Netflix ‘Just for Kids’ arrives on Xbox 360

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A new update to Xbox 360's Netflix entertainment app has added a new "Just for Kids" section that makes browsing Netflix a safe, suitable experience for children.

The download, which is now available for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers with Netflix memberships, will provide access to the Netflix "Just for Kids" section, designed for children 12 and under. It offers easy access to a large selection of kid-friendly TV shows and movies.

“Just for Kids” consists of titles organized by easy-to-understand genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of each title.

Netflix “Just for Kids” is available today in all markets where Netflix on Xbox LIVE is offered. For families with children, like many of us here at GameZone, you will find this new addition extremely helpful. With all of your kids' favorite titles in one place, finding something entertaining and appropriate has never been easier.

Tags: Netflix, Xbox 360

By Matt Liebl

Weekly wrap-up 7/27/2012

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The last Friday of July has sneaked up on us, and we’ve got a bunch of new content up on GameZone for your reading and viewing pleasure. Whether you’re looking for the latest reviews, trying to check out some previews of upcoming games, or just need a handy video guide to get you through a game, we’ve got you covered with the latest writing and video posts right here in our weekly wrap-up.

Reviews

Wreckateer review (XBLA)

Angry Birds comparisons notwithstanding, this Xbox Live Arcade title is rife with fun destructive gameplay that gives you a reason to power on that Kinect once again.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai review (Movies)

It’s not without some minor flaws, but this samurai flick offers an intense dark atmosphere and impressive sword battles.

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 review (PC)

The third entry in Penny Arcade’s RPG series gets a new coat of paint, and it delivers some slick RPG gameplay and awesome humor courtesy of Zeboyd Games.

Iron Sky movie review (Movies)

This isn’t the next big sci-fi flick, but it’s still a fun movie to check out regardless.

Sins of Solar Empire: Rebellion review (PC)

Improving upon its predecessor in practically every aspect, this RTS is a worthwhile play for any fans of the genre. And at $40, it’s definitely a good value.

Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition review (Xbox 360, PS3)

It may not exactly be worthy of the title Game of the Year, but at $30, you’re getting a hell of a lot of enjoyable zombie-killing action.

Razer Taipan review — being ambidextrous has never been so sexy

Need a good gaming mouse? Scratch that. Need an impressively great gaming mouse? Look no further.

Previews

Hands-on: Okami HD

GameZone checks out the upcoming remake of Capcom’s beloved fantasy action-adventure title starring the sun goddess Amaterasu.

Guns of Icarus Online beta preview

Are airships and huge guns your thing? Looking for some steampunk action to enjoy on your PC? Guns of Icarus may be for you. Check out our full preview of the game’s beta.

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins preview

If you're a fan of the Capcom/Marvel crossover series of fighters, then you'll have to keep the upcoming Origins on your radar.

GZ Originals

Games of Summer: Batman (NES)

GameZone revisits the classic NES title starring the Dark Knight. Challenging? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes!

Interview: Video Games the Movie

We chat with Jeremy Snead, the president and creative director behind Video Games: The Movie, an upcoming documentary on our favorite medium.

Analyzing the Wii U’s launch lineup

We look ahead at the launch titles in store for the release of Nintendo’s upcoming platform.

Ten fun things you can take away from otherwise forgettable video game films

Even bad video game movies have stuff that make them at least slightly worthwhile. Slightly.

2XL Games Interview: Going around the bend with Jeremy McGrath's Offroad

GameZone talks Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad with project director Travis Riffle. Check out this exclusive interview and get the full scoop on the upcoming racer.

Friendly Fire: Jerome Jones Interview – Orcs Must Die! 2

We get the inside scoop on Orcs Must Die! 2.

Nitpick: Uplifting atmosphere

GameZone takes a look at one of the most inspiring elements in video games, atmosphere.

No price, no release date, no dice. Why Nintendo is hurting themselves by not announcing Wii U launch details

Does Nintendo need to hurry up and announce launch and pricing details for the Wii U? Is keeping such info under wraps hurting the company’s chances of launching a successful platform?

