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Halo 4 Live Action Web Series Coming This Fall

Halo 4 is set to be released this November to usher in a new series in the franchise. In addition, Microsoft also has plans to release a web series. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, as it's called, will follow an UNSC recruit who was inspired by Master Chief.

The web series will have 5 episodes, each fifteen minutes long and will be premiering on Machinima.

Frank O'Connor, franchise development director at 343 Industries stated that the reason for the web series is to allow new players, who haven't played a Halo game, to easily enter this new series without having to play all the added leg work.

There's no set date for the series but here's hoping for a quality production and something outstanding from this web series.

Sega Announced new Sonic Kart Racer

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was revealed today by Sega as the follow-up to 2010s Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Going by the official trailer and the bit of gameplay, Sega is adding boats and planes to the mix. Check out the trailer below.

Sony Reveals Multiplayer for God of War: Ascension

In what may seem like a complete departure from the series. Sony has revealed that the next God of War game, Ascension, will include multiplayer.

I'm a little surprised at this one. God of War has been a single player experience across the entirety of its franchise and to see the latest installment incorporation a multiplayer is sure to place doubt into to minds of fans.

For a complete look at the multiplayer head over to Kotaku or any video game journalism site for more details.

Releases of the Week

As we move from April into May, which looks to be a big month for video games, lets take a look at whats on tap for this week in game releases.

Nintendo DS/3DS
Bird Mania 3D   [05/03]
Apple IPhone/IPad
No Games set for release this week.PC
Reflexio   [05/01]Sniper Elite V2   [05/01]TERA   [05/01]Nexuiz   [05/03]Port Royale 3   [05/04]Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land   [05/05]Sony PS2/PS3
Awesomenauts   [05/01]Disney Universe   [05/01]Sniper Elite V2   [05/01]Sony PSP/Vita
Velocity   [05/01]Mortal Kombat   [05/01]Nintendo Wii/Wii U
No Games set for release this week.Microsoft Xbox 360/XBLA
Forza Motorsport 4: May Top Gear Pack   [05/01]Sniper Elite V2   [05/01]Awesomenauts   [05/02]Fable Heroes   [05/02]

News Inventory Recap: Weekend Edition

When it comes to video game news on the weekends the pickings are little to none. Yet you can't ignore the possibilities the weekend holds. Here's the news round-up for the past weekend.

Next Call of Duty Named and DatedCall of Duty MW 3 DLC on PC in MaySF X Tekken Patch to Fix Infinite CombosDragon's Lair XBLA Remake InboundJoy Ride Sequel coming to XBLAPortal Fan-made Cartoon Being MadeSony's new Xperia Play PatentMidnight Purple 3DS ListedBlack Cat Appears in The Amazing Spider-Man For all the news that matters check out the Web of Games sidebar.

EA Montreal Under Restructuring

EA today confirmed that it is restructuring its Montreal branch with focus leaning away from the AAA titles towards more social and mobile game enterprises.

EA claims that this change will only affect a small number of employees as most will be reassigned to other projects with only a few leaving the company.

[via GamePolitics]

More Skyrim DLC Rumors

Yesterday we talked about maybe hearing news on the Skyrim DLC next week; today players of the Skyrim PC game have discovered a few more DLC clues. After finding their way into the Skyrim update 1.5.26, they discovered a folder called "DLC01"--subtle I know. What they found within seems to be assets for Snow Elf characters and crossbows, additionally there appeared to be files pointing to new vampire animations.

For all we know this could just be for the PC version of the game but for now it best now to look too much into this until we get some kind of confirmation.

[via OXM]

Rayman Legends Trailer Leaked

In what I'd classify as one of the craziest months in video game rumors, leaks and other happenings; its seems that it not quite over just yet. A trailer for Rayman Legends on the Wii U was leaked earlier today. The trailer reveals several of the gameplay mechanics, including how the Wii U control is incorporated, a new character and several features that the game will have.

You can check out the full trailer in Video Roll.

[via GameInformer]

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Here's your first look at the new Playstation 3 exclusive brawler featuring some of PlayStations iconic characters including Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Fat Princess and Sly Cooper.

News Inventory Recap

Nintendo has announced that Poke fans will have the opportunity to obtain Darkrai--the nightmare pokemon.

On May 9th you can own Darkrai if you meet certain criteria the most important being having an active interact connection and no more than 11 wonder cards in your possession.

Check HERE for full details.

More Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC on the Way

Square Enix is on a roll with Final Fantasy XIII-2 downloadable content. We recently found out about Snow and Valfodr, now Square has several pieces of DLC ready to go in May. There isn't any official release date set or price but you'll be able to get your hands on Episode 3 Lightning: Requiem of the Goddess,  Costumes Round 5: Black Mage for Noel, White Mage for Serah and Moogle "Yori Dori Modori" Costume pack which includes 16 different outfits for Moogle.

