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Sony confirms Kazuo Hirai as new President and CEO

Sony Corporation has finally confirmed what has been rumored for some time now, that Kazuo Hirai will replace Sir Howard Stringer as the new CEO and President of the company effective April 1, 2012. Hirai has been running Sony’s consumer product business and is currently the executive deputy president and has a been in charge of Sony’s gaming division in the past. Stringer who has been Sony CEO since 2005, will step down and become chairman of the board of directors of Sony effective in June.

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Dragon’s Dogma from Capcom releasing in May

Capcom announced today that a new open world action game title called Dragon’s Dogma, will be available on May 22nd in North America with a European release just a few days later on May 25th. The title will be available on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gaming consoles and Capcom will bundle a code for access to a playable demo of Resident Evil 6 with the game as well. There will also be some exclusive pre-order DLC from various retailers that include the “Pawn Upgrade Pack” from GameStop, the “Armor Upgrade Pack” from Best Buy, and the “Weapon Upgrade Pack” from Amazon.

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First Impressions: Final Fantasy XIII-2

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I recently received my review copy of Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PlayStation 3. After playing Square Enix’s new Final Fantasy installment for about two hours, I have been able to form a pretty solid opinion about things that I find to be improvements, and aspects that I do not like about the game. I will attempt to delineate these without giving away any storyline elements that were not present in the downloadable demo.

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Dark Souls Review

It can be incredibly easy to both overestimate and underestimate the famed difficulty of Dark Souls and its spiritual successor Demon’s Souls.  Rather than fitting nicely on the usual scale Dark Souls aims for a different sort of challenge altogether.  The truth is that action RPG fans have become accustomed to loose and silly combat that tends to boil down to flailing away at enemies with a lightning sword until someone dies.  In such encounters character stats tend to decide the victor while difficulty merely refers to the damage output and toughness of the world’s hostile creatures.  A boss is considered to be “hard” when it kills you quickly or is difficult to take down even if it behaves in exactly the same way as your previous dozen adversaries.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Demo Review [Video]

The predictable and highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster Final Fantasy XIII, is close to release. Only a couple of days ago did Square Enix release a prerelease demo for XIII-2, so I decided to kill some hours and have a try at it.

The new game comes out with a mountain of goodies depending on what edition you buy, if you pre-ordered the game and where you are in the world. These range from: a four disc soundtrack, a concept art collection, a one-disc soundtrack, six postcards, replica large-print art of Lightning, a t-shirt, lithograph cards, a novella, and the game itself.

The game (since its release in Japan) has also come with a DLC schedule, including a Colosseum which will let players battle through certain enemies and possible some colosseum-exclusive ones, more monster allies to fight by your side and more outfits for the main characters. From other news reports, it is likely to be a monthly release of content.

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