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E308: Joystiq Hands/Eyes-on recap

Our BFFs at Joystiq are hard at work playing through upcoming games so they can drop expert knowledge into your waiting arms.

Like our own Fallout 3 and Banjo Kazooie: Creation Tools hands-on features, expect an in depth report sprinkled with some wacky humor. Here is a recap of all the features Joystiq has been working on. Expect more expert analysis as E3 continues throughout the week and beyond.

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Hands on: Fallout 3

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Some things must be made clear. One, I played Bethesda's Fallout 3 today. Two, I have never played a Fallout title before, so I can't judge it based on the merits of the series. Joystiq will detail the differences between Fallout 3 and its predecessors in its hands on preview llater this week. With that out of the way, let me just throw this on the table: Fallout 3 is Oblivion with guns. It's a short analysis, but I stand by it. If one were to expand upon this analysis, one might say that Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic Oblivion with guns. Having said that, allow me elaborate that this is a compliment. Oblivion fans will understand this. Upon hearing my analysis, our own Xav de Matos noted, "I think I need a cigarette.... that sounds awesome."

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E308: Gears of War 2 multiplayer impressions

After much anticipation and a bunch of excitement fueled anxiety, we made it to Microsoft's Gears of War 2 multiplayer reception last night where journalist and video game execs mingled, drank some drinks and chainsawed the night away. We were able to test out a few of Gears 2's various multiplayer modes and give the new weapons a test drive all while taking it all in, analyzing the gaming experience and garnering an opinion. Quite simply, we could say the game is "badass" and be on our way. But we're sure you'd like a bit more explanation. Read on to get a flavor of what multiplayer mayhem you'll be experiencing come November 7th.

Gallery: E308: Microsoft Gears of War 2 Reception

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X3F hands-on: Arkadian Warriors

Xbox Live Arcade doesn't have much in the way of dungeon crawlers, with the possible exception of Gauntlet, which isn't really a dungeon crawler. Enter Arkadian Warriors from Sierra Online and Wanako (Assault Heroes). Arkadian Warriors aims to fill the gap in Xbox Live Arcade's roster. Honestly, we're a little surprised no one jumped on this genre before, as it's really a pretty good fit for Live Arcade. We took the trial version of the game for a spin, read on for some detailed impressions.

Gallery: Arkadian Warriors (XBLA)

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Joystiq NSFW Vision hands-on

Joystiq has posted their not-safe-from-work hands-on with the Vision Camera. In a development that will surely disappoint the incredibly high-brow readers of this blog (see comments on the last Vision-related post), it only took them 10 minutes to experience their first PG-13 exposure.

Who's afraid of the Darkness?

Xboxic goes hands-on with The Darkness and seem impressed. They also got their mitts on Splinter Cell: Double Agent, I although I found their take on the latter game a little dismissive. Sure, it's "just another Splinter Cell game," (with plenty of next-gen polish) but since when is that a bad thing?

Mad Tracks Hands-on

Xboxic goes hands-on with the Xbox Live Arcade version of Mad Tracks and finds it speeding along nicely, though sadly without Live multiplayer.

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