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After getting about 2/3rds of the way through inFamous, if not more, I basically wrote my entire review in about forty minutes.

inFamous SreenshotI'm going to keep pushing forward and finish it off, but I'd be very surprised if anything in this last section really changes my opinion.

Besides inFamous, I'm putting the finishing touches on my upcoming Crimson Gem Saga review, I've got a few more entries to do for my "Best of Community" feature, and as if all that wasn't enough, I've been toying with the idea of doing the main review for Fallout 3.

InFamous Impressions

InFamous Screenshot

So, I told myself I wasn't going to plunk the money down after playing the InFamous demo on the PlayStation Network, but I did. It's just that I've been playing so many RPGs lately that I was starting to burn out of gaming altogether, and I definitely needed something action-oriented to get the juices flowing again. I was weak, I admit it.

Music games inspiring kids no matter what Prince thinks

Guitar Hero 5 Screenshot

After learning about The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle, I thought Electronic Arts had lost its collective mind. A videogame bundle that cost as much as the console it plays on? What is this Steel Battalion? We all remember how successful that was, right?

But this only speaks to the incredible popularity of the genre. A popularity that attracts criticism and praise.

Which E3 announcement would excite you more?

An Xbox 360 motion-sensing controller.
14% (30 votes)
A PlayStation 3 price cut.
39% (87 votes)
A PlayStation Portable redesign.
13% (29 votes)
Wii games aimed at core gamers.
34% (75 votes)
Total votes: 221

Beautiful Mirror's Edge-inspired photo set

Mirror's Edge Live Action Shots - Savage Land Pictures

Fans of games are always ready to dress up like their favorite characters. What compels them to do so is anyone's guess... actually I wouldn't even want to know. But sometimes you get really stunning tributes like this one. Savage Land Pictures' crew is a collection of professionals who make their living in the movie industry. Apparently, Faith as a character and Mirror's Edge as a backdrop proved quite appealing for this project.

The best game I haven't played yet: Way of the Samurai 3

Way of the Samurai 3 Screenshot -  I'm already terrified. I think.

Way of the Samurai 3 came about back in November, but sadly it remains the best game I haven't played yet. Why? Because it was only released in Japan, and although PS3s are admirably region-free, the Japanese language's stubborn refusal to transform magically into English has transformed the prospect of importing a copy of it from a delightful dream into an utter waste of money.

So, until some publisher spends the absolutely minimal amount of money required to turn the menus and text into English, I'll have to be satisfied with a brief preview of a game that may never see a North American release.

(sigh)

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Review

He's after his cheddar... if by "cheddar" you mean "diamond-encrusted skull"

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Screenshot

HIGH Co-op campaigns are always welcome.

LOW How quickly the game falls into stolid repetition.

WTF The entire story, pretty much.

No sequel for Indigo Prophecy

Indigo Prophecy Screenshot

Those of us that were looking for some real closure to Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit)—the ending didn't live up to expectations—will have to put our hope to rest. While publishers have approached David Cage, co-founder of Quantic Dream, about publishing a sequel—something I find really hard to believe—Cage himself has no interest in going back to that well.

Maybe it's for the best. That leaves him all the time in the world to focus on Heavy Rain. All accounts point to Heavy Rain as a worthy, spiritual successor.

Video: "Project Trico" offers glimpses of PlayStation 3 game?

Could this be the long rumored, and eagerly anticipated "sequel" to the adventure series (ICO and Shadow of the Colossus) that first appeared on the PlayStation 2?

"Project Trico" is purported to be an test footage of the PlayStation 3 follow-up to the two games. It does look early, but shows glimpses of what you might expect from the creators of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. Here's hoping that a real game is in the works and something will make an appearance at E3.

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