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Weekly wrap-up 8/26/2012

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Just like Nintendo decides to release games and hardware on Sundays, we too have decided to give you the week's wrap-up of reviews, previews, and video content on this most odd of days to do anything. If you've been busy and haven't had the chance to check out the latest content on GameZone, be sure to scope it all out here. Want to know if you should shell out the cash for the 3DS XL? Are you looking for a good movie to watch? Do you perhaps just feel like disagreeing with us? You'll find an entire week's worth of content right here.

Reviews

Paranorman 3D review (Movies)

It's hard to say if this film will take its place as a classic, but it's most certainly an entertaining movie and should not be missed by moviegoers looking for some lighthearted fun.

Papo & Yo review (PS3)

This heartwarming tale warrants a play-through from PlayStation 3 owners, and even if its gameplay may not be perfect, it's a solid game regardless.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron review (Xbox 360, PS3)

The robots in disguise are back in what is easily the best Transformers game in quite some time.

Legasista review (PS3)

NIS America's latest RPG isn't for everyone, but if you're a fan of the genre, you might want to give it a shot.

Street Fighter x Tekken DLC review (Xbox 360, PS3)

If you've been digging Capcom's crossover fighter and are looking for more content to keep you going, this DLC expansion is for you.

Hit & Run review (Movies)

A genuinely enjoyable flick with fast car chases, this high-speed film delivers the goods and defies expectations.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. review (Xbox 360, PS3)

This HD remake is certainly bizarre, but it's also not that good.

Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory review (PC)

While this indie puzzle platformer won't be remembered alongside the greats like Braid and Limbo, it still offers some entertainment that makes it worth playing.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive review (Xbox 360, PS3)

Is this hotly anticipated tactical FPS worth playing? Yes, it definitely is. So go play it now.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 review (3DS)

Mario and Luigi's latest outing may not be wholly original, but it is a fine 2D platforming experience for fans of the series and 3DS owners.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online review (PC)

While the potential for a great shooter is there, too many shortcomings plague the latest Clancy title, making it an average romp at best.

Nintendo 3DS XL review (Gadgets)

If you've been meaning to buy a 3DS, look no further than Nintendo's latest revision of its dual screen handheld. It really is worth the $199.99 asking price.

The Apparition review (Movies)

Bad characters, a poor story, and no scares whatsoever mean you'll find absolutely no enjoyment in this "horror" flick.

Premium Rush review (Movies)

This flick is dumb, but not in the good way, which means you should probably save some cash and refrain from watching it.

Previews

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition preview

We enter the world of Dark Souls and die ... over and over again. If that sounds like something you'd be into, watch out for this enhanced version of the game on PC.

Madden 13 demo impressions (Vita)

GameZone gives the Vita demo of the upcoming Madden a spin. The verdict: You'll probably dig it if you enjoy football games.

Gunblitz demo impressions

We go hands-on with an early build of Gunblitz, an upcoming 2D shmup for PC and Ouya.

GZ Originals

Gen Con Indy 2012: Behind the Flavor Monsters booth

We check out truth's Flavor Monsters, a mobile game that manages to provide some entertainment while simultaneously raising tobacco awareness.

Games of Summer: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

GameZone revisits a classic Mario RPG. In case you're wondering, yes, this game is still totally awesome.

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) - Does it hold up?

In preparation for Double Dragon: Neon, we decided to go back and play the NES version of the second game in the series. Time to kick some ass.

Top 10 genuinely scary visual novels

We take a look at some of the most enjoyably creepy visual novels.

Nitpick: Same ol' Hack and Slash

Are developers relying too much on simplicity and turning out too many basic hack-and-slash titles?

OnLive: So what’s going to happen now?

What does the future hold for this digital video game streaming service?

Why PlayStation Plus is a great deal and every PS3 owner needs it

We run down the features of PlayStation Plus and tell you why you should shell out the cash for a subscription if you're a PlayStation 3 gamer.

How creative games like Sound Shapes can save the Vita in the long run

It may be a downloadable title, but Sound Shapes is a great offering on the Vita, and if we continue getting creativity-heavy games on the portable, there may be plenty of reasons to buy Sony's latest device.

Talking Serious Sam 3: BFE coming to XBLA with Davor Hunski

GameZone chats with developer Croteam about the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade version of Serious Sam 3: BFE.

Top 10 WWE '13 dream matches

We take a look at some of the possible dream matches that will be worth simulating once WWE '13 hits consoles later this year.

Interview with Carl "PerfectLegend" White, two time EVO Mortal Kombat Champion

We talk it up with the best Mortal Kombat player in the world. Yes, in the world!

Ten third-party characters that should be in the next Super Smash Bros.

Which third-party characters should enter the fray in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for the Wii U?

Castle Story's success: more than $600K on Kickstarter and counting

Developer Sauropod discusses Castle Story in great detail and talks about its Kickstarter experience.

Games of Summer: Skullmonkeys

We take on a PlayStation classic and urge you to dig up a copy on eBay and do the same.

Boot Hill Heroes interview with Dave Welch

We take a close look at the Earthbound-inspired indie RPG Boot Hill Heroes and get chatty with developer ExperimentalGamer.

Nitpick: This is the intro?!

An intro can make or break a video gaming experience for a lot of people. Unfortunately, sometimes it can break it pretty bad.

The Best of Psygnosis/Studio Liverpool

We take a look at some of Sony Studio Liverpool's greatest hits in honor of the company and its recent closing.

Guides

Darksiders II video walkthough | How to beat Thane

Darksiders II video walkthough | Dungeon Guide: The Drenchfort

Darksiders II video walkthough | Boss Guide: How to beat Karkinos

Darksiders II video walkthrough | "The Nook" dungeon puzzle guide

Darksiders II Walkthrough | Boss guide: How to beat the Construct Hulk

Darksiders II video walkthrough | Where to find the Deathgrip (Foundry dungeon guide)

Darksiders II video walkthrough | Where to find Heart Stone #1 (Foundry dungeon guide)

Darksiders II video walkthrough | Where to find Heart Stone #2 (Foundry dungeon guide)

Darksiders II video walkthrough | How to beat the Corrupted Custodian (Boss Guide)

Darksiders II video walkthrough | How to beat The Guardian (Boss Guide)

Videos

Interview: truth® aims to spread flavored tobacco awareness with new 'Flavor Monsters' game

Gen Con 2012 show floor walkthrough

truth® 45 Flavors booth tour and Flavor Monsters sneak peek

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