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Weekly Wrap-Up 9/16/11

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After a long week, there's nothing quite like sitting in front of your TV or computer and playing some video games. Of course, reading about video games and watching original gaming content is also a lot of fun. For the week's hottest stories, be sure to check out our Weekly Wrap-Up and read up on the games that you've got a hankering for!

Skydrift Review

If you're in the mood for some tight racing gameplay but want to step away from the whole kart racing thing for a while, then Skydrift is the game for you. Offering solid controls and impressive mechanics, this air racer will undoubtedly keep you entertained for quite some time. Check out GameZone's review of Skydrift for a full look at the game.

God of War Origins Collection Review

God of War is awesome, and you know that. If you missed out on the two PSP games starring good ol' Kratos, be sure to check out this dual collection. For more information on God of War Origins Collection, be sure to check out our in-depth review.

Shift 2: Unleashed iPad Review

Shift 2: Unleashed gets the iPad treatment and goes portable. How does this version of the awesome racer by EA stack up? Is it a worthy purchase for iPad owners? Find out in GameZone's Shift 2: Unleashed review.

The Baconing Review

After having successfully provided gamers with two enjoyable gaming experiences, the DeathSpank series returns for a third time with The Baconing. How does this title fare? Is it everything fans of the past two games could want? Or has the DeathSpank series overstayed its welcome? Get the details in our review of The Baconing.

Star Fox 64 3D Review

Fox McCloud and company take to the skies once more as they revisit one of their most enjoyable adventures ever. How well does Star Fox 64 hold up these days? And how does its transition to the 3DS fare? Find out if Star Fox 64 3D is a nostalgic trip back in time worth taking in our review of the game.

Crimson Alliance Review

The Gauntlet series was known for offering simple yet enjoyable hack-and-slash/action RPG titles that kept gamers engaged throughout. These days, the genre isn't very prominent, but that's why Crimson Alliance is such a breath of fresh air. If you long for the days of Gauntlet-like games, be sure to check out Crimson Alliance. But first, read our review of the game to get the details.

Kyotokei Review

Kyotokei is an inexpensive WiiWare download that looks to breathe a bit of life into the bullet hell genre. Inspired by the awesome Ikaruga, is this side-scrolling shoot 'em up a worthwhile buy for gamers who want a daunting challenge? GameZone gives you a look at Kyotokei in this in-depth review.

Hard Reset Review

If you're looking for an old school-style FPS experience, look no further than Hard Reset. Offering straight shooting action that's reliant on tenacity and quick reflexes, this FPS offers a no-nonsense gameplay experience. Check out our detailed review of Hard Reset for the full look and to see if this shooter is for you.

BloodRayne: Betrayal Review

The BloodRayne series goes the side-scrolling route and pumps out a highly challenging downloadable game. But is this a good thing? Does BloodRayne: Betrayal offer compelling and rewarding mechanics to keep players entertained? We give you the skinny on this downloadable title.

Rock of Ages Review

Don't let Atlus' involvement in this project fool you. Rock of Ages is certainly not an RPG experience like you're probably used to from the company. No, this title is more of a strategic destruction derby where you must roll a giant ball over several stages. To get the full details on this quirky title, read GameZone's Rock of Ages review.

Radiant Silvergun Review

Developer Treasure has remade one of its classic franchises for the current generation, and you know what? This shooter is pretty kick-ass! To get a full understanding as to why you should download Radiant Silvergun ASAP, check out our full review of the game.

Gears of War 3 Review

Gears of War 3 is nearing its launch, and we've got a full review of Epic's third-person shooter. Is this entry in the series the ultimate experience for longtime fans? Is this what you have all been waiting for? We review Gears of War 3 and let you know!

Driver: Renegade Review

While Driver: San Francisco may be the hottest game in the franchise to date, Driver: Renegade craps all over the series by providing a horrid gameplay experience that you should avoid at all costs. Read our review of Driver: Renegade and see why this 3DS title is better left unplayed.

Delivery Truck Simulator Preview

GameZone's Vito Gesualdi previews Delivery Truck Simulator and gives you the skinny on this upcoming title. Is it everything people who want to drive delivery trucks could ever hope for? Yeah, we know that's a weird question.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Preview

Namco Bandai is back with the Ace Combat series, but this time, they're trying to enhance the franchise's overall appeal with a brand new entry. We preview Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and let you know if this one should be on your "games to watch out for" list.

Need for Speed: The Run Preview

The Need for Speed series is once again changing things up. GameZone takes a look at Need for Speed: The Run and gives you some details on the upcoming game. Check out our in-depth preview of the game for more.

Heroes: September 11th 10-Year Anniversary

We pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and offer our sincerest best wishes for all of those affected by the tragedy that occurred 10 years ago. Be sure to read this very special feature right here on GameZone.

Methods of Game Balance: An [e-Sports Dail-e] Special Report

GameZone's resident e-sports specialist takes a look at in-game balancing and gives the facts, his thoughts, and the conundrums that come with attempting to balance a game completely.

10 Sega Saturn Games That Need the HD Treatment

What Sega Saturn games should get treated to glorious HD visuals on modern consoles? GameZone gives you 10 of the most deserving titles that should be brought back from their Saturn vaults only to be remade for modern consoles.

25 PlayStation 2 Games You Shouldn't Be Without (#25 - #6)

The PlayStation 2 was home to countless triple-A titles. GameZone looks back at the platform and tells you which games most gamers should have in their collections.

#25 - #21, #20 - #16, #15 - #11, #10 - #5

Great, Famous, and Controversial Multi-Disc Video Games

A lot of people get annoyed by multi-disc games, but let's not forget that some of the most enjoyable titles were on more than a single disc, and this didn't make them any less great. GameZone presents some of the best games to land on multiple discs.

Holding Your Hand: Video Games Are Too Damn Easy

The decline in video game difficulty is very apparent, and some gamers love it, while others hate it. GameZone takes a look at the current lack of challenge in games and fondly looks back at the days when games used to totally kick everyone's butts.

Minecraft Enderman Not as Creepy as I Thought They'd Be

GameZone takes an up-close look at the Endermen in Minecraft. Turns out they're not as creepy as everyone thought. Well, at least they still look kind of creepy in images.

How the PlayStation Vita Can (and Will) Capitalize on the 3DS Failure

It's no secret that the 3DS has seen more blunders than Nintendo could hope for this early on. How will Sony capitalize on the Big N's mistakes when it launches the PlayStation Vita?

Top Five Retro Franchises That Need to Make a Comeback

Several old school series are being resurrected for one more hurrah in the modern generation of gaming. What five retro franchises should get the proper sequel treatment? GameZone presents some of the most impressive IPs that are in store for a brand new sequel.

Top Five Stupidest Excuses Not to Buy a Portable System

A lot of gamers out there refuse to buy handheld systems, and there is often a large number of reasons for this. Some gamers don't care, while others just have ridiculous excuses. We take a look at the stupidest reasons for gamers not to shell out the cash for a handheld.

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