Alan Wake, the story of an author trapped in his own nightmarish story, has been in development for a long…long time now. The game was first shown at E3 in 2005. The supposed launch title has seen numerous delays, but now the game is just around the corner. With such a long development time, talking about a sequel before the game has been released is madness. Or is it? Alan Wake is presented in an episodic style similar to the hit TV show “Lost”. As such the game lends well for extra episodes. Microsoft agrees and has confirmed that Remedy (really cool devs) will be producing extra episodes to be available soon after the game launches for download. This is great news as most adventure games do not offer much in replay value. Adding extra content will extend the life of the title and prevent quick traded-in once a single playthrough has been completed. Alan Wake will be released exclusively on the Xbox 360 platform on April 12. Read on for more information.
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The Microsoft CES Keynote speech was a little short of gaming new, but one the items mentioned was the new Game Room. The Game Room is a virtual arcade in which your Xbox Live Avatar can enter and play old school arcade games. Players can invite other players to their Game Room and challenge them to a friendly old fashioned highscore competition. New titles will be released for the Game Room each week with the goal of over 1000 games released over the next 3 years. Games purchased for the Game Room will be available across all platforms (Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live). Games will vary in price from 240-400MS points to purchase, but more interesting is the 40MS points option to "rent" a game. Expect the Game Room this Spring. Read on for more information.
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Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, in the midst of boasting how Microsoft has sold over 39 Million Xbox 360 consoles, over 500 Million games sold worldwide and 20 Million Xbox Live users, finally confirmed what everyone already knew; Project Natal will arrive Holiday 2010. What is still not known about the award winning device is the price, launch titles and actual real name of the unit. Read on for more information.

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“Return to Ostagar”, the first DLC for Dragon Age: Origins, was announced last November shortly after the game was released. In Return to Ostagar, gamers would return to the scene of the great battle to retrieve the dead king’s enchanted armour. This will lead to plenty of side quests and fighting.

The DLC was planned for a holiday ’09 released, but got delayed till January 5th. Now it appears the DLC has once again been delayed. This time the delay was only supposed to last a single day and players could “Return to Ostagar” today. Today is now here and the DLC is still nowhere to be found leading many to speculate the DLC has been canned in favour of the newly announced “Awakening” expansion pack. Read on for more information.
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BioWare and EA announced “Awakening”, the first expansion pack for Dragon Age: Origins. Awakening takes place in the land of Amaranthine and has the player discovering the true agenda of the Darkspawn. On top of the new storyline, the game will increase the level cap, introduce new weapons, magic, specializations, items and much more. The game will allow current players to import existing game characters or create a new one. Since the game will introduce plenty of new skills, magic, specializations and much more, BioWare also introduced the ability to edit and re-spec existing characters. Awakening will also feature 5 new recruitable party members.

BioWare indicated the expansion pack should add 15 or more hours of gameplay to Dragon Age: Origins. Expect the expansion pack to arrive on store shelves near you on March 16 for the lofty price of $39.99 US. Read on for more information.
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2009 was a good year for Canadian developed games, but 2010 promises to be even better. With over a dozen AAA titles scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 platform alone, this could be a banner year for Canadian developers. The fun starts off quickly with EA Montréal’s Army of Two: The 40th Day followed by Mass Effect 2 from BioWare. Then before Sheppard can save the galaxy once again, Sam Fisher will once again arrive to us from EA Montréal. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Canadian developed titles. See full list after the break.
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Modern Warfare 2 is an unstoppable machine that continues to headshot anything that comes close to it. Well on the Xbox 360 this is true for the PS3 version has been constantly living in the shadow of other games. Previously it was Ezio who neck stabbed the title into submission, but this week it was taken down by an aging Italian plumber. Yes the remake of a game most likely played by your parents continues to shine for the Wii and is the second most rented title this past week.

With the release of Darksiders and Bayonetta, I expect this list to change dramatically by next week.
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Rogers Top 10 list (all consoles)

01. - 360 - Modern Warfare 2
02. - Wii - New Super Mario Bros.
03. - PS3 - Modern Warfare 2
04. - 360 - Assassin's Creed II
05. - 360 - Left 4 Dead 2
06. - PS3 - Assassin's Creed II
07. - Wii - Mario & Sonic at Winter Games
08. - Wii - Wii Sports Resort
09. - PS3 - Uncharted 2: Among Theives
10. - 360 - Dragon Age: Origins

Blockbuster Top 10 list (Xbox 360)

01. - Modern Warfare 2
02. - Left 4 Dead 2
03. - Assassin's Creed II
04. - Halo 3: ODST
05. - GTAIV: Liberty City Stories
06. - NHL 10
07. - Forza Motorsport 3
08. - The Saboteur
09. - Avatar: The Game
10. - Borderlands

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Some planets are best left undiscovered
Planet 51
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Developer: Pyro Studios
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Reviewed by: Brian Wray

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After a unusually quite Wednesday last week, Xbox Live Arcade is back in full swing. This week "Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond" looks to kick off 2010 with a bang. "Blood Bath and Beyond" looks to mimic the amazing visuals and gameplay style of Shadow Complex. The game will also mimic the price as "Blood Bath and Beyond" will cost 1200MS points. Read on for more information.
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NinjaBee's addictive resource management game "A Kingdom for Keflings" is the featured Xbox Live Deal of the week. For this week only, you can purchase the game for only 400MS points. This is half the normal cost of 800MS points of this fun avatar friendly title. Read on for more information.
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2010! Can you believe it has already been a decade since we all celebrated the turn of the century (well those of us that was brave enough to celebrate amiss Y2K fears).

2009 was a great year for the Asylum. The year saw just short of 3.5 million hits to the site, an increase of about 1 million over 2008. My goal for 2010 is to capitalize on this growth to continue my efforts to make The Asylum the best Canadian Xbox 360 community website available. The following is a brief look ahead on how I plan to achieve this goal. Read on for more information.
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The final weekly chart of 2009. Not much has changed with Modern Warfare 2 leading the way closely followed by Assassin's Creed II. No new games to the charts this week but good to see NHL 10 back on the Blockbuster chart.

With the huge amount of quality games heading our way early in 2010, this list will change quickly. Read on for more information.

Rogers Top 10 list (all consoles)

01. - 360 - Modern Warfare 2
02. - 360 - Assassin's Creed II
03. - PS3 - Modern Warfare 2
04. - Wii - New Super Mario Bros.
05. - 360 - Left 4 Dead 2
06. - PS3 - Assassin's Creed II
07. - PS3 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
08. - Wii - Mario & Sonic at Winter Games
09. - 360 - Dragon Age: Origins
10. - 360 - Halo 3: ODST

Blockbuster Top 10 list (Xbox 360)

01. - Modern Warfare 2
02. - Left 4 Dead 2
03. - Assassin's Creed II
04. - Halo 3: ODST
05. - GTAIV: Liberty City Stories
06. - NHL 10
07. - Forza Motorsport 3
08. - The Saboteur
09. - Avatar: The Game
10. - Borderlands

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52 Weeks of Canadian Gaming - Bonus
Shield Defense
Release Date: June 26, 2009
Developer: Pitch Mobile
ESRB Rating: N/A
Reviewed by: Brian Wray

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52 Weeks of Canadian Gaming - Week 52
Avatar: The Game
Release Date: December 01, 2009
Developer: Ubisoft Montréal
ESRB Rating: Teen
Reviewed by: Brian Wray

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52 Weeks of Canadian Gaming - Week 51
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Developer: Ubisoft Montréal
ESRB Rating: Teen
Reviewed by: Brian Wray

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