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Published on July 24th, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Weekly Round-Up: Comic-Con and Trailers, Trailers, Trailers!

If you’re a person who loves yerselves some trailers, then you’re going to love this weekly round-up. We have news and reviews, to be certain, but trailers is the talk of the town this week. We have the debut trailer for The Penguin for Batman: Arkham Asylum, plus two minutes of gameplay from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and even a video celebrating 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog. Oh, and a whole lot more. Comic-Con also happened this week and some of the trailers and news came directly from the event.

Let’s dive on in, shall we?

The Truth:

We have our official hands-on impressions of Battlefield 3 multiplayer mode, Rush. Plus we take some time to detail the four new character classes as well. Just because we like you that much.

SEGA reveals Tails and the remake of Sonic 2‘s Chemical Plant Zone in Sonic Generations. Exciting stuff for Sonic fans!

Millions of nerds had to change their pants this week as Microsoft announced a Star Wars-themed Xbox 360 Kinect bundle that comes with a white Kinect sensor, Kinect Star Wars and an Xbox 360 painted up in the style of C-3PO and R2-D2. This is the console you’re looking for….

2K Games delays The Darkness II until early next year. Not a good time to be a fan of The Darkness. But at least it won’t get swallowed up in major release hell later this year.

Warner Bros. Details the Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition.

Does not include anti "thing" sprays.

Raptr is giving away five free copies of Modern Warfare 3 during Week 7 of its Summer of Raptr Promotion. Get to it soldiers!

Eight developers have been picked for Indie Games Summer Uprising. Go support them, everyone! These are the people who will make the next generation of great games.

The Trailers:

Square Enix surprises everyone with an incredible live action trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

After so many years it’s hard for any game character to last. But Sonic has made it through two decades and is still ready to keep on running.

We have two minutes of Skyrim gameplay cut straight out of the E3 2011 demo. Though it isn’t as long, it’s still pretty damn cool. Check it out.

The Penguin makes his trailer debut and if you watch until the end, so does someone else.

El Shaddai is looking better and better every time I see it. What do you think?

Bethesda and id Software release the fourth of the six ‘making of’ trailers for RAGE. This time the team talks about the vast and deadly Wasteland where wanderers can find their fortune, or their demise.

Microsoft and 343i demonstrate “The Silent Cartographer” mission in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. In the trailer they show off the incredible new graphics engine and the ability to switch between the two graphics settings, from classic to modern. Is it November 15 yet?

The Reviews:

We had a lot of reviews this week as well. Not too many major releases, but enough to keep us occupied.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: The Game
“With a short campaign, low-quality graphics and generally boring gameplay, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 The Game is a game that just needs to be skipped. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, I promise you that no one will question your devotion to the franchise if you don’t play the game. Really, I swear. There are some enjoyable moments near the end but they aren’t good enough to warrant a purchase or even a rental. If you do pick it up, there is a little fan service trailer that plays after the ending credits – a short montage of trailers from the decade’s worth of Harry Potter games from EA. It’s about as close as you can get to some fan service from the team, but it’s hardly worth the price of admission.”

Red Faction: Armageddon
“As I said, Red Faction: Armageddon is a great summer title. The campaign is solid and includes other fun modes that can take up as much, or as little, time as you like. It isn’t a game of the year candidate by any means, but it fills the hole in the summer time slot and helps stave off boredom while blockbuster games are off on the horizon. The storyline is quickly forgotten and the Horde Mode-like Extermination won’t hold your attention for too long, but the game is still fun and provides plenty of kickass gameplay moments and destruction that will keep a smile on your face for many hours.”

NCAA Football 12
“Overall NCAA 12 is a fine football game. It is NCAA 11 all over again with some upgrades that were highly needed, but along with it came some new problems. They are fixable and I am sure we will be seeing a flood of updates to the game in the near future. The game does have a realistic feel to it that really puts you into the game on a bright Saturday afternoon, but if you can get past the extra long load screens and the over saturation of menus, the on-field game itself it fluid and fun. This won’t be one that will completely change your opinion of sports games, especially if you are not enthusiastic about them, but it will keep you playing until next years iteration.”

Captain America: Super Soldier
“Captain America: Super Soldier gave us more than it’s predecessors in the genre. There was better combat, moderate replay value in the exploration and great action sequences. The game also suffered from inconsistent graphic quality and a squirrely camera that might literally drive you nuts. It would be easy to say that these are what really held the game down from being a fun to play action game, but it was a culmination of so much more. It is definitely worth a rent, or even a purchase if you are a diehard Marvel, or Captain America fan. Full price? Sorry Captain, maybe not in this crunch.”

Boulder Dash-XL
“We have all had those experiences. Whether it was with a full boxed retail release or a very simple, pick-up-and-play arcade title, we all have had those experiences that we look at a game with a fresh outlook. Yes, the game is very difficult. Yes, it will keep your mind guessing. Yes, it will keep you in rush mode, and yes it will leave you with a sense of satisfaction. Overall there are many games on the arcade that do not deliver enough bang for your points. But Boulder Dash-XL sheds a whole new light on the arcade and provides more than than the price of admission.”

Hack this Game 2
“While this game isn’t for everyone, those who prefer this rather original niche in gaming are sure to enjoy the second iteration in the Hack This Game series. Utopioneer Games has created another seamless and original puzzler with a myriad of challenging and ever-changing puzzles and brain teasers to test gamers’ logic and critical thinking skills, all while maintaining the styles and interfaces that are accustomed to a hacking sim title. Mostly recommended for players who like cleverly-designed brain teasers and puzzles, since the majority of the levels can be frustrating and trying to most gamers.”

“Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D
Resident Evil has come a long way from its original release. Even after all of these years, even in an arcade style timed game atmosphere, the tension and nervousness of whether or not you are going to stay alive long enough to fire off another round-is still present. There is also a bonus gift of the Resident Evil: Revelations demo in the title screen extras. The Mercenaries 3D offers up a bloody good time and an easy transition to the Nintendo 3DS. While it may bare most relevance to those who have played the most recent titles in the series, others may still enjoy the arcade survival horror that it brings to the palm of your hands.”

That’s all for now! Be sure to check back every Friday (unless it’s late) for the highlights of the week at

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