Aaron from Leviathyn.com takes a look at some games he had high expectations of, past and present, and how those expectations were so thoroughly destroyed.

"BioShock 2 (360) – $4.00
Crysis 2 (360) – $19.76
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (360, PS3) – $9.50
Crackdown 2 (360) – $10.96
Bulletstorm (PS3) – $12.65
Duke Nukem Forever (PS3) – $10.33
Duke Nukem Forever (360) – $8.91
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (NDS) – $16.12
Rayman 3D (3DS) – $15.43"

Microsoft today revealed that seven new games will be joining the Platinum Collection lineup, the equivalent to Platinum Hits from North America, in Japan.

2010 was a year of great games, and not so great games. These aren't the worst games of 2010, but the ones that let us down the most. Check out the top ten most disappointing games of 2010.

"You won't see Heavy Rain on the Xbox360 or Fable III on the Wii, and the reason is fairly transparent; the respective console producers would like to hold all the aces and lead you to believe that they have enough to warrant your purchase of their system. First party titles, like the Legend of Zelda series, are the cards played closest to the chest; few would expect Halo or Mario games to release on any other console than their mother company's. It's the second and third party developers that..."

"Microsoft and Ruffian Games have announced the first two DLC packs for their sandbox action game, Crackdown 2, including the free "Toy Box" game add-on. No release date has been announced yet for the DLC but the details are below."

During a report which was given out this morning it confirmed that Realtime Worlds has made several staff redundancies.

The developer which confirmed this also admitted that he was expecting some redundancies within the developing studio.

Guide covers the main game walkthrough and maps showing the location of every collectible in the game as well every Vehicle and Wingsuit Stunt Ring. All optional tasks are also covered.

The slimmer and quieter new Xbox 360 S model should bring plenty of new consumers into the Xbox 360 universe. Of course, buying the system won’t mean much without purchasing some games as well. Here are the top 10 exclusive games to buy along with the new Xbox 360 S model.

This year’s July new releases was packed with many big-named games and hidden gems. Here are the top five best titles that were released in the previous month.

"Crackdown 2 continues to dominate the charts in the UK which we're sure is music to the ears of Xbox 360 fanboys who live across the pond. Ubisoft also continues to surprise analysts with the most recent entry in the dance series - Dance on Broadway - taking the second spot in this last week's Top 20 sales charts for the united Kingdom."

"Renegade Orbs are the new pain for Orb Hunters as these orbs run away from you. The agility renegades dart across a pre-determined area endlessly until you manage to cut enough corners to nab them. They are a slippery sort unlike the driving renegade orbs which put up such little fight in comparison. A very welcome addition that is sadly in a small quantity with only double digits to grab."

After two weeks at the top of the charts, LEGO Harry Potter has been knocked off the top of the UK charts by new entry Crackdown 2.

While the Scottish sandbox and the English character occupy the top two spots, former champ Red Dead: Redemption rides at third. Dance on Broadway reached fourth, up from sixth last week, while 2010 FIFA World Cup was able to cling on to fifth in the week of the big match.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 dropped three spots to sixth, followed by Tiger Woods PGA Tour 1...

At a recent IGN Black-Beta night, OXCGN writer had some interesting perceptions of the recent Xbox 360 1st Party title, not all of them very favourable either.

So come check them out, some of you will probably agree with them, some no doubt won't, but it's a decent look at a game that should perhaps been better than it is. What's your take on the game, let them know, they'd be more than willing to discuss it further . . . .

"You can think of these anticipated games as the only games that really matter. We sure do. But we’re open minded folks here, so we won’t hold it against you if you’re looking forward to something else. Something obviously not nearly as cool. All release dates are North American."

Icrontic's decisive CB Droege takes us on another journey through this week's interesting new releases in video games. Featured are Tournament of Legends, Despicable Me, Crackdown 2, and The Silver Lining

"The original Crackdown was a bit of a conundrum for me. It was very much a pure sandbox title (one of my favorite genres I might add) that featured solid free roaming, decent player progression, co-op, good mix of artillery at your disposal, morphing cars, side challenges and a lot of stuff that you could blow up. The cell shading was also a nice touch and made the title stand aside from the rest. However, its story was lacking to the point that it was virtually on life support, had inconsist..."

OXCGN reviewer Gav Ross gets all excited aboutthe latest iteration of the Crackdown franchise.

Seems the wait has been worth it, and from what I can see, fans should love it.

The games just been released from publishers embargo moments ago, so head over there now, take a read, it's a nice informative review, and well worth the read, and there's some nice pics of course.

