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With E3 coming to us next week, I couldn’t help but think of the bazillions of sequels to existing IPs that are inevitably going to be announced.  With stuff like Dead Space 2, Infamous 2, Little Big Planet 2, Kane & Lynch 2, Dead Rising 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 and all the other twos that are headed are way soon, one can only wonder if this is a good or a bad thing.  While some might argue that having so many sequels might devalue the series and take the spotlight away from the new stuff, there are plenty of great things about sequels that make them great.

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In this age of day one DLC and games that never get a single patch, it’s nice to see developers going that extra mile for the fans. And no, this time I’m not talking about Naughty Dog.

PS3 users are treated to a free week of the first episode of Kekkaishi, starting on Thursday. Kekkaishi  can also be seen on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, though it has not popped up in their video section. Damn you!

E3 is right around the corner and I’m sure there are a bunch of surprises in store for us.  For now though, we have a lot of stuff to look forward to that we already know about.  Mafia II, which is slated to hit stores late August, is looking like it could be very impressive.  Everything from the intriguing story to the use of NVIDIA’s PhysX engine to create more destructible environments makes this game worth keeping in your sights.

With the announcement that Killzone 3 is going to be in 3D, that got me thinking about this whole 3D thing and which medium it might work well in.  To be honest, I love going to see movies in 3D in the movie theater but, I am not thoroughly convinced by enjoying it in the home.  Also, I think there may be some very good arguments for making the 3D leap on a video game system, but obviously there are some factors that make me hesitant there as well.  The real question remains: Is this just a fad or is it going to catch on and become the future?

Split/Second What do you get when you take the explosions of Michael Bay flicks and throw them in a blender with the wrecks of the Burnout series? Well, you're supposed to get Split/Second, but what you do get in Split/Second is

As a fairly recent adaptor of the Nintendo DSi XL, I hadn’t been too impressed with what had been released via their online distribution system, until I got my mitts on Photo Dojo.  The game with the aforementioned name is a fighting game made by Nintendo and is currently being offered for free on the DSi Store.  While it will eventually be going up to 200 DSi points on June 11th, it is worth every penny now and will be worth every penny then.

Or at least weakens it. EA has announced its plan to go forward with their “online pass” service on all EA Sports titles for the 2011 season, beginning with the new Tiger Woods game next month. So what does this mean for used games sales? Click the jump and find out.

Special editions — you gotta love em' don't you? As a rule I adore special editions that give me more than just an extra weapon or extra health bar in-game, so when I saw Bethesda's announcement about the collector's edition version of their upcoming release Fallout: New Vegas I had to hide my credit card.