competition between international players on the global online leader boards. The leader boards are infinite and show players’ Gamertags, so that everyone can keep track of exactly which nation is the fastest in the pool.

Michael Phelps: Push the Limit is a first-of-its-kind swimming title designed to take full advantage of Kinect’s motion sensor technology. The game showcases all of the fun, fitness and excitement of head-to-head swimming. Gamers can have match-ups against friends and family, or dive into career mode, where players can immerse themselves in the world of competitive swimming and climb through the ranks for a chance to take on Michael Phelps himself.