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Feb 29

NZXT Epic Humpday Giveaway

In celebration of Leap Year, NZXT is anteing up their Humpday Giveaway by putting their epic high-end Hybrid Full Tower chassis away. That’s right everyone, if you’re looking for a major chassis update you can consider this week your lucky day! You guys will all equally have a chance to win a Switch 810 case from NZXT. Remember guys, this is the FIRST time NZXT has decided to give the Switch 810 away to their fans. This ALSO was released January 17th. What a sweet treat for everyone to get the latest technology for free! The rules are simple: share the Humpday post, like NZXT's Facebook page, and *hope* to win on Friday (March 2nd)  when they announce one fortunate winner. Who will be crowned the new Switch 810 owner? Will it be you or a foe?

Click here to play NZXT’s Humpday Giveaway (every Wednesday).

Feb 25

Mass Effect 3 is Better With Kinect

Anyone out there picking up a copy of Mass Effect 3 for the Xbox 360? If you also own a Kinect, you should really read this article then. This is your guide to all the voice commands you can utilize ingame while you’re stuck in a heated battle between the Reapers and Cerberus in a life or death situation. It’s so intense that you just don’t want to pause for a few seconds to order your squad mates to use their special abilities. Instead, you can easily command your squad using this list Microsoft created that will be your cheat sheet for giving out orders to your team via Kinect. View it, save it, print it out - hey it’s yours to keep. Let me know if you guys actually dig the Kinect! I’m not big on the whole voice system like Siri and all that BS. But for ME3, it makes a lot of sense and sometimes you just can’t affordto put a heated battle on pause.

Kinect Voice Command Cheat Sheet:

For more details, click here.

Feb 22

Prepare For the Return of Claptrap!

VAULT HUNTERS WANTED. It’s about time we received news around Borderlands 2. It seems like it’s been too long since we last heard any updates about this kick ass game. I’m dating as far back since PAX Prime 2011. But, I’m glad this time around we get an official date of when we can expect this awesome sequel to arrive. If you don’t really hear from me this fall, you’ll know that I’m out hunting for the vault in the world of Pandora ;)

Don’t forget to check out this awesome Doomsday trailer of Borderlands 2. What class are you going to play? I have my heart set on the new siren!

Click here to watch the Borderlands 2 trailer in high definition.

Feb 21

Mass Effect 3 Extended Take Back Earth Trailer

Bioware’s marketing efforts aren’t going to waste with this latest cinematic release. The world premiere of the Take Back Earth trailer made its debut during a new episode of The Walking Dead (my one and only FAVORITE TV show). What’s better than The Walking Dead and Mass Effect 3? Probably being able to play the final production instead of the demo. This cinematic trailer is definitely worth watching. I watched it 5 times already and I still get goosebumps. I can’t help but also feel regretful about what happened back at Virmire after seeing Ashley return in this trailer. She looks TOTALLY different than she did in the first Mass Effect. It’s almost like Bioware decided to give her a makeover entirely - which is for the better since she looks absolutely gorgeous in the CGI trailer. Honestly, even with her beauty she was certainly lacking charm. She was rather racist (no different than Ceberus IMO) and annoying overall. I HAD to let her go. Oh well, but at least I have Kaidan :)

If you guys haven’t downloaded the demo yet, what exactly are you waiting for?! I played the demo last week and it was awesome. Especially the single player mode as it brought back a combined gameplay feel from part 1 and 2 along with something new. The combat system is extremely responsive and versatile. The melee enhancement really goes along way to improve up close encounters. Those who enjoy going Rambo status will certainly appreciate the Omniblade ;) Just be sure to not run wild and take cover often if you are playing a higher difficulty - like insane mode.

Click here to watch Take Back Earth Extended Trailer in hi-def.

Feb 17

Forces of Nature DLC Due March 27th

WOO!!! Finally another DLC releases for my #1 favorite game of all time - Gears of War 3. Forces of Nature will include new content in terms of multiplayer maps, including the return of the best map in Gears of War 2. That’s right baby, Jacinto map will be back and better than ever in this next DLC installment. Other maps include Aftermath, Artillery, Cove, and Raven Down.  More pre-order skins will be part of the package deal as well. Anyone with the Season Pass or chooses to pay 800 Microsoft Points ($10) will gain 5 new weapon skins with 2 that are only available through this DLC. There’s going to be a few brand new achievements to unlock along with new Easter Eggs to discover. The Easter Eggs will be Elemental Cleavers hidden away in 4 of the maps. You will need to find all 4 if you hope to unlock one of the achievements. The Gears just keep turning! What are you guys waiting for? March 27th is go time baby!

Character Skins

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Feb 15

Debut of FemShep’s Mass Effect 3 Trailer

It’s official guys - the default FemShep has been revealed and this is her debut appearance in the new Mass Effect 3 trailer! As many of you can recall, her new look was based on the results of the Facebook polls (supposedly) voiced by fans of the series. Particularly by those who enjoy the female Shepard better than her male counterpart. Of course FemShep’s popularity isn’t based off her gender, but rather the voice actor behind her role - Jennifer Hale. Jennifer Hale is incredible and she makes the female Commander Shepard believable as a character and War Hero.

