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Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) Review

Review; Feb. 21, 2012; Channels: Movies; By Ryan Goodman

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Blu-ray) Review One of the most beloved movie sagas has finally made the jump to high-definition. All six Star Wars movies are now available on Blu-ray in two box sets for each trilogy (Episodes I-III and IV-VI), or as a special nine-disc set that contains all six movies and a plethora of bonuses. So is the complete saga box set worth it? If you’re a Star Wars geek, then these are the droids you’re looking for, but if you’re a casual fan, then...

WWE '12 Review

Review; Dec. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

WWE '12 Review Not long after the release of the previous WWE game, THQ announced it would be going back to the drawing board for the next one, WWE ’12. THQ promised to build the entire game from the ground up, including brand new graphics and animations. Early builds of the game, such as the one seen at E3, seemed to back away from most of those statements. While the final product is far from perfect, wrestling fans will be pleased to know that this in...

Sonic Generations Review

Review; Nov. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Sonic Generations Review For almost a decade now, one of video games’ biggest icons has seen a steep decline. Sonic the Hedgehog was arguably the most popular video game character in the 1990s, with classic after classic played by millions who owned a SEGA Genesis. But after games went 3-D, and graphics got more sophisticated, Sonic started to lose steam. Now, SEGA is trying to go back to Sonic’s roots -- while propelling him into the future -- with Sonic...

Gears of War 3 Staff Review

Gears of War 3 Staff Review The third installment of Microsoft's flagship series that doesn't go by the name of Halo has been released. Gears of War 3 is the latest third-person sci-fi shooter from Epic Games. The game has been out for a few weeks now, but we at OMGN have been playing it frequently since its release. From single player to its brutal multiplayer, there have been some significant changes and updates since its launch. For all of those who decided to wait or...

Mortal Kombat (1995) Blu-Ray Review

Review; Oct. 9, 2011; Channels: Movies; By Ryan Goodman

Mortal Kombat (1995) Blu-Ray Review One of the most popular video game movies has been given the HD treatment and re-released on blu-ray. The movie version of Mortal Kombat was highly regarded by gamers around the world when it was released in 1995. While the movie itself does not hold up as well as it did more than 15 years ago, the updated version of the film is still a decent buy. Click the image to view movie stills The story of Mortal Kombat is loosely based on the 1993...

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011

OMGN's Best Summer Flicks of 2011 If there's one thing we like as much as video games, it's movies too. Since the name change to include movies in the title, the OMGN staff has narrowed down the best movies we've seen this summer — as well as the worst, the ones that surprised us the most, and everything in between.   Best Action Kyle: For me, X-Men: First Class is, hands down, the best action flick I've seen. From Hellfire Club's first attack on the young members of...

Mortal Kombat (2011) Review

Review; Aug. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Mortal Kombat (2011) Review The fighting game genre has seen a resurgence over the last few years, spearheaded by new entries in classic series, such as Street Fighter IV. But one combatant that had been on the sidelines until just recently is arguably the one that’s changed video games the most: Mortal Kombat. Now the classic franchise is back in all its bloody glory, promising to bring it back to its roots. While some of this rebirth is more modernized than its 16...

Tecmo Announces Move Support for Ninja Gaiden III

News; Aug. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Tecmo Announces Move Support for Ninja Gaiden III At Gamescon 2011, Tecmo Koei and Team NINJA announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Ninja Gaiden III will be compatible with PlayStation Move. It is the first time in franchise history that the action series will have motion controls. Team NINJA says the new control option will give players an edge while running and slicing their way through hoards of enemies.  “Ninja Gaiden III is all about slicing and chopping through flesh and...

Is Mega Man Dead?

Feature; Jul. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Is Mega Man Dead? A gaming icon might be gone for good. The week of July 17 could be one of the darkest in history for many gamers, as it might be the end one of the industry's founding fathers -- Mega Man (called Rock Man in Japan). Recently, Mega Man’s parent company, Capcom, decided to cancel the blue bomber’s latest planned adventure, Mega Man Legends 3. While this cancellation put a dagger in the hearts of thousands of gamers worldwide (many have...

Collector's Edition, Preorder Bonuses Announced for New LOTR Game

News; Jul. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Collector's Edition, Preorder Bonuses Announced for New LOTR Game Gamers and Lord of the Rings fans looking forward to their next trip to Middle Earth now have several reasons to book that trip early. Warner Bros. Interactive and Snowblind Studios have announced a collector's edition of their upcoming action RPG, Lord of the Rings: War in the North, which will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 this fall. The collector's edition will include the full version of the game, along with a Ranger of the...

3D Classics: Excitebike Review

Review; Jul. 5, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

3D Classics: Excitebike Review At E3, Nintendo announced that it will be bringing several of its classics into the third dimension, thanks to the Nintendo 3DS. The first of these titles is a 3-D take on the NES classic, Excitebike. And while there are more famous faces Nintendo could have chosen to be the first of its 3-D classics, you’ll soon discover this is definitely a worthy selection for this new line of remakes. Click the image to view game screenshots Excitebike...

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts This year, OMGN took four of our staff to E3 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.: Robert F. Ludwick, Kyle Hovanec, Jenner Cauton, and Ryan Goodman. The four of us frolicked and cavorted in video games' biggest expo and survived to tell the tale. We left the show with sore necks, sore feet, and sore shoulders (from all of the free swag!), and now that we've had some time to reflect, we'd like to offer our opinions of the show as a whole.   What less...

