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‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ review online

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

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

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

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!

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

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.