The week kicked off strong with tons of news-worthy items pouring out of the 2010 Spike TV VGAs, which seemed to double as an advertising platform for a lot of people. Regardless, the new games kept the industry abuzz with a lot of interesting news, including that Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 will be utilizing the Mass Effect 3 game engine. Interesting, eh? New tidbits of info were also released for games like Prototype 2, Guillermo Del Toro’s Insane and unlikely sequels such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Forza Motorsport 4. Also, EA and Activision’s CEOs get into a battle of words regarding company conduct and product quality. These stories and more in this December 18th, 2010 edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.





Sunday

Batman Arkham City VGA Trailer Reveals Hugo Strange. And he has a deep dark secret that could ruin Batman.

Elders Scrolls V Skyrim Debut Trailer Released. A first look at the upcoming open-world RPG.

Mass Effect 3 Trailer Released. Earth is being invaded and only Shepard can save them.

Prototype 2 VGA Trailer Vows To Kill Alex Mercer. Alex dons the superhero gear once more.

Forza Motorsport 4 Coming Fall 2011. Very little footage of the game is actually seen in the new trailer but it definitely looks interesting.

2010 Spike VGAs Winners List. Some won and some lost. Find out who won what.

Guillermo Del Toro Goes Insane At 2010 Spike VGAs. The name of the game is Insane and you can check out the first look at the new trailer right here.

Resistance 3 Release Date Announced And Gameplay Trailer Debuts. The in-game footage looks insane and has to be seen to be believed.

Coolest Game Trailers 2010 Nominees. Some will win and some will lose. Find out who is competing for what award.



Monday

Uncharted 3 Debut Trailer Released. This time Drake is in the desert. Not surprising in the least.

Review For Splatterhouse. Rich Knight explains what makes this newest remake a not-quite-as-good remake of the original.

Mortal Kombat Standard And Special Editions Now Available For Pre-Order. Super-fans will be in for a real treat pre-ordering the game from select retailers.

XBLIG Winter Uprising Extended Throughout December. XBLA Fans looks over some of the hottest games coming out for Xbox Live.

Lylian Episode 2 Coming Soon. Pixel Pickle talks new changes in level design and combat strategy.

Prototype 2 Coming 2012, First Look Arrives In April, 2011 Issue Of EGM. New hero, new powers and a new purpose. Check out all the details on the new game.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Has Record Setting Launch. Eat that Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo: Reach!



Tuesday

Forza Motorsport 4 Screenshots And Box Art Released. Check out the glimpse of what the newest exclusive Xbox 360 racing title will look like.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Super Sports Pack Announced. Extra cars means more ways to burn up the road.

Mass Effect 3 Simultaneous Launch for Xbox 360, PS3 And PC. So much for console exclusivity.

Dead Rising 2 Case West Release Date And Price Announced. The extra DLC gets a price and due date.

Warface CryEngine 3 FPS Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video Released. Crytek unveils the first look at the gameplay in their upcoming new-gen MOFPS.

Assassin’s Creed Brother Animus Project Update 2 Announced And 1.0 Released. Additional patches, fixes and updates.

Chair Puts Ender Game On Hold. There are apparently bigger and better IPs worth attending to, according to them.

Elements of War Weather Manipulating RTS Coming February, 2011. It looks good and has an amazing concept to boot. Worth keeping an eye on? Me thinks so.

Nyko Making A Return to CES 2011 With PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii Accessories. Good news for gaming accessory enthusiasts looking for charge stations and ergonomic controllers to add to the library.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Multiplayer Modes Trailer. This game is looking better and better each and every trailer release.



Wednesday

Uncharted 3 Gameplay Footage Revealed On Late Night.Jimmy Fallon gave gamers their very first look at some actual Uncharted 3 gameplay.

Pay Whatever You Want With Humble Indie Bundle 2. That sounds fair.

Dead Space Aftermath Coming January, 2011. A new trailer gives away some revealing details, too.

MLB Manager Online Closed Beta Accepting Applications. Be one of the first to toss a pitch in the online MLB manager.

Direct2Drive Holding 20% Off Sale. Some of your favorites just might be in the list…check it out to see.

ESRB Mobile App Now Gives Instant Ratings. Not sure if Little Timmy should be playing the latest Call of Duty? Find out how much boobies and violence will be in the game with the new mobile app.

Activision CEO Complains About Company Bashing, Even Though They Deserve It. It’s true, they do deserve it.

Naruto Shippuden Kizuna Drive Coming To PSP Spring, 2011. one of the many, many Naruto games coming out.

War of Angels Goes Live In North America. Get your wings on and start fighting for better or for worse.



Thursday

Free Unreal Development Kit Now Available With iOS Support. Making epic mobile games is now a possibility for newbie devs.

LA Noire Dev Doc Goes Behind 3D Facial Acting. It’s a unique process that could change the way games are made.

Deus Ex Human Revolution Delayed Possibly Into 2012. Bad news regarding Square Enix Eidos cyberpunk thriller.

Fable III Gets Dog Breed Pack And Santa Hat. If you still play there’s some goodies in store for you.

So Who Wants To Buy The Next Call of Duty Game? Seriously?

Shift 2 Unleashed Limited Edition Announced. EA’s follow-up to NFS: Shift has a special edition waiting in the wings.

World of Warcraft Cataclysm Free Trials Now Available. If you’re unsure on whether you to dive back in or not, free trials are available.



Friday

Mac App Store Opening January. This is probably good news for all you non-PC users out there.

PS3 Mass Effect Using Mass Effect 3 Engine. Well, now you know how the third game will look.

Knights Contract Release Date For Xbox 360 And PS3 Revealed. It’s a lot sooner than you might think.

Pachter Says Gamer Woes With Black Ops Have No Impact On Treyarch and Activision. Really? Wow, that’s kind of messed up. I guess sheeple will be line to pay $70 for the next Call of Broken Duty.

Gears of War 3 Beta Access Included With Bulletstorm Epic Edition. Well I guess we all know which game will be receiving some major sales boosts.

Demon Soul’s Servers To Stay Online Until Fall 2011. Really good news for the sleeper-hit action RPG from Atlus.



Saturday

EA CEO Blasts Activision, Treyarch And Call of Duty Sales. The battle of CEOs ignite!

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam Released For PC. This awesome new set of DLC is currently available for download.

Rumor: Microsoft Improving Kinect Accuracy. Could it be? Looks like they’re trying to avoid pulling a MotionPlus scenario.

Natural Selection 2 Beta Gameplay Finally Revealed And It Was Worth The Wait. Yeah it really was worth the wait.

Harms Way/Doritos Crash Course XBLA Review. Find out if this off-road racer is worth the MS Points.

Best Gaming Kills of the Week. We round things out this week with Stick Skills’ best gaming kills of the week.

That wraps up this edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.You can check out a teaser trailer for the upcoming horror-adventure game, Lucius, below. Enjoy.

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