ShackCast Episode 13: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Unreal Tournament 3, Portal, BioWare/Pandemic

BOOM widget 114559For this week's ShackCast, Remo spent some time hands-on with Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii) and several of its new characters--Pit from Kid Icarus, Meta Knight from the Kirby series, the new Samus and her Zero Suit form, and the just-revealed Sonic the Hedgehog.

Nick was at Epic's offices checking out Unreal Tournament 3, which he feels is underrepresented by its recent demo. Carlos met with Sierra to check out several upcoming PC and Xbox Live Arcade downloadable games; some--such as Aces of the Galaxy and Commanders: Attack of the Genos--are promising, and some--Battlestar Galactica--are not.

Plus, all of us played through Portal and loved it, because it is lovely. Finally, we discuss Double Fine's new game announcement and Electronic Arts' acquisition of BioWare and Pandemic Studios.

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00:00: It's a song! And it's not Friday the 13th.
01:56: Remo checked out Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Sonic! He's in! (Story)
14:01: Nick on Unreal Tournament 3: game better than demo. (Demo, preview)
27:20: Carlos on Aces of the Galaxy for XBLA. (Preview)
33:17: ...and on Commanders: Attack of the Genos for XBLA too! (Preview)
34:35: Did you guys play Battle Bugs for PC? No? Okay.
37:15: More XBLA! Switchball!
38:03: Carlos is thoroughly unimpressed by Battlestar Galactica on XBLA.
40:18: Even more XBLA! Arcadian Warriors from the makers of Assault Heroes!
42:34: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is coming to DS! YES.
45:29: Remo has Call of Duty 4 PC single- and multiplayer hands-on. (Preview)
47:48: Nick is underwhelmed by Heavenly Sword (PS3).
50:03: We all love Portal. A lot. (Review)
57:57: We also love Half-Life 2: Episode Two. (Review)
62:55: Double Fine is (officially) making a new game, Brutal Legend! (Story)
65:13: Electronic Arts has consumed BioWare and Pandemic Studios. (Story)
72:20: Listener mail, including in-game ads talk and the workings of the Shack!
85:44: Remo likes Rocket Race in Halo 3, so this was born.