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Blizzard Announces Fourth Diablo III Class to be the Monk

*UPDATE – See the Monk gameplay footage here.

At the 2009 BlizzCon today, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the fourth playable class in Diablo III to be the Monk (the rightmost class pictured). The class is said to be a master of hand-to-hand combat and looks to be a blast to play.

What we do know about Mr. Monk (no, not Tony Shaloub although we like him too) is that he will have a mastery of hand-to-hand techniques as well as staff and mace combat. He will also be able to use minor magics and abilities such as casting a mystical shield to protect himself (considering he will not be a heavily armored class).

More to come as we get our chance to play Mr. Monk later at BlizzCon!

Footage of DUST 514 that will Blow You Away

After CCP announced a shooter set on the worlds of their MMO, EVE Online, I feverishly began looking for all the info I could on the title. Here is the pinnacle of my quest: a video showing the announcement footage from GDC Europe. If this is actual in-game footage, which it appears to be, this game is going to be truly amazing. I just hope they support the PC as well as consoles.

New GamesCom Screens from James Cameron’s Avatar The Game

Ubisoft Montreal has released some new screenshots from the video game adaptation of the upcoming fantasy/sci-fi flick, James Cameron’s Avatar. The game is due out later this year and will chronicle mankind’s exploration of the hostile world of Pandora via both mechanical and biological means.

Checkout the new screenshots After the Break!

Fable III Announcement Trailer from GamesCom

Microsoft Games and Lionhead Studios have released the first teaser for their recently-announced Fable III from GamesCom this morning. The game is said to be radically-different than the previous two offerings, go so far as to allow the player to ‘rule Albion’, the game’s setting. Apparently the player will be tasked with uniting the land under his or her rule and after it has split up into several factions.

According to Molyneux while at the announcement presser in Cologne, Germany, Fable III will be out on the Xbox 360 next year.

EA Announces Dante’s Inferno Release Dates

Electronic Arts and Visceral Games have announced the release dates for the upcoming Dante’s Inferno. North American gamers can look forward to the game coming out on February 9th while their European brethren will see the title on February 12th.

Dante’s Inferno chronicles one man’s journey through the circles of Hell to save the woman he loves.

Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse at GamesCom

Razer has announced the Naga, a gaming mouse targeted at MMO-gamers, today at GamesCom in Colonge, Germany. The Naga features 17-buttons including a full number pad on the unit’s left side to quickly access the item/ability hotkeys in most modern-day MMOs.

The Naga will retail for $79.99 and more details can be found at the official website.

EA Releases Need for Speed SHIFT Screenshots for Gamescom

Electronic Arts has released a grip of new Need for Speed SHIFT screenshots for the 2009 GamesCom in Cologne, showing off the crisp and amazing visuals this racer brings to the table. NfS:S will be released on September 22nd in North America and will feature a new ‘driver experience’ which aims to make itself the most immersive Need for Speed ever.

Checkout the new screenshots After the Break!

SONY Announces PS3 Price Drop and PS3 Slim for September

While at their Gamescom press conference, SONY announced that they are dropping the price of the current PS3 to $299 and also announced the long-fabled PS3 Slim to be released in the first week of September with a 120GB HDD also for $299.

The new PS3 Slim will feature the previously-mentioned 120GB drive as well as a Blu-Ray player and the rest of the PS3’s functionality, albeit in a smaller form-factor (about 33 percent smaller).