Crackdown was a surprise hit, with many gamers snapping it up to play the Halo 3 Beta. The result of the original being such a cult hit was the announcement of a new developer tackling a sequel. Now here we are just over 3 years later, eagerly anticipating Crackdown 2's release. Well it's a good thing that All Age Gaming's John Elliott has been locked away for a little while now playing the game to death and now we are able to bring you his definitive review. Enjoy.

"The release of the first Crackdown was a tough package to pass up. Not only were buyers receiving a copy of a fairly entertaining sandbox game, each consumer also received an invite to the Halo 3 beta. The first Crackdown lacked a lot in the way of presentation, but the gameplay, especially hunting for “orbs” kept Crackdown in a positive light. Cue sequel. Crackdown 2 releases tomorrow, but we have spent plenty of time with the anticipated sequel to tell you what’s improved and what…. hasn’t...."

"It's been 10 years since the last game and Pacific City's crime rates are at an all time low. It doesn't take long before rumors start spreading that the "Agency" is corrupt, the very same that brought peace to Pacific City. And now with a new terrorist group called the "Cell", it's only a matter of time before Pacific City becomes hell on earth and the agency loses control."

"A Happy 4th of July holiday means not a whole lot in the way of game releases. As a result, we don't even have a handful of new games this week but we do get plenty of explosions between the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 "Resurgence Pack" and Crackdown 2. There is also Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 for PSP RPG lovers."

"We wouldn't have thought that there would be a connection between Crackdown 2 and the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of Xbox LIVE Arcade but there is. Ruffian Games and Rare have teamed up to place an unlockable character in Perfect Dark for those that have Crackdown 2."

"If any potential agents thought that the Crackdown 2 demo was too easy when it released last Wednesday, then they may want to revisit it today and tomorrow. Ruffian Games has announced that they're unlocking the two highest difficulty levels today and tomorrow."

After a serious amount of jetlag and recovery from sleepless nights, LVLONE's E3 Special Edition Podcast is finally up and ready to go. This time on the LVLUP Podcast we give you the real lowdown on Microsoft Kinect, Sony's Move, the 3DS and much much more.

Hold tight cause it's gonna get brutal!

"Crackdown 2 has a unique and interesting system where the time of day governs which enemy will roam the street. During the day The Cell will fight for control and patrol the streets. As soon as the sun is down the Freaks emerge from underground and form in massive numbers on the surface. Both factions offer up unique challenges, the Cell, which usually consist of fewer numbers, are heavily armed and will attack you from various sides. The Freaks swarm the player and overwhelm them with their ..."

"The Crackdown 2 demo jumped on to Xbox LIVE this morning. A few lucky folks were able to download the demo thanks to Ruffian Games giving out early access codes but it is now available to all Gold subscribers."

"Xbox 360 owners have grown accustomed to hearing that familiar chime when unlocking a new achievement in their games for performing certain feats. Now they can get used to hearing that chime during their game demos starting tomorrow with Crackdown 2 according to Graeme "AceyBongos" Boyd."

With this years E3 starting tomorrow, All Age Gaming's Ian Crane sifts through the abundance of E3 2010 rumors circulating and provides some rumors that should turn out to be true and some that we hope will be true.

"In the vertical, free-form world of Pacific city, tensions are high and escalating exponentially between the Agency and its opposing factions, the Cell and the Freaks. Returning to Pacific City as an advanced Agent, you’ll be judge, jury and executioner as you reclaim the city and eliminate all threats"

"It has to be said though; in some departments, it felt like no improvement was made (gameplay, co-op design) or as if the game took a step back rather than forward ( character design). That being said, I have no interest in playing the game’s single-player, and even though there wasn’t much keeping co-op players together, I still look forward to blowing things up with my friends over Xbox Live. I think Crackdown fans will be entertained, but they may not be receiving the sequel that they are ..."

"Last year, Microsoft debuted Project Natal, a control scheme that aimed to eliminate the need for a conventional controller and add a new level of interactivity to gaming. Instead of being shown off at the traditional press conference, Microsoft is holding a special event, complete with a performance by Cirque du Soleil, the day before their conference exclusively to show off Natal. This is where we’ll find out the big information that everyone’s been waiting for since last year: launch date,..."

Xbox 360 gamers are already enjoying 2010 so far with many great exclusive and multiplatform titles. The summer releases for the system also look very promising.

With 2010 shaping up to be the biggest in gaming history, John from All Age Gaming sat down and compiled a list of the Top 10 games in the second half of 2010 (1st July to 31st December 2010). What a year this has already been and its only getting better!

Who knew that throwing vehicles, hitting people, and blowing stuff up would be funny? Well, everybody. Ruffian Games just taps into this never-ending source of humor for Crackdown 2.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has released a summary for the Mature rating of the upcoming Xbox 360 exclusive fame, Crackdown 2, which is slated for a June release.

