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Grab your (virtual) guns and get ready for a "Medal of Honor" sequel and new "Modern Warfare 3" content in this week's Video Games Plus. We also got a brand new trailer showing the slice and dice action of "Blades of Time" and a review of "Twisted Metal."

MEDAL OF HONOR GETS SEQUEL

Looks like we’re headed for another bloody showdown between modern military shooters this fall. EA just announced they’re releasing “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” later in 2012, the sequel to the 2010 reboot of MoH.

The game will reportedly use the Frostbite 2.0 engine -- which is the same technology as “Battlefield 3” so graphics should be greatly upgraded from last time.

The story will also involve so-called Tier 1 operators, elite soldiers working on special missions within enemy territory. The game’s developer Danger Close told Official Xbox Magazine that it's going for "authenticity" rather than "simulation” which is probably good because true realism would probably be pretty boring, with lots of soldiers training and standing around talking for most of the game.

Preacher and some of the characters from the last game will also reportedly return, and they'll be visiting locations such as a flooded Isabela City in the Philippines.

Medal of Honor 2 will no doubt need plenty of bullets in its proverbial pack to top Activision’s next entry in the Call of Duty series, which is rumored to be Black Ops 2.

MORE DLC FOR MODERN WARFARE 3

Speaking of the world biggest gaming series, Activision announced they are releasing the first of four Content Collections on Xbox Live on March 20. The first collection includes four new maps -- “Liberation,” “Piazza,” “Overwatch” and “Black Box,” along with two new Special Ops missions “Black Ice” and “Negotiator.”

Black Ice, Negotiator and Black Box are part of an unreleased content drop -- which hits Xbox Live on March 13 for Elite Premium members. In the multiplayer map “Black Box,” players will battle beside a downed Air Force One amidst multi-level homes overlooking the luxurious Southern California neighborhood. Infiltrating a diamond mine aboard a snowmobile in the Special Ops mission “Black Ice,” your primary objective is to plant high-grade explosives in order to shut the mine down forever.

In “Negotiator,” you head to India for high-stakes hostage extraction in which you’ll breach-and-clear rooms and navigate surface streets to ensure the safety of your VIPs.

But don’t worry, Call of Duty doesn’t always have to be serious. Friend of Video Games Plus and fellow Elite clan member Jay Weinberg just released an amusing rap video called “Modern Warfare 3 Some” about a guy who “adores my girl, but my Xbox more” and has an interesting take on Call of Duty’s “Tactical Insertion” tool.

"BLADES OF TIME" TRAILER GETS DICEY

“Blades of Time” is a game flying heavily under the radar but the new trailer might finally turns some heads.

It’s been called a spiritual successor to Gaijin Entertainment’s “X Blades” -- a 2009 game for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, which received mixed reviews. I didn’t play “X Blades,” but so far “Blades of Time” looks like a hack-and-slashy mix of “Tomb Raider” and “God of War.”

Lara Croft is an easy comparison because the game features a sexy female treasure hunter (where have we heard this before?) named Ayumi, who wields dual katanas instead of pistols. But “Blades of Time” eschews realistic settings for the fantasy realm of Dragonland, where demonic creatures wreak havoc.

The trailer introduces “Blades of Time's” Ayumi’s blade handling skills as well as her affinity for absurdly huge firearms and her game-changing ability to rewind time and clone herself into a small army to fight her monstrous adversaries.

“Blades of Time” is due out on March 6 for Xbox 360 and PS3.

 

REVIEW: Twisted Metal

PlayStation 3

Hey, welcome back, Sweet Tooth!

Though it’s been rebranded as an entirely new game, the latest in the 17-year old “Twisted Metal” series feels like a blast from the past and not just because the soundtrack features the dinosaurs of heavy metal (Rob Zombie, Sammy Hagar, etc) and the story heavily features the iconic evil clown Sweet Tooth.

The visuals have received a gussying up, and the multiplayer has gotten a 2012-style makeover, but this is basically the same cartoonishly violent car combat game we remember from the mid-90’s, and that’s a compliment.

“Twisted Metal 2” was one of the best games from the PlayStation era and this version feels like a return to that game in particular. As before, the game is basically a high stakes demolition derby where vehicles of all types from big rig trucks to sports cars are decked out with explosives and armor and attack each other until the last driver standing wins.

At a time when most reboots involve turning old games into first person shooters, it’s good to see “Twisted Metal” (literally) sticking to its guns.

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