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‘Left 4 Dead’ delayed

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“Left 4 Dead,” Valve’s unique squad-based zombie-infested shooter, has been pushed back. Originally slated to be released Nov. 4, the game has slipped to Nov. 20 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

View a trailer for “Left 4 Dead” below.

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The wait for the return of the “Fallout” series is almost over.

Developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks has announced that “Fallout 3” will emerge from the Vault Oct. 28. The game will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, with the 360 and PC receiving exclusive downloadable content in the future.

Check out a trailer for “Fallout 3” below.

Another one bites the dust

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For the second time in a little over a year, the dreaded Red Ring of Death has struck. Later today, I’ll be packaging up my Xbox 360 and sending it back to Microsoft for repairs.

While my first hardware failure was completely unexpected, there were warning signs this time around. The disc drive, which was never exactly quiet, began making some strange noises. Then the screen began to freeze during each play session. That’s when the red lights arrived.

This is as good a time as any for my system to fail, I suppose. There’s not a whole lot coming out in the next 2-3 weeks that interests me, though “Tales of Vesperia” looks cool. And I would have liked to have played “NCAA 09” again now that the latest patch has been released. But that will have to wait.

Barring any unexpected delays, though, I should have my console back in time for the next big releases on my radar, “Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway” and “LEGO Batman,” both of which drop on Sept. 23.

Review: ‘Too Human’

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After spending nearly a decade in development, it’s no surprise that Silicon Knights’ action-RPG “Too Human” has managed to generate some rather high expecations. But now that the game has finally arrived, the question remains — was it worth the wait?

Though it will certainly leave some gamers disappointed, those who can check their preconceived notions at the door will find an enjoyable experience that is certainly worth checking out.

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Review: ‘Madden 09′

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When it comes to sports videogames, there’s “Madden” and there’s everything else. No other title can match the overwhelming commercial success of EA’s NFL-licensed baller, but unfortunately “Madden” hasn’t achieved that same level of critical success in recent years.

“Madden 09” looks to change that.

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Another memorable summer vacation is in the books, which means it’s time to get back to work playing video games. Of course, there was quite a bit of gaming during my vacation, as well.

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Review: ‘Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’

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One of the most appealing features of music video games is the wide-ranging collection of artists and songs included in each release. But “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith” eschews that formula and focuses instead on the legendary Boston rockers. The result is a game that will delight Aerosmith fans, but may leave long-time “Guitar Hero” fans thirsting for more.

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