Thursday, 31 March 2011

Four classic Mega Drive soon on PSN

Sony Spain has published the timetable for launches of four Mega Drive classics coming to PlayStation Network in the coming weeks through the official PlayStation blog. The first to arrive is Sonic the Hedgehog, which is already available in the Store since yesterday on March 30, followed over the next months of other three jewels of Mega Drive/Genesis confirmed:

-Sonic 2: free for users of PS Plus from April 6, available on PS Store since April 20.
-Streets of Rage 2: free for users of PS Plus from May 4, available on PS Store since May 18.
-Golden Axe 2: free for users of PS Plus on June 1, available on PS Store since June 15.

As discussed in these four games join them in future titles Altered Beast and Comix Zone, although they are still no release date. In addition, returning to four games with fixed release date, will include substantial improvements to their original versions, each of them includes its own trophies, their ratings online and in the case of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 2, Altered Beast and Golden Axe II, an online cooperative mode.

Each game has a price of 3.99 euros while Plus users can download them absolutely free.

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Much of Batman: Arkham City passes through open scenarios

Batman: Arkham Asylum was considered the best game based on superhero comics of all history, so, its sequel Arkham City, it has very high standards and expectations through the roof.

To further increase the Hype to the rededor of this game, Rocksteady has revealed that you most of the adventure of Batman: Arkham City takes place in the streets of Gotham, with much larger and more open scenarios that his first delivery.

The interiors are dedicated to specific missions, but 80% of the game takes place in the streets. This means that you can start the game and explore from the very beginning. However, freedom will not have impact on the history, the argument is really important to us.

Rocksteady Studios ensures that the game will not be type sandbox despite freedom of action that we will have at all times. Arkham City will be a very big city full of content relating to the Batman universe that will make your mouth water to more fans of the comic.

Our aim was not to the largest open world only by doing so. We wanted to fill it with content, and there is no better world than the universe's Batman for inspiration.We have 97 people in the team, compared to the 65 of the original. For this reason we have decided that we needed more artists and animators to a wider world. It has been a great technical and creative challenge for the team.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Hideo Kojima scale up to the senior members of Konami

Hideo Kojima, the great creator of works such as Snatcher, Policenauts, Metal Gear and Zone Of The Enders; He has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Konami Digital Entertainment. His work with these great games had their merit reward and today is considered one of the best in his position.

But Konami has not been there, but it has also promoted to Shinji Enomoto, sure that know him for being the Executive producer of the Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. He has been promoted with the same range as Hideo.

By now Konami we do not know much the next game, since they have not officially announced any game, but we know that Kojima is currently working on several Metal Gear games. Some of them for NGP in what he called the project devil.

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We will know more of the gameplay in Mass Effect 3 in April

Little is known of the latter title that closes one of the best trilogies of the current generation. BioWare is all very quietly and you've revealed almost nothing. We know that the DLC "Arrival" will give us a Union between the end of the second part and this installment, but nothing more.

Fortunately it seems that official Playstation of France and United Kingdom magazines, published new information on the game in the month of April. So I now have to wait, although some rumors say that it will have an interface very similar to that seen in Dead Space.

In any case, Mass Effect 3 will be released at the end of the year and has all the earmarks of becoming one of the best games of the 2011.

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A new patch for Homefront which complicates life cheats

No one likes to play with cheats, this is what has had to think about THQ and Kaos Studios to get his new patch. The main function will be to record the items so that in the event that some cheater dared to commit some of their own, so they pillarían with the hands in the dough. Thanks to a software that analyzes each player and a server potetente and notifies you in the event that he has committed any irregularity.

Apart from this new functionality, version 1.0.3 includes other small improvements playable in the online mode. If you want to know more about this update, I leave the link to the official website of the title.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 ships 2 million worldwide

Eleven years after Marvel vs. Capcom 2, people are still interested in seeing Ryu getting smashed by the Hulk. Capcom announced today that it has shipped two million copies of universe mashup fighter Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds worldwide. Capcom said that the release of MvC3 was "capitalizing on the resurgence of the fighting game boom that began last year" -- you know, the one Capcom started with Street Fighter IV.

These shipments, the company states, zlxo outpace the performance of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. In fact, that game doesn't appear on Capcom's list of million-selling titles at all, suggesting that the sequel outperformed it by a great deal.

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Silent Hill composer's guitar auctioned for Japan relief

What's scarier, being absolutely broke or regretting never taking a chance to have a piece of video game history? An auction for Akira Yamaoka's guitar and FX amps, which were used to create the audio atmosphere for a little franchise called Silent Hill, is currently underway on eBay (and will last for five days).

The auction is part of Play for Japan, a coordinated effort to present consumers and gamers with means to help the relief effort in Japan. If you partake, you'll not only feel good about donating money to Japan, but you'll possibly give this guitar a new home and outlook on life, one filled with joy, sunshine and family -- not giant death bunnies and other unspeakable horrors.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Activision could announce Modern Warfare 3 the month of April

The Call of Duty series fans who are attentive to the month of April because Activision could announce Modern Warfare 3 month. According to the United Kingdom PSM3 magazine, "the new installment of the popular FPS of Activision will be released in mid-April".

The prediction would fit perfectly with the date that usually choose Activision to announce a new Call of Duty. Without going any further, Black Ops last year it was announced officially on April 30. On the cover of the Official PlayStation Magazine in the United Kingdom Magazine April, there for shooters to feature a special appointed Modern Warfare 3 (you can see the image of the cover after the jump).

The latest rumors indicated that Infinity Ward was being helped by Sledgehammer Games for how history and by Raven Software responsible for the multiplayer mode of Modern Warfare 3. Probably next month leave doubts.

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Rumor: Warner Bros. joining 'online pass' camp with Mortal Kombat

Warner Bros. may be following in the (very large) footsteps of Electronic Arts and THQ when it comes to discouraging -- or at least profiting from -- the sale of used games. Joystiq has learned from a tipster that when Mortal Kombat hits shelves on April 19, its box will include an "online pass" token that must be redeemed before playing online. At present, WBIE evidently intends to do the same for its high-profile releases F.E.A.R. 3 and Batman: Arkham City. Since the latter won't feature multiplayer, though, the token would have to unlock some other (equally attractive) content.

According to an email obtained from our source, which appears intended for retailers, WBIE won't be promoting the pass -- in fact, no reference to it will appear on the game's packaging. Instead, it is apparently providing retailers with details on the pass, including how to purchase a new one if you're buying a used copy of the game. Unsurprisingly, a new pass will run 800 Microsoft Points / $10 for Xbox 360 and PS3, respectively. We've contacted WBIE for comment on this information. You can find an excerpt from the retailer email past the break.
Mortal Kombat, available on April 19 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, includes a one-time-use registration code that gives players access to all online modes in the game. Players who do not have a code will get a free two-day trial of the online play and then be able to purchase the online modes for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and $9.99 on the PlayStation Network.

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inFamous 2 preview: A tale of two side characters

Sucker Punch isn't interested in subtlety when it comes to inFamous 2, and you needn't look further than the game's two companion conduits, Kuo and Nix, for that to be apparent. In a preview session earlier today, reps from SP walked me through a mission midway through the game wherein Cole fought alongside both characters during separate points -- and like in the first inFamous, he was eventually faced with choosing one side or the other. Only rather than choosing "good" or "bad," Cole had to choose his favorite lady of the two.

When the rep picked Kuo (the "good" side), Nix's reaction was ... less than savory. She seemingly channeled Mass Effect 2's Jack, going from Cole's partner in crime, to a sniveling, vengeance-filled brat in under 30 seconds. After her tantrum subsided, Cole was blessed with the power of ice, borrowed from Kuo. And that's where the demo ended, unfortunately.

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BBFC rating suggests Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition coming in June

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition will apparently make its way to the UK in some form this June. Eurogamer has taken note of the British Board of Film Classification rating, which has the latest version of the fighter dated for June 24.

If the classification is for consoles, it goes against previous statements made by Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, but would play into cryptic tweets he's made about Arcade Edition DLC. The new version would likely include the four new playable characters: Yun, Yang, Oni and Evil Ryu.

We've contacted Capcom to clarify exactly what's going on here. If the BBFC also classifies arcade machines, the DLC hints and classification could be two separate stories on parallel lines. However, if the classification is for consoles, it's still unclear if the new game will be a DLC code in a new retail box, or if current SSF4 owners will be able to buy it as a DLC expansion. Ono keeps using the term "DLC," so we'd lean toward it being the latter.

Update: Official statement: "Capcom has not made any announcements."

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L.A. Noire subject of Tribeca Film Festival special event

the first time ever that a video game has been recognized by the festival" -- you'd think that Rockstar's latest production was a small-budget longshot, competing for necessary distinction amid the eclectic slate of films that will be screened during De Niro and company's annual gathering of international movie makers and moviegoers in the lower Manhattan neighborhood.

Instead, the Team Bondi-developed "cinema-videogame hybrid," as Tribeca Film puts it, will be more of a sideshow -- though no less prestigious. As part of the "Tribeca Talks" special events series, L.A. Noire will be the subject of a one-night-only gameplay demonstration and discussion, featuring Rockstar representatives.

The event will be moderated by Tribeca Enterprises COO Geoff Gilmore, who sounds particularly excited about the film festival's latest discovery. "It's an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion," he heralded in an announcement. "We are poised on the edge of a new frontier." Don't worry, Gilmore, it's safe to step on in -- the games industry has actually been settling this very frontier for decades.