Head over HERE to see images of each.

[via VG247, source Andriasang]

Pre-Order Torchlight II and Receive a Bonus

Torchlight II has no specific release date yet but what is known is that the game is coming after Diablo III is released. Now the game is up for pre-order on Steam and Perfect World Entertainment for $19.99. Those who pre-order the game will be awarded one of two things. If you pre-order from Steam you get a copy of Torchlight free. Pre-ordering from Perfect World Ent. nets you a beta code for Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter.

Either way you shake it that's a deal, the choice is up to you.

News on Skyrim DLC May Arrive Next Week

There has be news coming out of different outlets as to the first batch of Skyrim DLC. We've seen the Kinect integration trailer so we know that's coming and we've also seen images with the name Dawnguard attached to them. Other than that Bestheda has be tight-lipped on what we can expect for Skyrim DLC.

Well Bethesda's Pete Hines stated, via Twitter, that he was trying to get more information on the Skyrim DLC and possibly releasing it next week.

With that said all we can do it wait and hope to hear something about the Skyrim DLC.

[via OXM]

Portal 2 Level Editor Coming Soon

If you enjoy the mind-bending puzzles and portal hoping of Portal 2, of course you do. Soon you'll get your chance to create, share and play your very own Portal 2 puzzles. Valve has announced "Perpetual Testing", a piece of DLC that will drop May 8th on Steam and allows you to easily share and download puzzles.

[via IGN]

News Inventory Recap

Mass Effect 3: Operation Exorcist

As there wasn't really an Operation last weekend, this weekends event is turning up the difficulty. Operation Exorcist has players going after 1 million Cerberus Phantoms and surviving until extraction on Gold Difficulty. Now that's quite a feat. Those who manage to complete the two objective will get a Victory Pack and a Commendation Pack respectively.

As always the event kicks off this Friday April 27th at 6pm PST and runs until Monday April 30th at 5am PST.

Turn On/Turn Off Community Event for ME3

If you're not satisfied with the ending of Mass Effect 3, then you're not alone. Fans of the game have created this, Turn ON/Turn OFF BioWare, community event to show their support and to let BioWare and EA know that the Ending DLC is very important and should be done in a way that properly concludes the series.

For more information check out their Facebook event page HERE.

[via GamePolitics]
Telltale's The Walking Dead game was released on the PC, Mac and PS3 yesterday, however no Xbox release date was ever given. There was also no mention of game being released on Xbox Live Arcade. Well 360 own's worry not, you'll get your chance to play "A New Day", episode one of the series, this Friday April 27th when it appears on XBLA. This is the first of five episodes and will cost 400 MSP ($5).

[via IGN]

New Visceral IPs show up on Resume

A resume of on LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site, has put a spotlight on several of IPs that have yet to be announced. The resume in question lists the individual doing graphic design, UI Art Direction and concepts for both Dead Space 3, Arm of Two 3 as well as an unannounced title.

There have been rumors surrounding both Dead Space 3 and Arm of Two 3 and seeing this just adds another nail in the coffin for confirming the game.

[via OXM]

Starhawk Story Trailer is Explosive

Become a rift salvager in the Starhawk Story Trailer.

Resistance Trilogy spotted on Amazon

Amazon does it again, revealing Resistance The Trilogy before it's actually confirmed.  Amazon's French branch posted the game today for 59.99 Euros with a release date of May 16. The trilogy would include Insomniac's Resistance: Fall of Man, Resistance 2 and Resistance 3.

[via Destructoid]

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Demo: Dragon's Dogma

Capcom's open world RPG, Dragon's Dogma, will be released soon but before  it is you can get your hands on the demo. The demo was released today on XBL and PSN. The XBL version is exclusive for Gold member (for now).

Within the demo you'll be able to play the Prologue mission as well as a Country Side mission (each with a different class). In addition you'll also be able to customize you character and a pawn, that can be imported into the full game when its released next month. Dragon's Dogma is definitely one to watch, so get out there a give it a try.

Skype makes its way to the PS Vita

Skype, the Video and Voice call application, has made its way to the PlayStation Vita. You will be able to use Skype on both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi enabled models of the vita. This lets you make free Skype calls but for a small fee you can also make calls to other devices.

The app official launches today in the US (once the update goes live) and tomorrow in other territories.

Review Round-Up: Skullgirls

Hand-drawn sprites, a fast 2-D fighter, unique characters and crisp controls combine to create Skullgirls. As a game that takes cues from other games how does it compare. Here's what the critics had to say.

