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‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ review online

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I’ve posted my review of “Batman: Arkham Asylum” at the Video Games section of wvgazette.com. You can check it out here. I didn’t think that relative unknown developer Rocksteady could pull off a solid Batman game, but I was mistaken. This game rocks!

Microsoft cuts price of Xbox 360

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A week after Sony announced a $299 redesigned PS3, Microsoft today has said it plans to cut the price of its 120 GB, HDMI-enabled Elite console by $100, bringing its price point in line with the PS3. The $299 Elites will no longer include an HDMI cable. Also, the Pro units, which currently retail for $249, are being phased out and will no longer be produced. The Arcade unit, which does not include a hard drive, will remain $199.

‘Shadow Complex’ review online

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Click here to read my review of the Xbox Live Arcade title “Shadow Complex.” If you own an Xbox 360, it’s is the best $15 you’ll spend this summer.

‘Fable III’ announced

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Lionhead’s Peter Molyneux pulled back the curtain on the next installment of the “Fable” franchise today at GamesCom.

“Fable III” is targeting a late 2010 release, though Lionhead has been known to delay a game or two in its history. Check out the debut trailer here.

PS3 gets a price cut!

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Yes, you read the headline correctly. Sony announced today during Europe’s GamesCom that the new PS3 Slim was, in fact, a reality and would retail for $299 beginning in early September. Until the new consoles hit the market, the prices of Sony’s current PS3 offerings are being slashed accordingly — the 80 GB version will sell for $299 and the 160 GB for $399. The PS3 Slim will feature a 120 GB hard drive. So if you still haven’t picked up a PS3, now might be the time.

I’ve got the music in me

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OK, so vacation is over and now it’s time to get back to work. I’ve posted reviews of two recent music video games — “SingStar Queen” and the “Rock Band Country Track Pack” — at the Video Games section of wvgazette.com. Check them out here.