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‘Red Dead’ reviewed and other stuff

| Looking for a fun way to kill a few dozen hours this summer? Check out Rockstar’s “Red Dead Redemption.” You can read my full review here.

| In case you haven’t seen a calendar lately, the month of May — also known as quite possibly the greatest month in gaming EVER — is coming to an end. Just think about all the great titles that dropped this month — “Alan Wake,” “Red Dead Redemption,” “Super Mario Galaxy 2,” “UFC Undisputed 2010,” “Split/Second,” “Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,” “ModNation Racers,” etc., etc. Sure, there are big games still to come out this year, but I doubt any month will compete with May when it comes to the sheer number of quality titles.

| Rumors are heating up about Microsoft’s Project Natal as EA approaches. The latest buzz? Speculation is the unit will ship Oct. 26 for a hefty $150. A concrete date and price is almost certainly going to be announced at E3, but if the rumors are correct how many gamers will be willing to shell out that much for a peripheral?

| EA and Ubisoft are taking aim at used game sales by requiring codes to access certain features already included on the disc. These codes will be included with every new copy of a game, but those who purchase their games used at places like GameStop will have to purchase the code seperately. I, for one, applaud EA, Ubisoft and other publishers for taking a stand against used game sales. Hopefully this move will force used game retailers like Gamestop to adjust their pricing to more accurately reflect the products they sell.

| Is “Rock Band 3” ready to tickle the ivories? It looks that way, according to images floating around the Web. Does that mean we’ll finally get to rock out to some Elton John, Bruce Hornsby and Billy Joel? One can only hope.

‘Alan Wake’ review online

Grab your flashlight and head over to the Video Games section of wvgazette.com to check out my review of “Alan Wake,” the psychological thriller from Remedy Entertainment. The game has been in development for nearly a decade — was it worth the wait? Click here and find out.

‘Alpha Protocol’ goes gold

Work on “Alpha Protocol,” SEGA’s long-awaited action RPG, has reached completion and the game will ship to retailers June 1.

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, “Alpha Protocol” features a story steeped in international espionage and a unique dialogue system that allows players to shape their answers based on a particular stance instead of choosing each answer individually.

“Alpha Protocol” will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Electronic Arts this week announced that “Medal of Honor” will launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this October.

The game will hit shelves in North America on Oct. 12 and in Europe on October 15. The first-person shooter, which is the first in the franchise to explore warfare outside of the World War II era and the first to carry a mature rating, is being developed by EA’s Los Angeles studio and DICE, which is handling the game’s multiplayer suite.

I was a big fan of the old “Medal of Honor” games, but the question now is how will “MoH” hold up against the likes of “Modern Warfare 2” and EA’s own “Battlefield: Bad Company 2”? We’ll find out this October.

‘Splinter Cell: Conviction’ reviewed

Click here to check out my review of Ubisoft’s “Splinter Cell: Conviction.” Is this the game Sam Fisher fans have been waiting for? Read the review to find out.

Next ‘Call of Duty’ revealed

Treyarch and Activision have pulled back the curtain on the next installment in the “Call of Duty” franchise. “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” created by the same team that developed “CoD: World at War,” will be released Nov. 9 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Below you’ll find theĀ first trailer for the game. Check it out and let me know what you think.