Guides

Amazing Spider-Man walkthrough | Oscorp Tower (Pt. 2) photograph guide

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthrough | Oscorp Biological Labs (Part 1)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthrough | Oscorp Biological Labs (Part 2)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat S-02

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat Scorpion (Oscorp Tower)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to stop a high speed pursuit

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat Scorpion (Docks)

Amazing Spider-Man video walkthough | How to beat the St. Gabriel's Bank chapter

Videos

Comic Con 2012: Lost Planet 3 Exclusive Developer Interview

Comic Con 2012: Family Guy Back to the Metaverse developer interview

For a bunch of nonsensical gibberish, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.

Tags: Reviews, Previews, Comic-Con 2012, Movies

By David Sanchez

Write a review for us, win yourself a copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on the Vita

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Play a lot of games? Have an opinion on them and want to share them with the world? We're giving you that chance! Not only that, but the best user review will win a copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

It's super easy to enter, although you should have a passion for both writing and video games! Once you're finished with your masterpiece, and it's approved by us, it will all appear under the same page that our official reviews are on. Neat-o!

So you're asking yourself, "where do I get started?!"

There are a few things you need to know before you start submitting.

  1. Make sure you're logged in to GameZone. Either sign up for an account or easily log in using Facebook.
  2. Try to write as much as you can, we're not asking for novels here, but try to make it at least two paragraphs.
  3. Spell check is your friend, best friend actually! Though we don't have one included in the review submission, re-reading your review can often help you find those tiny mistakes you missed the first time around, or ya know, just type it in Word and copy and paste it over.
  4. Select the system that you've played it on, and then give it a score in the dropdown!

We provided you with some quick and easy links to some of the most popular games right now, but you can write a review on any game you want, as long as you indicate it in the Video Game space in the user review

That's all there's to it. Not only do you get to be featured on our site, you're also in the running to win a copy of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the Vita!

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Tags: User Review, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Contest

By Mike Splechta

Weekly wrap-up 7/20/2012

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After a very successful Comic-Con experience, GameZone has returned to its usual format for this edition of our weekly wrap-up. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve still got some delicious Comic-Con leftovers for ya! Check out the latest gaming and movie content right here.

Reviews

Ice Age: Continental Drift review (Movies)

The latest entry in the Ice Age series lacks clever writing and feels so uninspired that it’s hardly worth watching even if you’re a fan of the previous films.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure review (3DS)

If you’re looking for a magnificent rhythm gaming experience on your 3DS, don’t miss out on this one. Theatrhythm, ya got some competition!

DYAD review (PSN)

This combination of sights and sounds delivers one hell of an experience. Throw in some wonderfully clever gameplay, and you’ve got an offbeat game like no other.

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition review (XBLA, PSN, WiiWare)

Frogger returns, and it combines everything people loved about previous games while adding some impressive new gameplay elements.

London 2012: The Olympic Games review (Xbox 360, PS3)

It may not be very memorable, but this Olympics-themed sports game still provides some fun moments.

Kingdom Rush review (iOS)

Looking for one hell of an addictive tower defense game to play on your iPhone? Look no further, because that game has arrived.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD review (XBLA, PSN)

It may be missing the awesome split-screen multiplayer mode that made the original so much, but this HD remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is still a ton of fun.

Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection review (PSN)

Want some on-rails zombie action that will put those Move controllers to good use? Here ya go!

Anna review (PC)

While it doesn’t reach the ambitious level of psychological horror design that it could have, Anna is still a worthwhile experience that will give you plenty of scares.

The Dark Knight Rises review (Movies)

The finale of the Dark Knight trilogy is everything you could want in a film intended to end a masterful legend.

Previews

Comic-Con 2012: Elysium preview

Three words: Bald Matt Damon.

World of Warplanes preview and impressions

We get a close look at the upcoming flight-based MMO, World of Warplanes.

Comic-Con 2012: The Hobbit preview

If you’re a fan of The Hobbit, this film may be exactly what you’re looking for in a movie.