The L.A. Noire event is scheduled for 5:30PM on Monday, April 25 at one of the School of Visual Arts theaters (an official festival venue; though not located in Tribeca). An hour has been set aside for the "live interactive screening" of one of the game's detective cases, plus an additional 45 minutes or so for the Q&A conversation. Tickets will be priced at $25 per attendee (some discounts available) and go on sale to the general public on April 18.

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Killzone live-action short overacts the Helghan war's origins

Not since Command & Conquer's Kane have we seen overacting of such brilliance as that exhibited in the new Killzone origin story clip. Two friends, one ISA and one Helghan, have their friendship torn asunder ... in the name of war. Check it out after the break.

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Fight For Relief charity tournament raises money for Japan

Up Series, are teaming up to help raise money for Japan the only way they know how: by kicking ass. Simultaneous tournaments in Union City and Irvine, California will be streamed online as one massive show. Fight for Relief will feature giveaways, interviews and competition in Super Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs Capcom 3 from some of the best in the scene, including EG Justin Wong, Alex Valle, John Choi and others.

The fundraiser kicks off this Sunday, April 3, with all tournament proceeds and donations being given to Japan through, a site that facilitates the actual giving of the money. We imagine flying to Japan with a giant briefcase stuffed full of cash just isn't the most practical way to do it.

If you want to sign up for either tournament, there isn't any pre-registration; just show up to either the NorCal venue or the SoCal venue with some cash and your fight stick and throw down!

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Sony takes Qriocity on tour, hosting concerts with Big Boi, DeVotchKa

Sony's enlisting some heavy hitters to help promote its PSN-integrated music platform, Qriocity -- the company recently announced a list of events across Europe and North America, including two stops that will feature live performances by DeVotchKa and Big Boi. You'll recognize that first name as the artist behind the accompaniment to Gears of War 2's memorable "Last Day" ad. You'll recognize that second name because it's Big Boi. C'mon, everyone on Earth knows who Big Boi is.

Check out the list of events scheduled for the global Qriocity tour after the jump.March 21-27 -- Sampling at Schönhauser Allee ArkadenMarch 21-27 -- Sampling at Sony Style Store BerlinMarch 31 -- Berlin - HBC -- Artist To Be AnnouncedMarch 31 -- London - Proud Camden -- Artist To Be AnnouncedMarch 31 -- Chicago - House of Blues -- Performance by DeVotchKaApril 2 -- Los Angeles - Sony Store Century City Mall -- Artist To Be AnnouncedApril 9 -- Miami - Aventura Mall -- Artist To Be AnnouncedApril 13 -- New York - The Gramercy -- Performance by Big BoiApril 18 -- San Francisco - Palo Alto Sony Style Store -- Artist To Be AnnouncedApril 28 - May 1 -- Nashville - Independent Venue

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Monday, 28 March 2011

Portal 2 promo puts artificial trust to the test

It doesn't take science -- let alone Aperture Science -- to know that people can't be trusted. Thankfully, Cave Johnson and company built some robots, and then some "better robots," in an effort to overcome the unreliability of human companionship.

The result, Atlas and P-body, is the robotic duo best suited to overcome the perilous panels and heaps of deathtraps laid out in the Portal 2 co-op campaign. The only problem? They'll have to be controlled by you and a human "friend."

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Machinarium headed to PS3 and undecided tablets this year

Developer Amanita Design seems to have its hands full, with a sequel to its adventure game Samorost and two other projects in progress. According to statements from founder Jakub Dvorsky at GameCityNights, the developer is still making time to get Machinarium onto PSN and as-yet-undecided tablets this year. Amanita publicly turned its attention to PS3 last year after Microsoft passed on the point-and-click adventure. There was no word on the previously announced WiiWare version.

Though the iPad seems like the obvious choice of tablet, reports that Amanita is instead "exploring" the Blackberry Playbook, which will be released in North America next month. If only we were privy to an animated thought bubble explaining the process behind that decision.

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Capcom confirms Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Capcom has officially confirmed that you'll be able to join Umbrella Corp. in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC this winter.

The OXM story had most of the details already: The Umbrella Corp. sends a team (you and up to three friends) to eradicate any evidence of its involvement with the events of Resident Evil 2 in a squad-based shooter developed by Capcom and Vancouver's Slant 6 (SOCOM: Confrontation). There will also be competitive multiplayer, pitting Umbrella against the U.S. Government (which wants to uncover what Umbrella's hiding) -- and both groups must also contend with undead hordes.

Heartbreakingly, it doesn't sound like zombies will be playable, forcing those who like being dead-behind-the-eyes flesh eaters to stick with Left 4 Dead 2 or the new iCarly game.

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Revealed the first details of Warhawk 2

Wow! One of the first exclusive multiplayer games of PlayStation 3 could have a sequel on the way. In reality it takes time to circulate rumors of a sequel to Warhawk but it was not until now when it has had access to the first details of this continuation.

Lightbox Interactive, its developers, has offered an event secret for a select group of press to present Warhawk 2 and reveal the first details of the game.  The information weighs a request for embargo by Lightbox but still some details have come to light and you can read below:

-The game will feature a way to history.
-There will be a cooperative mode
-Initially the game will support 32 players online
-Multiplayer with a total of 25 maps.
-The game will feature vehicles military motorcycles, air craft, tanks and other vehicles.
-We can build combat as a bunker facilities even though they may be destroyed by the enemy.
-Improvements to the combat system and camera angles.
-The graphics will be much higher than the first Warhawk.
-PlayStation Move and 3D support.

Still not we can launch the bells to flight information is not official and we already know that in these cases at the end the thing may end up in nothing. Despite this, I am confident that the information that reaches us is correct and that in the coming months we will have an official announcement of Warhawk 2.

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Steel Rain for Killzone 3 map pack arrives this week

Sony and Guerrilla Games confirmed last weekend that the second map pack entitled Steel Rain will release this Wednesday, March 30 through PlayStation Network. The pack includes two new maps for multiplayer mode and two new styles of war:

Junkyard: it enables consignments of up to 16 players on the way to Guerrilla Warfare.
Stahl Arms: it enables consignments of up to 24 players in mode Warzone.

If you want more information of this DLC I recommend you pass by this entry published last month with the first images of Steel Rain.

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Kenshi and Scarlet downloadable characters from Mortal Kombat

At this point everyone you know that the downloadable content is perhaps the most profitable of the editors and almost any game of the current generation has with some type of DLC. It is something that previously did not happen as consoles did not have a PSN online platform or Xbox Live, with the arrival of the Stores has opened the veda, abusive in many cases, and without any sort of regard in the face of the consumer.

Mortal Kombat is almost confirmed that will include to the rededor of 30 selectable characters of launch, a number of really good few titles wrestling match. However, they could have been more since that at least two characters sold us them to part after confirming that Kenshi and Scarlet will arrive as DLC, and that there is still a month for the release of Mortal Kombat 9.

Will not be the only one, also speculated that the mythical Kintaro could also arrive as DLC in the future but still is not confirmed. Whatever, Mortal Komtat looks fucking great and with a very broad roster of wrestlers, pity that, as always, to complete it all we have to scratch the Pocket.

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Saturday, 26 March 2011

Dungeon Siege 3's Katarina goes gun crazy

Square Enix has announced the third of four heroes players can choose from in the upcoming Dungeon Siege 3 -- and it's Katarina, a gun-wielding, half-witch vixen with a black hound companion. As you can see in the trailer, this girl ain't kidding around.

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MotorStorm Apocalypse trophies

Master of the movement: finish a race using the motion detection function.

Air assault: made fall a competitor of his quad or his motorcycle with fists while you are both in the air.

No shortage of air: use air to cool fully your gauge for boost from its critical level, in a single jump.

It's me who did it: Customize your vehicle by using all available options.

Economics of energy: win a race without ever coming into critical boost.

Locked target: Éperonnez and destroy the same player twice in a race.

Kudos: Win 250 tokens in a single skid in multiplayer.

Vary the pleasures: finish a race in each of the basic game modes.

Bad seed: pass 3 aerial figures in a race.

Wheel of fortune: run a wheeling of 5 seconds.

For some damage: win a race with each of the 13 classes of vehicles.

First-person race: win a race only with the hood view.

Mecano: Change at least one element from each of the 13 types of vehicles.

Over there! : Look at 5 different racing incidents in 5 different races.

Carnage! : Use the ramming to destroy 10 opponents.

I have one! : Collect 1 MotorStorm cards hidden.

"You want to play?": arrive at the Festival as a Mash.

"We are going courir… in here?": Finish "Derailed" as Mash.

"Eat my dust, my guy!": complete "la voltige As" as Mash

"Ok, here we go!": complete "Collapse of credits" as Mash.

"If you want to stay, you it farms.": arrive at the party as Tyler.

"I am just a poor type to crush.": "Road Warrior" finish as Tyler.

"It's going me.": complete "Twitch in the suburbs" as Tyler.

"This is a matter of life or death.": complete "Terminus" as Tyler.

"One of us will come out of this city in life.": Finish "the end is near" as Tyler.

"You're going to see, ban!": start the day as the Big Dog.

"It will sow these types…": Finish "The way of the air" as a Big Dog.

"If you leave, you must arriver…": complete "Last tour" as a Big Dog.

The épreuve… update: Réussissez 5 special events.

