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4:28 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

Gamer's Grid: Mafia II

The new Xbox 360 4GB Slim has released, same deal as the 250GB, but going for $199.99 with only a 4GB HDD. There are pre orders for the PlayStation Move and Kinect; they are defiantly worth checking out. Next week Metroid: Other M will release, giving hardcore Wii fans something to play and enjoy until November when the big titles release for the holiday season.

Mafia II - X360, Ps3, PC (8/24) Rated: M

Like Crackdown 2, this title is one that you would pick up and enjoy it for a bit, but not going in depth like you would expect in Saints Row, GTA or otherwise. The major flaw is only one mission is available at a time ... no side missions, no nothing extra. There are shops, but it is only really to help you complete your mission at hand, and that's it. Though it does truly capture the idea of the Mafia scene and atmosphere. Looking at reviews, I've seen steady 7's. Better than the first one, but not by much. This is a decent choice if you want the Mafia experience, without the non realism of a mafia enforcer doing 20 side miscellaneous quests in between jobs ... almost as if no one notices that kind of time gap right?

Hello Kitty Online - PC (8/24) Rated: E

This Tuesday was the final and true release of Hello Kitty Online (HKO). This is a truly free online RPG (Role Playing Game) that is mainly focused on social features and is the first MMO (requires Internet connection to play!) to incorporate web social functions. This game also allows you to customize your own house that sits on your own farm. Explore and complete quests or farm your own crops; it's your choice to do what you want. The game does not cost anything for software and no subscription fees. There is a premium version (pricing not mentioned at this time) that allows more in depth customization for your character (avatar).

Pre Orders for upcoming releases:

Halo: Reach - X360 (9/14)

Medal of Honor - X360, Ps3 (10/12)

Fallout: New Vegas - Ps3, Xbox 360, Pc (10/19)