The second full week of May comes to a close and there’s still some problems with the PlayStation Network. As of the writing of this recap Sony was supposed to have Qriocity and PSN back up and running but the entire thing seems to be in critical condition as the company desperately tries to restore services that were hacked by…hackers. Amid the chaos of the past few weeks for Sony, Namco Bandai has announced a slew of new games including Soul Calibur V. Joining them in new game announcements Square Enix and Eidos have confirmed that Hitman: Absolution is also on the way and this time, it’s personal. Although, isn’t it always personal? Also new Modern Warfare 3 trailers have been released. These stories and more in this May 14th, 2011 edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap.


Rumor: Call of Duty Blacks Ops PS3 Bundle Coming Soon. Lots of console-war talk over this, but Activision doesn’t care…there’s money to be made.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Exploration DLC Pack Hits PC. Feel like the environments are a little dull? Well, no worries there are additional areas to explore with the brand new DLC pack.

< a href=>Team Fortress 2 Replay Feature Goes Live. You can now scope out the competition’s skill or simply marvel at your own shooting prowess with the brand new replay feature.

Peyton Hills Not Sweating Madden Curse. Yeah well, he’s saying that now…just wait until the knee injury hits.


Troy Website Launched, Closed-Beta Starts May 13th. Famous Greek myths get reborn in this new MMO.

Destructoid Playhem Open Xbox Live Style Service Called Fight. Challenge your friends to a fight with the new service…Fight.

Rumor: Metal Gear Solid 3DS Pushed Back To November. A slight delay for the autostereoscopic version of Metal Gear Solid? Well your eyes will just have to wait a little before you can view Snake in 3D.

Capcom Says PSN Outage Could Cost Them Millions. Well when no one can spend money at the online store then no one is making money as a result.

Rumor: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Release Date November 8th. A little guestimating and some insider sources could mean that you could be experiencing the third trip to a modern warfare environment this holiday season.

EA Says They Don’t Have The Next Xbox. And come on, why would they? Really.


Lace Mamba Global E3 2011 Line-Up Revealed. A few unpopular games aiming to become slightly more popular.

Rift Free Trials Now Available. If you’ve been skeptical about the game but have been hearing all sorts of good things about it then now is the time to check it out.

Paradox Interactive E3 2011 Line-Up Announced. A complete listing of the games coming out this year and the next from Paradox Interactive.

Candygun Using Unreal Engine 3 For Upcoming Zombie Shooter, Dead Block. Epic is just making a killing on the Unreal Engine 3 and with good reason.

Hail To The King Baby, Army of Darkness: Defense Coming To iOS. Ash returns to fight deadites and the hordes of the undead with his Boomstick and chainsaw.

Hitman Absolution Announced. Hitman Absolution Announced. What could Agent 47 possibly do next? Well, click the link to find out.

Next Alan Wake Probably Coming This Fall. There’s a new one in the works and Remedy has made that fact known…sort of.


Battlefield 3 Screenshots Head Back To Karkand. Karkand never looked so beautiful.

Dragon Ball Game Project Age 2011 Announced For Xbox 360 and PS3. Today’s selection of news is basically Namco Bandai day, so every other article under Wednesday will be Namco Bandai related. And without further ado…yet another Dragon Ball Z game is on the way.

Tales Of Graces F and Tales of Abyss Coming To North America. Two new RPGs courtesy of Namco Bandai are heading to North America.

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Impact Announced. Yet another Naruto game…go figure.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Taking Flight This October. Flight sim fans will finally have something to clap about as the console-based simulator adds another game to its illustrious franchise line.

PSN Restoration Still A Few Days Away. Poor thing acts like it’s trying to recover from a stroke. One day…one day it will walk again, but never the way it walked before.

Soul Calibur V Coming To PS3 and Xbox 360 In 2012. Fighting fans will have more to look forward to than simple Capcom rehashes from the Street Fighter IV engine.


Shift 2 Unleashed Speed Hunters DLC Trailer Released. Awesome new cars and tuning options available in the new DLC pack for Shift 2.

Witcher 2 Dev Doc Explains Combat Tactics And Magic System. There’s a little more to the system than the standard clickety-click found in most other games.

Jeremy McGrath Offroad Racing Announced For PSN, Xbox Live. Well, it will appear on the PSN whenever it gets back up and running.

Microsoft Profiting From PSN Outage With Xbox 360 Game Prices? Maybe or maybe not…only the NPD charts will tell.

Ubisoft Cancels Multiple Games, Teases Ambitious PC Project. No titles were mentioned but the banhammer is going to stretch far I imagine.

Lineage Shutting Down In North America. Well, of course it is. Can they now bring back Tabula Rasa and make it F2P, please?

Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection Resurrects Original Trilogy On PS3, Xbox 360, PC. Ho Sung Pak and crew make a return to form in the new original trilogy.


Parasite: UE3 Powered Trilogy Coming To PC. An indie dev is looking to step into the big leagues with an epic-sized Unreal Engine 3 trilogy.

Pandora Tower Is Wii’s New Legend Of Zelda? Nintendo has an intriguing new adventure title in the wings, could it be the new Zelda?

Space Western Starhawk Is PS3 Exclusive The PS3’s answer to Mass Effect…sort of.

Beyond Good and Evil 2, I Am Alive Not Cancelled. Ubisoft only cancelled games no one cared about, and why not?

APB Reloaded Heads Into Open Beta May 18th. This time the game actually works, and that’s good news for gamers.

XBLA Shooter Hybrid Delayed To 2012. Another delayed title…it’s for that extra, extra shiny polish. Even more polish than any other delayed title. Yes sir, we have to have that polish.


Gatling Gears XBLA Review. Is this arcade shooter worth your MS Points? Click the link to read the review and find out.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Teaser Trailers Preview Global Conflict. A bunch of new trailers are up and available for the upcoming military shooter.

SOE Apologizes With Free Game Time Game And Bonuses. You pay for it yet you can’t play it…so SOE is rewarding customers with some special bonuses.

Free Brink DLC Coming In June. With the game finally out on store shelves there will be some additional DLC available for gamers to get their grubby hands on.

The Darkness 2 Hands-On Preview. Some hands-on time with the brand new shooter from Top Cow.

That wraps up this edition of the Gaming Blend Weekly Recap. You can check out some of the motion capturing techniques used in Red Faction: Armageddon with the new video below. Enjoy.

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