10 to begin: pass 10 special events.

The first time: finish your first race online.

Where is my money? : Bet and win a bet part research.

Tape me in five! : Reach rank 5 in multiplayer.

Battery: Reach rank 15 in multiplayer.

Where you put any here? : Collect 50 honours in multiplayer.

Stormer decorated: win 25 medals in multiplayer.


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Homefront trophies

The causes of the combat - complete chapter 1 of the single player campaign

Freedom - Complete chapter 2 of the single player campaign

Balances of hell - finish Chapter 3 of the single player campaign

The wall - finish Chapter 4 of the single player campaign

The heart - complete chapter 5 of the single player campaign

Monitoring - Complete chapter 6 of the single player campaign

The causes of the battle - guerrilla - complete chapter 1 of the solo campaign at the highest level of difficulty

Freedom - Guerrilla - complete chapter 2 of the single player campaign at the highest level of difficulty

Balances of hell - guerrilla - finish Chapter 3 of the single player campaign at the highest level of difficulty

The wall - guerrilla - finish Chapter 4 of the single player campaign at the highest level of difficulty

The heart - guerrilla - complete chapter 5 of the single player campaign at the highest level of difficulty

Superman - The causes of the combat - complete chapter 1 of the single player campaign without dying or restart from the point of control

Superman - Freedom - complete chapter 2 of the single player campaign without dying or restart from the point of control

Superman - Balances of hell - finish Chapter 3 of the single player campaign without dying or restart from the point of control

Superman - The wall - finish Chapter 4 of the single player campaign without dying or restart from the point of control

Superman - The heart - complete chapter 5 of the single player campaign without dying or restart from the point of control

Archivist - Find 30 61 mode solo campaign news bulletins

Historian - Find 61 mode solo campaign news bulletins

Fine trigger - kill 25 pistol enemies in Chapter 1: the causes of the battle

Veteran outstanding - kill the hand-to-hand 25 enemies in Chapter 1: the causes of the battle

Welcome to the free zone - talk at least once to each inhabitant of the Oasis in Chapter 2: freedom

Whether to cover - destroy the first Sentinel without damage to Chapter 2: freedom

Mercy - Kill 5 enemies on fire in Chapter 3: Hell balances

They burn! -Don't kill any enemies on fire in Chapter 3: Hell balances

David rejected - do Division street without the Goliath would suffer damage in Chapter 4: the wall

Columnist - Find the first 61 news bulletins

A stairway to paradise - since the door of the Church, join the nest of Raven in 240 seconds in Chapter 5: the heart

The speed demon - grasp you tank within 8 minutes and a life in Chapter 6: monitoring

A safer sky - destroy all sites of missiles sol - air level in Chapter 6: monitoring

Weapons expert - take a challenge of expert with any weapon in multiplayer mode

Drones expert - take a challenge of expert with any drone multiplayer

Expert in vehicles - take a challenge of expert with any vehicle multiplayer

Expert of the war - defy all challenges relating to weapons, drones and vehicles in multiplayer mode

Squad leader - join a public party at the head of a group of at least 4 players in multiplayer mode

Medal of honour – win a public party at the head of a group in multiplayer mode


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[Test] MotorStorm Apocalypse

Mar 17th, 2011by Cyr1us.

Sometimes fiction joined the reality. By mere coincidence, while the Japan one of the worst pages in its history, MotorStorm Apocalypse arrives on the market at the same time. Keep in mind that the video game industry remains before a way well secondary entertainment before such events. Once all ambiguities raised, the question is whether they are the novelties introduced by this third branch of the lighthouse on PlayStation 3 exclusive series.


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Crysis 2: the launch Trailer

Mar 22nd, 2011by Cyr1us.

At the exit of highly anticipated Crysis 2 this week, discover the launch trailer of the game on a rapper can signed his band

In New York, terrifying aliens roam the streets, while a nightmarish epidemic spreads at a speed V large among the million inhabitants. All the networks of the city are out of service. The streets and skyscrapers are based in a large cluster of still-smoking ruins. Paramilitary actions neither the power of the US military machine can anything against invaders. Those who chose to remain are only stay dead. Only advanced technology will help you survive in this deadly maelstrom. A technology that no soldier of our time has ever seen. One man will receive the keys to survival.

Only you will wear combat born of past technological prowess, the nanocombinaison version 2.0 equipment. Only you hold in your hands the single chance to save humanity from destruction and restore peace in the urban jungle became New York.


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Trophies of Crysis 2

First steps: finish level in murky waters

Alien contamination: escape you evacuation of Battery Park Centre

Extraterrestrial origin: collect a sample of alien tissue on the crash site

False prophet: find Nathan Gould

Internal Affairs: infiltrate the C.E.L.L. Wall Street complex

Into the abyss: infiltrate the alien hive

Marine day, Navy always: see the Marines in Madison Square

Chaos: Join the Hargreave-Rash building

On embers: participate in the evacuation of Bryant Park

Terminus: Defend Central Station

At the crossroads: evacuate Times Square

Theseus: Locate Jacob Hargreave

Meeting together: perform 25 stealth frags campaign solo

Tourist: Find all the memories of New York

The mile: kill 10 enemies with an object

Launch deadly: kill 10 enemies by projection

Popcorn: Kill 20 enemies with the canon campaign solo microwave

Two for the price of one: kill two enemies with a single bullet campaign solo

Deflagration: Kill at least 3 enemies with a single grenade campaign solo

Headhunter: kill 4 enemies in a row with a shot in the head in the Solo campaign

Overwhelming slide: kill 5 enemies by sliding campaign solo

Fatal food: remove an officer of the C.E.L.L. with a giant donut in Lower Manhattan

Forgotten: send an alien in the abyss at the level in the darkness

Always faithful: Let no Marine died during the evacuation of level Semper Fi

Literary agent: scan all of the books of Richard Morgan at the New York public library

Maximum stealth: stray current without you find in chapter the eye of the cyclone

Cleaner: Pass all special types of frags

Spy: Sign 30 contributions of multiplayer mode detection

Versatility: Win a part in each game multiplayer mode

Commitment: Made online some six months after your first connection

Modern art: unlock 150 identity plates

Assessment: Finish 3 parts Playstation Network

Collector: Get 20 identity plates

Maximum module: optimize a Nanocombi module to its maximum in multiplayer mode

Teamwork: to the end join a part online in a squadron of at least 3 players

Nomad: Play a complete game on each map in multiplayer mode

I am not a number! : Create your first custom class


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Randy Pitchford explains the delay of Duke Nukem Forever

Yesterday skipped the bad news that Duke Nukem Forever suffered another delay although this time will only have to wait another month. Randy Pitchford, founder of Gearbox, today explained the real reasons for which have not been able to meet the deadline they had planned for their release, a change of date which moves the game's release to June 10.

There is no trap, we thought that date - would be may - when announced it. There is some imprevisiblidad, and we use our experience to predict the time limits. We are not perfect when it comes to say releases, but we are perfect to achieve our goals and to work for them.

I think we could have forced the date of may, but would have introduced risks that would not liked to players who have waited so much and which will finally play Duke Nukem Forever. The continued support of the fans miracles to our moral and guide our quality. It is for the fans that I am confident that this small change in the timetable is good for them.

In the end. I think that a small delay is better in time, to have to rush release deadlines and you find a product poorly optimized and full of bugs. But that should they ask to Treyarch with his Black Ops.

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Friday, 25 March 2011

EA publishes the list of circuits of Shift 2

I don't know if you have noticed that there is less than a week to that Shift 2 goes on sale (March 31). Yes, only has been little more than four months since they launched Hot Pursuit and we have here a new Need for Speed, this time from the hand of Slightly Mad. But, I say, that there will be many people waiting for him, so they will this news: developers have published the full list of circuits which will have the title. In total will be 35 circuits, if we add all their variations we emerging to 82 tracks. It is not bad.

1 Alpental
2 Ambush Canyon
3. Autopolis International Racing Course Lakeside
4. Autopolis International Racing Course GP
5. Brands Hatch Indy
6 Brands Hatch GP
7 Brno Circuit
8. Circuit Dijon-Prenois Short
9 Circuit Dijon - Prenois
10 Circuit Zolder
11 Circuit de Catalunya Club
12 Circuit de Catalunya National
13 Circuit de Catalunya GP
14 Circuit of Spa Francorchamps GP
15 Dakota Club
16 Dakota National
17 Dakota GP
18. Donington Park National
19 Donington GP National
20 Dubai Autodrome Club
21. Dubai Autodrome National
22. Dubai Autodrome International
23 Dubai Autodrome Grand Prix
24. Ebisu Circuit Touge Course Challenge
25. Ebisu Circuit South Course
26. Ebisu Circuit West Course
27 Enna Pergusa
28 Glendale Club
29 Glendale West
30 Glendale East
31 Hazyview Oval
32 Hazyview Eight
33 Hockenheimring Short
34 Hockenheimring National
35 Hockenheimring GP
36 London Club Drive
37 London River
38 London Royal Mile
39. London Embankment Loop
40 London Whitehall Drive
41 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
42. Miami Bayfront Park Loop
43. Miami Bicentennial Park Route
44 Miami Biscayne Boulevard
45. Miami Bayside Run
46 Miyatomi
47 Monza Jr
48 Monza GP
49. Motorsport Arena Oschersleben B Course
50 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben GP
51 Mount Panorama

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The last Mortal Kombat trailer shows the co-op

You have to see what they are currando the NetherRealm Studios team this Mortal Kombat 9. The game is full of options and striking features such as the option of playing with 3D without glasses, the fantastic mode effect

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Number of new images of Red Faction: Armageddon

THQ has revealed 16 new screenshots of what will be the fourth installment in the Red Faction series, two years having passed since the fun third installment, Red Faction: Guerrilla, a third-person action game characterized by the total destructibilidad of the scenarioscome out for sale.Red Faction: Armageddon, which is the final title which will be released, is being developed by Volition Games, and his argument will continue to have as a central axis the human colonies on Mars, whose population has been forced to descend into the depths of the planet to survivedue to the lack of oxygen at the surface.However, once settled in the interior of the planet, another small drawback, and is an insectoid alien race threatens to dismember, dismember, eat and all that so much like make the Martians to all colonists there present, by which the survival by any means is still the main objective of the human, that will be used by all types of firearms, vehicles and even unconventional to defend powers.The title will be released on PS3, 360 and PC on June 3, 2011.

