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E3 2012

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In a few short days, 3 days 21 hours and 17 minutes to be exact. E3 2012 will be underway. There will be the press conference for the big three, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, as well as Ubisoft and Square Enix--among others. Going by all the pre-E3 news and clips that have been released so far, it's safe to say that E3 this year will be very impressive this year.


Most of you are like me and are unable to attend this event, so what are our options? Well several sites including Gametrailers will be stream the major press conferences as they happen. You can also watch several of them on SpikeTV. You can keep track of all the latest news out of E3 by visiting sites like Kotaku and IGN. Oh, I'm sure G4TV will also have coverage of E3 so you can also check their site and channel.


Several site has already put up their E3 prediction and I've avoided them. I want to be wowed when I see what comes out of E3 next week. I don't have really have predictions but I know there are certa…

BioWare Announces ME3 Rebellion Pack

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A week ago we found out that new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer DLC was about to drop in Hong Kong with no word on its States side release. Today BioWare announced the next ME3 DLC codenamed Rebellion, arriving on Xbox Live, Playstation Network and PC next Tuesday, May 29 (May 30 on the PSN in Europe). The DLC, which is free to anyone who redeemed the online pass for Mass Effect 3, will offer new characters, gear, maps and kits.


Here's a look at the new classes:
Vorcha Soldier
Thanks to their unique physiology and their Bloodlust ability, the Vorcha are joining the fight and are perfectly suited for the utilitarian soldier kit.

Vorcha Sentinel
The innate aggressiveness found within the Vorcha make them shockingly durable combatants, and when coupled with their Flamer skill, the Vorcha sentinel is a force to be reckoned with.

Male Quarian Engineer
Quarians have spent centuries at perpetual salvage and ship repair; the survival of their species depends on this technical expertise. When bring…

News Byte: Konami Teases New Game

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A new website has appeared teasing a new game from Konami, in addition a new cover page has been added to their Facebook page. It seems that the rumors about Konami revealing the new Castlevania: LOS game at E3 may not be too far off.


The site gives a date of 5.31.12 which just so happens to coincide with Konami's pre-E3 conference.


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News Byte: Anarchy Reigns Demo Drops Next Week

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Famitsu has reported that a demo for Platinum's latest beat-em up Anarchy Reigns will be released in Japan on May 31st. The demo will include both single-player and multiplayer elements. 


There no word on whether the demo will be released in the US but you can get you hands on Anarchy Reigns on July 3rd.


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Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend: Operation SheildWall

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The next Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend has been announced. Beginning Friday, May 25th at 6:00PM PT until Sunday, May 27 at 5:00PM PT, Operation SHIELDWALL will be in effect. Here are the details of this operation.



Allied Goal: Promote 50,000 characters.
Squad Goal: Promote 3 characters.
Special Circumstance: Due to the failure of Operation SILENCER, more banshees will spawn with Reaper enemies and might also spawn with other enemies.


Squad Goal Success: Squad members awarded a Commendation Pack.
Allied Goal Success: All players awarded a Victory Pack (high chance of containing a Rare weapon).


This operation will be available on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.


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News Byte: Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition

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This Street Fighter Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Collector's Set is a fan's dream come true. Announced today by Capcom, this collector's edition will be available on September 18th for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Head over to GameInformer for more info on the set and other news from Capcom.

News Byte: Diablo III is Record Breaking

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In its first week Diablo III has sold over 6.3 millions copies, making it the fastest selling PC game EVER. Even though Diablo III had a rocky start it still managed to move 3.5 million in the first 24 hours.


This is what happens when you have a brilliant game and a giant fans base. Hats off to Blizzard.

Xbox 360s Maybe Banned In The US

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The first piece of news to catch my eye this morning was an update to the Microsoft v Motorola court case. This court case, which has been going on for some time now, seems to be getting at a point where things don't look so good for Microsoft and the Xbox 360. Here's the abridged version of the case. In 2010 Microsoft filed an International Trade Commission complaint against Motorola over Android-Related patent infringement. As a result Motorola countered with a claim of its own, siting that Microsoft infringed on several of their patents. It has been a battle which has boiled down to this.


A judge for the ITC, David Shaw, has recommended that importing of the 4GB and 250GB Xbox 360 consoles should be suspended immediately and that Microsoft pays Motorola 7% of the value for all unsold units already in the US. Not satisfied with that 7%, Motorola suggested that Microsoft should have to pay 100% for those unsold units. This would put Microsoft in a bind as they don't curren…

Far Cry 3 Insane Edition Revealed

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In what I'd consider an amusing announcement for a collector's edition, Ubisoft revealed today Far Cry 3's Insane Edition (seems to be a UK Exclusive). Here's what you get for picking up the Insane Edition:


A Vaas Wahine BobbleheadMonkey Business Single-Player QuestThe Lost Expedition MissionsHunter Pack (includes M700 rifle with three skins)Warrior Pack (includes handcrafted dagger with two tribal tattoos)Predator Pack (includes four rare predators and bows for MP)Check out the announcement trailer below. You can get you hands on Far Cry 3 and the Insane Edition when it's released this September.


