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Music-game DLC clutters up Live

Although I usually have nothing but good to say about Xbox Live, there's one thing that's really been irritating the hell out of me lately.

Every Wednesday or so, I look forward to jumping online with each console and seeing what new DLC is available. I try my best to keep up with it, at the very least keeping tabs on things that look interesting if I don't have the time to play them that very second. The Wii's setup works just fine, and although the PSN isn't structured exactly how I'd like it, it's still not bad. Live used to be my hands-down favorite in terms of finding new DLC easily, but when it comes to the Add-Ons area, I'm sick and tired of new music-game DLC flooding the section and pushing other content out.

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The Horror Geek presents: Dead Rising 2 Trailer—Chainsaws on a Stick

I wanted to be more excited about Capcom's Dead Rising 2, but I have to be honest—the first game just left me more aggravated than pleased. Sure, the core idea of the game is brilliant (zombies, mall, everything's a weapon…) but the stupid A.I. and faulty save system killed it for me.

I'm hoping Dead Rising 2 fixes those issues, but even if it doesn't, this trailer has upped my interest almost exponentially. If you jump to the 1:51 mark, you'll see hero Chuck sporting dual chainsaws on a wooden stick—and it may be the coolest thing ever. Not to be outdone, he then straps two chainsaws to his motorcycle, and the zombie slaughter kicks into high gear. I have to be honest, I'll put up with a lot of suck for the opportunity to run around as a dual-saber chainsaw slinging Darth Maul wannabe killing hordes of the undead. This, my friends, is why I love being a gamer.

The Horror Geek presents: Ghostbusters opening cinematic now online

I'm pretty interested in this Ghostbusters videogame that's due out in June. I think that's because it's like a national law that anyone my age (37 later this year…) love Ghostbusters in general. If you were around the age of 12 when the first film hit, it was probably one of your favorite films. And since it's that rare childhood favorite that still holds up when viewed as an adult, a whole generation still seems to love anything Ghostbusters related.

GameTrailers posted the opening cinematic video from the upcoming game—and I'm impressed. They really nailed the feel of the first movie and I was surprised how much nostalgia this thing inspired in me in the span of a few short minutes. My only complaint is the expository dialogue from the one guard (nice information dump there, guys…), but everything else looks great.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think. The game makes its retail debut on the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PC, PS2, and Nintendo DS on June 16th.

ShellShock 2: Blood Trails Review

Tragedy: Exploited!

Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Screenshot

HIGH Finally a zombie game since Resident Evil 2 that acknowledges shooting them in the leg is a really good tactic.

LOW It's a Vietnam war game with absolutely nothing to say about the conflict other than: it happened.

WTF Okay, so you're turned into a zombie—I get putting on a gas mask and picking up two cleavers. Hey, who wouldn't? But how does that make you bulletproof?

The Horror Geek presents: BioShock Movie drowning in sea of financial difficulties

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I'm really looking forward to the BioShock movie for a number of different reasons. First off, I love the game to death–it's creepy, it's got an engaging story, and it was a blast to play. Second, I'd really like to see a movie based on a videogame that turns out to be good. I think this is the property that could give game movies the same sort of legitimacy that comic films now enjoy. Finally, I got the impression that maybe Universal understood the potential of what they had and were going to pull out all the stops to make a great movie. They hired an interesting director, Gore Verbinski, and they appeared ready to spare no expense in bringing his vision to the screen.

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Review

The cluelessly misguided sequel to a fantastically frightening game

Condemned 2: Bloodshot Screenshot

HIGH The new and improved forensics procedures.

LOW The laughably bad plot.

WTF Practically everything good about the first game is bungled here.

The Horror Geek presents: Dante's Inferno PSP bound

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Kotaku is reporting that Electronic Arts' anticipated horror-themed God of War-clone Dante's Inferno is now headed to the PlayStation Portable as well as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

The title, which finds players guiding their character through a videogame version of the nine circles of Hell, sparked an intense Hollywood bidding war for the film rights before it was even officially announced. Early buzz for the actual game has been largely positive and it's one of numerous titles I'm actually looking forward to trying out in 2010.

So far, there are no details about how the portable version might differ from its bigger brothers, but EA is saying that it will release on the same day as the console titles. Cool news for those who don't have a PS3/Xbox 360/Gaming PC, but I'd have to wonder who would actually want to play it on the PSP if they had the option to play it on a television screen or PC monitor. I guess maybe people who have lives and occasionally leave their house, which disqualifies me completely.

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