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Rayman Origins If you asked what my favorite game of the 2011 was, I would tell you it was Dark Souls, which made the number eight slot in our prestigious top ten. If, however, you asked me which game instilled me with the most pure, unbridled joy, I would say it was Rayman Origins without a mom...

January 4th 2012 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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Now is your chance to get your hands on a demo for Rise of Nightmares, one of 2011's most ambitious Kinect titles. Well, you won't really get your hands on it, what with the Kinect and all. You get the point.

January 3rd 2012 at 3:40pm 0 Comments
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Autumnal consumerism is usually linked with holidays based around turkeys and/or trees, but that hasn't stopped Amazon from conjuring up some scary-good deals to celebrate All Hallow's Eve. The available gambit of creepy-eepy savings is fairly all-inclusive, ranging from Halloweenish gore-fests...

October 23rd 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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While we certainly found the Kinect-fueled experience of Rise of Nightmares to be novel, we never expected it would spawn an actual novel. We're talking about the graphic variety, as Sega has just announced and released Rise of Nightmares: The Lost Tapes of Roland Childs. The novel tells the sto...

October 1st 2011 at 1:30am 0 Comments
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My wife is missing, abducted by a stereotypically mad scientist. I search for her, wandering the corridors of a stereotypically spooky castle. Ahead, a gaggle of biomechanical zombies. No problem, I've been dealing with them all night. They're not invincible, and those garden shears over there lo...

September 6th 2011 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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It's played for laughs, but this Rise of Nightmares trailer has all the makings of a modern horror movie: an undead monster breaks into a couple's home and forces them to play a diabolical game. He then stands by and revels in the ensuing brutality, like a true villain ... while extolling the fe...

August 29th 2011 at 11:00pm 0 Comments
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Can a Kinect game be scary? "Kinect is a full-bodied experience, so there is an immersion to it. Part of a horror game is feeling like you're in it," producer Satoshi Ito told me when I asked him that very question, via translator Sam Mullen. "On top of that, Kinect works in the dark -- you can...

August 18th 2011 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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It's possible to be too good at marketing. Today's example of this incontrovertible, long-standing axiom that we just made up is Sega's mature Kinect game, Rise of Nightmares. Between the brutal "Red Band" trailer and the above "Euro Vacation" ad, we're kinda dreading the release day for...

August 17th 2011 at 6:45pm 0 Comments
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We normally breeze right past age gates (we're grown folks, after all) but we wish we'd taken the one before this new Rise of Nightmares trailer a bit more seriously. It's ... lighthearted, but there's some stuff in there we certainly wouldn't mind if we could unsee. Oh Kinect, what hast thou wro...

August 3rd 2011 at 10:15pm 0 Comments
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There's not a single image in this new set of screenshots from Rise of Nightmares that doesn't include visible human (or "human") blood, in rivulets, smears, stains, puddles, or kind of a cloud. There's even what we would consider a gush. At least you'll know what you're getting into. The galler...

August 2nd 2011 at 6:40pm 0 Comments
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We tried to convey the Rise of Nightmares experience from E3, though our attempt likely came up short. So, we came up with this crude facsimile. It's simple, watch the video after the break and, every time you see a zombie, pretend to bash its head in with a pipe. It's almost like the real game!

June 21st 2011 at 11:00pm 0 Comments