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News Byte: Dead Island GOTY Edition Inbound

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Deep Silver has announced that a Game of the Year Edition for Dead Island will be released this June. On June 26th players can obtain the game which will include the Ryder White's Campaign DLC, Bloodbath Arena, and the Ripper weapon blueprint. 


The Dead Island Game of the Year Edition will be available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC for $29.99.

Review Round-Up: Max Payne 3

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If you're craving a bullet dodging, pain killer good time then you should be happy with the return of Max Payne. Is Max playing with a full clip or is he running on empty. Lets take a look at what the critics have to say:


MetaCritic: 87/100


GamesRadar: 10/10
Max Payne 3 marks an exceptional comeback for the series. The plot wraps the neo-noir storytelling around a bright and exotic locale while peppering the action with enough backstory to stave off boredom. While prior games were certainly dark tales, the stories of addiction, double and triple crosses, as well as some grim surprises ripped straight from urban legends. It maintains the mechanics that made the prior games great while modernizing them to excellent effect. Between the arcade mode and multiplayer, there’s enough substantive content to keep you hooked for some time. While there are some mechanically wonky moments, they’re too miniscule to tank a stellar sequel that was worth the wait. Between its pacing, its presentation…

News Byte: SWTOR Team Hit With Layouts

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Coming from the doctors themselves, Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have posted a statement confirming that they are downsizing the development team for Star Wars: The Old Republic.


Read the Official Blog Post HERE

Review Round-Up: Awesomenauts

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In a fighter for territorial supremacy, Awesomenauts combines action-packed gameplay and classic platforming elements into one awesome package. Lets take a look at what the critics have to say:


MetaCritic: 77/100


Destructoid: 9.5/10
The six heroes offer something for everyone, and some people will probably dislike a few heroes that others will love. With more heroes to follow as future content, some may worry that Awesomenauts may suffer the same fate as Dungeon Defenders did on XBLA. However, any new hero content will fall well under the size restrictions imposed by Microsoft, so there is no reason to hold off and wait for a potential PC version down the line unless you don't own either console. Perhaps the game would also benefit from a different mode down the line, such as a Domination/Dominion variant, but what is there in terms of content right now is well worth the price of admission alone.

Awesomenauts is one of the first great party games of the year, and it may well end up b…

News Byte: Castlevania: LoS 2 To Be Revealed At E3

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Rumor has it that the follow up to Konami and Mercurystream's Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be announced at E3. Lords of Shadow was a reboot for the franchise and based on how it ended everyone knew another game would be coming.


I'd say the time is right for an announcement. So stay tuned to all the E3 coverage and be mindful that this is still just a rumor.


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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Release Date

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be released on October 9 for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 as announced by 2K Games and Firaxis. With the announcement they also announce the pre-order and special edition details for Enemy Unknown.


Those who pre-order the game will get The Elite Soldier Pack, which will be available for a limited time. Here's what comes with the Elite Soldier Pack:

Classic X-COM Soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return in his full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe.Soldier Deco packs: Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.Complete color customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squad’s look.PC players will get the Special Ed…

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News Byte: Characters Revealed for ME3 Extended Cut

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Due to the overwhelming number of fans who were disappointed with the ending to Mass Effect 3, BioWare decided to create an Extended Cut Ending. This ending would flesh out some of the holes within the current ending that confused gamers. No one has any idea how this new ending will play out, except BioWare, but now we know who will be part of said ending. Admiral Hackett, EDI and Kaiden will all be included in the DLC. Confirmation comes from their voice actors Lance Henriksen, Tricia Helfer and Raphael Sbrage respectively. You can expect to get your hands on this DLC this summer.


On a side note I wanted give my impression of the overall game but I've decided to wait until the Extended Ending before I publish those impression. Although I don't think the extended ending will change my opinion too much.

DmC: Devil May Cry Gets Release Date

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Capcom has today announced the release date for their upcoming DmC Reboot. The game will hit stores on January 15, 2013; which is not their projected release window of this year as they've stated on several occasion. The game may have been pushed back but we can still look forward to seeing a few new bits from DmC: Devil May Cry when Capcom and Ninja Theory shows it off at E3 in a few weeks. Here's also hoping that they decide to release a demo for the game.


