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Mass Effect 3: Hands/Voice On Preview

Mass Effect 3: Better With Kinect

Following the announcement that Mass Effect 3 would support voice commands via Kinect, speculation has been running rampant as to how it was going to work. Microsoft and Bioware have revealed a tantalizing glimpse as to this Kinect exclusive functionality, and we were there first hand to try it out. Last week, at a special invite only press event, Bioware showed us exactly how seamless in-game voice command can be. Although it has been announced that the game will support voice both for dialog and commands, it was the latter that Bioware chose to showcase in this demo. In the demo, Shepard is tasked with saving a certain Krogan female from an onslaught of Cerberus operatives. This combat heavy segment was an ideal scenario to try out the new voice command functionality.

Mass Effect 3

After a brief introduction by one of the on-site Bioware representatives, we were given the opportunity to try the game for ourselves. Combat mechanics are virtually identical to that of Mass Effect 2, which was to be expected, but now have the added benefit of full voice support. Just about anything that was previously assigned to a button command (with the exception of fire and reload, both of which currently are controller only) can now be accessed simply by one's voice.

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare: Hands On Preview

Alan Wake's American Nightmare

Last week, we caught up with Remedy at CES to spend some quality time with Alan Wake's American Nightmare, the recently announced XBLA based followup to Alan Wake. While the events of this game take place after the original, Remedy was quick to point out that this is not a true sequel. From what we've been told, this game is a standalone adventure in the Alan Wake universe, based upon the Twilight Zone-esque in-game TV Series, Night Springs. For those of you familiar with the first game, this will no doubt invoke memories of our hero's nemesis/shadow, Mr. Scratch. In AWAN, Mr. Scratch is back, as psychotic as ever; wreaking havoc wherever he goes.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare

Unsurprisingly, story mode was not shown off in this demo. Remedy opted instead to focus upon the new, arcade style "Fight 'Til Dawn" mode. The concept here is simple; survive until the sun rises. Fans of the Gears of War franchise will find obvious parallels to horde mode, with a similar emphasis on survival at all costs. Using the same combat mechanics from the first game, enemies must first be illuminated with a flashlight, before they can be dispatched. The instinctive play here is to simply shoot any and everything that moves; doing that in Fight 'Til Dawn Mode can result in certain death.

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Rayman: Origins Review

Rayman returns in this whimsical platformer.

Rayman: Origins

It's just another day for Rayman and the gang. The Bubble Dreamer, creator of this world, is lazily blowing away on his pipe, Rayman is sleep eating, while Globox and the Teensies snore away. While everyone seems to be having a good time hanging out in the Snoring Tree there is an old granny down below in the Land of the Livid Dead that isn't enjoying the symphony of sounds. Completely fed up she throws her husbands head up through the vacuum and along with it goes an army of evil creatures and Darktoons that take over their world. Working with up to four local players travel through five worlds saving the Electoons, the Nymphs and getting the Glade of Dreams back to it's original, peaceful, status.

Rayman: Origins

There's a surprisingly large amount to do in this ambitious 2D, side scrolling platformer. The main storyline is, using the character of your choice, saving the Electoons and bringing sanity back to the Bubble Dreamers world. Each of the levels has up to three Electoon cages to find, some hidden more obviously then others, but if you listen carefully you'll hear their cries for help. In order to free that cages you have to destroy all the evil creatures attached to it. Once they are all gone just smash up the cage and keep moving through the level. For every cage you release you'll get an Electoon that will help you unlock other levels and other character and outfits. Collecting high levels of Lums, starting at 150, will also grant you up to three additional Electoons. The easiest way to achieve this is to watch for the King Lums because once you catch him it will temporarily double the value of all the other Lums in the area. Each of the worlds also has a Nymph that watches over it and once you save them they will award you with a new power to help you on your way.

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Winter Spectacular Day Seven: Win an Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle!

2012 is mere hours away, and with it, the seventh and final day of the GameSplash Winter Spectacular giveaway. For those of you just joining us, we've given out over $800 worth of games, gear, and more - but we're not stopping there.

We've saved the best prize for last - up for grabs today is an Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle. A 250gb Xbox 360, with bonus Halo Reach and Fable 3 games, controller, headset, and 3 months of Xbox Live gold time could be yours!

Xbox 360 Holiday Bundle

How do you win this great prize? It’s simple: find the hidden snowflake somewhere on our site (and no, the snowflake on this post doesn't count) Everyone who correctly identifies the location of the secret snowflake is entered to win! As the Winter Spectacular progresses, it will become harder to find the snowflake; if you get stuck, check out our Facebook page for clues. Submit your guess after the jump.

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Winter Spectacular Day Six: Win Saints Row: The Third!

2012 is mere days away, but we've still got two days worth of prizes up for grabs before January hits!

Today, we've got two copies of Saints Row: The Third to give away, one of each for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. For the uninitiated, Saints Row: The Third is a sandbox style game, best described as Grand Theft Auto on acid. Expect weapons ranging from the explosive to the absurd (you know a weapon called *ahem* The Penetrator is going to be fun ;) ), massive explorable areas, and plenty of over the top action.

Saints Row: The Third

How do you win this great prize? It’s simple: find the hidden snowflake somewhere on our site (and no, the snowflake on this post doesn't count) Everyone who correctly identifies the location of the secret snowflake is entered to win! As the Winter Spectacular progresses, it will become harder to find the snowflake; if you get stuck, check out our Facebook page for clues. Submit your guess after the jump.

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