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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 13: Killzone 2, Game Review Mulligans and Erotic Games

Killzone 2 has the Playstation fanbase divided; on this week’s show we take our stand. Plus, reviews we’d like to take back, and the sexiest listener e-mail segment ever! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim Spaeth.

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The Horror Geek presents: Dante's Inferno set to get animated

Dante's Inferno Screenshot

Electronic Arts' Dante's Inferno started a Hollywood bidding war before it was even announced. Now, it's not only being adapted as a live-action film for the big screen, it's getting an animated feature as well. That's pretty impressive for a brand new IP…

Variety is reporting that EA will once again team up with Starz Entertainment (the tandem was responsible for the animated Dead Space spinoff Dead Space: Downfall).

According to the article:

Dante's Inferno will mirror the game's plot and follow Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell—limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery—in search of his true love, Beatrice.

"The animated feature will be a great companion piece to the game," said Jonathan Knight, executive producer and creative director for Dante's Inferno. "The feature will explore aspects of the poem that the game does not, and will provide more insight into the characters and the unique story adaptation that the game has established."

No word on a release date, but the game isn't expected until next year. When it does hit retailers, it will be distributed through Starz's Anchor Bay imprint.

MadWorld and Prototype vs. inFamous

MadWorld Screenshot

Still working my way slowly through MadWorld. Not that it's really difficult or long, it's just that I get bored of it and have to move onto something else after two or three stages. Thankfully, it looks to me as though I'm getting close to the home stretch.

I have to say, I'm a little confused as to where all the over-the-top praise is coming from. Every review starts off by saying "I'm not giving this game a high score just because it's on the Wii" and yet, I can't help but feel that's a big factor. The game's formula is quite simplistic, the action gets repetitive, and to be perfectly frank, I don't think that the black-and-white color scheme really serves the game well. It's definitely distinct, but it can be hard to navigate the levels at times. When you're surrounded by a group of enemies, it's next to impossible to tell where you saw that last life-up dropped.

Resident Evil 5 and the recipe for a successful marriage

Resident Evil 5 Screenshot

There aren't many video games that do a good job of bringing in significant others, at least not of the kinds of games that I like to play. Sure, there are the standbys like Guitar Hero and its ilk. Super Mario Galaxy did sort of okay in this respect, albeit in a limited fashion. Of course, there are many Wii games that appeal to spouses, such as Wii Sports, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, and countless other lesser titles. But those aren't the kinds of games I usually want to play. So what's a gaming-oriented guy to do? Enter Resident Evil 5.

Alone in the Dark: Inferno Review

The Second Time's the Charm

Alone in the Dark: Inferno Screenshot

HIGH Pushes the edges of design further than most in recent memory.

LOW This game might have been a blockbuster if it hadn't bungled its initial release.

WTF As much as I loved it, adding alcohol to bullets really makes no sense.

Legendary Review

Endangered species

Legendary Screenshot

HIGH The Kraken fight is pretty scary.

LOW If I never shoot another black body armour wearing stormtrooper, it'll be too soon.

WTF There are flying babies with razor-sharp fangs and insect wings. If only this monster design had been used in a better game.

Flower Review

The sublime power of Flower

Flower (PS3) Screenshot

HIGH One of the most satisfying and appropriate closing credits in a video game.

LOW Getting stuck for about 20 minutes and having no idea what to do next.

WTF Long credits made me wonder "How many people does it take to make a game this short?"

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Review

OSHA-Approved Kombat

Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Screenshot

HIGH People want to play a game as Batman. This game allows them to do that.

LOW The fatalities are universally terrible.

WTF Here's a memo, Midway. I own this game. I'm not standing in an arcade with people in line to play. So, if I want to pause the game so I can look up a website to find out how to do Batman's… ugh…"Heroic Brutality"… then I should damn well be able to pause the game.

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