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The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do
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The Games That Don't Install Well on NXE, and How Much Room It Takes for Those That Do

One of the most hyped features (somewhere after Netflix and Avatars) of the New Xbox Experience is the ability to install games to the Xbox 360's hard drive. However, as Halo 3 has taught us, it's not quite a perfect procedure. In fact, it would seem that there is a small number of titles which don't really see any improvement when installed, thanks to the way the developers designed them. According to Destructoid, these titles are Big Bumpin', College Hoops 2k7, Pocket Bike Racers, Sneak King, Crackdown, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, and Quake II from the Quake IV Bonus Disc (according to NeoGAF). Or, to put it in a different perspective, it's the three Burger King promo games, an out-of-date basketball game, a game most people bought just to get into the Halo 3 beta, and a game most people probably don't want anyone else knowing they own, anyway. Takes a bit of the sting out of it, I figure. So now we know which ones don't work. But of those that do work, how much space will they take up? This is a question that's no doubt on the minds of many... or at least, however many bought a 360 with a 20GB hard drive. Fortunately, Sean has compiled a list over at NeoGAF which answers that very question, along with a few notes here and there about the reduction in load times. However, he notes "I can't possibly verify all of these sizes/notes, just going off of what people tell me. If there's an error please correct it and be nice about it." For your Kombo Konvenience, the list is posted right after the kut... er, cut. Whew, that was close. Read More

NHL 2k9
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NHL 2k9

Kombo's Review Policy: Our reviews are written for you. Our goal is to write honest, to-the-point reviews that don't waste your... Read More

NHL 2K9 - PS3 - Review
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NHL 2K9 - PS3 - Review

Favoring an arcade approach over a simulation one, NHL 2K9 isnt exactly the most realistic hockey title on the market. This may prove to be successfu Read More

NHL 2K9 - 360 - Review
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NHL 2K9 - 360 - Review

There were many things that went through my mind while playing NHL 2K9, and many ways I had planned to intro this review. But when it came down to it Read More

NHL 2K9 Soundtrack Revealed
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NHL 2K9 Soundtrack Revealed

The extremely recent release of the NHL 2K9 on all major home consoles (it's first year on Wii) has everyone pretty excited, Mario included. Taking a cue from their meta-sports rival EA, 2K Sports is pimping the soundtrack to their upcoming game by revealing the full track list. It's as follows: Bad Religion - New Dark Ages Genghis Tron - Things Don't Look Good High On Fire - Rumors Of War Inner Circle - Bad Boys Joe Satriani - Crowd Chant Mastodon - Iron Tusk NoFX - Linoleum Operation Ivy - Bankshot Pennywise - Knocked Down Protest The Hero - Goddess Gagged Recliner - Find A Way The Night Marchers - Closed for Inventory The Offspring - Nitro (Youth Energy) The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop -- Press Release Looks like a pretty decent soundtrack to throw your gloves off and lose a tooth to. Read More

Nintendo Releases Second-Half Line-Up of Games
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Nintendo Releases Second-Half Line-Up of Games

In an interesting twist (I guess, maybe they do this all the time, and I never noticed), Nintendo has released their US game line-up for the second half of 2008 and into 2009... to Europe. Some highlights included on the list are Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Call of Duty World at War, Guitar Hero World Tour, Skate It, Mushroom Men, two Star Wars games, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers, Sonic Unleashed, Ghostbusters, and quite a bit more. Better still, Nintendo says that this is an "incomplete" list, meaning more titles could sneak their way into the lineup. Here's hoping more from the Big N themselves. For the full bill of goods (as it stands), both good and bad, click the jump. Read More

2K Sports Announces NHL 2K9 for Wii
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2K Sports Announces NHL 2K9 for Wii

Well, guess since I'm the one here in Canada, it falls on me to report this, even though I'm not as big a hockey fanatic as some of the nuts here (and don't tell anyone, but I root for the Carolina Hurricanes). At any rate, 2K Games have announced that they are bringing the next installment of their NHL 2K9 hockey games to the Nintendo Wii this fall, and as the first NHL and NHLPA game for the Wii, it "will offer fans the fun opportunity to play like the pros using the Wii Remote controller as a hockey stick, and enjoy playing hockey in a wholly unique and entertaining experience like never before." "Nintendo is thrilled to have 2K Sports' NHL 2K9 on the Wii platform this season," said Steve Singer, VP of Licensing at Nintendo of America Inc. "This title has been highly anticipated by our Wii consumers who will now be able to use the Wii Remote to face-off, play hockey, and fire a slap shot in their living rooms." To celebrate the occassion, Mario (the plumber, not the player) will be walking down the red carpet during tonight's 2008 NHL Awards at the Elgin Theatre at 6:15pm ET in Toronto. And this stupid release came too late for me to make any solid plans to check it out. Fans will have the "special opportunity" to meet and greet Mario and get their picture taken with him. But I won't. Yes, I'm bitter. "It's our goal this year to bring the fun back to hockey video games," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "NHL 2K9 for Wii includes the full feature set as available on other platforms, and added Wii Remote controls and other exciting features specific for the Wii console will allow dedicated fans the opportunity to fully enjoy and embrace NHL hockey in a brand new experience." Read More