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Release Shift 2 trailer: Unleashed

Electronic Arts has released few days ago the trailer's release of Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed to be put on sale on March 31. We have recently discovered the list of circuits of the game as well as its soundtrack.

The trailer is pure adrenaline with sequences at full speed in all types of cars ranging from sports, touring, super GT or classics, combining foreign planes with views of spectacular vehicles.

Next week kicks off Shift 2 us hope that this time the game meets expectations.

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Fight without gloves in first Fight Night Champion DLC

For which you have not had the opportunity of playing the rather than notable Simulator of EA Canada, Fight Night Champion, boxing I commented that the title already exists the possibility to fight without gloves, clean with one blow, but only in a fragment of the way history, just at the beginning, in which our protagonist Andre Bishop is forced to fight against several prisoners of nazi ideology that make life impossible during his stay in prison.As well, the Studio Developer of the game, knowing that this type of combat like the players, has not hesitated to offer through DLC - of payment, that Yes - the option of playing matches of this nature in a way both online as offlineso separate mode history, although not able to choose practically any wrestlers real that comprise the staff of the title for reasons of Copyright. is available in the next weekly Playstation Store update, and its price is 9.99

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[Analysis] Crysis 2

Crysis 2 is one of the titles more expected this 2011. Not in vain, has a part that has amazed to all kinds of audiences and which became a benchmark of graphical power.

We now have in our hands the second part, and the truth is that with a predecessor as well, the level requiring this title not to disappoint was very high, but Crytek has shown that knows how to make sequels and Crysis 2 becomes an essential game.

So you enter in this analysis to discover everything about the new alien invasion.

If we try to assess Crysis 2 with what we saw in its first issue, which is quite different, but no worse, but that is another air. Crytek has wanted to change the atmosphere of Crysis 2 to create something new but we remember his previous delivery. However, we have gone from a jungle to a huge city like New York. But do not be fooled, New York is going to turn into a jungle, but this time of glass.

The alien invasion attacks New York City.

The game is 3 years later than its predecessor. We are in the year 2023, with an almost completely empty New York City after the evacuation of the population because of the alien invasion. Our protagonist, Alcatraz, is a specialized marine receives the order to reach the city to serve as a support in the fight against the infestation.

But by misfortunes of fate, the vehicle that brought the Marines is destroyed by an alien attack. And without knowing very well how, our protagonist manages to survive and meet with Prophet (known from the first delivery). After a few very moviditos moments, we ended up with the Prophet nanotraje. It is then when the life of Alcatraz is a huge turnaround and begins his true story.

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Report: Squad-based 'Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City' detailed in new OXM

As we first heard late last year, Capcom is apparently putting a new twist on the Resident Evil franchise with the help of SOCOM: Confrontation dev Slant Six Games. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, a squad based shooter, is reportedly the cover story of Official Xbox Magazine's May 2011 issue.
The issue, which StickSkills claims to have obtained from an unnamed newsstand (pictured above) that routinely sells issues early, supposedly details a game in which players take on the role of Umbrella Corporation special forces on a mission to clean up Raccoon City following the events of Resident Evil 2.

According to the site, the team will have access to "big guns" and employ a number of tricks to fool and manipulate enemies -- human or otherwise. Trying to kill series hero Leon Kennedy is said to factor into the game, with the possibility of friendly forces being deployed to protect him. Operation Raccoon City is reportedly in development for Xbox 360 and PS3, and is scheduled for release this winter.

When contacted, neither Capcom nor OXM could comment on this report. You can see the full cover image, provided by StickSkills, after the break. The issue is scheduled to hit newsstands, officially, on April 5.

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Rock Band Weekly: DragonForce, 'Days of Peace' pack

We do love contrast. Next week's Rock Band 3 update will include a downloadable "Days of Peace" pack, featuring patchouli-scented tracks from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jefferson Airplane and Santana.

Next week's update will also bring a version of the infamous Guitar Hero face-melter "Through the Fire and Flames" to RB3. More importantly, and insanely, you'll be able to purchase a Pro Guitar upgrade for that track. That should take care of any lingering notion you had that you could actually play the guitar.

Xbox 360 / Wii / PS3
Available: March 29
Days of Peace Pack 01 (440 Microsoft Points / 550 Wii Points / $5.49)"Somebody to Love" - Jefferson Airplane (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)"Spinning Wheel" - Blood, Sweat & Tears (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)"Black Magic Woman" - Santana (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)

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Gamestop sees 'all-time high' sales of $9.47B for fiscal 2010

GameStop is gonna need a bigger moneybin, as the company reported "all-time high" sales of $9.47 billion for the 2010 fiscal year (ending January 29, 2011), with a record net profit of $408 million. During the fourth quarter, the company also saw a 4.8 percent increase in sales to $3.69 billion, with a 10 percent increase in net earnings to $237.8 million.

During the GameStop investors call, executives stated they would use information on customer purchases extracted from from the PowerUp Rewards program to help determine the 200 locations that will be shut down over the next year due to overlap. It's not all bad news: that same information will be used to open 200 stores "focusing on underserviced markets." GameStop also plans to "pursue opportunistic growth internationally."

The biggest sign that GameStop is doing its best to prepare for the inevitable was the 61 percent increase in "console and PC digital offerings," which brought in $290 million during the year.

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NPD: Guitar Hero 3 is this generation's highest-grossing game

Call of Duty: Black Ops might be the best-selling game by unit sales, but it isn't the US bestseller in terms of gross revenue. According to NPD data going back to 1995, and compiled by CNBC, the honor of the highest-grossing game of "this generation" goes to another Activision game, the Axl Rose-angering Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock. Black Ops is #2.

The list of the NPD's top ten best-selling games by revenue (after the break) includes a second Guitar Hero game, too -- R.I.P. -- along with Rock Band and both Wii Fits, which suggests that the best way to make a lot of revenue is simply to make your game cost more. Although Wii Play and Mario Kart Wii are also on the list, so maybe people just really like finding peripherals inside their game boxes, like cereal box prizes.

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Homefront sells a million, ships 2.4 million units

THQ has shined its best bugle to announce that Homefront is a success: today, the publisher revealed the game has managed to infiltrate one million homes in North America, Europe and Asia. Last week, the game was the top seller on UK Chart Track.

Additionally, THQ reveals that 2.4 million copies have been shipped. "We are very pleased with strong worldwide shipments and sell-through for Homefront, and we continue to fulfill new retail orders for the game across the globe," concluded THQ president and CEO, Brian Farrell, in the announcement.

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Duke Nukem Forever delayed

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Take-Two claims that the industry's eternally charging Lancelot, Duke Nukem Forever, is now set to arrive internationally on June 10th, and in North America on June 14th. At this crucial point in the game's comically extended timeline, though, you should probably just wait until the unboxing video before you start believing again.

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Resident Evil 4, Code Veronica HD ports coming to NA as downloads this fall

If you're interested in the HD versions of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica X included in the Resident Evil: Revival Selection, you'll be able to acquire them in an exceptionally convenient manner: through Xbox Live Arcade and PSN.

Capcom just announced that the two ports will be released as downloads in North America this fall -- as separate games, as opposed to the bundled release Capcom is planning for Japan. Check out more screens of the HD version of Resident Evil 4 in our gallery. Or just check out the logos for both games. Seriously. Look at those logos. Resident Evil 4 (Now in HD)

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MX vs. ATV Alive DLC starts with Suzuki bikes

THQ's strategy for the MX vs. ATV Alive includes lots of DLC. Knowing that it's part of the game from the outset means THQ can show off downloadable extras even before it launches at $40 this May.

You'll be able to go into a purchase of this game secure in the knowledge that you can buy some new virtual Suzuki motorcycles, including the RM125, RM-Z250, RM-Z450 and QuadRacer R450. For casual MX vs. ATV players (like us), that means "these pretty yellow bikes." MX vs. ATV Alive (Suzuki DLC)

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SCEA transferring 'online services operations, including your wallet and the funds in it' to SNEA on April 1

At CES 2010, Sony's Kaz Hirai -- potential successor to Sir Howard Stringer, if you're just joining us -- introduced "Sony Network Entertainment," a new corporate unit tasked with the expansion of the increasingly vital PlayStation Network architecture. At CES this year, Kaz said 2011 would find Sony "building upon the video, music, game and book offerings on our Qriocity and our PlayStation Network services to deliver a compelling, unique experience for Sony across a wide range of consumer electronic devices."

