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Reboot for "Devil May Cry"

Capcom announced this week that “DmC Devil May Cry” – a newfangled reboot of the long time franchise – will hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on January 15, 2013. A PC version will come later in the year.

Developed by Ninja Theory, the team behind “Heavenly Sword” and the action game “Enslaved: Odyssey to the West,” “DmC Devil May Cry” is a departure in some ways from previous games in the series. Hero Dante has gotten a makeover of sorts, with shorter, dark hair, instead of his usual white-haired mane. The new Dante wears a tank top and jeans, instead of the iconic red trench coat.

Capcom says the new version “injects a more brutal and visceral edge to the franchise.” One thing for certain: based on the above trailer for the game, the new Dante certainly knows how to put his clothes on in a creative way.

More Marvel on the Way

Hot on the heels of the announcement of “Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth” comes “Marvel Heroes,” a free massive multiplayer online game – and for a free game, it looks pretty great.

Unlike most MMOs, “Marvel Heroes” is in the top-down point-of-view style of “Diablo” or “Marvel Ultimate Alliance.” Gazillion Entertainment, who developed “Marvel Heroes,” claims that gamers will be able to inhabit the role of many different superheroes, from A-level names like Iron Man, Thor, Storm and Black Widow, to more obscure heroes such as Cable and Squirrel Girl (wait, who?).

Characters are also customizable with costumes that can be constructed from each hero’s history and with a huge array of super powers to choose from.

In the game’s social areas, which includes familiar places like Midtown Manhattan and the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, players can meet up, discover missions and buy items from legendary Marvel characters. While pursuing missions, gamers can also explore such famous Marvel landscapes as the Savage Land, Hell’s Kitchen and Mutant Town.

There’s no specific date yet for launch or beta testing, but “Marvel Heroes” looks like it has the potential so far to be a super game.

New Mode and Maps for "Modern Warfare 3"

There sure are plenty of goodies inside of the second big collection of downloadable content from “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

The second pack of DLC, which dropped this week for Xbox Live, contains three maps for multiplayer, two additional Spec-Ops missions and two maps for a new Face Off mode. In Face Off, you can go toe-to-toe against a single opponent or take one friend with you for a two-on-two match in tiny maps that keep the action fast and deadly.

The “Iron Clad” Spec-Ops mission is interesting in that it lets you or a friend take the wheel of an Abrams-class tank in Hamburg while the other stays on foot to blow up obstacles in the tank’s way. It’s very World War II-ish and harkens back to the old days of “Call of Duty.”

The multiplayer maps are called Sanctuary, which takes place in Greece, Foundation (South Korea) and Oasis (a sort of resort).

Review: Max Payne 3

 

It’s rarely a good idea to dust off the cobwebs and release a movie, album or video game after many years of hiatus, but “Max Payne 3,” for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, breaks the curse of the Rip van Sequel.

Rockstar Games, the minds behind “Grand Theft Auto,” truly know how to tell violent adult stories better than Hollywood, and that includes the painful 2008 movie adaptation of “Max Payne” starring Mark Wahlberg.

“Max Payne 3” crackles with energy. The story is set after the events of “Max Payne 2” as Max is recruited by a former cop from his old police academy to go to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and protect Rodrigo Branco and his brothers, a couple of high-living millionaires. Things go bad fast, naturally, as a street gang attempts to kidnap Rodrigo's trophy wife. Max is quickly pulled into a bloody war between all sorts of gangs, paramilitary groups and more.

The first-time addition of competitive multiplayer is nice, but this sequel works best when it’s busy showing the trials of the older, more grizzled, booze-addict of a title character. The years have not been particularly kind to Max, but they’ve surely been good for the game he stars in.

Follow Ryan Smith on Twitter at @ryansmithwriter.

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