vgm_020710Ready for another awesome edition of VIDEO GAME MADNESS!  This week, I remind you about the awesomeness that is Dante’s Inferno (with a little chat about the Animated Epic), show you some goodness from The Grinder and LA Noire, and we get our first glimpses of….Sonic The Hedgehog 4?

Check out these stories (and more) after the jump!

Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Yes folks, it’s true.  I guess based on the success of the retro-style Mega Man downloadables that have been coming out recently, Sega has announced a summer release for Sonic The Hedgehog 4 on Nintendo’s Wiiware channel.  The commercial also reveals an “Episode 1” tag, which may mean that this will be downloadable in episodes, perhaps for each world?  Check out the trailer below:

More Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I Videos

The Grinder: Speaking of the Wii, originally announced as a Wii-exclusive, High Voltage has now stated the online co-op horror FPS The Grinder will be coming to the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC as well.  Which is great news for fans, as this grindhouse-style horror game looks to be pretty damn great, and High Voltage’s previous outing, The Conduit, was critically acclaimed, if a commercial failure.  The game looks pretty darn fantastic, but the biggest disappointment comes at the end of the trailer.  Halloween 2011?  Damn!

The Grinder at

Fallout: New Vegas: I’ve never played any of the Fallout games, but they sure do look pretty good, and I hear that they’re fantastic.  Well, Fallout: New Vegas has been revealed and, rather than being an expansion pack, this is an entirely new game to shell out your $60 bucks on.  The trailer doesn’t reveal much, other than a release date (Fall 2010) and some ominous looking dudes.  Still, if you’re a Fallout series fan, I’m sure this’ll definitely be up your alley!

More Fallout: New Vegas News & Previews

Darksiders 2: Despite the fact that I’ve not had a chance to play it anywhere near as much as I’d like, I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve played so far of Darksiders.  The game is visually stunning, and the story is pretty gripping.  While not entirely original, what game is nowadays?  They’re all either copies of God of War or Gears of War, and at least Darksiders backs up the gameplay with big budget action and effects.  Apparently fans and sales have agreed, and the success of the original game has led THQ to announce a sequel, due out sometime in late 2011/early 2012.

Dante’s Inferno: IGN may have only given it a 7.5, but I’d give the demo alone for Dante’s Inferno a 9.0.  It’s absolutely breathtaking, and intense.  The fights are awesome to behold and control and, sure, it’s just like God of War, who cares when you have something so amazing to look at and play?  Dante’s Inferno is a very adult video game, with nudity and gore galore.  I recently watched Dante’s Inferno: The Animated Epic and found the story even darker than I’d expected.  The film, much like the game, is visually stunning, but for an action packed movie, it sure was hella depressing.  And, unfortunately, it plays out kind of like the game, which led to a lot of repetition rather than a smoothly flowing story.  Still worth checking out if you’re a fan of great animation (there’s a link below to purchase).  Here’s the trailer for the game that’s going to be playing during Super Bowl.

More Dante’s Inferno (Divine Edition) News & Previews

Iron Man 2: Sega has revealed the trailer for the upcoming Iron Man 2 video game, which they say will be a separate story, and not a rehash of the movie’s story.  IGN says the game is visually boring, but exciting to control.  Let’s hope it fairs better than the original, which was absolutely abysmal.

More Iron Man 2 Info

L.A. Noire: Rockstar has revealed details of L.A. Noire, they’re upcoming open world game.  Apparently, “L.A. Noire is an open-world action-adventure game set in the City of Angels in 1947. Unlike previous Rockstar efforts, L.A. Noire exists in a real city, painstakingly recreated for historical accuracy. Don’t expect the “shoot everyone” mentality of a Grand Theft Auto title — this is something completely different.”

Resident Evil 5: Coming February 17th will be the first Resident Evil 5 expansion pack, “Lost In Nightmares,” which features Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine returning to the Spencer Mansion from the original game, albeit in brand new spanking pretty graphics!  Another expansion, Desperate Escape, will be up on Xbox Live and PSN before Resident Evil 5 Gold, an edition of the full game that includes the expansion packs, gets released in early March.

More Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares News & Previews

FEAR 3: I didn’t really care for FEAR 2 very much.  I mean, it had some great creepy moments, but it got repetitious after a while, and I only played it all the way through just to say I beat the damn thing.  Still, like I said, had some great creepy moments, and I’m hoping some of my issues with it may be resolved in a sequel, which seems to be coming, according to Game Informer.

Spider-Man: Activision has admitted the last couple of Spider-Man games have really stunk.  Not that that’s surprised anyone.  I think the last Spider-Man game I liked was Ultimate Spider-Man for the Playstation 2.  But I really loved the Spider-Man games for the original Playstation, which had the perfect voice cast, the proper amount of humor, and an open world field without all the damn bugs of the recent games.  Okay, I guess Friend or Foe wasn’t half bad.  At least I got to play as Danny Rand in that one.

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