Yakuza 3

PS3 / Action / Release: Mar 9, 2010 / ESRB: M

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Sports: NBA 2K11

Yearly sports game franchises often get accused of being little more than roster updates coupled with some subtle are often so inconsequential, all but the most rabid fans would be hard-pressed to notice. In 2010, NBA 2K11 managed to handily buck this trend, giving gamers a great reason to keep this year's entry in their gaming libraries long after the 2011 season is over. That reason is Michael Jordon. His host of "Jordan Challenges" allow players to replay some of MJ's most legendary performances, or even rebuild his career from scratch. Read more »

"even the pc version was good this year. holy wow. actually pes was good on pc aswell this year, ..."
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Daily Filter: July 30, 2010

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter is video heavy with a "What is StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty?" video kicking it all off. We've also added a pair of videos for the upcoming shooter Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and a video announcing DJ Tiesto as a featured artist in DJ Hero 2. Read more »

"Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (3)*, 2 was released before Underground :P"
- Frostbitex12    See all 4 comments


Xbox Live Marketplace Schedule: July 22 to August 2

Xbox Live's Major Nelson has released the schedule for Xbox Live Marketplace content from July 22 to August 2, noting discounts on Borderlands and Forza Motorsport 3 DLC and new Avatar Marketplace Gear. Next week brings the second game in the Summer of Arcade, Hydro Thunder Hurricane for 1200MS Points ($15).

Avatar items from the fantasy realm of Dragon Age: Origins and the sci-fi world of Halo: Reach are incoming on July 22 and 23, respectively. Next week, all Borderlands DLC will drop to 400MS Points each (50% off from 800MS Points) for the Deal of the Week, followed by discounts on multiple Forza Motorsport 3 DLC packs. As always, sale pricing is limited to Xbox Live Gold members. Read more »

""On July 22, Avatar items from the fantasy realm of Dragon Age: Origins and the sci-fi world of ..."
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Skate 3 'Hawaiian Dream' DLC Saying Aloha Tomorrow

A new batch of Skate 3 downloadable content is due to roll out on Tuesday, letting skaters grind around an "enormous skater's paradise" designed by "skating legend" Danny Way.

The 'Danny Way's Hawaiian Dream' downloadable content offers "everything from original street terrain to flowing skate parks and of course Danny's signature Mega-madness" plus "new challenges, create-a-skater gear, an all-new Danny Way playable character, and new achievements and trophies." Read more »

"> Never played any "Skate" games .. are they even close to the funfactor of Tony Hawk 3 ? If ..."
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Skate 3 'Maloof Money' DLC Due Tuesday

The first piece of downloadable content to bring more land into Skate 3 will hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on June 8 in the form of the "The Maloof Money Cup 2010 NYC Pack," publisher Electronic Arts announced this morning.

Priced at 400 Microsoft Points / $5, the add-on brings a new "street park" built upon the site of 1964 World's Fair and enables buyers to compete in the titular Money Cup competition as well as earn "an additional 100 achievement points and 5 trophies." Read more »

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Skate 3 Review

The third entry in the main Skate series from Electronic Arts Black Box goes to great lengths to be more accessible to new players and casual fans, while simultaneously appealing to the hardcore audience with several key features. Multiplayer is the focus of this evolutionary step in the franchise along with the ability to design full skate parks and share them with the world.

Newcomers will find an expanded tutorial mode in skate.School narrated by Coach Frank (Jason Lee) along with a forgiving "easy" difficulty setting. On the other side of the coin, Black Box has also added a "hardcore" difficulty setting, which cranks up the physics for an added challenge. It is, however, sadly broken for some grinds making them more difficult than intended, but a downloadable patch fixing this issue should be on the way. Read more »

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 8

San Diego-based comic Christian Spicer joins Garnett, Brian, and Jeff on this week's show and he couldn't have come at a better time. The release list is heating up again and fuels Whatcha Been Playin with big games including Lost Planet 2, Skate 3, Nier, and Blur. Christian brings some portable love with a pair of titles for Cannata-ford a New Game. By the time Four Minute hits he's not holding back his opinion on the best sandbox games, the console war, or the spectacle of E3. Brian caps things off at top speed in the Front Page with more on the 3DS, EA's planned Sports Online Pass, new info on Call of Duty: Black Ops, and more.