Andreas and Ronnie have just released a brand new episode of the onCAST video game podcast! This episode they talk about the new Greatest Hits titles coming out soon, Gears of War 3 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Split Second, Red Dead Redemption and tons more!

"“In Crackdown, the amount of memory that it was going to take for it to do all the actual animation, the texture sets and the models for the females — we would’ve needed to massively reduce other sections of the game,” said Billy Thomson, Ruffian Games’ creative director. “So rather than do two separate models, we cut it back and gave the player as much customization as we could on the male character and that allowed us to use that extra memory to do other things in the game.”"

"This morning, Electronic Theatre received a message informing us that Microsoft had revealed five new screenshots from the forthcoming Crackdown 2. However, upon arriving at the suggested download location, it seemed that not all was well."

"Microsoft's driving mantra for 2010 seems to be quality over quantity. With only three major titles on tap for the Fall (and only two others in the Summer), the publisher looks to be putting all of its eggs in a Natal-shaped basket. But with Halo: Reach, Alan Wake and a Perfect Dark remake marked down on the calendar, no one can say that Microsoft's 2010 will be boring."

Crackdown 2 finally given a release date of July 9. Pretty sure it doesn't come with a Halo beta this time but it doesn't need to as the original showed it could stand on its own. Will be interesting to see if Ruffian can successfully expand on the original.

"Microsoft Game Studios has today revealed the official box art design for the highly-anticipated Crackdown 2. Currently in development at Ruffian Games, Crackdown 2 is the follow-up to 2007’s Crackdown from Realtime Worlds (now working on APB) is currently expected for release sometime this Summer, exclusively on Xbox 360."

"With Microsoft’s X10 expo behind us I thought it would be a great time to look at the top 5 Xbox 360 exclusives to be released during the Spring 2010 window. Each one of these triple-A titles are can be found only on the Xbox 360 console and will undoubtedly be some of the top-rated games of the entire year. How does this list stack up to those exclusives found on Sony’s Playstation 3, personally I believe the Xbox 360 has a stronger Spring line-up but that is all a matter of opinion. Either ..."

Some brand new Crackdown 2 screenshots have been released by Ruffian Games. These new screens show off a ton of action and explosions, along with the first look at the upcoming helicopter in the game.

Many announcements are happening at X10 today. One of which is Crackdown 2 and it will be having some DLC bonuses for those that pre-order the game for that unique look.

"As of this writing, we’re already three weeks into 2010. The “new” year is already practically ancient, and pretty soon we’ll have run out of time to make wild, erratic, entirely factual predictions about things that will happen over the next 11 months. So with January nearly over, we’re going for the jugular and answering the question that’s on everyone’s mind: between the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PC, which gaming platform will claim victory by the end of this year.

Experts antici..."

After a somewhat quite year in 2009 regarding exclusive games, the Xbox 360 is hoping to bounce back this year with a slew of already announced 360-only titles.

Following on from the Top 10 new IP's of 2010 article, All Age Gaming brings you the Top 10 Sequels that are coming in 2010. Does this list compete with the New IP's list? Read on to find out.

"Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft's Director of Product Management, was on hand during the latest taping of the Major Nelson podcast and he has confirmed that a few very anticipated titles from Microsoft will be released in the first half of 2010."

"Kicking off its media blitz for Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft has released the first screenshots of Ruffian's superpowered open-world action game Crackdown 2.

An Xbox 360 exclusive, Crackdown 2 is slated to arrive at some point in 2010."

"Dundee-based Ruffian Games would much rather talk about Crackdown 2 than David Jones, but sadly it’s not that simple. The founding head of Realtime Worlds confessed this month to being “a bit miffed” at Microsoft’s choice of developer for the sequel: Ruffian isn’t just on his studio’s doorstep, but home to many of his former employees. From Redmond’s angle, though, surely that makes it the perfect choice, especially when so much of its workforce was instrumental in building the original. Afte..."

This week on The Bender, we bring you a discussion between Perry and Mike over digital downloads versus owning a physical copy of a game, we give Scribblenauts some attention, and a whole lot more, check the show notes in the quote. Grab the podcast off iTunes by clicking here or download the mp3 directly here.

Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, David Jones, CEO of Crackdown and APB developer Realtime Worlds, admitted to be a bit upset when Microsoft had chosen startup developer Ruffian Games to create Crackdown 2.

A few months before the release of the original Crackdown, Realtime Worlds had been ready to work on the game's sequel, but ultimately had to begin working on APB after Microsoft dragged its feet in greenlighting the game.

With the announcement of Crackdown 2 at E3 earlier this month,...