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Armchair Analysis: Weak Modern Warfare 3 sales and Activision stock downgrade

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Screenshot

Call of Duty has arguably been the biggest and most successful IP that this console generation has seen. Yearly releases have set sales records and the first-person shooter genre reached heights never before seen. Activision has had a great run, and the publisher has become dependent on the success of Call of Duty to carry it to success.

Battlefield 3 Second Opinion

Putting the "Modern" in Warfare?

Battlefield 3 Screenshot

HIGH Kamikaze jet kills versus infantry never get old.

LOW Someone stole a nuclear device! Again!

WTF Where is everybody?

Resistance 3: Capelli's progress

Resistance 3 Screenshot

On the strength of Matt Kaplan's review, I decided to grab Resistance 3. Kaplan didn't steer me wrong. Alongside solid gameplay, Resistance 3 delivers a compelling story about a man's journey through an interesting post-apocalyptic landscape. Like many other recent games, however, Resistance 3 flubs the ending, betraying its own tightly-crafted atmosphere.

Gears of War 3 Review

Not Much Under that 'Do-rag

Gears of War 3 Screenshot

HIGH The Cole Train runs on whole grain!!

LOW Marcus's uber-meathead actions at game's end.

WTF So many unanswered questions from so many angles.

The King of Fighters XIII Review

Beauty in Motion

The King of Fighters XIII Screenshot

HIGH Absolutely gorgeous animations and figures.

LOW Bosses that combo cheap moves over and over.

WTF As a newbie to the series, some of the female animations. Srsly?

Gears 3, Amy and Cabela's Survival

Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai Screenshot

After Amy, I took @KayinAmoh's advice and spent some time with Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai on 360. You may not believe it, but the game is completely awesome.

Resistance 3 Review

Simply Irresistible

Resistance 3 Screenshot

HIGH The wonderfully memorable campaign.

LOW A few cramped multiplayer maps.

WTF The appearance of the standard automatic rifle so late in the game.

State of Play with Brandon Bales: Kellee Santiago, Part Three

Here's the final piece of our interview with Kellee Santiago of thatgamecompany, creators of Flower and the upcoming Journey!

In this episode, we discuss not only their forthcoming and beautiful new game, but also the workings of their unique company and their relationship with Sony.

Thanks again for watching! We've a new blog up at stateofplayshow.com; and come back in January for our interview with Jonathan Blow!

Consoleation: Wrong direction

Ridge Racer Vita Screenshot

The news about Ridge Racer for the PlayStation Vita and its dearth of content in favor of downloadable content (DLC) reignites the discussion about how DLC affects retail games. Issues with weak content versus numerous DLC offerings is nothing new for Namco.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Review

Jets!

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Screenshot

HIGH The greatest quick time event of 2011. It's fantastic. There's no better way to end a game.

LOW The bombing run mode repeatedly failing to activate.

WTF Jets with regenerating health? What?

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