Comic-Con 2012: Django Unchained preview

This movie has got Quentin Tarantino all over it, which is to say it’s worthy of your excitement.

Planetside 2 preview: Is MMOFPS a viable genre?

Is this shooter more MMO or more FPS?

Comic-Con 2012: Pacific Rim preview

If you haven’t heard of Pacific Rim, well, now you have. Watch out for it.

Comic-Con 2012: Man of Steel preview

The upcoming take on Superman is interesting and could very well provide an enjoyable movie experience for fans of the comic book hero.

Comic-Con 2012: 'Iron Man 3'/Marvel Studios preview

Marvel outdoes itself at Comic-Con and gives its fans a reason to give a damn about Iron Man 3.

Going hands-on with Stained

GameZone plays the first few levels of this promising 2D puzzle platformer.

Legends of Pegasus: A 4X strategy game you should care about

If you’re looking for a potentially awesome strategy game, watch out for this one on August 10.

GZ Originals

OUYA backers seem confused by what the console actually is

Some folks seem to be unaware of exactly what this promising upcoming console is intended to do.

Wii U impressions after going hands-on with the system

Despite the skepticism, Nintendo’s successor to the Wii has a lot of potential to be great.

Five ways Kinect 2 must improve on the original

There are probably (read: definitely) more than five, but we don’t have that kind of time.

Johann Sebastian Joust interview with Douglas Wilson

We talk indie games, PlayStation Move, Johann Sebastian Joust, and much, much more with indie game designer Douglas Wilson.

Five reasons we need Battlefield: Bad Company 3 before Battlefield 4

Should the next Battlefield title really be a sequel to last year's military shooter?

Nitpick: Repetitive Music

Music is a major driving force behind so many games, so it goes without saying that it’s utterly disappointing when we get repetitive looping and uninteresting themes in our games.

Guides

NCAA 13 Heisman Challenge: Barry Sanders hints

Amazing Spider-Man walkthrough | Oscorp Tower (Pt. 2) photograph guide

Videos

Comic-Con 2012 – Resident Evil 6 Leon gameplay footage

Comic-Con 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3DS XL gameplay footage

Planetside 2 exclusive video demo / gameplay footage

Comic Con 2012: Lost Planet 3 Exclusive Developer Interview

Comic Con 2012: Family Guy Back to the Metaverse developer interview

Comic Con 2012: Is Battleblock Theater the new Castle Crashers?

For a bunch of nonsensical gibberish, follow @thesanchezdavid on Twitter.

Tags: The Dark Knight Rises, Reviews, Previews, Comic-Con 2012, Movies

By David Sanchez

Replay Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories on PSN next Tuesday

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Disgaea 2

Publisher NIS America is bringing one of the older Disgaea tactical role-playing games to PlayStation Network on January 22, but it's specifically based on an early version.

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories debuted in 2006 on the PlayStation 2, but it also appeared on the PSP in 2009 as Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. We gave both titles 9/10 scores.

It's doubtful that this coming rerelease on PSN will include the additional levels, skills, and characters included in the PSP version as this seems to be a straight port of the PS2 game.

Cursed Memories will cost $9.99 as a digital download.

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[Joystiq]

Tags: Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, PlayStation Network

By Stephanie Carmichael

Ads make the video game world go ’round

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Love it or hate it, advertising is an integral part of the gaming industry. And when it comes to online advertising for video games, no company is larger than Intergi Entertainment.

Last week, the company announced that they were #1 in comScore for Gaming Information in the United States. In addition, Intergi announced today that they are now the number one international outlet to reach online gamers.

comScore, the global leader in digital statistics and audience measurements, ranks Intergi Entertainment number one in the US, UK, Germany and Australia for Gaming Information.

“We have seen a direct correlation between our successful international sales and new publishers joining the Intergi network, thus further solidifying our number one position in major media markets around the world,” explained Intergi's Director of International Sales and Network Operations, Nathan Thomas.

Intergi is almost 50% larger than their closest competitors in the U.S., Germany, and Australia. According to the press release, Intergi allows advertisers to connect with an estimated 150 million unique users worldwide.