E3 2011: Dead Rising 2: Off The Record First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Dead Rising 2: Off The Record First Impressions Capcom has scheduled another trip to Fortune City for Dead Rising fans later this year when Dead Rising 2: Off The Record hits stores. This new zombie-filled adventure was playable at E3, and I got to take a look at what has changed from last year’s hit. The biggest difference this time around is that you’re not in the shoes of DR 2 protagonist Chuck Greene, but instead are once again behind the lens of the original hero of Dead...

E3 2011: WWE '12 First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: WWE '12 First Impressions THQ is ready to step back in the ring once again this fall, promising a brand new WWE experience, that is totally different from the stale SmackDown! Vs Raw series. WWE '12 was at E3, and from what I can tell, THQ is looking to the past to move the WWE franchise into the future. That's not a good thing. WWE '12 promises to have a full roster of WWE superstars when it's released, but the version at E3 only had a handful to choose from. I got to...

Star Trek set to take gamers to the final frontier in 2012

News; Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Star Trek set to take gamers to the final frontier in 2012 One of the big game announcements of E3 was a brand new adventure based on Star Trek, specifically the acclaimed 2009 film by Lost creator, J.J. Abrams. Now, new details on the game have emerged. It is set shortly after the end of the 2009 film and focuses on the relationship between Star Trek’s two main characters: Capt. James T. Kirk and Spock. You’ll get to play through the game in both of their shoes and experience it from their...

War of the Worlds Set to Invade This Fall

News; Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

War of the Worlds Set to Invade This Fall Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will soon get to experience a whole new take on the sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds when a brand new sidescrolling adventure is released on Xbox Live Arcade and PSN later this year. This is a darker interpretation of the H.G. Wells classic and will have some starpower behind it, with Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men fame, lending his voice to narrate the game. It is set in London, and its story will...

E3 2011: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City First Impressions When Capcom announced Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City earlier this year, it immediately got me thinking of my favorite entry in the series, Resident Evil: Outbreak, which focused on working as a team to escape Raccoon City. While this new adventure won’t be the same thing, it does appear that working together will again play a big role, but from a much different perspective. The events of ORC take place during Resident Evils 2...

E3 2011: Street Fighter X Tekken First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 13, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Street Fighter X Tekken First Impressions Capcom and Namco shook the fighting game world at last year’s E3 when they announced that they would be collaborating on a pair of new fighting games that would combine the worlds of Street Fighter and Tekken. While Namco’s game, Tekken X Street Fighter was a no-show at this year’s E3, Capcom’s take on the battle, Street Fighter X Tekken, was present and playable on the show floor. Only a handful of the fighters were...

E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Batman: Arkham City First Impressions One of the most anticipated sequels of the year is only a few months away from being released. Batman: Arkham City is promising to be a much bigger game than its successful predecessor, Arkham Asylum. The game was on the E3 floor, and from what I saw and played, this sequel will live up to the hype. From what we can gather from the demo, it appears the warden of Arkham Asylum has been elected mayor of Gotham City and decides he is going to...

E3 2011: Gears of War 3 Impressions

Feature; Jun. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Gears of War 3 Impressions The biggest Xbox 360 exclusive of the year is Gears of War 3. While some lucky few have already gotten the chance to play it in beta, thousands of others will have to wait for its release in September. But those lucky enough to be at E3 also got a hands-on look at the new game. The demo shown on the floor is that of the wildly popular Horde mode, but this time, Epic has kicked it up a notch, adding a currency system. You begin the match with...

E3 2011: Kid Icarus: Uprising First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Kid Icarus: Uprising First Impressions When the Nintendo 3DS was first introduced at E3 2010, Kid Icarus: Uprising was unveiled as its main flagship title. One year later, the game is near its release and ready to be played at E3 2011. I got a chance to take Pit’s first adventure in almost 20 years for a ride, and I was left wanting to play much more. The demo begins with your choice of three levels. I chose the first level, which is the one most people have seen from previous...

E3 2011: Wii U Hands-on First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 9, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Wii U Hands-on First Impressions Nintendo set the gaming world on fire this week when it unveiled its newest console, the Wii U. The system features HD graphics and a unique tablet-like controller that players will be able to use in countless ways. A playable version of the Wii U is on the show floor at E3, and I braved the more than three-hour wait to get my hands on it. The first thing I got to check out was the new controller. As I said above, it does have a tablet-like look...

E3 2011: Resident Evil Revelations First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Resident Evil Revelations First Impressions One of Capcom’s biggest titles this year -- and one of the Nintendo 3DS’s biggest exclusives -- is the latest entry into the Resident Evil series: Resident Evil Revelations. I got to check out this survival horror title, and I have to say, I left very impressed. The demo starts out in a mansion very similar to the original Resident Evil. You play as Jill Valentine, trying to escape and reunite with your team. The game plays from the...

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: Twisted Metal First Impressions When it was announced at last year’s E3, Twisted Metal had me very intrigued. Being a fan of the original two games in the series, I was hoping for something similar, along with more modern features, such as online multiplayer. So, when I stepped up to play it one year later, expectations were high. Thankfully, the short time I had with it met most of those expectations. Attendees lined up at Sony’s booth to play the game were taken...

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 8, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

E3 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword First Impressions The biggest weapon in Nintendo’s Wii arsenal this holiday season is definitely The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, due for release this holiday season. The game is, of course, at E3, prominently displayed near the front of the Nintendo area. I got the chance to put in some game play time with the highly anticipated title. The demo starts with three choices: skydiving, dungeon, or boss battle. The demo allows time only for one, so I...

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