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[PS3 Review] Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion

The Magic 2014 Expansion adds many hours of new gameplay:

• Five new playable decks: Unlock 280 unique cards over multiple battles • New campaign levels: Battle through six new single-player campaign levels as you explore the planes of Ravnica and Kamigawa • Five new challenges: Fiendish puzzles test your strategic thinking

To see my review of the original game click here.

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[PS3 Review] Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers

Ignite your spark with Magic 2014 — Duels of the Planeswalkers!
With over 12 million fans, discover what makes Magic: The Gathering the world’s premier trading card game.
Become a Planeswalker and travel the planes of existence unleashing a torrent of spells and creatures to devastate your opponents. Prove yourself in combat against Chandra Nalaar—a fiercely independent Planeswalker with an affinity for fire and quick temper—then battle your way through the planes to face the mysterious villain trying to pull Chandra’s strings.

Explore the rich storyline of Magic 2014 and fire up your game:
• The best way to learn to play Magic: A detailed tutorial makes it easy to get started.
• Deck building: Open virtual booster packs of Magic cards to build decks and battle in single-player and multiplayer modes.
• Hours of game play: Discover 10 new decks, each with many new cards to unlock, plus campaigns to complete, encounters to overcome, and challenges to decipher.

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Releases for the Week (August 15th-21th)

Welcome to the new a new week of exciting releases for the PS3! Will this week be better than the barren wasteland that was last week? Let’s find out!

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Judge Gives Go-Ahead for Lawsuit Against EA

A US District Judge has denied EA it’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by gamers who claimed Electronic Arts is monopolizing the markets with the exclusivity deal with the NFL (among other brands and sports) and raising the price of the Madden games in the process (all this started back when NFL 2K5 came out, which was far superior to Madden and only cost $20).

According to the source, Nintendo Everything (weird source for being on a PS3 blog lol), this is what the lawsuit alleges:

The lawsuit alleges EA established agreements with the National Football League (NFL), The NFL Players Union, Arena Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), that drove competition out of the market and prevented new competitors from entering.

The agreements resulted in the company’s flagship product, Madden NFL, to increase 70 percent from a cost of $29.99 to $49.99, the suit states.

Two counts in the lawsuit were dismissed (nothing mentioned of which they were) and 4 counts were moved forward, which included “violation of the federal Sherman Act, violations of California’s Cartwright Act, violation of California’s unfair competition act and unjust enrichment.” EA is definitely going to have a hell of a time with this one.

As to what will happen next, we’ll have to see. The case supposedly represents anyone who bought one of these branded games since August 2005. I’m actually hoping for a win here. NFL 2K5 was, really, the last great football game. Anyway, you can keep up to date with the lawsuit here.

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