It looks like part of that plan is in progress now with the introduction of SNEA. Some of you may have received an "important message" from the "PlayStation Network team at Sony Computer Entertainment America" in your inbox today alerting you to a rather troubling change: SCEA is giving all of the money in your online wallet away ...

... to Sony Network Entertainment America! "The first time you sign in to your Sony Online Services account on or after April 1," the important message reads, "you will be asked to enter into a new Terms of Service and User Agreement with SNEA." You can take a peek at that new ToS located conveniently at (Aside: Isn't it cute when Sony pretends that Qriocity is just as important as PlayStation Network?)

If your relationship with SNEA starts and stops at PlayStation Network, then nothing really changes for you; however, if you're all about Sony's networked services, having a unified wallet and identity will probably be a convenience. Until they tie your PSN tag to your musical tastes. "Hey xxXSmokezMadBluntz420Xxx, how's that new Bieber album?"

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Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters will shine in 3D

"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware -- holy crap! A bunch of missiles and fighter jets just flew right past me! I bet that if someone were watching my every action from an over-the-shoulder perspective on some sort of three-dimensional display unit, that would have looked really, really awesome!" –Green Lantern Vol. 2, #76, 1970

DC Comics and Warner Bros. Interactive have announced that Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters is now slated for a release on the 3DS, joining the standard DS and console versions. Additionally, the game -- which drops June 7 and ties into the events of the Green Lantern film (which hits theaters June 17) -- will feature a 3D option on PS3 and 360, provided you own the necessary accoutrements. We can only imagine how rad flying around and shooting stuff out of power rings is going to look in a stereoscopic context.

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Grasshopper announcing 'charity app' at streaming event March 30

A Grasshopper Manufacture event originally announced in February will now serve as a charity function following the March 11 earthquake. The "Grasstream 2" event will be held at the Shinjuku Loft Plaza One venue on March 30, with ticket sales going to the Red Cross -- and it will also be streamed on Ustream in both English (thanks to 8-4) and Japanese.

That night, Grasshopper will show a new Shadows of the Damned trailer, accompanied by a talk by Suda 51 and audio director Akira Yamaoka. A new "charity app" will also be introduced on stage by model Kayo Sato and J-pop group Vanilla Beans. "If you own an iPhone or iPad," the announcement notes, "don't forget it!" This segment of the presentation is in the same time slot as the "new game announce" that was originally planned -- and features the same personalities on stage -- suggesting that a new Grasshopper-developed iPhone game is now being adapted for charitable purposes.

In addition, a No More Heroes 2 segment will feature music by Kazutoshi Iida, discussion from artists Yusuke Kozaki and Shigeto Koyama, and a talk by Suda about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which is notably similar in story to No More Heroes.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls finds a home on PSN

The positively historical first-person RPG series Wizardry will continue in North America and Europe in as modern a manner as can be: a downloadable PSN game for PS3. XSEED is localizing Acquire's Wizardry: Torawareshi Tamashii no Meikyū for the West as Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls. Though the series started in America (in 1981!) in recent years it's been more popular in Japan, with sequels developed by Japanese companies and released only in Japan. That explains why this version looks a bit more anime than the original did.

Players will be able to explore a grid-based dungeon and fight 120 different monsters, all with hand-drawn 2D sprites, sometime this spring. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls (PS3)

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Game Informer's BioShock Infinite covers available as posters

You may not be able to buy BioShock Infinite until 2012, but you can proudly display your pre-release fandom now by purchasing posters for the still-in-production game.

Game Informer is selling a double-sided poster, featuring two of its Saturday Evening Post-esque BioShock Infinite covers, through its corporate Big Daddy, GameStop. The 24" x 28.625" poster features Elizabeth and Him on one side, and a menacing (but still down-home and old-timey) painting of Charles on the other. The poster is shipping now for $9.99.

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NYC: Come watch thatgamecompany's Kellee Santiago speak at NYU's Game Center

We've told you about New York University's Game Center in the past -- remember that time when Chris Hecker brought SpyParty and talked about all sorts of stuff? -- and we're here to do just that once more. Tomorrow evening, we're hoping you'll join us and several hundred friends in Room 6 of NYU's lower level, where thatgamecompany co-founder and president Kellee Santiago will be speaking to the "Challenges In Evoking Unique Emotions In Video Games." Maybe she'll even talk a bit about her company's new game, Journey? We certainly hope so!

Beyond her lecture, a discussion will be moderated by interim director (and Zynga New York creative director) Frank Lantz, with questions from the crowd also being solicited. The discussion begins at 7:00PM EST sharp, and we've dropped pertinent details after the break. Don't be late!

Update: NYU has updated its blog with a note about attendance, stating, "Thanks to your enthusiastic response, we have reached capacity for this RSVP-only event. There will be very limited extra seating opened up on a first come, first serve basis starting at 7PM. We encourage you to join our mailing list, follow us, or friend us for updates on future lectures and events. Thank you for your understanding!" So, uh, take that as you will! We're still going!

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Resident Evil: Revival Selection brings RE4 and Code Veronica to 360, PS3

Sorry, but that's the closest onomatopoeia we could come up with for the sound of confetti coming out of a giant cannon. What's the occasion? Why, it's the one millionth port of Resident Evil 4! It's a big honor, and it goes to Biohazard (Resident Evil): Revival Selection, a set of high-definition updates of RE 4 and Code Veronica, that Famitsu says is headed to 360 and PS3. According to Andriasang, the full title may be "Resident Evil Revival Selection HD Remastered Version," and fair warning: If we have to type that out in full every time, we'll never cover this game again.

The updates, which have only been announced for Japan at the moment, will feature RE 4's bonus Ada Wong scenario, "Separate Ways."

Dirk the Daring was unavailable as of press time to comment on the possibility of these upstarts shattering his record. That said, if any STARS agents come up missing, we'll make Singe's belly the first spot we check.

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Sony claims George 'Geohot' Hotz is avoiding trial in South America

Sony may have access to pretty much all of PS3 jailbreaker George "GeoHot" Hotz's records, but it doesn't have access to Hotz himself. As unearthed by VGHQ, a legal complaint filed by Sony alleges that Hotz "is now in South America, an excuse for why he will not immediately provide the components of his hard drives." Sony believes that Hotz left with the intention of delaying his ongoing trial.

According to Sony's lawyers, Hotz has been "engaged in a campaign to thwart jurisdictional discovery at every turn" over "the last several weeks" -- including the intentional removal of "integral components of his impounded hard drives," said to contain implicating evidence of Hotz's alleged misdeeds. Apparently, when SCEA discovered that Hotz's HDDs were missing parts, a request for the components was met with a response from Hotz's legal counsel that Hotz "was in South America." One thing's for sure -- if he is in South America somewhere, Hotz's freestyle rap about Sony is no longer the weirdest thing about the story of the PS3 jailbreak.

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Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy sneaks to June 21, Prince of Persia HD on Blu-ray also delayed

Originally due to be released today on both Blu-ray disc and PSN, the HD-ified Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy has slipped off the radar and into the shadows. IGN reports that it'll wait there, for undisclosed reasons, until resurfacing on June 21. It's not alone -- the retail release of the Prince of Persia HD trilogy, also expected today, has been pushed to April 19.

Both trilogies will retail for $40 when they finally arrive on Blu-ray. The three high-res Prince of Persia games are already available via PSN at $15 a pop.

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Shoot Many Robots preview: What it says on the tin

Shoot Many Robots reminds me of classic 2D shooter Metal Slug, but with the addition of leveling and upgrade systems. Or it could be like a linear, 2D version of Borderlands -- beyond exhibiting a similar color palette, SMR's constantly popping out XP numbers and loot notices. Or maybe it's more like Contra, given the steady flood of enemies and enormous mini-bosses.

Okay, let's just call it a mixture of all those things, melded with its own southern-baked main character -- the gaming equivalent of Zombieland's Tallahassee character. That all makes SMR sound pretty derivative -- which it certainly is, to an extent -- but the game's developers show a ton of heart going into the project. Also, tutus. Shoot Many Robots (PSN/XBLA)

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Steam Voice chat upgraded with Skype's SILK codec, just in time for Portal 2 co-op

You know communication is of paramount importance while playing Portal 2's co-op mode and, to ameliorate that experience, Valve has upgraded the quality of Steam's voice technology. In place of that busted old junk is the SILK audio codec, the same one developed by (and used in) Skype -- those cats should know a little something about internet-based voice tech. While the older Steam Voice required a steady 15 kbps of bandwidth, SILK dynamically adjusts its bandwidth demands, from 8 to 30 kbps.

During a brief test, we found the audio quality to be a notable improvement from the likes of Xbox Live, PSN, and even Steam Voice, but not quite "Skype-quality." Today's Steam client update brings the new codec, along with some other improvements, exactly one month before Portal 2 will require you to use it. We're hoping Steam users test it out before then, so Valve can iron out any pulls in its SILK stockings before Portal 2 day.

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PSN Tuesday: Swarm, Hoard and Castlevania: LoS Reverie DLC

PSN delivers another week of interesting downloadable titles with PS3's Swarm and PSP's Hoard. If you haven't checked out the demo from last week's PSN exclusive Slam Bolt Scrappers, that's definitely worth taking for a test drive.

