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Alice in Wonderland is one of the most imagined and re-imagined stories ever told.  Some are charming and others are deeply disturbing, but none have ever been as gritty and violent as American McGee’s Alice.  Since the story is often seen as an innocent tale of imagination, it was refreshing to see it from the viewpoint of insanity.  Eleven years later, a sequel comes out to refresh us once again.  Alice: Madness Returns is definitely the follow-up to its counterpart from 2000, but does it live up to what it did for the story and, possibly even more important, is it any fun?

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Last December, I forked out twenty big ones to Telltale Games with the promise that I would be getting treated to a new adventure in the Back to the Future universe.  Eight months later, the series of episodes promised me have come to an end.  As an avid fan of the movie trilogy I was terrified that this game would tarnish the good name of the franchise, but ever hopeful that it would live up to it.  I’m glad to say that as the credits rolled, I thought truly felt as though I had just finished watching Back to the Future: Part 4.

It's been twenty-five years since the Beastie Boys first hit the record stores with their breakthrough album License To Ill. During that quarter-of-a-century the trio made up of Mike D., Ad-Rock and MCA have spent their years inventing gangsta rap, creating memorable music videos and cementing themselves as one of the most influential music groups of all time. This Tuesday the band is set to release their eighth album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, a record that combines every great element of their past LPs into one amazing musical experience

There has been a lot of discussion around the hardware of the Nintendo 3DS, but what of the software?  While we might not have titles like Ocarina of Time 3D and Kid Icarus: Uprising on the system just yet, there are still a few gems out there.  One you may be aware of, that I just happened to get with my 3DS, is Steel Diver.  An odd title to be first-party, there are plenty of things to like about this submarine-simulation-action title.

Five years after the release of First Impressions of Earth the Strokes have returned. With two solo albums from Albert Hammond, Jr. and one from Julian Casablancas the band had finally found some time to get together and make another record. As soon as the new album entitled Angles ended -- with ten songs and a total running time of 34 minutes -- I could only utter one question: Was that it?

There is a pattern that has emerged which can predict how I will behave during the launch of a brand new Pokemon game.  First, I will be slightly interested and watch a couple of videos.  Second, I will decide that it’s not different enough from the previous entry and I will swear up and down that I’m not getting it.  Finally, about a week or two after its release, I will go and buy it anyways and still love it.  This has happened for the last three games in this series for me and will likely continue on, but since I’ve gotten the chance to play it, I thought I’d share how I feel about this latest entry into Nintendo’s biggest portable franchise.

One if our more special podcast episodes, this week the ladies talk all anime: Xenosaga, Kore wa Zombie desu ka and Monster to be specific.

Let’s face it, Dead Space 2 was a fantastic game.  When Visceral announced they were going to release single-player DLC so soon, I was overjoyed.  I’ve gotten a chance to download and play Dead Space 2: Severed, but did it live up to the greatness that was Isaac Clark’s second dance with the necromorphs?  Read on to find out.

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions

Hey folks, just an FYI here. The new ESH Podcast episode will drop tomorrow and is a "very special" episode of our podcast.

In late December of 2010, when I played part one of Back to the Future: The Game, I had a lot of fun with it as a huge fan of the film series.  Seeing the second episode begin to download was like finding a twenty in my pocket.  Wondering of the possibilities of what to come in this second episode I started it up and was immediately floored.  The episode starts with a bang and has enough twists, turns and throwbacks to keep it going until suddenly you realize you’ve beaten it.