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Hardcore Gamer Magazine
Cover Story: For its final issue, Hardcore Gamer Magazine did the unexpected -- They put Divinity II: Ego Draconis on the cover. HGM gets to the bottom of this misunderstood adventure game with a whopping TWENTY page preview. Find out everything you need to know about this daring RPG when you read this final issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine.

Reviews: This month Hardcore Gamer Magazine offers a bunch of reviews, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii, LittleBigPlanet PSP, God of War HD Collection and Pokemon Rumble. And don't look now, but there are also previews of Monster Hunter Tri, Super Street Fighter IV, Dark Void, BioShock 2, Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll, ModNation Racers and more.

Special Features: This issue HGM takes a look at the Wonderful World of Arcades, which includes big and small cabinets. They also look at the past, present and future of motion controllers. There are also instructions on how to make the craziest strategy game ever conceived. And the usual stuff from Japan is front and center in this 36th (and final) issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine.

Cover Story: This month Hardcore Gamer Magazine covers one of this industry's biggest debates -- casual versus hardcore fans. No matter what side you come down on, you'll still want to check out HGM's lengthy look at FreeRealms, the free-to-play MMO that blurs the line between casual and hardcore. Is FreeRealms the future of video games? Find out when you read this FIFTEEN page preview.

Reviews: Look for reviews of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and ... well, that's it. But HGM does have previews of Sin & Punishment 2, Tekken 6, Halo ODST and Demon's Souls.

Special Features: Going beyond the cover story, HGM looks at a few other games that have successfully toed the line between hardcore and casual. Check out their thoughts on Trine and Shadow Complex. This issue also delves into illegal games, which include titles that were sued out of existence. You will also find more information on Japanese gaming, downloadable titles and more.

Cover Story: This month's cover story is near and dear to my heart. And better yet, it's also incredibly timely. It's none other than Street Fighter IV, the fighting game sequel we've all been waiting for. This 22 page feature offers all the information you could possibly want when it comes to Street Fighter IV, from what each of the new moves do to why it's important to pay attention. What's more, this Hardcore Gamer Magazine issue teaches you how to perform all of the special moves. Throw in a cool interview, a retrospective and some useful information and you have a cover story worth checking out!

Reviews: This month Hardcore Gamer Magazine finally offers some real reviews. Unfortunately there are only two reviews, and neither of the games are the triple-A games you want to read about. Either way, you get reviews of Wii Music and Sonic Unleashed. That's right, Sonic Unleashed, the game that introduces us to a werewolf Sonic. Surely there has to be something worse than jumping the shark.

Special Features: Beyond the fabulous Street Fighter IV cover story, this month's HGM offers a really fun feature that looks at some of the most valuable retro games of the past thirty years. If you're a video game collector, this is one article you will definitely want to check out. This issue also has the regular sections, including a place for imports, arcade games, downloadable releases and the graveyard.

Cover Story: This month we move from Metal Gear Solid 4 to another mature-themed action game. I can't wait for Dead Space; it's looking to be one of the best games of the year. I should be receiving my review copy any day now, so I was excited to read through Hardcore Gamer Magazine's lengthy 17 page preview. It features everything you want to know about this survival horror game, along with an informative interview with Chuck Beaver, a producer on this multiplatform game. I know a lot of you are excited to run out to the store and pick up this game, but before you do that you should definitely see what all the fuss is about and read HGM's fantastic cover story.

Reviews: Believe it or not this issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine doesn't have a single review. Remember a year ago when each review had a dozen or so reviews? Well, those days are apparently gone for good. It looks like all of the reviews are being confined to the HGM website, which is a bad move if you asked me. But you didn't ask me, so we're just going to move on to the special features ...

Special Features: This quarter Hardcore Gamer Magazine finally gets around to covering the iPhone. The iPhone? Really? I guess that makes sense; after all there are plenty of big name games coming to Apple's phone-thing. And if you thought an iPhone section was boring, then let me introduce you to the other big feature: Copy Protection. No, I'm not joking. Somehow the anonymous writers at HGM were able to make a story about copy protection fun and entertaining. I know it doesn't sound like it, but it's worth checking out. Outside of that we get previews of Animal Crossing (Wii), Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360) and Persona 4 (PlayStation 2). On top of that we have the usual HGM features, so make sure and download this new issue and see for yourself.