For something with a bit more machismo, the demo for WWE All Stars is available, along with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow's "Reverie" DLC. Konami kinda just snuck that release in this week for the States, but it should be available in Europe on March 30.

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Marvel vs. Capcom 3 patch preps for new mode, tweaks fighters

Capcom launched an update for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 earlier today to prepare for the new "Event Mode" that will be added to the game this Friday -- however, the patch has also quietly introduced a few balance changes to some characters' intricately measured statistics. The most drastic is a reduction in Sentinel's health, which has been dropped from 1.3 million tiny units (the most health of any fighter in the game) to 905,000, according to Shoryuken.

The patch also nixes a few fairly unfair loops belonging to Spencer, Akuma and Haggar. Hey, why not remove their grappling hook, forbidden demonic Kung-Fu and impossibly gigantic muscles while you're at it? Those seem pretty unfair, too.

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Super Stardust HD bracing for 'Impact Mode' DLC

If Super Stardust HD has steadily sunk in your PS3's XMB Game list, we can understand -- it's nearly four years old! You may be inspired to scroll down to it in the coming weeks, however, once the new "Impact Mode" DLC is released. That's right -- new DLC.

"We want to thank all the fans around the world for your continued support -- it has made Super Stardust HD a top-selling PSN-exclusive and enabled us to keep creating new content for the game even now over three years after its release," wrote Ilari Kuittinen, CEO of developer Housemarque, in the DLC announcement on the EU PlayStation Blog.

Making its debut in Super Stardust Portable for PSP, Impact Mode does away with weapons and outfits your ship with "an experimental new matter-to-energy boost engine technology" -- in other words, "once you activate the boost, you can stay in boost as long as you can hit meteors and enemies with it!"

The mode will be available for Super Stardust HD on March 30 (in the EU PlayStation Store) for €1.99/£1.59. The exact release date ("Spring," for now) and price for the North American release are pending.

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X-Men Destiny's new character has the power of petulance

Aimi Yoshida is an all-new mutant created for X-Men Destiny by developer Silicon Knights. According to her bio, she "feels only the bitterness and anger of abandonment." She also feels the need to dress like Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill. See what we mean in these new screens. X-Men Destiny (3/22/11)

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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Deus Ex: Human Revolution video documents different play styles

You could shoot guys in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, we guess. Or you could punch dudes to death with Adam Jensen's metal arms. This video walkthrough shows how you can play the game multiple ways but, honestly, what good are metal arms if you're not punching dudes dead with 'em? Kinda takes the choice out of the equation, if you ask us.

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Walmart selling 320 GB PS3 with Move for $350 shipped to store

Amazon had the usually $400 350GB PS3 Move bundle for $50 off a while back, but now that that deal's ended, Walmart's in on the action. Right now, you can grab the bundle from its site for just $350 shipped to a store near you (a little more if you want it sent straight home). You even get a copy of Sports Champions along with it, so you can start swinging right away.

The bundle itself is usually $400, so if you missed the Amazon deal the first time around and have been meaning to pick one of these up, now's your chance.

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Japan relief roundup: League of Legends and a special Final Fantasy Tactics

Companies, organizations and individuals connected to the games industry continue to come forward with offers of support for the ongoing rescue and relief operations in Japan. We'll be collecting the latest opportunities to lend a hand in end-of-day roundups like this one as they're announced.

Head past the break for details on the today's happenings. If you'd prefer to donate to the efforts directly, you can always do so through the American Red Cross (
From now through noon PST on Sunday, March 27, League of Legends studio Riot Games will be donating 100 percent of the profits from purchases of Nurse Akali or Riot Points spent on the summoner Akali to the Red Cross relief effort. Riot Games is placing Akali and her nurse skin on sale for 50 percent off during the period as well.Play for Japan is auctioning off a rare signed copy of Final Fantasy Tactics for PS One featuring cover autographs by character designer Akihiko Yoshida and art director Hideo Minaba. The high big as of this writing is just over $100, with the auction set to close on Sunday, March 27 at 4:34PM PST.

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Counting Angry Birds before they hatch: dev talks US IPO, analysts need track record

Angry Birds developer Rovio has been on a roll: raking in millions of unit sales, breaking through to the mainstream and recently receiving another $42 million from investors. Now the company is talking about going public on the Nasdaq with an IPO in the next five years.

"At an estimated value of nearly $300 million, it would still be considered a relatively small company," EEDAR's Jesse Divnich explained when we asked about the company's chances. "Gameloft, for example has a current market cap of $344 million (the cost for someone to own every share of the company), this is compared to Activsion which has a market valuation of over $12 billion, and Google at $185 billion. In fact, most large mutual funds typically don't invest in anything with a market cap under $1 billion. If they do, they typically classify them as 'high-risk' or 'aggressive plays.'"

Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter had similar reservations about the company telling Joystiq, "Any company can go public, but the rule of thumb is that the company has at least $50 million of annual revenue before they try to sell stock. That revenue has to be recurring, and I think that is an obstacle for Rovio, which so far is a one-hit wonder. If they can replicate what they've done with Angry Birds, there might be some interest."

Pachter also mentioned that the administrative costs of being public is about $5 million annually, which is why small companies don't usually take the stock route.

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Batman: Arkham City pre-orders at GameStop include challenge maps

The official Batman: Arkham City website was recently updated with details on retailer specific pre-order bonuses. It appears GameStop has the best hook-up at the moment, offering "Joker's Carnival Challenge Map" in exchange for your down payment. The only other bonus noted at this time is Best Buy's nondescript "combo pack."

We contacted WBIE for details this morning, but have yet to receive any specifics. As always, we'll update when we learn more.

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Kinect PS3 hack is a console purist's worst nightmare

They said it couldn't be done, but Shantanu Goel has seemingly done it: married an Xbox 360 and PS3 together through some good, old-fashioned Kinect hackery. In the video past the break, you can see the first small steps for man that is Killzone 3 being played with Kinect. Yes, that is a sentence we never thought we'd have to write.

It's still a bit rough around the edges (a self-professed "pre-Alpha" build of the software), but the progress that Goel claims to have made is quite impressive to behold. It could be faked, but all signs point to this being a legitimate, working Kinect hack, using Kinect PC drivers and software that allows the PS3 to use PC controllers. Goel's posted a walkthrough online for all to see.

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New Mass Effect comic series from Dark Horse coming 'later this year'

Fans anxious for another Mass Effect comic run will get their wish soon, according to coverage of a Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) panel over on Newsarama. There, Dark Horse representative Jeremy Atkins revealed that the company will "publish another Mass Effect series later this year."

With Mass Effect 3 set to launch at the tail-end of 2011, we anticipated more tie-ins -- EA loves its transmedia promotions, after all. Sadly, no other details were offered on the proposed third Mass Effect mini-series.

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Indies react: PAX East as a showcase for small studios

Like so many PAX shows before it, this year's PAX East showcased a ton of indie games -- the gaming equivalent of a Williamsburg dubstep show, if you will. In our experience at this year's event, larger industry players like EA and Bethesda showed off their titles with hired hands and private theater viewings, choosing to exhibit older demos rather than new content.

The indies and smaller studios, on the other hand, were out in force. Beyond bringing playable versions of their games to the show -- even Fez was playable, for the first time in several years of development -- the indie studios brought themselves. They continued the tradition of directly engaging with attendees and, often, solicited game-testing feedback on the fly.

"I approached PAX East as a three-day playtest session. I learned so much about what works and what doesn't just from standing in the back and observing how people played the game," Fez co-developer Phil Fish told Joystiq. "It's also an amazing morale boost to be told by so many people that your game is great."

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BioShock Infinite won't support Move, Levine 'open to' 3D

When it comes to BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games is committed to delivering parity across platforms. Unlike the PS3 port of the original BioShock, the PS3 version of Infinite is being developed in house alongside the other versions. The PS3 game won't be adding any trivial, platform-specific gimmicks either.

Creative director Ken Levine told Play that Infinite won't feature PlayStation Move integration, explaining that he'd "never want to throw in Move support just because it's going to make some first party happy." Levine suggested that Irrational simply doesn't see a novel use for the motion controller within the game.


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WWE All Stars demo jumps onto Xbox Live and PSN today

The WWE All Stars demo is available now on Xbox Live and should be available later today on PSN (after the weekly update). The demo has Ultimate Warrior and Rey Mysterio entering the ring and is meant to showcase the changes THQ is bringing to the genre.

The 838MB demo features Ultimate Warrior as a "Brawler" and Rey Mysterio as an "Acrobat," two of the four character classes in the game. Brawlers are the balanced class, while the Acrobat class is fast and flies through the air, springing off ropes. Go check it out ... you wouldn't want to Miz out on all the action.

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Analysts weigh in on Homefront's potential profitability

Homefront has had an interesting ride so far. Touted as THQ's most pre-ordered game in company history, it debuted to middling reviews (ours included), which seemingly triggered a massive decline in THQ's stock price. Still, despite reviews, THQ announced over 375,000 units in first day sales. It's also worth noting that both Amazon and Walmart knocked $20 off Homefront the day after it released, which probably aided sales as well.

Whether or not Homefront proves profitable for THQ, well, that's where analysts come in! Speaking to Benzinga, Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter noted that THQ would need to move two million units to break even. In light of the need to move in excess of two million to yield a profit, Pachter called day one sales "a disappointing start," adding that poor reviews could lead to stagnating sales moving forward. That said, Pachter does expect the title to at least break even.