Review Round-Up: Silent Hill: Downpour

Silent Hill returns in its latest installment as a psychological horror experience to akin to predecessor in the series. Is it what fans have been waiting for or does the game fail to impress. Here's what critics had to say about the Silent Hill: Downpour.

Crysis 3 Official Gameplay Trailer

The first look at Crysis 3's gameplay was released this morning and the game looks and feels familiar but new. You'll notice some of the new weapons including the bow, new enemies and the environment. Crysis 3 is set to be released next year so you can expect to see and hear more about the game as time goes by.

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Rayman Origins Sequel Revealed by Survey

Another video game sequel is accidentally uncovered before being officially announced. Apparently Ubisoft is working on creating a sequel for Rayman Origins. According to the images that were sent to Kotaku from a source who found them in a survey from marketing firm Arkenford, Ubisoft is looking to keep the gameplay similar to the first game while bringing in new but familiar elements.

As with every rumor its best to not get your hopes up until it is actually confirmed.

The Walking Dead Game Priced & Dated

Telltale's latest episodic game, The Walking Dead, is scheduled to be released tomorrow April 24th for PC, Mac and Playstation 3 via PSN. Entitled 'A New Day', this first episode (of five) will cost $4.99 on the Playstation Store with the entire season being available for $19.99. This saves you $4.99 off the total season price, if bought separately, and it also nets you an exclusive PS3 premium theme. PC and Mac users can pre-order the entire season for $22.49 which is a 10% discount (original price $24.99). This also enters you into the Walking Dead Join The Cast Pre-order contest were one lucky winner can become part of the game.

Telltale Games is giving you some more incentive to pre-order The Walking Dead game.  For an additional $20 you can get their Almost Everything Pack which includes games like Sam & Max, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park to name a few. With eight games in total the cost comes to $42.49 which is a steal compared to the $89.99 it normally go…

Call of Duty Reveal Incoming

After a photo of a Call of Duty poster appeared last week, hinting at a possible announcement for the next Call of Duty game, Activision has confirmed that a reveal is in fact coming. On the Call of Duty site is a banner that displays a countdown clock along with the date of May 1st. The next Call of Duty will be revealed during the NBA PlayOffs on TNT.

Harley Quinn's Revenge Revealed

The news about there being a Harley Quinn DLC headed to Batman Arkham City wasn't too far off. In a trailer released today for the Game of the Year Edition, Harlye Quinn's Revenge DLC was confirmed. Along with this added piece of DLC you also get the Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin DLC packs; the Arkham City Skin and Challenge Map Pack and a Batman Year One Movie Download (only redeemable on XBL or PSN). This can all be yours when the Batman Arkham City: GOTY Edition drops on May 29. You can expect the Harley Quinn's Revenge standalone DLC to be release around that time as well.

Releases of the Week

We begin another week in video game releases. This week it's all about heading back to New York City to seek revenge with Prototype 2, with a few other titles rounding out the list. Other than that it's a pretty quite week. So let's see what's on tap for this week.

Diablo III Open Beta Weekend

Blizzard Entertainment is giving everyone with a account the opportunity to play Diablo III for the next three days (April 20th, 12p PDT to Monday, April 23, 10a PDT). Players will be able to log in a play with each of the five classes up to level 13. This is a test run from both the game and servers before its May 15th release.

Haven't had a chance to play Diablo III, now's the perfect chance to find your favorite character and experience a taste of what's to come. Head over to the official Blizzard blog post HERE for more info.

Crysis 3 Teaser Trailer

A Crysis 3 teaser trailer was released today providing just a glimpse at the upcoming game. It ends revealing April 24th as the date when a gameplay trailer will be released. So check back next Tuesday for said trailer.

Win Access to Ghost Recon Future Soldier MP Beta

Major Nelson is giving 10 lucky participants the opportunity to win the multiplayer beta for Ghost Recon: FS.  All you have to do is head over to THIS blog and answer the question: What has been your favorite Ghost Recon game over the past 11 years.

Simple right, winners will be chosen at random tomorrow at 3pm ET/12n PT.

Prey 2 Not Cancelled Just Delayed

So, remember when there was a nasty rumor going around that Prey 2 from Bethesda Softwroks and Human head Studios was going to get cancelled. Do you, well it turns out the game is still in line to be released but with a slight delay.

Mirror's Edge 2 Set for Next Gen Xbox

It would seem we haven't seen the last of Faith and her parkour skills. Rumor has it that EA is working a sequel to Mirror's Edge for the next generation Xbox that will also use Kinect gestures to control your character. It's also stated that EA is set to reveal the game at E3 next year meaning we have quite a while to wait before we heard anything solid.