Cover Story: This month's issue is all about Metal Gear Solid 4, the biggest game to hit the PlayStation 3. Featuring a full 18 pages of Metal Gear Solid content, HGM offers you everything you could possibly want to know about Hideo Kojima's newest masterpiece. Well, maybe not everything, this issue does not feature a review, which you can find on pretty much every major game site under the sun right now. Either way, if you're a fan of Solid Snake (or Liquid Snake, Naked Snake, etc.) then you owe it to yourself to read what HGM has to say about this PlayStation 3 exclusive.

Reviews: In this quarter's issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine the staff looks at Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (Xbox 360) and, well, actually that's all they reviewed. Is it just my imagination or has HGM's review section really gone downhill? Thankfully you can find more reviews over at their website.

Special Features: Who would have thought that a game magazine would come out and actually suggest drugs? But that's exactly what Hardcore Gamer Magazine did when they wrote an article called "Drugs For Gamers". And that's not all; in this issue they teach you how to play MMOs for free. There's also the usual crap (including a page on retro gaming). This may be a short issue, but there's still plenty of cool content worth checking out.

Cover Story: The Hardcore Gamer Magazine looks at the biggest four-player fighting game of the year - Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Marvel as the entire team offers you 18 pages of coverage, including facts about specific characters, levels and much more. You will not find a more complete guide to Smash Bros. Brawl in any other magazine, which makes this cover story special. Best of all, this issue can actually help your game. That's right, just by reading issue 31 you will be able to beat your friends no matter what mode you're playing. No, really. That's a guarantee!

Reviews: Dragon Quest Swords (Wii), Teenage Zombies, and Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

Special Features: On top of the top-notch Super Smash Bros. Brawl coverage, this quarter's Hardcore Gamer Magazine features preview of Mario Kart Wii, ManaKhemia and Eco Creatures. But wait, there's more, there's also a big feature on Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Fire Pro Wrestling, Burnout Paradise and much more!

Cover Story: Eleven years ago Next Generation stunned American gamers by naming Super Mario 64 the "Top Videogame of All Time." Fast forward nearly a dozen years and we have Hardcore Gamer Magazine proudly proclaiming Super Mario Galaxy the "Best. Game Ever." High praise indeed. But is Super Mario Galaxy really better than the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? Or what about the original Soul Calibur? Will it be better than the upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV? HGM seems to think so, and maybe that should be enough to get you to check out this newest issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine!

Reviews: This December issue features reviews of Silent Hill Origins (PS2), The Orange Box, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Universe at War: Earth Assault, Beautiful Katamari, Zach & Wiki, Kane & Lynch, and more!

Special Features: On top of the Super Mario Galaxy coverage, this issue of HGM offers a big feature about game swag and casual games. You will also find previews for Little Big Planet, Killzone 2, Time Crisis 4, and others.

Cover Story: The PlayStation 3 finally has a game worth putting on the cover! All snarkiness aside, issue 29 features one of Sony's best games of 2007, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. This lengthy write-up offers up a convincing argument why this game should be in your collection ... even if you don't own a PlayStation 3. The Hardcore Gamer Magazine staff is impressed with this game, and they think you will be too. Why not let them try and convince you?

Reviews: Halo 3, Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights, John Woo Presents Stranglehold, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, Hot Pixel, Final Fantasy Tactics (PSP), and many more!

Special Features: Not only do you get a convincing argument for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, but you also get a big blow-out feature about the Penny Arcade Expo 2007. Find out why you should have been to the biggest (and best) gaming convention of the year. Not top of that we are also given previews of Culdcept Saga, Devil May Cry 4, Left 4 Dead and many other exciting titles!