“This is exciting news for us; we are now a recognized worldwide force. What this means for brands is that they can now receive the best possible global reach through one partnership with Intergi," said CEO Jayson Dubin.

Video game advertising on gaming review websites is, and always has been a slippery slope among gamers – rightfully so. It's the whole mixing business with pleasure argument.

The fact is, without advertising, websites like us couldn't stay online to bring you the gaming news you want to read. GameZone is proud to be partnered with Intergi as they serve ads on our website for some of today's and tomorrow's best games. Without them, I wouldn't be doing what I love so much – writing about video games.

Tags: Video Games

By Matt Liebl

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD coming to PSN and XBLA this fall

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Capcom is bringing back JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with HD graphics and online features. The new version will hit PSN on August 21 and XBLA on August 22 and cost $19.99 and 1600 Microsoft Points, respectively.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. is based on the Japanese manga series and previously released arcade games. It focuses on the Joestar family and allows players to unleash supernatural powers known as "Stands."

The download title will retain the classic style with an option to play in Arcade SD Mode. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure originally launched on Dreamcast over eight years ago, and players will be able to compete against others online once again, choosing opponents based on location, skill, and connection speed. The matching system will look familiar to anyone who's played Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Earning battle and player points will push you farther up the global leaderboards. The HD version also introduces a multiplayer lobby feature that lets players compete with up to eight people as winners stay on and fight for the rank of champion. The video function can save replays for sharing online.

Namco Bandai recently announced JoJo's Bizzare Adventure All Star Battle exclusively for PS3.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

Tags: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Capcom

By Stephanie Carmichael

Sony reveals 24″ and 46″ 3D displays, now glasses-free

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Sony has been a large supporter of the push to 3D gaming. At the 2011 E3, Sony unleashed the 24-inch PlayStation 3D display – a television built specifically for gaming, and one which we thought highly of. Check out our review of the 3D display here.

Despite its crisp picture, there were some drawbacks – mainly the small size and 3D glasses which are expensive and a little uncomfortable.

It looks like Sony has listened to their fans and answered their call. This year at CES, Sony unveiled another 3D display. This time its glasses-free and has a larger model. In an effort to support 3D gaming, Sony has plans to release two additional 3D TVs.

The first is a 24-inch display capable of 1080p. Unlike the current 24-inch display Sony offers, this one doesn't require 3D glasses.

The next model is for those who want a larger screen. The 46-inch LCD display has up to 4K resolution and is also glasses-free.

Sony did not reveal a release date or pricing for either of the two displays, but you can expect a nice price drop on the current 24-inch PlayStation 3D display relatively soon.

It looks like Sony listened to fans and removed the two biggest things plaguing the 3D display – size and glasses. They have definitely peaked my interest.

Just for giggles, here is Sony's "Bring it in 3D" ad featuring Kevin Butler.

By Matt Liebl

Psychonauts arrives on PSN next week

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Psychonauts

The PS2 version of Psychonauts is headed to PlayStation Network on Tuesday.

Double Fine Productions' first game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005, the same year it came to Xbox and PC. Later on, it was ported to Mac and Linux operating systems on distribution services like Steam.

The developer recently ran a Kickstarter for the point-and-click Double Fine Adventure, which became one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns on the platform, raising $3.3 million. The Ouya project more than doubled that achievement with $8.6 million raised.

The post on the PlayStation Blog didn't mention price.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

Tags: Double Fine, Psychonauts

By Stephanie Carmichael

Fans rally on Facebook for TimeSplitters 4

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TimeSplitters 4 Facebook

In April, Crytek UK publicly stated that TimeSplitters 4 is "not in development," but that hasn't stopped fans from pressuring the company for the next game.

A group on Facebook called "100,000 Strong for Timesplitters 4" is trying to get the developers' attention "even if it means doing a Kickstarter."

Free Radical Design, now Crytek UK, started the first-person shooter series in 2000.

Follow @wita on Twitter for tales of superheroes, plumbers in overalls, and literary adventures.

[Game Informer]

Tags: Crytek UK, Timesplitters

By Stephanie Carmichael

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