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Scariest Video Game Characters

Halloween is here again and who would we be to ignore it? With some of us on staff not actively trick-or-treating tonight we thought what better way to spend the evening than to do some long overdue reading? Well that seemed like a horrible idea so instead we all chipped in and picked our two scariest video game characters of all time. Not that any of us here at Gamesplash get scared or anything.

Chris Chris's Picks

Zoltan "Carno" Carnovasch (Phantasmagoria)

Carno

This magician turned serial killer may seem harmless enough, until the demon he so foolishly summoned begins to take over. When that happens, watch out! Much like John Doe from Se7en, Carno had a penchant for dispatching his victims in a manner befitting of their lifestyle. Like to eat? Carno would force you to eat entrails until you choke. Like to garden? Carno would have buried you alive in potting soil. Although nearly a century has transpired since his passing, the demonic presence he unearthed remains - ready to strike its next unsuspecting victim...

Wheatley (Portal 2)

Carno

Although Wheatley began as a somewhat moronic personality core, his rise to madness became all too apparent in Portal 2's final act. Obsessed with the sense of euphoria testing brings, and willing to go to great lengths to get it, Wheatley is as psychotic as he is naive. Unlike GLaDOS, who despite her occasional murderous intentions, ultimately had a conscience, Wheatley has no such traits. Only in the face of utter defeat, having failed to kill Chell, did he show some semblance of remorse, and even then, only due to the unfortunate circumstance he had wound up in. Who would have thought someone initially so helpful, so downright pleasant could turn out into a Machiavelli reading, power hungry, killing machine?

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Grand Theft Auto V Teased

Today, Rockstar Games has officially teased the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series, revealing the logo below on their official website. Note the appearance of the five in the logo - could this be a subtle hint as to the game's location?

GTA V

Other than the logo, little else has been revealed about the game as of yet. That said, the first trailer has been dated for November 2, 2011. Expect more details to be forthcoming. If the marketing for prior games in the series is any indication, the first trailer may be a brief (30 seconds to a minute) teaser, with longer ones hitting the web in the coming months.

Stay tuned to GameSplash for all of the latest developments on Grand Theft Auto V, and be sure to follow the game's official hashtag, #GTAV, on twitter.

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Skyrim: Live Action Trailer

Skyrim

Bethesda has just released a new live action trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Featuring a familiar looking dragon, and the game's main protagonist, Dovahkiin, this trailer builds the already high level of anticipation for this game to a near fever pitch. If the Elder Scrolls franchise were ever to make the jump from games to the silver screen, we imagine the end result would look a little something like this. For your viewing enjoyment, you can check out the new trailer below:



The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be released on November 11, 2011, for the Xbox 360, PC, and Playstation 3 platforms.

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Rage Review

Survive the wasteland in this visually arresting shooter.

Rage

ID software, known for its huge success with Doom, Wolfenstein, and Quake has set new standards once again with its latest game Rage. The game was originally announced in 2007, but no details were given of the game other than the fact that it would be a new series and that it would use a new game engine. It has been years in the making and apart from a few minor flaws Rage surpasses amazing and nears perfection, but falls short in a few areas. Rage has set a new standard for games in general with its graphics, and for FPS games with the enemy AI. Graphically, Rage is stunning. Apart from a few kinks due to out of date GPU drivers, the game was released with near to perfect visuals. One of the most impressive aspects graphically is character design. It is fascinating to watch the intricate details of people's faces while they speak. The way their mouths move. Most of the characters look incredibly unique, although some NPCs do share the same basic design. The water and blood effects are pretty great. Killing an NPC near the player will splat blood all over the screen, and standing under dripping water, blood or sludge will run down the screen in a very realistic way.

Rage

The scenery and setting is also graphically incredible. From the moment the player steps out of the first area the world of Rage is breath taking. This beautiful landscape is nearly endless. The game has to load to be able to enter bandit hideouts and such simply because the graphics and details of each area are so extensive that the game simply cannot load them all. There is a slight texture pop if the the player looks around rapidly, but it only lasts a few seconds. This was a huge problem when the game was released, but that has since been fixed. Each locale of the game feels alive because of the attention to detail that ID software put into this game.

The sound in Rage is very well done. The voice acting stands out the most for being incredible, but the music is also very good. The voices all seem to fit the characters they portray, and often add to the depth of the characters. Pay close attention, and you will hear several well-known voice actors, including John Goodman, Paul Eiding, and Claudia Black. As a whole, the sound effects are superb. Rod Abernethy's rousing musical score does an excellent job setting the tone of the game, and enhances the intensity of the different feelings of the game such as the arena or exploring the dark hospital.

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Playstation Vita Dated for North America

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Sony President & CEO Jack Tretton had some exciting news for Playstation fans today. Taking the stage at the Web 2.0 expo in San Francisco, he revealed the launch date for the Playstation Vita in North America, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The Playstation Vita will be released in these regions on February 22, 2012. As previously announced, the forthcoming handheld will be available in both Wifi only and 3G/wifi variants; the former retailing for $249.99, and the latter retailing at $299.99.

Playstation Vita Boxart

Over 100 titles, from established franchises to new series alike, are currently in development for Playstation Vita, many of which will be available on or around launch day. In addition, Vita will also come with built in support for Twitter, Foursqaure, Facebook, and Skype, right out of the box.

Via Playstation.Blog

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