Official Press Release:
DmC Devil May Cry Release Date Announced Next instalment in multi-million selling franchise set for home console release next January with PC version to followTo download assets please click here London, UK. - May 22, 2012 - Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the release date for DmC Devil May Cry™. Developed by critically acclaimed Cambridge based developer Ninja Theory in close collaboration with Capcom, DmC Devil May Cry will release for Play…

Nintendo's E3 Press Conference

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E3 is right around the corner and not everyone will be able view the different Press Conferences when their live. With both Sony and Microsoft offering some form of live stream to their conference, Nintendo has now announced several different options available so you can view their conference.


On Tuesday, June 5th, you can tune into Spike TV or MTV2 at 9am Pacific Time to watch the Nintendo Conference. If you're not in the US or can't get access to a TV you can watch the conference at the Official Nintendo E3 Site, or the Nintendo @ E3 Expo Facebook app.


Just two weeks to go.

News Byte: New Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Character

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A video surfaced today showing some of the DLC characters that will be coming to Tekken Tag Tournament 2 when it's released later this year. This DLC will be free, of course, according to Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada.


News Byte: Square Registers Just Cause 4 Domains

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In what seems a strange move, Square Enix has registered several domain names for Just Cause 4. Why is this strange? Well because Square Enix and Avalanche Studios have not said anything about Just Cause 3 apart from a few rumors.


According to Fusible.com, Square registered the following domain names JustCause4.com, JustCause4.fr, JustCause4.co.uk, JustCause4.de, and JustCause4.it.


This action may lead to a reveal of some kind by Square Enix and Avalanche or it could just be that Square has taken up a preemptive with these domains.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets New Release Date

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It seems like every week, for the past few at least, we always start out with news that some game has been delayed. This week it's Aliens: Colonial Marines by Gearbox Software. This news coming from Sega today is quite surprising as the game was already pushed back once this year and now will be releasing on February 12, 2013.

This Week In Video Game Releases

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We have another good week ahead of us, although not as exciting as the last.  In any case lets press on and take a look at whats on tap for this week.


Nintendo DS/3DS
Men in Black: Alien Crisis   [05/22]RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D   [05/22]iPhone/iPad
Defender Chronicles II   [05/24]Shoot the Zombirds   [05/24]PC
Alan Wake's American Nightmare   [05/22]EVE Online: Inferno   [05/22]The Hunger Games Adventures   [05/23]DiRT Showdown   [05/24]Iron Front - Liberation 1944   [05/25]Sony PS3/PSN
Dragon's Dogma   [05/22]Men in Black: Alien Crisis   [05/22]Sorcery   [05/22]Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier   [05/22]Sony PSP/Vita
NO RELEASES SCHEDULED THIS WEEKNintendo Wii/Wii U
Men in Black: Alien Crisis   [05/22]Microsoft Xbox 360/XBLA
Dragon's Dogma   [05/22]Men in Black: Alien Crisis   [05/22]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 2   [05/22]Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier   [05/22]Joy Ride Turbo   [05/23]

News Round-Up: Weekend Edition

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News Byte: New Characters Confirmed for All-Stars Battle Royale

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Eric Ladin, voice actor for Cole McGrath, has confirmed via Twitter that Cole will in fact be a character in Sony's upcoming beat-em up PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Ladin also confirmed that Nathan Drake and Snake will be appearing in the game. Sony has officially announced these characters but you can expect them to reveal new characters soon (E3 is around the corner).      


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News Byte: 38 Studios Pays The Bill

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After reports came out during the week about 38 Studios financial troubles, 38 Studios being the developer behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, the studios has today paid the $1.25 million they owed to Rhode Island. It was also announced that the studio's MMO, Project Copernicus, will launch in June 2013.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Reveal for PS VIta

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Sony and Sanzaru Games joined forces with GTTV to make some very special announcements regarding Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The first announcement was to reveal that Thieves in Time will be heading to the PS Vita when it is released this fall. 


When the game is released you'll be joined by a new playable character; the lovely Carmelita, Sly's love interest, who uses an over-the-shoulder aiming system to lock onto targets. You'll be able to Carmelita, Sly and his buddies when the game launches for the PS Vita and the PS3 on the same day. Additionally the game will allow cross-save capability allowing you to play Thieves inTime wherever you are.


Now if that isn't good news for fans I don't know what is. Stay tuned for Sony & Sanzaru Games to announce the official release date.


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Torchlight II Weekend Stress Test

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Runic, the gents behind Torchlight and the upcoming Torchlight II, will be holding a Weekend Stress Test. Torchlight II currently has a beta going but Runic wants to expand this so that they can see how their system handles a heavy load. So for this weekend beginning on Friday, May 18th at 11:00am PDT and running until Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:00am PDT you'll be able to access and play the beta as long as you have a Runic Games Account. Having the account is the only way to receive the beta invitation. If you're not signed up head over HERE to do so.


It seems there are several events happening this weekend, which is going to make it a busy one for some people. Being a fan of Torchlight I'll have to pry myself away from Diablo III to give this a go.

