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Sony announces price drop …

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… for the PlayStation 2. Beginning April 1, the PS2 will be available for $99.99, down from its current MSRP of $129.99. Sadly, no price cut was announced for the PS3.

First “Madden 10″ screen released

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Madden 10 screenshot

Here’s the first official screenshot for “Madden NFL 2010.” The most obvious changes are the revamped player models and inclusion of referees on the field. Looks like a good start to me.

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Nintendo surprised the crowd at the Game Developers Conference this week with the announcement of a new “Zelda” game — “The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks” for the DS.

The game bears a striking resemblance to the GameCube’s “Wind Waker” and features Link riding a train. No release date has been announced, though the game is expected to arrive later this year. Check out the trailer below.

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Activision unveiled the first teaser trailer for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” earlier this week at GDC. Check it out below and pay attention to end of the video for the game’s release date — Nov. 10, 2009!

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‘Resident Evil 5′ review online

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Check out my review of the latest entry in the “Resident Evil” franchise at the Video Games section of wvgazette.com.

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I’ve recently started looking for a quality headset to accomodate my late-night gaming habits. Apparently my wife doesn’t enjoy listening to the sounds of “Fallout 3” coming from my 1000-watt surround sound system downstairs at 1 a.m. Imagine that.

Anyhow, in my search for a personal sound solution I stumbled up the AX Pro 5.1 surround sound headset by TRITTON Technologies. Compatible with both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (one headset for all my gaming needs? I’m sold!), the AX Pro is being featured on the World Cyber Games’ “Ultimate Gamer” reality show, which premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. EST on the Sci-Fi Channel.

I haven’t had a chance to try out the AX Pro yet, but it’s certainly piqued my interest. Check it out for yourself at TRITTON’s Web site.

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Looking to get your baseball fix this spring? Look no further than Sony’s “MLB 09: The Show.” You can check out my full review at the Video Games section at wvgazette.com, but know this — it’s the best sports video game I have ever played. Period.

Next ‘Guitar Hero’ announced

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IGN has the scoop on the next installment in the “Guitar Hero” franchise, tentatively titled “Guitar Hero Greatest Hits.”

As you probably gathered from its name, “Greatest Hits” is a collection of 48 tracks that have previously appeared in “Guitar Hero,” updated to be playable with the full band dynamic introduced in “World Tour.” And yes, Dragonforce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” has already been confirmed as one of the songs appearing on the new disk. You may need to buy another drum kit after trying to survive that one.

Other songs announced included “Them Bones” by Alice in Chains, “Nothin’ but a Good Time” by Poison and Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n’ Roll.”

“Guitar Hero Greatest Hits” will likely be released toward the end of this year.

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Looking for an alternative to “Mario Kart Wii”? You might want to take “NASCAR Kart Racing” for a spin. Check out my full review here.

‘Guitar Hero’ rocks out at Park Place

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My friend Mike Tawney (pictured) and I popped into Charleston’s Park Place Stadium Cinemas yesterday and I noticed an addition to the arcade — a shiny new “Guitar Hero” cabinet.

These “Guitar Hero Arcade” units are fresh off the assembly line —guithero.jpg the first games began appearing in arcades and theaters last month — and the one at Park Place is the first I’ve seen in the Capital City.

The game is based off of “Guitar Hero III” and includes a nice selection of tracks that can be played by one or two players. The guitar peripherals are noticably more sturdy (they’re downright heavy, actually) and don’t feature whammy bars. The 32-inch LCD screen and high-end speakers mean you’ll have no trouble following along to the music or the falling notes.

If you have yet to experience “Guitar Hero” or are just looking for a chance to rock out in public, check out the “Guitar Hero Arcade.”