Bradley Safalow of PAA Research pins Homefront's low review scores on its short single-player campaign. Had the campaign been two to three hours longer, said Safalow, "then it could have achieved a Metacritic of 80." Safalow believes Homefront could bring in a "modest profit" for THQ, though he has much higher hopes for Saints Row: The Third.

Finally, Wall Street Strategies' Brian Sozzi expects Homefront to meet THQ's overall sales goals with the help of downloadable content. Like Safalow, Sozzi's firm is also "optimistic" regarding Saints Row: The Third and Red Faction: Armageddon.

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'Fiv5' could be the title of Quantic Dreams' next game

David Cage, director of the soggy serial killer interactive drama Heavy Rain, has already said there won't be a sequel to that game, telling the PlayStation Blog, "We're going to be exploring a different direction, which will still be very dark and still for adults, but completely different to Heavy Rain" for Quantic Dreams' next project. That game's specifics may be a secret, but it may have a title: "Fiv5" ... yes, in the style of David Fincher's film Se7en.

Gaming trademark sleuth superannuation has turned up several clues supporting this theory, including a trademark filing with Europe's Office of Harmonization for the International Market. There's also a domain name registration by Quantic Dream, and a new hire at the developer has listed themselves as "Concept Artist: Video Game "FIVE" & "INFRAWORLD" on LinkedIn. Infraworld? Where'd we put our deerstalker hat and magnifying glass? Via:

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Dead Space movie still in production, Caruso toyed around with 'a prequel'

Back in 2009, D.J. Caruso signed on to direct Dead Space. Since then, we haven't heard much about the project -- a piece here; a small morsel there. An interview with AreaGames during a German press tour for I Am Number Four, Caruso's latest film, brings news that a big-screen adaptation of Dead Space is still very alive.

"We're working on the story," Caruso said in the video interview, which you can see for yourself just past the break. "We had one attempt of trying to do a prequel, but the story didn't quite work out as well as we wanted it to. But if we can capture how -- I don't want to say, I guess, how scary or horrifying it would be to play that game because it's really, really fantastic. It'd be fun to make that into a movie." And we wouldn't mind seeing it, granted none of those crazy-scary Necromorph children from Dead Space 2 make their way into the film.

Fast-forward to 1:26 for the Dead Space talk.

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Heavy Rain director encourages more 'personal' stories

Speaking to The Guardian about storytelling in games, Heavy Rain director Cage singled out the FPS genre -- its use of WWII and sci-fi settings in general -- as an example where that aspect of the medium is stagnating. His advice for other game writers: "Don't write about being a rookie soldier in WWII, because you don't have a clue what that's like."

Heavy Rain has drawn accolades, Cage says, because the inspiration for its story is personal and relatable."Talk about yourself, your life, your emotions, the people around you, what you like, what you hate," he advised. "This is how the industry will make a huge step forward. I'm fed up with space marines."

In his case, inspiration came from something much more down to earth. "It was not about space marines fighting aliens, it was about my relationship with my first son and how he changed my life –- and also about how loving someone without expecting anything in return was something totally new."

So, Modern Warfare 3 writers: instead of "how many people can you shoot?," why not try asking players "how many people would you shoot to save someone you love?"

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2K Sports working vigorously to eliminate sexy Top Spin 4 ad featuring Serena Williams

An advertisement for Top Spin 4 has made its way onto the internet, but it's not what one would call "official." Featuring Serena Williams, the ad was definitely made with 2K Sports' money and effort. We've attempted to get an official statement from 2K Sports, but the company doesn't appear to want to talk until it's eliminated every instance of the video from the internet.

The video was originally posted by the actress featured in the commercial after she clearly didn't appreciate 2K Sports not releasing it.

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Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess was almost The Waterfall of the Dirty Gods

On Gamasutra, Mediatonic's Jim Griffiths and Paul Croft wrote a postmortem for Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess, the amusingly-named jumping vampire game that started on PlayStation Minis before, yes, hopping to Xbox Live Indie Games.

When the game was first conceived, there wasn't even the faint possibility of monsters having stolen any princesses. "The Waterfall of the Dirty Gods was our original concept pitch," the developers explained, "where the player needed to climb to the top of several different waterfalls and ring their bell to stop the gods from washing their filthy bodies in the water and polluting the waterfall." The player controlled a monkey with a bell that could be used as a grappling hook.

Once the concept was in place, the team prototyped in Flash while simultaneously building the PSP game. After its launch, Mediatonic decided to rebuild it in XNA for release on the Indie Games platform.

"A big benefit of doing a 360 version is that we could use HD assets and remain within the file footprint restriction, making it the "prettiest" version, Griffiths and Croft said. "Ultimately, though, the prime reason for the 360 version was simple curiosity in adding another platform to our portfolio." And now you (probably) know the rest of the story!

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Homefront invades UK charts

THQ's Homefront blitzed the UK's wallets last week, taking the top spot on Chart-Track's all formats chart. According to Chart-Track data obtained by Eurogamer, format purchasing for the new IP was quite lopsided, with 70 percent of total retail Homefront sales being on Xbox 360, 26 percent on PS3 and the four percent remainder (which does not include digital distribution) on PC. Due to the invasion the prior week's top two, Dragon Age 2 and Pokemon White, slipped down one spot each, leaving BioWare's well-received RPG in second place.

Beyond Homefront, the UK saw several solid premieres last week. PC-exclusive Total War: Shogun 2 found an honorable place in fourth, while multiplatform tennis sim Top Spin 4 just missed out on the top ten in the 12th spot. Taking a trip further down the list, we find Yakuza 4 debuting at number 25.

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Legend of Mana hits PSOne Classics this week

Somehow, Square Enix seems to have been convinced to actually release its old games on PSOne Classics. Last week's Parasite Eve is being followed with another gem out of the company's back catalog this week: Legend of Mana.

The sidequest-heavy, somewhat open-ended Legend, which allows players to use "Artifacts" to create and then explore in-game areas, may not have been as well-received as the SNES's Secret of Mana, but it's certainly not a bad game either. And it's much better suited for PSOne Classics release anyway, since it was a PlayStation game.

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Captain America: Super Soldier taking aim at July release date

With the Captain America film hitting theaters on July 22, it makes a lot of sense that the game will arrive around the same time -- July 19, actually, as revealed this morning by Sega. Alongside the new release date, Sega handed over several new screens of the Captain in action on Xbox 360/PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Wii.

There's also the totally sweet shot of Cap hanging out in an airplane -- straight chillin' -- as seen above. You just know that any second he's gonna totally flip out. Aaaaany second now ... Captain America: Super Soldier (360/PS3/Wii/DS, 3/21/11)

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Crysis 2, Dungeon Siege 3 comics in the works

Can't be bothered to actually play a game, but want something a little more visual than novels? You're in luck. First up, Crysis 2 is getting its own comic, thanks to publisher IDW. The six-issue series, written by Richard K. Morgan (who also penned the story in the game) and drawn by Peter Bergting, connects the events of Crysis and Crysis 2. It arrives in June.

Next, Square Enix is working with Dark Horse Comics to release a digital Dungeon Siege 3 comic online. The book will appear on the official Dungeon Siege site, with writer Jeremy Barlow, along with artists Iban Coello and Sergio Abad, telling three tales of the kingdom of Ehb. Yet another comic will be packaged with the game itself at Walmart when it arrives on May 31.

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Friday, 18 March 2011

Crysis 2 demo for PS3 gone in a flash

Amid ongoing connectivity problems, EA and Crytek have pulled the plug on the PS3 multiplayer demo for Crysis 2 just three days after it arrived on the PlayStation Store. "Though many gamers have had a great experience playing the demo, we are aware that others have been experiencing server connection delays," a statement on EA's forums reads.

The publisher explains that the swift demise of the demo is intended to give Crytek time to "ensure all issues are resolved when the game launches next week." This isn't the first time EA has yanked a Crysis 2 multiplayer demo -- the original Xbox 360 version was pulled due to similar issues and later replaced with an updated release.

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MotorStorm Apocalypse delayed indefinitely in North America

Sony has put the brakes on the North American release of MotorStorm Apocalypse, delaying the game indefinitely in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The delay, announced on the PlayStation Blog, doesn't exactly come as a surprise, given that the title's launch had previously been postponed in Japan and the UK.

Set in an earthquake-ravaged costal city, the Evolution Studios developed racer had been scheduled for release on April 12. Sony told Joystiq earlier this week that the date still stood. When contacted today, SCEA confirmed the delay and added that there is "no new date at the moment."

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Back to the Future Episode 2 travels to PSN on March 29

Time is finally catching up for the PlayStation Network installments of Telltale's Back to the Future games. While the first episode arrived eight weeks after its PC- and Mac-based counterpart, the second episode -- dubbed "Get Tannen!" -- is due for digi-release on March 29, just under six weeks later. If this pattern keeps up, we expect to see each subsequent PSN-bound installment arrive two weeks closer to the initial computer release; with five episodes, that means the fifth release should be simultaneous.

Right? Back to the Future (Get Tannen!)

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Final Mass Effect 2 DLC sees 'Arrival' on March 29

BioWare has dated the long-promised and recently teased final Mass Effect 2 DLC mission, "Mass Effect: Arrival," for release across Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and (for PC) on Tuesday, March 29. The add-on will be available for $7 (£5.49) or the equivalent platform currency.

