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Can you put a price on royalty? Evidently, BioWare can: A measly $7 pockets you a princely companion in Dragon Age 2. Of course, you'll have to wait until the game's March 8 release to pony up, but here's the obligatory pre-launch downloadable content trailer.

Video Blips:

• A stalwart prince joins Hawke's group of adventurers to protect his people in Dragon Age 2. Punctuating a conversation with a carefully aimed arrow is impressive, but that won't go well while mingling with the commoners.

Continue after the break for the barely controlled chaos of wizards blowing up things in Magicka: Vietnam, the cel-shaded world of Ruined, and Knights Contract's worst village to live in in.

 

• Fling your spells with your fellow mages in the dripping jungles of Magicka: Vietnam (yes, you read that right). The psychological ramifications of being hit in the face with a boulder is probably more acute than the most serious case of PTSD.

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• How does Ruined stand out from the third-person shooter crowd? By adding comic-book effects, boxy weapons, and stratospheric jumping, of course!


• Fearsome creatures turn this sleepy village on its head in Knights Contract. They deserve it, too: The lack of a neighborhood watch practically throws open the doors for smoky witches and fat giants.

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