Hands on: DJ MAX on Technika

We got to sit down with developers PM Studios to talk about the new arcade only rhythm game, DJ MAX Technika. Being a fan of other rhythm games like Beat Mania and Dance Maniacs, Technika was filled with amazing music, game play and a hot pink flashy sound stage that made you feel a little more than noticeable. Already a hit in Korean arcades, here's hoping the American audience will fall in love with this game like I did.

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Chop Sabers!

In case you missed them at Comic Con, which I did, here are Kotobukiya's Lightsaber Chopsticks! Now, these won't be released until 2010 and no price point has been given, but I just wanted to bring them to your attention and to be on the look out come next year. I will say "yes please" to all colors and being Asian, automatically know how to use them. I bet I can catch a fly with them, in fact.
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First Look: Muramasa: The Demon Blade

This week we got to take a look at Vanillaware's Muramasa: The Demon Blade. This 2D adventure looks as though it jumped out of an ancient Japanese painting. Four years in the making, this Wii exclusive embodies the culture of Japanese art, mythology, traditions and even food.

Muramasa prides itself on the celebration of the Japanese mythology. An abundant amount of research went into Japans history and customs, giving it its traditional look. For the US, it was decided to leave the kanji and calligraphy as well as the original Japanese voice overs with subtitles. Much of the art were actual drawings by hand and even painted by the President of Vanilla Ware. The small team has an old fashion way of making things.
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First Look: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Last week we got to check out Codemasters Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, a brutal sandbox shooter that brings the player as close to war as they'll ever want to be. Being the second iteration to the series, the first being Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, we are taken to the island of Skira off the coast of Russia. Even though this is a fictitious story line, Codemasters has done a great job at making it feel like a genuine battle.
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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li DVD Release Party

This week we got to attend the Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li DVD release party put on by Capcom and I Am 8-Bit. Held at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown of Los Angeles, the open bar, free food and public welcomed event saw a fairly nice turn out. Now, it was no Street Fighter IV game release party, but fans still came to show their support for the series.
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E3 2009: Heavy Rain

If you've ever played Quantic Dream's Indigo Prophecy, also known as Fahrenheit, you'll be happy to know Heavy Rain does not stray too far from the 2005 sleeper. In Heavy Rain, you play four different characters who are in search of a serial killer terrorizing a New England town in present day. The first character we come across is Norman Jayden, an FBI profiler, who has come to question a junkyard owner about a vehicle that could have belonged to the killer. We meet Mad Jack who may, or may not, have information about it...
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E3 2009: Borderlands

Are you a fan or RPGs? How about FPSes? What about both? Well, Borderlands from 2K Games and Gearbox just happens to be that. With playing up to four characters you can level, name, choose and build your character any way you want, while shooting creatures in the face. The first thing I thought was this is Diablo from a first person view. Diablo is one of my most favorite games ever, so this makes me plenty happy.
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EALA First Look: Dead Space Extraction

Dead Space Extraction for Wii is the prequel to the Xbox 360's Dead Space. The game tells the story of how the Necromorph infection began and ends around the time Issac Asimov arrives at the Ishimura. As I demoed the game, I found that the team is not holding anything back in terms of spookiness, as this rail shooter brings us closer to finding what really happened.

Viscereal Studios Lead Designer Wright Bagwell explains to us that they wanted to make sure Extraction tied in with all the other Dead Space properties. If you are familiar with the series, you will be rewarded with some of the tie in's that happen throughout.
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EA Sports Active

We got to check out EA Sports Active at EA3, the Electronic Arts pre E3 show. Now, I own Wii Fit, but the first thing I said to myself was, "after Active, I can cool down with Fit." I'll tell you that after a brief demo, my legs were feeling the burn and needed the stretch!

I was shown the activities by the Active Girl herself, Kathryn Peck, who looked like she had just gotten out of the gym. That is in no offense, just that this game WORKS and makes you sweat!
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