Leading players into this holiday's Mass Effect 3, "Arrival" will see Commander Shepard "sent to the edge of the galaxy to rescue an undercover operative who may have evidence of an imminent Reaper invasion." Admiral Hackett (voiced by Lance Henriksen) will make a return appearance.

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Into The Pixel 2011 submissions accepted until April 15

Artists are currently welcome to submit pieces for consideration for the Into The Pixel 2011 exhibit. The latest works for the digital game art exhibition, now in its eighth year, will debut at a little shindig called E3 in June. Submissions are open now and will close on April 15.

The 2010 collection had 200 submissions, with 20 works selected for the gallery, which also travels to other locales throughout the year. All selected pieces of art are printed out by a "master printer," then professionally framed. It's admittedly far cooler than printing out your work on a BubbleJet and sticking it on your wall with Blu-Tack.

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

PlayStation Move creator suggests Sony won't abandon traditional controllers

The chances that the PlayStation 4 will ship with a Move-like motion controller instead of traditional gamepad got a little slimmer, thanks to an interview with Sony R&D wizard Dr. Richard Marks. "I said that pretty much from the beginning that we're not trying to get rid of the gamepad," he told Gamasutra, saying of the idea that Sony might go motion-only for PS4: "I don't think that makes sense."

"The gamepad is a really good abstract device," Marks explained. "It can map to so many different things. It doesn't map one-to-one to those things, but it doesn't need to for a lot of game experiences."

Of course, Marks is no doubt tinkering on some future iteration of the Move technology, but there's one gameplay interface he apparently has no interest in exploring: brain waves. "I think the brain interface thing is too far," he admitted when the topic was broached. "When you play some of the experiences like Rock Band where you break into a sweat playing the drums, those things are good. I like those things. I don't want to remove all of that." S

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GLaDOS puts robots to the test in first Portal 2 commercial

It was just this morning that we were reporting on Valve's plans to handle all of Portal 2's advertising in-house, and now here we are, watching the first TV commercial for the game. It stars Atlas and P-body, the robotic co-op characters, who quickly learn how seriously GLaDOS wants to play.

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Thor and Captain America to avenge in 3D on PS3, Xbox and (of course) 3DS

Sega is showing the Thor and Captain America games at an event for both Marvel properties, and is also tweeting news snippets out of said event. First off, games based on both Marvel movies will be released on 3DS.

Second -- and this dovetails nicely -- the Xbox and PS3 versions will also be playable in 3D. No word yet about whether this will require a 3D television or if it'll be something like TriOviz that works on everything. Thor is currently slated for a May 11 release, with Captain America following sometime this summer.

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LA Noire preview: Perceptive policeman

I've had murder on my mind for the last couple of days. A woman, seemingly cut down in the prime of her life, laid dead and naked on a bluff on the outskirts of LA. She died of blunt trama to the head, her murderer striking her head in the dead of night with what looked like a pipe. The only witness was an ominous full moon.

I know this because I watched her murder, only briefly, before LA homicide's newest member, detective Cole Phelps, was assigned the case: The Red Lipstick Murder. Phelps may be new to the murder beat, but his skills of detection are unparalleled, both at the crime scene and when interrogating persons of interest.

Sure, it was odd to see him put his hands all over the body, twisting it and analyzing it for clues: a bruise here; a missing wedding ring there; a nearby size 8 man's boot print. Modern detective shows have taught us that touching any evidence is a big no-no, but in 1947, it was the norm -- at least, LA Noire says as much. After stomping around the scene of this gruesome murder, Phelps walks away with a lighter from the Bamba Club and a cause of murder. Odd, since I could've just told him how she died, if only he asked me.
LA Noire (PAX East 2011)

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Sony granted access to GeoHot's PayPal records

A federal magistrate has authorized Sony to subpoena PayPal for information about California-based funds sent to accounts associated with PS3 jailbreaker George "GeoHot" Hotz, reports Wired's Threat Level blog. The US District Court ruling in San Francisco is the latest development in a jurisdiction dispute to decide whether Sony can proceed with its lawsuit against Hotz in California or must instead do so in Hotz's home state of New Jersey.

Sony alleges that Hotz received donations for his PS3 hack from Northern California residents (via PayPal), and, if true, the evidence could bolster Sony's case to keep the case in San Francisco court. In a court order, Magistrate Joseph Spero defined the "limited information" that PayPal could be ordered to present as "documents sufficient to identify the source of funds in California that went into any PayPal account associated with geohot

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Valve making Portal 2 ads on its own

Who knows how to communicate Portal 2's gameplay and tone better than Valve? Certainly not some ad agency, the company is asserting. Marketing VP Doug Lombardi told MCV that the company is going in-house for its Portal 2 ads, not just because it knows the material, but because it's easier to tinker that way.

"With the Portal 2 ad," Lombardi said, "we playtested it and were able to make changes during production. With an agency, those types of tests are too often left to a post-mortem – at which point, the value of those realisations is pretty close to worthless."

It's solid advice for anyone with the money lying about to create its own ad division. And good news for people who like to see actually funny things on TV.

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LittleBigPlanet 2 teacher pack coming to UK PSN in May

Sackboy is grabbing his trusty Trapper Keeper and heading to Avalon Elementary next semester. The LittleBigPlanet 2 "Teacher Pack" is currently being developed by Media Molecule and it's said to be packed with "demonstrations of National Curriculum, based in game levels that other teachers have made." The pack will feature PlayStation Move functionality, SCEE senior VP Ray Maguire told MCV.

"The pack will be a really useful way of starting to track and develop interest and involvement in games-based learning," Maguire noted. He also added that SCEE is aiming for a release "by the start of the summer term in May." In other news, schools in the UK have a summer term starting in May. We're so, so sorry, you guys.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon preview: Preliminary prequel prologue

High Moon Studios received a lot of attention for Transformers: War for Cybertron, not only for its avoidance of the Michael Bay "reboot," but because it was actually a pretty good game. Sadly, Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn't a sequel to that game -- it's a licensed prequel to Bay's upcoming third Transformers movie.

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New Dead Island screens to make you scream

Re-introduced in one of the most memorable trailers in recent years, Techland's undead-filled action game Dead Island was looking great when we saw it at GDC. Now the dev has dropped three new shots of its blood-soaked environments and a giant zombie in a straight jacket.

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Hans Zimmer puts light touch on Crysis 2 score

While you might not recognize, let alone be able to pronounce, the names behind the Crysis 2 score -- Borislav Slavov and Tilman Sillescu, anyone? -- EA's got one that might ring a bell: Hans Zimmer.

The Hans has contributed "part of the dramatic score" for Crytek's sequel, the publisher announced today, squeezing in one last plug before the game and soundtrack are released next week. You can sample the introductory track in the audio clip below -- or do it the right way: Wait until next week when you can get the full soundtrack on your iPod, squeeze into a body suit and go bounding up 5th Avenue.

EA and Crytek have teamed up with legendary composer Hans Zimmer, who created part of the dramatic score for the critically acclaimed first-person shooter Crysis 2, which has already earned Editor's Choice awards and a 9/10 from both Official Xbox Magazine (UK) and PC Action (Germany). Recognized worldwide for his work on blockbuster films like "Inception" and "The Dark Knight," Zimmer and his team featuring Lorne Balfe worked with the existing composers Borislav Slavov and Tilman Sillescu to create the intense and dramatic score for Crysis 2 which sets the tone for the game's backdrop of a devastated New York City in 2023.

Gamers can hear the soundtrack when Crysis 2 hits stores on March 22 in North America or by downloading the Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo, which debuts today on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The soundtrack will also be available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other music retailers on March 22nd. Fans can preview the intro of the soundtrack at

"I was drawn to Crysis 2 because of Crytek's passion for the project and the world they created," said Hans Zimmer. "And I am very happy with the outcome of our collaboration."

Gamers who pre-order Crysis 2 today will receive an automatic upgrade at no additional cost to the Crysis 2 Limited Edition

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Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Ubisoft survey gauges interest in Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon films

A survey floating around seems to suggest Ubisoft is entertaining the idea of bringing some of its franchises over to the big screen -- specifically, Assassin's Creed and Ghost Recon. The above image was submitted to Evil Avatar, which says the survey is geared the toward finding out what would most make those taking it want to see movies based on the franchises -- Ezio, Subject 16 and the like.

While we feel the world would probably be just fine without another war flick, we'd be all for an Assassin's Creed movie, granted that the project wasn't entirely about making money but also making a good movie. We're probably being a bit naive, though.

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What's in a Name: EA2D

Mark Spenner is the vice president and general manager of Electronic Arts' EA2D studio, which makes smaller games with smaller teams. It's just launched Dragon Age Legends on Facebook and is working on an XBLA/PSN version of the Flash hit The Fancy Pants Adventures. Spenner elucidated the meaning of the studio's name in a conversation with Joystiq at South by Southwest Interactive:

"A lot of people think 'EA2D' is about graphics, because obviously the '2D,' but the inspiration was: We wanted to get back to small teams, core gameplay. We had this manifesto at EA when it was founded, all about that -- and about making people cry through video games. So very player-focused; 'back to our roots' gameplay; and then not worry so much about the number of pixels we're pushing onto the screen.

"So that was the genesis of the name, and then some fabulous people at EA did this logo for us, which captured the spirit perfectly."

Dragon Age Legends is playable on Facebook. Fancy Pants Adventures is due on XBLA and PSN this spring.

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