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Valve are teasing some gameplay videos of Portal 2. Feast your eyes on the puzzly goodness after the break. With all new gadgets & chemicals, it’s enough to make your head spin.

In the first video meet your new British friend, Wheatley. He doesn’t sound as robotic as GLaDOS and he’s a lot more charming. I guess technology has developed somewhat since you’ve been away.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is of course the sequel to one of the best games available on the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy. After a perceived drought of quality titles for Wii, owners of the console have been looking forward to at last having something worthwhile playing arrive to the dust-collecting paperweights.

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You may not have heard of Black Rock Studios before but they’ve been around a while, had a name change or two and have created a handful of racing games including 2008’s quad bike blast of fun, Pure. If you still don’t recognise the name and merely know of Split/Second from the demo that released earlier in the year, you will be excused for thinking they were the guys behind the Burnout series. In fact, it’s hard to ignore the similarities. Is that a bad thing or have Black Rock Studios stumbled upon their best idea yet?

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No Philipino yam based spreads this week, instead we focus on the Crackdown 2 Demo.

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It’s been a big E3 2010 for Gran Turismo fans. Not only have we been finally given a release date but we’ve also been given a flood of new juicy information. Some of which may have slipped under the radar. Below is a list of confirmed features that will be in the final retail version of Gran Turismo 5.

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War games. We revel in their bloody battles. Forget the whole videogame violence debacle, but what does war say about us as people? The classic war quotes shown in Modern Warfare tell us how pointless and extravagant war is,  but that’s usually as far as the deep thought goes. I can’t help but feel simulations might be disrespectful to those in real turmoil.  I don’t believe that war is the answer to solving the world’s problems, but there is something unexplainable about shooting virtual baddies into the dust. Though how many more times can we repeatedly do this, is yet another question.

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I’ve been out of touch with new releases recently but undoubtedly you all still have plenty of titles to tide you over, and with E3 having come and gone you probably have a nice little list put aside in .txt form somewhere of all the games coming out in the next 12 months that interest you, or is that just me? Either way let ButtonMasher tempt your wallet a little further with what is scheduled to hit our shores this week.

360:

  • SBK X Superbike World Championship
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron
  • Warriors: Legends of Troy (possibly delayed)
  • World of Outlaws: Sprintcars

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Metal Slug XX is the second title from the Metal Slug franchise to come to the XBLA, Metal Slug 3 being the first. The same standard ‘run & gun’ gameplay is still there with you shooting baddies while rescuing POW’s. The only differences are the addition of a new weapon and 3 new vehicles. Originally made for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, I guess Microsoft felt left out so here we are with a XBLA version. Worth it or just more of the same?

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Recorded mid E3 and then lost in the deepest darkest recesses of my glovebox comes this weeks ButtonMasher Podcast.

Ube sounds delicious doesn’t it?

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