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Blizzard Issues Apology to Players

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The wait for Diablo III was long and grueling. Blizzard gave games a taste while they waited but that did nothing to sedate their longing. When the game was finally released they were happy, that didn't last long. Many players were struck with error messages; the most notable Error 37, which I myself had the pleasure of meeting.


As a result of these errors Blizzard has taken it upon themselves to issue an apology to everyone.

Diablo Players:
We’d like to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who joined the global Diablo III launch celebrations this week, as well as to everyone who was ready to jump into Sanctuary the moment the game went live.

To that end, we’d also like to say that we’ve been humbled by your enthusiasm -- and we sincerely regret that your crusade to bring down the Lord of Terror was thwarted not by mobs of demons, but by mortal infrastructure. As many of you are aware, technical issues occurring within hours after the game's launch led to players experienci…

News Byte: Far Cry 3 MP Beta Incoming

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Ubisoft is giving console players the opportunity to experience Far Cry 3's multiplayer with a beta that will take place over the summer. The MP beta will be a two week affair and will give players access to six classes, 16-player matches, dozens of weapon, a plethora of customizations and upgrades, and access to several maps and modes.


The catch is, Yes there is a catch, you have to purchase Ghost Recon: Future Solider, be a GameStop PowerUp Rewards Member and enter the code you receive before you can get access to the beta (via email invite) once it goes live.


Brought to you by VG247 via That VideoGameBlog

News Byte: Images Emerge of Unreal Engine 4

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Images showing off the next iteration of the Unreal Engine have made there way to the web and they are something to behold. Unreal Engine 4 was shown off to a limited viewing during GDC 2012 and was praised for it achievement--these picture are from said viewing. The public will have to wait until E3 to get a look at what Epic has in store for UE4, until then here's an article that gives you an idea along with the screens.


I already think UE3 is powerful and going by the article it seems UE4 is years before its time. Just another reason to look forward to E3 2012.

Gearbox Announces Borderlands 2 Special Editions

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Gearbox Software and 2K Games have officially announced today that their upcoming game Borderlands 2 will get two different Special Editions (which you already knew was coming if you went to their PAX East panel). Borderlands 2 will get the Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collector's Edition and the Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition.


The Deluxe Vault Hunter's Collector's Edition ($99.99) includes a copy of Borderlands 2; authentic Marcus Kincaid bobblehead; inside the Vault: The Art & Design of Borderlands 2 hardbound book; collectible sticker set; map of Pandora; digital comic redeem code; and bonus in-game digital content. The Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition ($149.99) includes everything just mentioned plus a collectible scaled replica of the red loot chests found in the game; steel book case; Creatures of Pandora wide-format ID chart; lithograph postcard set; field notes from Sir Hammerlock; cloth map of Pandora; and a certificate of authenticity.


Those who pre-order …

News Byte: Play SWTOR Free this Weekend

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BioWare is hoping to enlist a few new recruits (anything to keep them away from Diablo III) for Star Wars: The Old Republic. They are offering a Weekend Pass Free Trail that lasts for 4 days beginning Thursday, May 17 at 12:01AM CDT (5:01AM GMT) through Monday, May 21 at 2:00AM CDT (7:00AM GMT).


Head HERE for More Info.

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343 Announces Halo 4 Limited Edition

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343 Studios has announced that Halo 4 will be getting a Limited Edition bundle that is available for pre-order today. They also announced that there are no plans to release a Legendary Edition. This news comes after fans pieced together the puzzle to reveal the Halo 4 Box art  a few days ago.


343 Studios also mentions that you can expect to see more from Halo 4 at E3 in 3 weeks.


Here is a breakdown of what you can expect when you order the Limited Edition:

War Games Map Pack Access
The competitive multiplayer modes of Halo 4 are known as War Games. The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps - three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE. Yes, you read that correctly; you get nine maps in the form of future DLC with the purchase of the Halo 4 Limited Edition. Score!

Specializations
Everyone will have access to select Specializations, but those that purchase the Halo 4 Limited Edition will receive the a…

New Mass Effect 3 DLC Revealed

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It seems that Mass Effect 3 is getting more multiplayer content. According to Kotaku a Sony Hong Kong site revealed the new multiplayer pack call "Rebellion".
The Rebellion Multiplayer Expansion opens two new fronts against the Reapers: Firebase Jade's jungle reservoir and Firebase Goddess on Thessia. In-game reinforcement packs now include three new weapons as well as equipment, consumables, and six new classes: Quarian Engineer and Infiltrator, Vorcha Soldier and Sentinel, Phoenix Adept and Vanguard. The battle continues – hold the line!There's no word when this multiplayer pack will be making its way states side. Do players wanted more multiplayer DLC? or do they want BioWare to release the extended ending?

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