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‘BioShock 2′ review online now

Head over to the Video Games section of to read my review of “BioShock 2,” the sequel to one of the best video games I have ever played. So just how does “BioShock 2” compare to the original “BioShock”? Click the link and find out.

‘Civilization 5′ coming later this year

Few game franchises own my soul the way Sid Meier’s “Civilization” series does. I have spent more hours in front of my laptop clicking through campaigns in “Civilization IV” and its numerous expansion packs than just about any console game not named “Fallout 3.”

So you can imagine my excitement when I read this news on Gamespot — 2K and developer Firaxis Games are hard at work on “Civilization 5” and the title is on track to ship this fall. Few details are known about “Civ 5,” but the game will be utilizing an all-new engine featuring a hexagonal play grid — a first in the series.

With a new “Halo” title, “God of War 3,” “Alan Wake” and others coming this year, 2010 was already shaping up to be a great year for gaming. But “Civ 5” just jumped to the top of my “Most Wanted” list.  

‘Alan Wake,’ ‘Dead Rising 2′ dated

Microsoft took center stage in San Francisco Thursday, staging its X10 media event to spotlight upcoming software releases. Microsoft used the opportunity to announce release dates for two highly anticipated Xbox 360 titles — “Alan Wake” and “Dead Rising 2.”

“Alan Wake” will hit stores first, arriving on U.S. shelves on May 18. “Dead Rising 2,” the zombie-slaying sequel from Capcom, will be available Aug. 31. “Dead Rising 2” will also be available on the PlayStation 3.

In other X10 news, Bungie announced that the multiplayer beta for “Halo: Reach” will go live May 3. Gamers will need their “Halo: ODST” game disc in order to gain access into the beta. “Halo: Reach” is scheduled to be released later this year.