I’m really not sold into this new look. There was nothing wrong with the default appearance Bioware set for FemShep in the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. I’m very disappointed with the direction they went with her appearance. I mean REALLY, does she have to be a true ginger with red hair and freckles? Worst part is that the red hair wasn’t the original victor of the pool. The blonde version was the one that yielded the most votes. Anyways, I’m keeping the my FemShep the way she is because she looks 5x better than the one Bioware ‘officially’ created.

Click here to check out the new FemShep Mass Effect 3 trailer.

Feb 11

Fortify Your 360 From the Reapers Invasion

Calibur11 has done it again, by bringing some sweet armor to your Xbox 360 using your favorite video game appeal. Now you guys do more than fending off Reapers in game, as you can fortify your Xbox 360 with Calibur11’s latest Mass Effect 3 Vault.

The Vault is designed after Commander Shepard’s N7 chest armor. The N7 logo is composed of two mode LED. You also get the controller cradle which can harness your headset if you already have a place to set aside your controller. As a bonus, anyone who purchases this will score a ‘Limited Edition DLC’ which grants in game items for Multiplayer. I really saw that in game item incentive coming. It seems as though anything you purchase for Mass Effect 3 comes with a code ( except buying their T-Shirts :( ). I actually do own one of these Vaults but it’s Gears of War 3. The Gears of War 3 Vault is really sweet and I LOVE how it pulsates to in game activities. It doesn’t react only to Gears of War 3, but even when I was playing Skyrim I noticed it pulsing to spells or when I was engaged in a fight. But anyways, what I’m trying to say is that these Vault cases for the 360 are neat and worth buying if you are a die hard fan of a certain video game franchise. The Battlefield 3 version looks awesome as well. This Mass Effect 3 Vault, I’m not sure what the designer was thinking. I’d rather see the Normandy instead or a rifle. I guess it’s OKAY. However, Gears of War 3 and Battelfield 3 are the ones I would recommend. Like I said, if you are crazy in love with Mass Effect 3, you should get one of these Vaults for your 360.

The Mass Effect 3 Vault will be available on March 1, 2012 and cost $90.

For more details, click here.

Feb 10

Witcher 2 on Xbox 360 Due April 17

WOW it’s official - the Witcher 2 is coming to Xbox 360 on April 17. I have been waiting for this moment for months. If you guys have been keeping since the Witcher 2’s initial release, that means you must have been waiting since last May like me. You can count on me picking up my own copy to play on the same day. My playlist is going to be very difficult to manage with Gears of War 3, Mass Effect 3, and now the Witcher 2! All 3 games require a lot of time and commitment - I mean, I still need to re-up 2 more times in Gears of War 3 along with acquiring my Seriously 3.0 achievement before I can ever take a break. Thank god I finished Skyrim though!

Best of all, an editor from 1UP believes the for Xbox 360 release was well worth the long wait as he states the Witcher 2 plays best on the Xbox. You guys can read all about that article here. Anyways, you guys must check out this excellent trailer made exclusive for the Xbox 360 release. It’s well worth watching and gets you even more excited for April 17th. Enjoy fellas :)

Click here to watch the Witcher 2 Xbox 360 Trailer.

Feb 09

The Darkness II Review HD

Are you ready to embrace the dark side in The Darkness II? Or is it a sequel you’re willing to pass up into the light? Some of you who tried out the demo on Steam might be anxiously awaiting for the release of this game for quite some time. Well, you guys can start ripping and tearing off limbs now for the simple enjoyment of mass destruction. I must admit, I really find cell shaded games quite charming. The comic book stylized animations makes some games unique like Borderlands. However, I think I’d rather cause mayhem in the apocalyptic wastelands in Borderlands 2 before purchasing my own copy of The Darkness II. This game looks like it would be absolutely worth while when purchased at least half price. I wouldn’t pay full price for this since the game yields no replay value or addicting multiplayer modes. Cast your judgment now by checking out GameTrailer’s review. You can decide whether or not you want to embrace the darkness or head straight towards the light.

Click here to watch The Darkness II review in HD.

Feb 07

Show NZXT some GEEK LOVE in their ‘I choose you… NZXT’ Valentine’s Day Contest

Love is on everyone’s mind this month - NZXT is looking for some awesome fans to become their wingman this Valentine’s Day. They promise to shower the chosen one with some epic loot. What epic loot are we talking about? The grand prize would be NZXT’s Phantom in *pink* along with a custom side panel laser etched with the contest name and winner’s Gamertag! How sweet is that?

Now that I got your attention, let me explain how you guys can enter the contest. Also, this Valentine’s Day contest will be closed for USA and Canada only. However, everyone gets a chance to be apart of the judging process by voting on NZXT’s Facebook page and picking their fan favorite V-day cards. The contestant pool will consist of team NZXT’s chosen top 5 V-day cards. What a great way to get everyone a chance to participate in the contest :)

How to enter: Simply make a creative Valentine’s Day card that is themed after video game/NZXT/PC culture, using any digital medium such as Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Paint, etc. Hell, you can even do a hand-drawn card if you want! When you’re done, submit your final artwork to contests@nzxt.com. Submission begins today and you guys have until February 13th to get your V-day cards in! The voting will start February 14th and close Friday the 17th. Good luck to all and get those creative juices flowing ;)

For more contest details, click here.