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Street Fighter II: The Best

Street Fighter II: The Best

Joe Esposito crooning You’re The Best to a Street Fighter II gameplay montage just seems transcendent; we can only hope the Capcom gods deign to include this in-game one day.

Tritton AX Pro Headphones

Tritton AX Pro Headphones
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Gamers are raving over these Tritton AX Pro Headphones, which sport eight (!) front, rear and subwoofer speakers, direct optical in and a USB connection for voice chat.

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Zombie Attack

Zombie Attack
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Combining zombies with tower defense, Zombie Attack is a surefire hit; it costs less than a buck and is now available at the iTunes App Store. Note: nausea warning on the video above.

Free: Quick Fire Pool

Free: Quick Fire Pool

Quick Fire Pool does away with opponents and pits you against the timer; basically, pocket as many balls as you can in a given time, with extra time and points for special moves.

MotorStorm: Features Trailer

MotorStorm: Features Trailer
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MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is shaping up to be an awesome party game; this trailer shows off 4-player split screen, wicked avatar customization and hair-singeing jumps over lava.

Eve: Quantum Rise

Eve: Quantum Rise

This Eve Online trailer for the Quantum Rise expansion lays it on thick, with “breaking news” of a surprise invasion. The real star of the show: enhanced stability and gameplay tweaks.

levelHead

levelHead

levelHead isn’t new, but this crisp Vimeo video does a much better job at showing off the spatial memory game; it uses a Sony Eyetoy, solid plastic cubes and runs on Ubuntu and Debian.

Mega Man Stop-Motion

Mega Man Stop-Motion

Made with AfterEffects in only 20 hours, this Mega Man stop motion video by Nicolas Menard features paper cutters of death, dangerous Oreos and a hat tip to classic Nintendo controllers.

Street Fighter IV: Seth

Street Fighter IV: Seth

Move over, M. Bison: Street Fighter IV boss Seth is the Silver Surfer with a bad case of villainous exposition; however, we can’t help but think his reliance on magic is a bit of a cop-out.

Burnout: DeLorean

Burnout: DeLorean

Coming soon to Burnout: Paradise: called the Jansen 88 Special, we all know it’s just Doc Brown’s DeLorean; dual flame trails at 88mph and the fact that it flies are not-so-subtle hints.

LBP: Heavy Metal Mullet

LBP: Heavy Metal Mullet
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Surprisingly, this isn’t the first dino guitarist we’ve seen, but LBP continues to wow us with Heavy Metal Mullet, an ode to hair metal with a bone-crushing finale on a skull elevator.

Halo Wars Limited Edition

Halo Wars Limited Edition
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This Halo Wars Limited Collector’s Edition might justify a little February splurge; it comes with a graphic novel, three maps, Spirit of Fire patch and six leader cards.

Sugar Rush MMO

Sugar Rush MMO

This Sugar Rush trailer looks like something out of Adult Swim, but the actual gameplay for the MMO is a bit simpler (yet still zany). They’re now accepting beta sign ups on their forums.

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Gameplay: Demigod

Gameplay: Demigod
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GPG’s Demigod isn’t an easy game to define–an RTS version of Diablo? A DotA descendant? Either way, it looks pretty fantastic from the trailer above; expect it to arrive February 2009.

Free: Zompocalypse

Free: Zompocalypse

Playing Zompocalypse isn’t braaaiiinn surgery; this simple side scrolling shooter has you fending often overwhelming hordes of zombies; it even supports Xbox 360 wireless controllers.

Wii Music: Run-D.M.C.

Wii Music: Run-D.M.C.

25 years after the original Run-D.M.C., the Reverend shows he’s still got it; this time, he’s beatboxing to Beethoven with his two sons on Wii Music: “Follow the note and rock it out!”

Invaders Tee

Invaders Tee
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A perfect match for the Dog Tags we featured earlier, this Invaders t-shirt by gamer-friendly apparel brand J!NX brings back old-school arcade days; note: it’s selling fast, so order soon.

Trackstar 6000

Trackstar 6000
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Forget those cheapy video game steering wheels: Trackstar 6000 is high-end racing gear for hardcore gamers, with cast aluminum pedals and friction-free, fluid damped steering.

Free: 99 Bricks

Free: 99 Bricks

99 Bricks looks like Tetris, but strips away the walls and adds basic physical laws to turn it into a teetering version of Jenga. As one commenter notes, it’s addictive but frustrating.

Deuce Magna Game Sets

Deuce Magna Game Sets

Deuce’s Magna Game Sets give backgammon, chess, checkers and dominos a modern makeover, witih features such as stained and varnished wood, magnetic dice and silvered elements.

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Elemental: War of Magic

Elemental: War of Magic

We’re cautiously optimistic about Stardock’s Elemental: War of Magic, a grand empire-building strategy game in the vein of Civilization; it’s due out in 2010, with a public beta in June 2009.

Free: Bomba

Free: Bomba

Deceptively simple, Bomba is definitely not for the jittery handed: this game maps movements precisely to your mouse, meaning even minor flicks of the wrist can end in instant death.

Quantum of Solace: Combat

Quantum of Solace: Combat
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This trailer for the upcoming Quantum of Solace game shows its COD4 lineage with many familiar moves: cover, dash and switch make a comeback, as well as our fave: blind fire.

LBP: Gradius Recreated

LBP: Gradius Recreated

It was bound to happen: PSN member RRR30000 has recreated the first level of Gradius in LBP; it’s fully playable and includes an amazingly detailed (and dangerous) boss at the end.

Touchgrind

Touchgrind

Even those who don’t skate will find Touchgrind to be worth some “air”-time; it’s a simple iPhone app that uses your fingers to ride the board. The game will be available late November.

Launch Trailer: End War

Launch Trailer: End War
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This launch trailer for Tom Clancy’s End War beautifully blends cinematics and gameplay; it even shows tomorrow’s US presidential elections in a way that sends chills down our spine.

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