Cover Story: You know how sometimes Hardcore Gamer Magazine has high rating games on the cover? Well, kiss that tradition goodbye. Instead we have Kane & Lynch, the game that got Jeff Gerstmann fired from GameSpot. Oh wait; this is the past, that hasn't happened yet. Yikes. Um, well, forget you heard me say that. No, actually, maybe you should just take that as a prediction. Come back to this site in a few weeks and you'll see that I was right ... and the first person to predict it. See, that's why Defunct Games rocks! Oh, and Hardcore Gamer Magazine rocks, too ... but not as hard as my amazingly accurate prediction!

Reviews: Heavenly Sword, Blue Dragon, Guilty Gear XX, Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception, Soul Nomad, Wild Arms 5, Picross DS, Smash Court Tennis 3 and many more exciting titles!

Special Features: On top of the super amazing Kane & Lynch feature, HGM also travels to the CGE2K7 event. Y'know, the same event Defunct Games went to. Yeah, well, they went as well. Just like they are going to go to PAX. Oh my god, look at that, another amazingly accurate prediction. I need to stop right now before I go crazy. By the way, in the future the Democrats will pick a young black man and the Republicans will choose an old white guy. That's a prediction you can count on. No, really. That's going to happen. Ah, suit yourself; you'll see what I mean soon enough.

Cover Story: When you think about Gamecock you probably think of one of two things: The silly-ass name or the fact that they released Fury. Either way, it's probably not a very good visual. Thankfully they do have a good game coming out, something called Legendary: The Box. I can go into a huge discussion about how impressive this game was, but the truth is that I want you to read the full article and see for yourself. What I will do is tell you that when I saw this game at EiEiO 2007 (Gamecock's weird not-at-E3 event) this game kept crashing. Over and over the game would die. And then the system did the whole Red Rings of Death thing. It was cool.

Reviews: Persona 3, Eternal Sonata, Dungeons & Dragons Tactics, Nancy Drew, Dead Head Fred, Jeanne D'arc, Vampire Rain, Mario Strikers, and many more!

Special Features: Months after it happened, Hardcore Gamer Magazine is ready to give you a hands-on look at the wonder that was E3 2007. Okay, so it wasn't the most amazing event of all time, but it was worth covering, right? Well, this issue makes a convincing argument why print journalists should just stay home and let the online guys deal with it. Oh, and this issue also features a big thing on The Bee Movie Game. No really, you should check this issue out.

Cover Story: Everybody has John Woo Presents Stranglehold fever. But don't worry, I hear it's nothing more than your average run-of-the-mill John Woo Presents The Common Cold, if you know what I mean. Anyway, Hardcore Gamer Magazine is filled with bullets because they forgot to tell Chow Yun Fat NOT to bring his guns. Yes, it's a stupid mistake ... but I guarantee nobody will make that mistake again.

Reviews: The Darkness, Forza Motorsport 2, Mario Party 8, Cookie & Cream, Wartech: Senk No Ronde, Dynasty Warriors Gundam, and other terrible games I didn't list here.

Special Features: In this issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine the editors want to introduce you to Heist, an action game that probably won't come out any time soon. Oh, and they talk about other violent games, like Manhunt 2 (which will surely get delayed), Splinter Cell: Conviction (delayed) and Haze (SUPER delay on that one). Yeah, you probably shouldn't hold your breath for any of those games.

Cover Story: In case you haven't noticed the PlayStation 3 isn't nearly as hot as Sony was expecting. Could it be the complete lack of games? Maybe it's the high price tag? Or maybe Microsoft and Nintendo are just doing something different. Whatever the case, Hardcore Gamer Magazine is here to figure out what Sony has to do next to make their PlayStation 3 a success. Is it too late for Sony? Find out when you read the 25th issue of Hardcore Gamer Magazine!

Reviews: The Red Star, Odin Sphere, Grim Grimoire, Cube, PQ2: Practical Quotient 2, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Hoshigami Remix, Tomb Raider Anniversary, and more!

Special Features: This month's Hardcore Gamer Magazine has all the usual goodness, including a look at the arcade scene, import reviews, fan art and much more! Hardcore Gamer Magazine also looks at some upcoming Gamecock games and 2K's Bioshock, which has "game of the year" written all over it!