EA Blackbox delivers high-stakes, cross-country racing with plot and Christina Hendricks--is this ride worth your time?
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Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL

The fighting genre is a tough one to break into and change. Games like "Street Fighter" and "Mortal Kombat" have long and illustrious histories, whereas newer games like "BlazBlue" and "Marvel vs. Capcom" are trying to bring a new look and feel while still maintaining many elements of the classics. However, there's one relatively new game that was able to break the mold, and really introduce something new to fighting games, "Super Smash Bros." Combining cartoony graphics with precision gameplay has spawned a whole sub-genre of brawlers. With its highly recognizable roster the latest game to enter the fray is Crave Games' "Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL." Can it really throw down against such fierce competition?

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Launch

Exactly seven days since a gang of Marios took over Times Square to celebrate the launch of "Super Mario 3D Land," Nintendo's most notable tunic wearing adventurer, Link, was launching his own game, just a few blocks away. The Nintendo World Store at Rockefeller Center was taken over this weekend by Zelda fans as they lined up a day before "Skyward Sword" was officially released to grab an early copy of the game and take part in the festivities, which also helped commemorate the series' 25th Anniversary. Trivia, a scavenger hunt, and a chance to take their picture with the Master Sword awaited anyone that braved the block-long line.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"The Legend of Zelda" has always been one of Nintendo's most groundbreaking and successful franchises, and this year, it's celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Link's travels have been well documented on every console Nintendo has ever released (save for the Virtual Boy), and while the scope of the games have changed, the core elements of what make a "Zelda" game great, are consistently there. "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" is no different than its numerous predecessors. It has all the vital components of a "Zelda" game, and is the first full release developed entirely for the Wii. Taking advantage of the platform's unique capabilities "Skyward Sword" becomes Link's most immersive, and biggest adventure yet.

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With 2011 drawing to a close, the MTV Geek staff took a look back at the many games that the year brought us. From stories fighting franchises rising from the ashes, to blockbuster shooters doing what they're going to do, I can honestly say it's been a year of more pleasant surprises than disappointments. While we didn't see any big-time experimentation or anything out-and-out strange or new this year among the major releases (no beautiful failures like Mirror's Edge or completely insane masterpieces like Bayonetta), the return of quite a few tried and true titles still provided some pretty spectacular peaks in console and PC achievement.

Here's MTV Geek's 2011 picks for Best Video Games.
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I'm the guy who's going to complain that it was just Halloween and now Christmas is on the way. Retailers are running early Black Friday sales. Early. Black Friday. Sales.

November continues to be the month clogged with so many major releases by the publishers trying to get your attention and remind you that "Hey, we've got some games, you guys. Would you like to try them?"
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Arguably the biggest release of the year drops this week: yeah, that's right, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 is hitting for the PS2 (!) and none of y'all is ready! It's the beautiful game, people!

Alright, and the big magilla of shooters is here, while Bethesda wants you to explore their biggest Elder Scrolls title to date, and we get a trifecta of remakes/re-releases with Super Mario 3D Land, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Just leave your wallet/purse on the counter at your local game retailer because they're gonna be emptying it out this week.
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Sonic Generations

A lot can happen in 20 years, just look at Sonic the Hedgehog. Back in 1991 when the blue hedgehog with an attitude made his first appearance on the Sega Genesis the video game landscape was completely different. 16-bit sprites and blast processing were all the rage, and only two platforms, each with their own respective mascot, ruled the console market, the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo. Fast-forward to two decades later and Nintendo's Mario is clearly the winner of the first console war, whereas Sega got out of the console business within ten years of Sonic's birth.

Even without his own console Sonic still has a host of titles under his belt, spanning both 2D and 3D gameplay. The dimensional difference is a decision that seemingly splits fans of the series into two distinct camps. In an attempt to bring together those factions, and showcase their most recognizable character in his 20th year of games, Sega has released "Sonic Generations," the first Sonic game to combine both styles of gameplay, and both styles of Sonic.

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Kirby's Return To Dream Land

It has been decades since Nintendo's pink puff, Kirby has received a proper console entry into the Dream Land series. The often neglected spherical character has his share of games in the past few years (as recently as a few weeks ago), but none of them were direct descendants of the original Game Boy and NES games that helped put HAL Laboratory (as well as some of the most famous names that are associated with Nintendo) on the map back in the early 1990s. "Kirby's Return To Dream Land" changes all of that by putting Kirby back at the helm of a 2D sidescroller, and, most importantly, gives him back his signature enemy-swallowing and attack copying ability.

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EA's latest shooter is looking to take the crown from Modern Warfare a week before that 400 lb. gorilla hits shelves from Activision and Infinity Ward!

Title: Battlefield 3
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are two weird games to talk about, because for defenders in each corner, it seems less important how these two shooters play and more important how they sell. BF3 is coming hard at Infinity Ward's latest on the heels of a very public defection of some of IW's senior staff last year and huge numbers for Treyarch's entry in the series last year. The narrative has become that Infinity Ward has been awesome at what they do, but it doesn't take Infinity Ward to sell A Call of Duty game in the millions of copies. And on top of that, how much Infinity Ward are we actually getting with MW3. Read More...

Halloween's right around the corner and you're looking for some games that might be fun to turn on with the lights off. Well, check out these ten titles that are definitely worth hunting down for some console-based thrills and chills!

10. Alan Wake (Xbox 360)

In this long-in-development from Max Payne developer, Remedy, you play as a world-famous writer who travels to the small town of Bright Falls to work on your latest novel when your wife turns up missing and you're beset by shadowy creatures and scenarios from the novel you haven't even finished yet. For much of the game, you'll be wandering around in the dark, using your trusty flashlight to fend off enemies and whatever firearms you can grab to take them out. You can find a few genuine scares while being attacked from all sides by former-people muttering crazy nonsense at you. However, the primary mechanic and the basic structure of this 2010 title quickly gets repetitive, and some of the intentionally... pulpy writing gets downright awful. Read More...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" has already had a troubled past, and it's still six weeks away from launch. From a wi-fi inference riddled E3 debut, to being torn apart on national TV, "Skyward Sword" is already facing an uphill battle. However, when the game drops on November 20, dedicated "Zelda" fans are going to find themselves happily waggling their Wii MotionPlus controllers, steeped in Link's latest adventure for what could be over a hundred hours worth of gameplay, the first of which may not be exactly what they are accustomed to.

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