[via OXM]

God of War: Ascension Revealed

Sony announced today that Kratos will be return to the PS3 with a new God of War game. Titles God of War: Ascension the story takes place at the beginning of it all; we'll get to discover the origins of Kratos as he takes his first steps on the path to freedom and venegence.

It should be noted that although Sony did plan on revealing the game today they quite didn't make it in time. Amazon beat them to the punch releasing the trailer earlier than anticipated.

Next FFXIII-2 Coliseum Battles Revealed

According to VG247 by way of Andriasang the next batch of Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC will include Snow and Valfodr as Coliseum battles. No word on when this DLC will be release or how much it will be.

DarkSiders II Delayed

After rumors surfaced last week that Vigils upcoming sequel to the original might be delayed. THQ has announced today that Darksiders II has, in fact, been delayed. The game will no longer launch in June but will be released globally in August and sites that this is great for the Vigil team as it allows them time to further polish the game.

You can read the official blog post HERE.

[via IGN]

Pre-order for New Dead Space Listed

Could information on Dead Space 3 be forthcoming. BT Games, a South African retailer, seems to think so and has listed a pre-order sku for the game on its site. According to IGN BT Games has a knack for revealing games before they are officially announced. Although we could be jumping the gun and this could just be a placeholder in the event that their is an announcement.

For now EA has not made any official comments about the next Dead Space but it makes you wonder if they will with E3 right around the corner. With the first two games in the series being successfully there's more than enough to release a third. Hand me my Plasma Cutter and bring on the Necromorphs.

Review Round-Up: Silent Hill HD Collection

IGN: 9.0/10
OXM: 7.0/10
GameInformer: 8.0/10
Destructoid: 3.0/10
MetaCritic: 70/100
GameTrailers: 6.0/10

Halo 4 Release Date Announced

343 Industries has announced today that the upcoming Halo 4 game will be released on November 6th.

To commemorate this announcement you can catch a special Halo 4 segment on tonight's Conan Show on TBS airing at 10 CST.

Pikmin & Mario to be at E3

E3 is more than a month away and as always we know there will be a lot to lust after from the event. To get things started Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that they will be showing a new Pikmin as well as a new Mario title. E3 start June 5 and its no surprise that a Mario title will appear Nintendo's new console but a new Pikmin title will be welcomed by fans of the previous titles who can't wait for the next installment.

This news comes from a recent interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which was translated with some of the information being a bit hazy until Miyamoto officially confirmed everything.

Get Ready For The Next Battle

It has been some time since we last got a chance to play a Tekken Tag game. Namco Bandai Games has release a trailer showing you just how much the Tag series has changed since you last saw it. New and old characters, tag moves and combos will all be part of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 when it's released this September.

Review Round-Up: Devil May Cry HD Collection

With a new Devil May Cry in the works from Ninja Theory Capcom is giving fans of the old Dante another chance to relive his cocky attitude and everything that made Dante who he is. Dante has become an icon among gamers and the HD remake is for them. So, lets take a look at what the critics had to say.

IGN: 7.5/10
GameInformer: 8.0/10
Destructoid: 9.0/10
GameSpot: 7.5/10
MetaCritic: 79/100
OXM: 7.5/10

Dragon's Dogma Demo Incoming

Dragon's Dogma is set to be released in May but before that Capcom is going to give you a taste of what's to come.

Crysis 3 Officially Announced

Following lasts weeks mishap that put Crysis 3 up on EA Origin store, Electronic Arts has decided to release information on the Crysis 3 earlier than expected. EA has announced that Crysis 3 will drop in Spring 2013 and will take place in New York City.

This Week In Releases

Its going to be a slow week in video game releases. Lets just jump in and take a look at what's on tap for this week.

Impressions: Capcom Captivate 2012

Over the past week a lot of media including interviews, previews, gameplay and more were released across several video game journalism sites. Lost Planet 3, DmC: Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 6, Street Fighter vs. Tekken (Vita) and other games were covered at the event.

Sleeping Dogs Dated and More

Square Enix has announced a release date for their upcoming title, Sleeping Dogs. The game will be released on August 14th for the PS3 and Xbox 360. However, this wasn't the only news from Square. They have also announced several retail specific preorder bonuses. See Below

Mass Effect 3: Operation RESURGENCE

The next operation for Mass Effect 3 is about to begin. BioWare recently released the Resurgence Multiplayer which includes several new classes, weapons and maps. To go with this release this weekend's event will be codename RESURGENCE. All participating squads in this event will earn +10% experience when playing on the new Firebase maps: Hydra and Condor. In addition if you play this weekend you'll be rewarded with a Reserves Pack which contains one of the new class characters.

This operation is only for XBOX360 and PC user and will run from Friday, April 13th at 5PM PST and ends Monday, April 16th at 5AM PST.