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"Listening to the doom and gloom worries about hardware sales last month made me think... 8 ..."
- captainstoobing    See all 39 comments


Skate 3 Trailer Brings the "Good Times"

Electronic Arts has released a new trailer for Skate 3 showing off some "good times" that can be had in the skating sandbox game:

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Weekend Confirmed Episode 7

Alan Wake reviews hit the Net and we've got our spoiler-free full impressions to kickoff Whatcha Been Playin? Garnett, Brian, Jeff, and yes, Billy also got more time with the Halo:Reach beta, FIFA World Cup, Skate 3 multiplayer, and more. Plus they've got four and a bonus pick for Cannata-ford a New Game this week. DRM schemes, balancing game difficulty, and whether we want any of this Facebook social network fu in our games challenges the group in Four Minute. And the show winds up with a Front Page full of news including the announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops for this fall, the winner of the million dollar MLB2K10 pitch a perfect game challenge, and a release date for Starcraft 2.

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"I agree with you Garnett. Chromehounds is amazing Billy has no idea what he's talking about."
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Skate 3 Multiplayer Impressions

Yesterday, I took a day trip up to EA Redwood Shores to drop-in on some Skate 3 multiplayer sessions with producer Chris "Cuz" Parry and some other journalists. Skate 3 supports up to 6 players online in both competitive and cooperative events.

We started off with a few cooperative challenges, which shared across offline and online modes. Additionally, everyone in the game will progress his or her own career, which is ubiquitous in Skate 3. While waiting for the challenges to be proposed, everyone is free to skate around the current zone. During freeskate, collisions are on, but during challenges and events, players will not bump into each other so people play honorably. Read more »

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Skate 3 Co-Op Trailer Showcases Online Freeskate

Online play, content creation & sharing, and social gaming are big aspects of Electronic Arts' strategy for Skate 3.

A new trailer shows off a hypothetical gaming session* that you could have with your friends.

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"Playing the demo, the game feels an edge above its predecessor but I'm not sure if it's enough ..."
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Skate 3 Trailer Shows Off Bails, Brawling, and Zombies

Electronic Arts has released a new trailer for Skate 3 showing off the game's "urban playground." In it, catch a glimpse of new bails, brawling, hidden characters, and... zombies?!

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"I played Skate 2 soooooooo much, buying this when it comes out. I'm glad they did put time in ..."
- Snipergen    See all 8 comments


Skate 3 Screenshots Celebrate Demo Release

With the downloadable demo for SKATE 3 now available to Xbox 360 owners with Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and due in the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Store later today, publisher Electronic Arts has released a trio of new screenshots in celebration.

The sample of EA Black Box's latest offers a taste of the University District area, the Skate.School tutorial and Skate.Park editor modes plus "single and multiplayer challenges including Domination, Own the Lot, and the bone-crushing Hall of Meat." Read more »

"How's the falling? Does the head snap back and forth when it hits the ground? Because the "Hall ..."
- 3dchipset    See all 13 comments


Skate 3 'Hall of Meat' Trailer Brings the Pain

Keeping in line with the previous games, the Hall of Meat returns in SKATE 3, offering players several new and exciting ways to critically injure their virtual selves. Check it:

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"This really seems like a departure from Skate's original goal: realism. Obviously they're doing ..."
- phipple    See all 35 comments


Skate 3 Screenshots School the Park

With the downloadable demo of Skate 3 hitting PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next week, publisher Electronic Arts has passed along some new screenshots from the game's educational Skate.School practice mode and Skate.Park environment editor.

Developed by series veteran EA Black Box, Skate 3 stomps, grinds and ollies its way to North American retailers on May 11 then lands elsewhere in the world come May 14.

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"Practice mode will be a welcome addition to the game, the trick guide is nice, but it doesn't ..."
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