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NCAA Football 09
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NCAA Football 09

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

Microsoft Plans to "Explore Not Exploit" the Halo Universe
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Microsoft Plans to "Explore Not Exploit" the Halo Universe

Microsoft wanting to continue exploring the Halo Universe is a dead given, with fans of the series are keen on finding out what else the series will do next. According to Microsoft's Frank O'Conner, we've only begun to find that out. Speaking to a panel at this year's Comic Con, O'Conner explaid that Microsoft will "explore not exploit" the Halo universe in future products ranging from games and novels to toys. "Halo universe is really, really big now," O'Conner told Eurogamer in an interview held after the panel closed. "Literally the Halo games have only covered one year; a couple of months within a year in fact." He continued, "We have a really detailed story bible, we do really have it all planned out. There are so many areas of the universe to explore, the real challenge is picking which is the most exciting area for people. Is it UNSC Marines fighting alongside Spartans against the Covenant? Or is it what happens next after Master Chief's appearance in Halo 3?" A good bit of care must be given to exploring the right parts of the story in order to keep the fanbase interested. "That's what you see with the range of McFarlane toys - people want their amour permutation. Give them things they really want and make sure they're high quality is the formula." Read More

Legendary Pictures Ensuring Gears of War Movie Will Actually Happen
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Legendary Pictures Ensuring Gears of War Movie Will Actually Happen

High-profile video game movies have a habit of dissipating into vapor. Whether it be Halo, which devolved into a series of promo films, Metroid, which we've heard almost nothing about, or Legend of Zelda, for which I'll never forgive IGN, it seems like only the Dungeon Sieges and Max Paynes of the world find their way onto the big screen. But now that Legendary Pictures is co-financing Gears of War, things are about to change. Legendary, which also lent a helping hand to a little picture called "The Dark Knight," has a reputation for financing films that are more of a sure thing, while giving a cold shoulder to early development projects. Therefore, one can assume that Gears is likely well on its way to becoming a film franchise, and not just some dumb video game. Now as for whether or not it will be a good movie, we'll just have to wait and see. Read More

"Leaked" Guitar Hero: World Tour Set List Sadly Fake
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"Leaked" Guitar Hero: World Tour Set List Sadly Fake

Remember this? Remember the palpable surge of excitement you felt while gazing upon the mountain of top-notch songs it contained? I sure hope the momentary pleasure you experienced recalling that moment was decent consolation, because the aforementioned totally rad set list is totally bunk. Game Informer spoke with a rep from Activision, who confirmed the set list as wishful thinking on the part of a fan. (Hire that fan, Activision!) The rep did, however, note that some of the songs on the list will be clambering onto GH: World Tour's stage (including Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher," which was demoed at Activision's not-E3 press conference), so that's something, I guess. Oh well, it's not like Rock Band needed any real competition, anyway. Read More

My Game This Weekend: I'm Going Green - What's Yours?
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My Game This Weekend: I'm Going Green - What's Yours?

It's not by design, but the games I'm playing this weekend share one common theme: They both involve protagonists in green. Well, two things, if you count that they're both on Nintendo platforms. Loaded up in my DS, I've just recently begun playing MegaMan Star Force: Dragon, and I'm trying to burn through that quickly before I move on to review its sequel. For the most part, it's MegaMan in name only, with fewer ties to the franchise than previous iterations, but it's not so bad, and according to some friends, I'm already through the worst of it. Just need to get the damn thing online so I can "BrotherBand" with some people and add some more power. The other one I'm going to play if I get the chance is a golden not too oldie: Luigi's Mansion. I love the game, but at some point I got distracted or something, and never got to finishing it. Picking it up later, I have no idea where the hell I am, and may just need to restart altogether, since I can't seem to locate any Boos. Fortunately, I managed to snag a player's guide on the cheap, so I can catch myself up pretty quickly, if all goes well. So, those are what I'm looking at this weekend-- what are you guys playing? Read More

Mortal Kombat: Kollection Koming to PS2 Konsoles This Phall
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Mortal Kombat: Kollection Koming to PS2 Konsoles This Phall

For those of you who have a PlayStation 3 that can play PlayStation 2 games (or, conversely, just a PS2), Midway has announced that they plan to release Mortal Kombat: Kollection exclusively for the console this September, "just in time for players to refine their skills before the scheduled release of the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe this holiday season." However, for longtime fans of the series, the truth behind the title may be slightly disappointing. If you were hoping to challenge Goro with Johnny Cage in the original title just to find out he has no balls, or maybe face the "Toasty!" secret characters of MKII, well, you might be let down a bit. MK:Kollection collects but a mere 3 titles from the 10-strong franchise: Deception, Armageddon, and Shaolin Monks. All in all, not bad for a mere $29.99, especially when you take into account that Shaolin Monks is the one MK action game that wasn't reviled by all, going on to sell over a million copies. So long story short, this will make a good, convenient lead-in to the MK throwdown with the Superfriends, but probably won't satisfy much as an anthology. Of course, you also get Motor Kombat in Armageddon, and isn't that all anyone really wants? Read More

Media: Two New Bionic Commando Rearmed Images Plus Updates
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Media: Two New Bionic Commando Rearmed Images Plus Updates

The PlayStation blog has updated with some word from the guys at GRIN and Capcom about what to expect in the still-delayed Bionic Commando Rearmed. So far, they're still trying to get Trophies in, but said they won't be there at launch. However, they did make the Medal system so that they could back-tag the data, so you aren't forced to waste your time doing everything twice when and if they do get Trophies going. Regarding stages in the game, they say they're about 95% true to the original, in that they've added four new ones, and some hidden areas in the originals which may yield some secret items. "I won't spoil it for you," says "Producer Supreme" Ben Judd, "but let's just say that there are going to be quite a few surprises anyone familiar with the original game." Further details after the cut. Read More

Ninja Gaiden II's Ryu Watches You Sleep
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Ninja Gaiden II's Ryu Watches You Sleep

There, hopefully that headline has deterred some of you from wanting to buy one of the 1999 figures that First 4 Figures is making of the hero of Ninja Gaiden II, Ryu Hayabusa, thus improving my chances. Microsoft has revealed via their Gamerscore blog that Ryu comes in his black "skintard," with an accoutrement of weapons including the legendary Dragon Sword, the deadly Eclipse Scythe, and a Falcon's Talon. Why not two, I don't know. The sculpt is 1/4 scale at a whopping 31 inches tall (with scythe, and for you TransFormer fans of old, that's bigger than Fortress Maximus), so I'm not sure how well fitting him on the mantle over your fireplace would work out. He also features a base with artificial grass (because clearly someone, somewhere, would've thought it'd use real grass), and a graveyard of swords from fallen warriors through which Ryu treads. The figure will be available in the first quarter of 2009, and you can order the figure online here for $349.99 (remember what I said about me getting one? Scratch that). You can also check out the figure in closer detail here. Read More

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