Mafia II is a game that I have already discussed in the past, but at E3 I got the chance to get my hands on it and now I have more to say.  The good folks at 2K Games seem to have spun quite a yarn and while the gunplay was definitely functional, the thing that really impressed me about Mafia II was the atmosphere the game exudes.

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Time again for a new episode of the ESH podcast, and this week the ladies talk tech, anime, and video games... just not all at the same time. For those wondering where it was, the Anime comes back in this episode strongly.

When a series features the biggest asshole of a Santa Claus in the first episode, viewers will know that they are in for a big treat. Such is the case of Hayate the Combat Butler, a real comedy pearl if there ever was one.

As of the 3rd of this month, the Japanese side of Warner Brothers set up a 'Coming Soon' website devoted to their newest project, Supernatural: The Animation. Reports indicate that this realization of one of my previously unattainable wet-dreams made anime will be launching in January of 2011.

Downloadable games always seem like they can be either very promising or an underdeveloped mess.  While at E3, I stopped by to see the good folks at Square Enix and got some hands-on time with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.  Much to my delight, it’s looking like Lara’s latest adventure, though not a part of the main story, is going to be one co-op isometric-camera action title you won’t want to miss.

Aniplex has given up 23 minutes of a sci-fi anime called Welcome to the Space Show for everyone to enjoy. You don't need any money to watch it, and you can tell your friends that you watch an anime 100%

I walked onto the show floor for the first time ever and in an excited fervor, I head to the very first open controller I can find.  It just so happened that the game I grabbed was none other than Saw 2: Flesh and Blood.  Now, while I’m certainly not an apologist for the movie series, I very recently played through the first game and was eager to see what was different about the new game.  As it turns out, they’ve taken the original and put it under a microscope to see how they can make it a better experience.

At the end of the Nintendo media briefing, they allowed us to take a second to get our hands on their amazing new handheld system.  While what I was was characters doing short animations on the 3D screen, I was still quite impressed.  Nothing could have prepared me, however, for what I would see when I got to the front of the line visiting Nintendo’s booth on the show floor.  Stepping up onto the platform where they had a line of 3DS demos running, I thought I may be seeing the same demo I saw before, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

It's the first Monday after E3 and the ESH crew has survived the AWESOME grueling week we spent in LA trying out new games so you wouldn't have to. That's our line and we're sticking to it during this new episode of the ESH podcast.

It's been a long time since I watched an anime series that wasn't just good, but a thrill to watch. The vast amounts of moé-laden anime series has just about made me give up on the Japanese TV animation scene. Fortunately a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared, in the form of Durarara!!